I love the Russian Join. It is great as long as your item will tolerate a thick stitch or two as the yarn is almost double right at the join. At the end of the row it is really handy. No ends to weave in.
Edited by: KJKEITH1 at: 1/8/2015 (18:37)
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If a yarn is really slippery, I'll put it in some sort of sock -- usually a knee high hosiery (cheap) and use it from the middle of the skein or cake. As I use the yarn the sock keeps pressure on the outside and prevents the yarn from tangling.
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I 'bottle' my yarns by cutting a door in the side of a clean 2 liter soda bottle. Some skeins fit in easily, for yarn from larger skeins and recovered yarn, I make balls to fit the bottles. When I am using a yarn, I run the working end through the top. They look pretty on the shelf, reduce tangling, keep the cats out, and have really been a blessing.
I am presently working on a Moorish Mosaic Afghan with seven colors. The bottles really help when I have to carry several colors at once
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