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September 04, 2010

I went on vacation

And I came back with more than fifty of these:

Not being able to sleep on airplanes, in airports, on buses/trains/etc. - it's a blessing and a curse. I may be tired and cranky, but I sure get a lot of crafting (and listening to audiobooks) done.

I guess at some point soon I have to decide how many squares total I want to make, but I'm not there yet. For now, I have to crochet a few more and weave in all those ends! Remember how I was saying that I didn't find this yarn splitty, at all? Well, sewing in the ends is definitely trying my patience. Sticking in all those plies into the eye of the needle, and then weaving in the end around stitches is proving to be very tricky. But I know it will get done... maybe during one of those sleepless nights as I continue to battle jet lag ;).

Posted by Kathy on September 4, 2010 04:37 PM


I find it very hard to get all the plies of yarn in the eye of a darning needle, so I always use a piece of plain sewing thread to help me. Fold the thread in half, and thread the loop thus formed through the eye of the needle, then you thread the yarn through that loop, and carefully pull on the thread so that the yarn ends threaded in the needle. It's like a cheap flexible needle threader! It works always.

I wish I was as productive as you are, btw!

If you're going to be crocheting them together, I'd just leave the ends free to be crocheted in then. Clean, easy, no swearing at the yarn, and no plies to come loose later.

Whoa! I don't have any helpful tips for joining all those up, but they sure look breathtaking all stacked up like that. I can't wait to see how your blanket turns out!

If you use a crochet hook to work the ends in, it's easier than trying to thread a needle with the yarn. Just keep hooking the yarn and drawing it through the place you would have sewn it with a needle.
Or, as Ana said,
If you crochet the squares together and catch the ends in at the same time, it's the easiest of all.

They look beautiful! I can't wait to see the finished product.

Another tip for threading needles with splitty yarn is to cut the yarn at an angle instead of bluntly.

These look so yummy!!!

Another trick for getting plies through the needle is to wrap it in a piece of paper and slide the paper through the eye of the needle.

The squares are beautiful, but I don't envy you at all for having to put them together.

Welcome back from vacation. You were missed!

Welcome back, Kathy! You accomplished so much on planes, in airports, etc. I can't wait to see your project completed! I'm flying Alitalia Airlines in 10 days and NO knitting needles of any kind are allowed! I won't know what to do with myself...I'm not a happy knitter with this news!

I have decided that those squares look like sand-dollars....even the color is right....

I would give the same tip as Ana and Alix have, use your crochet hook :-)

btw they look lovely

Those are lovely! I can't wait to see the finished product when you put them all together.

I can't sleep on planes/trains/automobiles either... Fortunately I haven't had any major trips recently. You sure made awesome use of your time!

I always weave in my ends with a spare needle from a knitting machine. It's a small latch hook. That way, I can go into many stitches on the back of the work, grab my yarn, and just pull. It cuts down on weaving-in time significantly!

That is the best part of crocheting, that ability to just crochet over the ends. Don't bother working in the ends just go over them when you crochet your squares together, best part they stay good!

I am the same way with traveling - I get to nervous/nauseous to sleep, and reading is tough. I always get a ton of crafting done. Regarding the ends - you can crochet over them!! It might be too late for some of your ends in the center of these squares, but I bet you can still save a lot of time by crocheting over the "outer" ends when you join these squares together. That is, if you're planning on doing that with crochet and not just sewing. Anyway, I always crochet over my ends by holding the end alongside my work and securing it between the stitches below and the new stitches I'm making. It's a tricky thing to explain, so if that's not really clear/helpful and you want to know more let me know and I'll find a video or something.

To thread yarn through a needle, fold the yarn round the needle, grasp it close to the needle, really close, draw the needle out from between your fingers and push the folded yarn through the eye of the needle. No more trying to get the end of the yarn through the eye.

To add to other readers good suggestions -- I use a crochet hook to put weave in all the loose ends, or if they are long enough, I use them to join pieces together.

Love those squares! What pattern is it?

This square really charmed me, and now I'm addicted. I've made about a dozen, so far... yours are really warm and lovely in that color.

Thank-you for this post! I love that pattern and I've printed it out and can't wait to get some yarn for it.
Of course, I've got two other projects, er three, but I'm sure I can squeeze it in.

Wouhaou !!! very nice... ;)

Wouhaou !!! very nice and I love the blanket too ;)

have you tried a small strip if paper (about 1/4 in. by 3/4 in.) folded around the end of yarn. adjust size to fit needle. those are nice even squares.

The squares are beautiful. They remind me of sand dollars or shortbread cookies. Can't wait to see how the blanket turns out.

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