I now use the Russian join exclusively. When you weave the yarns through each other to make the join, be sure you pull on both loose ends to tighten the loops. Then ruin your fingers down each one away from the loops so that they look and feel like one strand of yarn. Try to arrange it so that the ends wind up on the wrong side of the work. No need to clip them or weave them in; the Russian join is very strong and the ends won't unravel. BTW, a visitor from Alaska told me that that is what the fishermen use to splice their ropes. Hope this helps.