I remember many, many years’ ago, before I was a professional designer, I looked for ways to avoid weaving in cut ends on finished projects. Anything I could do to change a design so that I would have fewer ends to weave in later was the goal. And, it still is. I will go out of my way to find clever things like working the yarn up the side edges of an afghan or do clever designs that include elements that look like individual motifs when they’re not.
The projects made in my reversible ripples technique show this quite well. Little bits of color here and there to form shapes that fool the eye into thinking that there are individual motifs instead of working all in a row.
But, there are times when I start working on something and, although I know the yarn ends are going to be a crazy jumble of time-consuming mess, I love the way it looks and I just have to continue. This is what happened with my Vanilla Latte Afghan in Afghans for All Reasons and Seasons.
Super easy triangle motifs. Such clever construction. And, those motifs go really quickly. Four rounds and boom! You’re finished. Since I always wait until after a project is finished in order to weave in the ends, I realized this one was going to be crazy. But, I persevered. Which perhaps wasn’t the smartest thing to do. To date, this project has the highest number of ends to weave in. Not including the ends used for any seaming, there are 276 motifs with 4 ends a piece. That’s 1104 minimum. It took me three days to seam the motifs and weave in all the ends. THREE. DAYS.
So, when I start a new project like I did this weekend and I discover that it will require a lot of cut ends, I first toy with ideas of whether it will look better without the color changes. ha! Then, when I decide that it *must* be done this way, I toy with the idea of whether to weave in the cut ends as I go. ha! Since neither of these options appear to be allowed by my personality, I can only console myself that there are only 400 cut ends on this one. And, I’ve already done 1104! So, I can do this.