Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Kudos To Sewers

Give me two knitting needles, and I can do amazing things. Give me a sewing machine, and I can make a mess.

Who knew how many different and varied kinds of zippers there were in the world?

I based my choice of zippers on weight of the zipper (seems sturdy enough, but not so heavy that it will weigh down the knitted fabric). I also based it on the selection of lenghts and colors.

I ended up buying a 22" zipper that can be cut shorter (but I won't need to).

The length of the sweater will end up being a little over 25 inches in length, so I plan on shaping the neck to a depth of 3" or so.

At least the color is exactly what I was looking for. I picked ecru, which is as light as the lightest color in the yarn.

As you can see, I was able to almost finish the left front of the zippered cardigan. I'm hopeful to finish the front/left tonight and start work on the back.

Calculating the number of stitches and placement of the blue bands on the back will be somewhat painful. Fortunately, the right/front side will be much easier because I will base it on the reverse of the left/front section that I just completed.

Best "Dear John" Letter
A friend sent me this, so I thought I'd pass it on to y'all:

A marine stationed in Afghanistan recently received a "Dear John" letter from his girlfriend back home.

It read as follows:

Dear Ricky, I can no longer continue our relationship. The distance between us is just too great. I must admit that I have cheated on you twice, since you've been gone, and it's not fair to either of us. I'm sorry.

Please return the picture of me that I sent to you.


The Marine, with hurt feelings, asked his fellow Marines for any snapshots they could spare of their girlfriends, sisters, ex-girlfriends, aunts, cousins etc. In addition to the picture of Becky, Ricky included all the other pictures of the pretty gals he had collected from his buddies.

There were 57 photos in that envelope....along with this note:

Dear Becky,
I'm so sorry, but I can't quite remember who the fuck you are. Please take your picture from the pile, and send the rest back to me.

Take Care,

Readers' Comments/Questions
Marilyn and I are in total agreement about Koigu. In general, Koigu's designs are a pathetic use of their amazing yarns (Oriental Jacket is one of the few exceptions).

I designed a few scarves and sweaters using Koigu. Threadbear Fiberarts has the rights to the scarf designs at the moment, and they will be glad to forward a free copy of either pattern with the purchase of 2 or 3 skeins of Koigu.