thanks everyone! isabeau, you were exactly right, as the others mentioned, and perfect explanation, thank you!!!! i have to say i removed the waste yarn at the rate of 1 stitch every 4 minutes, i was terrified, but it worked out beautifully!
any trick to lessen the holiness of that while we're at it? I just did some creative weaving on the first one, finishing the second one now, but i am seeing more of these in my future, so just curious.