Many months ago I finished knitting the Tomten by Elizabeth Zimmerman. I loved the entire process, even when I had to remove and remake an arm. The real glitch came after basting in the zipper. I had never done a zipper in a knit before and I was so pleased to find that following the instructions on this Youtube video it was a cinch. The zipper was snug and perfectly basted and I was about halfway through some small invisible securing stitches when I decided that it would be easier to continue if I opened the sweater up... Uh oh. "Eegads, why won't it come apart?" I had taken the measurements along with a snippet of yarn to the fabric store (which is 50 miles away) and chosen a nice heavy duty zipper. I thought that I was being so careful because I knew I couldn't just zip (like the pun?) back and exchange it. What I hadn't considered was that there are 2 types of zippers, those that come apart at the bottom and those that don't. Fifty fifty chance. You've already guessed which one I had just spent hours fiddling with.
Here comes the happy part of the story. I decided to run to the thrift store yesterday to see if I could find some little pink buttons for the Maile (which I did) and there was a box of used zippers for .25 cents apiece. Can you believe that I found the exact same zipper... with one important difference. Ah, you are so quick! Yes, this one opened at the bottom. I wasn't positive about the length but for a quarter I brought it home and it was... perfect. It has a bend to it in the center where it had been folded but I'll work on that or it will just work itself out. Yea!
Since I'm still reading the same books as last week I thought I'd share the other little something that came home with me. Look at how our fore-mothers re-purposed knits in 1945. This actually gave me the confidence to try some things I've been afraid to try before. There are hints on keeping the seams from being too bulky and encouragements to reinforce with grosgrain... fun, fun stuff!