I LOVE knitting, but I’m not a big fan of finishing, and because of that I tend to pick projects/yarns that require minimal effort in that department (socks, shawls, yarns that can be spit-spliced, that type of thing). So when Hand Maiden’s Flaxen came in, I was in a bit of a quandry. I knew I had to knit with it, but I wouldn’t be able to use my usual spit-splice method for joining in a new skein of yarn.
I had heard of a technique called a Russian join, used for joining two skeins, but I had never seen it done, until about a week ago. There was Michelle, using this technique on a baby blanket she was knitting with a bamboo yarn. I watched in amazement. This was just what I needed.
With my new knowledge, I started Violetta by Ilga Lega with the Flaxen. I completed the back with one skein, with some to spare, so with the remaining I started the front knowing I would have to join in a new skein.
The ends overlapped:
The join completed:
I love my new Russian (join) and I expect we’ll be together for a long time.