As I was selecting an outfit for the wedding of the year, I went through my collection of dressier clothes to evaluate the candidates. While none fit the bill for this particular occasion (don’t worry – I found something new this weekend), it became apparent to me that many of the pieces have been patiently waiting some basic repairs and alterations. I don’t know why I’ve been so negligent and slow… I guess I haven’t needed to wear them recently and other things have always gotten in the way.

Anyway, they were all out of the closet and ready to be fixed.

Item #1 A stretchy black cocktail dress. Every girl needs one – the little black dress that flatters what she chooses to reveal ;). Unfortunately, this perfect dress had one huge flaw – the straps tied at the shoulders! This was fine when I was 18, but now I just look silly with those funny bows. Like a little girl! The dress still fits and is still in great condition, so it was worth the effort to convert the bows to real straps.


Item #2 A stretchy black cocktail dress. One? Just one?!? Every girl needs at least two little black dresses! The straps were the issue here, too – a man must’ve invented those true spaghetti straps. Forget about zero support, those suckers dig into the shoulders like it’s the last thing to hold on to before being tossed into the donations pile! But where would I get replacement straps? Simple – from the other half of the ties of cocktail dress #1!


Item #3 A lovely skirt, nude base with black sheer lace overlay. Unfortunately this skirt got intimately acquainted with my high-heeled shoes as I stepped on it and ripped it while getting out of the car. I patched it up, quick and dirty, with a sewing kit at the hotel, but a neater operation has been necessary for some time.


All this took just a few hours. Done and done.

Next: I finally opened my KnitPicks package, which contains a sampling of their new needle line. I agree with everything you’ve read so far – they are pointier than Addis, the cord is nice and flexible, the joins seems smooth, the needles themselves are smooth, they’re as cheap as dirt, the size isn’t marked, the packaging is flimsy, blah blah blah. I’m late to the party, obviously. But I’m not a convert. For a reason that I have yet to see someone mention! Stay tuned.


15 thoughts on “Fixing

  1. Saun

    I’m really interested to hear your analysis of the Knitpicks needles. I’m still deciding whether or not to get them and I’m waiting for a few more reviews before I decide. Other than the pointer points, I’m haven’t heard anything amazing that would make me want to buy them.

  2. racherin

    Hey, I haven’t commented before, but this post reminds me of the “nobody is hanging noodles on my ears” post. The joys of basic sewing skills to save money! You may struggle with the machine, but so many people can’t thread a needle. They would have had to throw out these clothes. Once again your ears are noodle-less.

    I have question too. I am a new sock knitter, and I wondered if you could talk about sock needles. At one point you said that if you only had bamboo needles you suspected you wouldn’t knit socks–I’m using those and they’re okay, but what should I be watching out for as the cat’s meow? (I also knit combination so I use my needles in a similar way.) You’re one of the only people who talks extensively about needles, and I think it’s interesting.

    Now I’ve been inspired to go tend my mending basket.

  3. Michelle

    I still deciding weather I want to convery of not myself, leaning towards yes, tring to justify!

    Let us know what you really thing after giving them a whirl!

  4. nikki

    The cord. Something about the cord on the KnitPicks. It’s sorta sticky. Not adhesive sticky, more like the non-skid rug backing stick, huh? Those stitches don’t really glide. Well, thats what I’ve come to think after some use. I still love it though.

  5. Stephanie

    Great fixes on the clothes. Isn’t it satisfying – knowing you can fix the things that need fixed? I haven’t been keeping up on the Knit Picks saga, but I’ll be waiting for your review.

  6. Red

    I’ve been living with a friend in between moves and mending his things is part of the agreement. I get to be helpful and I’m not paying rent! Yeah mending!

  7. Susan

    Does it have to do with needle length? Interestingly, I had accumulated all of my dpns in the day when there was no Internet, so all of mine are bamboo and seven inches! It was nice for me to get the Knitpicks dpns which are shorter and stronger than bamboo, at least for size 0.

    I look forward to your other comments about the Knitpicks. Frankly, I’m pleased with them, but that’s because I know nothing other than my seven-inch bamboo (and other former LYS circ acquisitions over time; I have no LYS now and I’m hesitant to plunk down many $ on-line without knowing what I’m getting).

  8. Captain

    Oh, the suspense! You’re going to leave us hanging like that? I’m eager to hear what what unique discovery about the KnitPicks needles has left you unconverted. I’ll be waiting…

  9. kodachrome

    Well done on the dress-mending. I so admire people who use their time, intelligence, and skills to reuse and recycle garments instead of tossing them in the trash (landfills) and heading off to the mall. Good for you– 🙂

    Also, I wanted to let you know that I’ve posted a Jaywalker submission on my blog(s), and I give you permission to publish the photo in your readers’ gallery. Thanks for such a great “contest” and pattern.

  10. Susan

    I don’t see what the big deal is with the Knit Picks, but I don’t actually own a pair. I’ve always been happy with my Denise Interchangeables and see no reason to switch.

  11. sarkasmo

    I like the Options line a LOT; the only reason I have for complaining about them is that the interchangeables only go down to size 4, while the classic circulars in sizes 0-3 only come in lengths up to 32″. There’s no way to do my Magic Loop for sockses, and their DPNs were made to be as slippery as their Options and circs (which doesn’t make sense to me). That’s the only thing that bums me out, though. I wrote em an email, so maybe if enough people point out that we need longer circs in smaller sizes, they’ll hook us up.

    I also need Knitpicks to throw something up on the webpage to talk about how well their stuff is guaranteed. Haven’t needed to find out yet, but I’ll be ticked at myself if I bought all these needles at my own risk.

  12. nikki

    Heh. I came back to retract my above complaint about my KnitPicks needle and issue another. It’s still the cable, but its not the stickiness thats wrong with it. (I tested my Addi against that and it turns out that the slipperiness is about the same, I just knit tighter because of the pointer tip, so I the stitch ends up having a tighter grip on the cable). The problem is that the cable is made of a cheapo material. It needs a bit more stability to it because it feels like its going to bend and get a permanent kink in it. I could easily see the cable getting stretched out with alot of weight on it or if it was given a hard tug. It needs the wire inside it like Addi’s do. Sure, it would be a tiny bit less flexible, but it would last longer. The end. 🙂

  13. Nancy

    I really like the Options line. For what you pay you get a great set of needles with nice cords (my big beef with Denise). Addi’s were my first love but as long as I dont need a size 0-3 – the Options needles are more than adequate.

  14. Nancy

    Very nice job with the repairs.. I’ve been putting off doing some repairing myself (and sorting thru 6 years of paperwork stacked in my closet). You’ve inspired me– next weekend!

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