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Ruby Plaid
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USA
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Posted - 12/16/2005 :  09:36:00 AM  Show Profile  Visit Ruby Plaid's Homepage Send Ruby Plaid a Private Message
I just completed my first pair of striped socks--not self-striping--so I am now weaving in all the ends. It's such a pain! I can knit for hours, but I have no patience at all for seaming/weaving in/sewing on stuff.

Anyone else here hate doing the finishing touches? [**]

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ScubaQueen
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USA
883 Posts

Posted - 12/16/2005 :  10:53:55 AM  Show Profile  Visit ScubaQueen's Homepage Send ScubaQueen a Private Message
ME...ME...ME...I hate weaving in the ends. Mostly because I don't think I know how to do it "correctly". So far NONE of the books I own explain the proper way to weave in ends. I did see someone mention a book in another thread...I think it's called "finishing techniques" or something. I'm going to look into that book and see if it can help me.

Wendy

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zehava
Chatty Knitter

Canada
335 Posts

Posted - 12/16/2005 :  11:34:04 AM  Show Profile  Visit zehava's Homepage Send zehava a Private Message
me! i made a pair of striped socks and had a heck of a time forcing myself to weave in the ends. i hate weaving in ends, on any project. i have things i completed months ago that are waiting for ends to be weaved in...

the striped socks were by far the worst weaving-in job i've done so far though. but they are done and i wear them proudly! lol

-z
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Ruby Plaid
Seriously Hooked

USA
661 Posts

Posted - 12/21/2005 :  08:25:23 AM  Show Profile  Visit Ruby Plaid's Homepage Send Ruby Plaid a Private Message
I hated weaving in all the ends, but the results were worth it. I washed the socks so the wool would soften up, and they look and feel great. I already gave them to my brother cos he won't be able to go home for Christmas, and he loved them!

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COgirl
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USA
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Posted - 12/21/2005 :  10:19:16 AM  Show Profile Send COgirl a Private Message
Not sure if you know how to do 2 handed Fair Isle knitting, but it would be worth learning just for the stranding. Next time, you could strand in the next color of your stripe about 6 stitches before you need it. At the end, strand out the color. Then when you're finished with the sock, all you do is cut off the ends.
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Margie
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Posted - 12/23/2005 :  9:47:45 PM  Show Profile Send Margie a Private Message
I can only second the comment above mine. I have no ends to weave in and I knit a sweater with many, many changes of color.

The two handed method for both weaving in a new color and out an old one is in the Bourgeois book Fair Isle Sweaters Symplified. They have Philosopher's Wool. I'm sure Mary Thomas shows the method, too.

Philosopher's Wool also has a wonderful video showing the technique. It is worth your time to learn.

Margie
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MeezieGirl
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USA
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Posted - 12/29/2005 :  08:40:12 AM  Show Profile Send MeezieGirl a Private Message
If your stripes aren't too wide, you can just carry the yarn along. No ends to weave in. I made a pair in Cascade 220 with stripes of 2 rounds and just carried the yarn along. Worked fine, but I'm not sure what the limit would be.

Dee

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knits_for_preemies
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Posted - 12/29/2005 :  2:58:43 PM  Show Profile  Visit knits_for_preemies's Homepage Send knits_for_preemies a Private Message
Here are two websites that might be of help with the stranding as opposed to cutting and having all those pesky ends to weave in:

http://www.socknitters.com/kickback/KBlesson2.htm

and this one is video (scroll down to knitting with two colors)
http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/advanced_techniques/

Maybe these will address the problem for you.

Barbara
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