Weaving in the ends. . .it's the most daunting part. . .at least to me.
I have a friend, Beverly, who loves to knit. We're always teasing her saying she's knitting "spec baby sweaters" since, currently, she doesn't have grandchildren.
Here's a photo of Beverly. . .hi Beverly!
We're always goofing off and laughing about something!
Anyways, one day, while sitting around Bluebird's table, one of the knitters moaned about weaving in their ends.
"I'll do it!"
"Wait. . .what. . .!" said Sophie the owner of Bluebirds. "Beverly, you'll weave in someone else's ends!"
I think Beverly is the only one who loves this task. Me, well, I like the knitting part.
Ok, before I go any further, let me just say, in advance, 8. That's how many times I said weaving, or weaving in the ends, or just the ends. I know, it seems excessive, but I couldn't help myself. . .really!
Now, back to my story. some times I. . .ok let's be honest, all the time. . .when I'm done knitting, I pile up my garments somewhere, here it's on top of the couch at the boat. Then I'll start knitting another project. And before I know it, I have this gigantic pile of knitted items that need to be finished.
I mean gigantic!
"Oofta" as my Norwegian friend, Karla, says!
There's no way around it, at the end of knitting your project, you're gonna have to finish it off by weaving in those stupid little ends. Well, that's not quite true. If you're knitting something with fringe, then you can leave your ends as the fringe. I use that technique when I knit my vests.
See the little fringe at the bottom! Weaving eliminated!
I think what most people are concerned about is will the end unravel. I can't tell you how many times I've placed a garment on one of my girls (dress form) only to notice a little end poking thru a stitch.
So I typically tie a small little knot when I'm done weaving in the end, just to be sure it'll stay!
There's quite a variety of ways one can weave their ends in, it truly depends on what type of pattern you've created. Instead of listing out the details here, let me direct you to this article.
Purl Soho created a fantastic, everything but the kitchen sink, write up, complete with photos and everything! Check it out, it's worth the read!
So, instead of dreading those little ends, instead of simply placing the garment in a "for another day" pile, plug in a movie, grab a cup of coffee, or a glass of wine (depending on the time of day) and, with tapestry needle in hand, start weaving!
Before you know it, your garment will be complete!