Cleaning up after a project is the worst. Weaving in ends once you’re done knitting is the worst. I’m trying really hard not to have the end of this blanket be 6 months of constant finishing — or worse, 6 months of me needing to do, like, 2 tiny things to finish it and just not wanting to deal with them.
So, I’ve been weaving in the ends on the blanket as I go. At first my goal was to go back every few rows and weave in a bunch at a time, but lately I’ve been working them in as I go by sort of wrapping them around the working yarn as I pick up the stitches for each new square. I think this method is working but I’m not trimming the ends too close until the whole thing’s done just in case. The back is still not looking sloppy, so I am very pleased about that.
I also made a decision about what to do for the border. I like the look of the jagged edge and attached cord in the original blankie but the prospect of actually knitting that much cord has never appealed to me. And I don’t want to leave it with nothing on the edges, because the corners of the squares flip up and the edge squares all look smaller than the middle ones because they don’t have something pulling on all 4 sides of them. I’ve been thinking about filling in the edges with solid color triangles to square it off, but looking at some of the projects where people have done that, I didn’t really feel that was the right choice for me either.
So, it’s triangles with the same yarn as the squares, and probably then a very thin solid border to frame it nicely. One thing I’ve found with this method, though, is that I have to separate the times I work on triangles from the times I work on squares or else I invariably end up halfway through knitting the wrong one before I realize what I’ve done.
So, I sit down every night with my Ziploc bags of yarn and my kitchen scale. I pull a ball out of the “unused” bag, knit my square, weaving the ends as I go. I weigh what’s left, and then the remainder goes straight into the correct container — my “can use again” bag if there are still a good 3 grams or so or my “triangles” bag if there’s about 2 grams, enough for an edge triangle. If there isn’t even 2g left, then I have another method for tidying up as I go.
I went ahead and started my scrappy scarf from the too-short leftovers that still feel like too much to throw away. I’m going with linen stitch and I don’t want to think about colors or stripes or amounts or weaving in ends or any of that nonsense, so I’m just plain tying all the ends together and letting what happens happen. It will be glorious or it will be hideous, or it will possibly be both. But in any case, there will be very little mess to deal with when this is all over.