I am loving the stripes as much if not more than I loved the mosaic blocks on the edge.
Last night on the way to zumba I listened to the latest episode of Knitting Pipline, in which Paula explains how she uses the Russian Join. At first I tuned it out. After all, I used to always weave in ends. And when I taught myself how to do a felted join when I knit my Gramps Cardigan I thought it was magic. But when I got home I realized that I was going to have to join some yarn very soon and I did not want to weave in ends because I did not want any added bulk in weird places on the fabric. On the other hand I could not felt them because this is knit out of Knit Picks Comfy Sport, which is a cotton blend. So I decided to dig out my grandmother's sewing supplies and go for it.
(From last night when I first gave it a shot)
I love this join. It was so much fun to knit (Chris was suitably impressed) and so far has proven very resilient. I did not watch Paula's video, just followed her verbal instructions, and out came magic. The way it is work involves taking a sharp sewing needle and weaving the end of your yarn back in on itself.
(From this morning when I decided I may possibly need another skein at work today)
The best part is it is all but invisible from the front side. You really have to look to see that a few stitches are thicker than the others.
Now I just have these ends hanging inside that I really don't know what to do with. Has anyone done a Russian join before? Do you just snip them off or do you do a little weaving?
To see more explicitly stated FOs, check out Tami's Amis.