In fact, in further good news, it turns out that the length of zipper I needed was both standard and in stock at the local Joann store. (This was a spot of random and happy happenstance, as I lengthened the ribbing at the bottom. If I hadn't done that, I would have needed a non-standard zipper length.) I was able to run in last night after work and grab exactly what I needed, no muss.
In potentially less good news: turns out I need to get that puppy installed by Friday. I was under the impression, and I am not actually sure where I got this idea, that as long as the knitting was done I was good to go for Stash Dash.
Turns out maybe not so much. Something was nagging at my to double check the rules (probably my innate fear of public humiliation) and I ran across this little gem from The Stash Dash Empress herself, Lala.
In the immortal words of Abraham Lincoln, "Well, dang."
If I can work some zipper magic by Friday, my Stash Dash total is 3274 m. So I've either won... or I haven't.
I guess I'd better get my zipper groove on, eh?
Meanwhile Trillian and Carl's big dude sock are both still in progress and still growing. More pictures next time. For now just go back to last week's picture and add a couple of inches in your imagination.
Anybody know a good zipper installation tutorial?