The best way that I've found for keeping up a thread when one is tired of holding it is to loop the long end up over a hanging plant, let it dangle over the backside then simply release--the thread you hang opposite will counterbalance it, and now the plant can hold it for you.
Speaking of threads, what does everyone think of string theory?
'Pretty swallow, cut open the dawn so the sun may rise on this day.'
--Some long-eared freak with a sword
Zoom's spaceshuttle landing video
(This is what happens when you let a rebel fighter pilot land expensive government hardware...)