Yesterday, I was going to finish the sweater (the capital letters are gone. I am ready to finish this crazy thing!) All I lacked, all I still lack, is the zipper. Plan A was to use the technique recently published by Interweave. There is a great video in which Eunny Jang very clearly demonstrates how to convert the zipper to a “knittable object”. This technique really appealed to me because it meant no sewing. You use a knit picker and make holes along the zipper and pull the yarn through making loops that you can pick up with your knitting needle.
So yesterday afternoon, I made my way into the winter weather (the roads, I found, were clear.) and bought a knit picker. It’s a small latch hook that you use to fix snags. I’d never heard of one in my life. It looks like this:
Well, it looked like that I should say. I broke the first one. I knew it was just a matter of time. My yarn is too bulky to have much success with this technique without a lot of pain, anguish and broken knit pickers. I think it would work great with a sweater made with worsted or dk. It should work with some bulky yarns too, according to Eunny Jang, but my yarn is kinda of mohairy and really chunky.
That’s for tomorrow though. I have had a case of the clumsies tonight, and I am not risking working with pins or tricky zippers. Since I got home this afternoon, I turned into a klutz. I spilled 3 pounds (really – no exaggeration) of sugar onto the carpet. That was a mess. I didn’t know where to start.
I called David. “David, what do you think?”
David said, “Put the attachment on the vacuum and vacuum it up.”
Me: “I don’t know how to put the attachment on.” (I am hopelessly Dyson vacuum cleaner inept except for the basic function.)
David: “Ask Davey. He will show you.”
I wasn’t convinced that Davey could walk me through it, although I shouldn’t be surprised that he would be able to. Instead, I scooped up as much as I could, and David took over with the vacuum when he got home shortly thereafter.
Next I spilled diet coke all over the place including all over poor Timber’s white snout. He was freckled for abit.
I did a couple of other minor droppy things, so I am calling it a night. It’s getting late anyway. Maybe I’ll knit a little. That should be safe. Hopefully.
We are in for another round of snow tonight. (Us and about 80% of the country it seems like.) Yesterday, Davey and David had a good time building a snow fort/wall. I got a picture of them from through the window. (I was inside plotting the zipper insertion.) I like this kinda far away shot.