End-stravaganza

Today was an errand packed Monday, and, knowing that in advance, I spent much of Saturday and Sunday preparing work I could take along.

One task I had put off in anticipation of the time I would spend in waiting rooms was the weaving in of ends for the nine most recently completed multi-color motifs.

As I know from previous waiting room experience, weaving in of ends is time intensive and relatively easy to transport making it the perfect take-along project.

The first waiting room of the day was on the third floor of the Duke Eye Center where I took my mother for pre-op visit for a scheduled cataract surgery.

I had brought enough to keep me busy all day if needed, and while she was being seen, I concentrated on weaving in ends of the nine multi-color motifs. I didn’t even come close to finishing them at that point as we were out in under and hour:

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Nine multicolor crochet motifs with ends in need of trimming

but the work I got done in the first waiting room paid off and by sunset I had finished all of the weaving in of ends and was ready to trim them:

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Nine multicolor crochet motifs with ends trimmed

After what felt like an all-to-brief stay at home, with just enough time to walk the dog, eat some lunch and weave in a few more ends.

Before I knew it, my son’s school day was over, and we were headed to the orthodontist’s office. The appointment left me with just under an hour to work on weaving in ends, but by this time, I was in a kind of weaving in of ends zone, and my worked progressed more quickly than it had at either the first waiting room or at home.

I finished the motifs and moved onto the rectangles, seen here with the ends in need of trimming:

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The crochet rectangles before the ends are trimmed

and here with all of the ends trimmed:

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The crochet rectangles with the ends woven in and trimmed

I also wove in ends of a few of the squares before I got called back to be told what the plan was for the next appointment:

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The textured crochet squares with extraneous ends

and after some grocery shopping, we got home and I was able to finish weaving in and trimming all of the ends on the squares:

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The textured crochet squares with the ends trimmed

Here is the resulting pile of scraps:

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The acrylic yarn scrap pile

All of that left me with one weaving-in-of-ends task as it relates to the future felted fat bag, seen here with ends that need trimming:

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The future fat bag thus far with ends to be woven in and trimmed

and seen here with the ends trimmed:

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The future felted fat bag (thus far) with the ends woven in and trimmed

into this neat (sort of) pile:

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Wool yarn scrap pile

Some people do not enjoy weaving in ends, but after working on a piece for this project that was six rows wide and 317 stitches in length and which I had to frog several times due to crochet inattentiveness, I can honestly say that I don’t mind weaving in ends.

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