I simply cannot find this answer anywhere; everything I find is about combining objects, but nothing is about combining two nodes in a single object. Maybe I'm looking up the wrong thing, maybe this is simpler than I realize. Basically, when I have two objects that are the same curve, but disconnected, I want to be able to connect nodes of one to nodes of the other object in the curve. Maybe this doesn't make sense? Here's a photo of what I mean.
So, as you can see, it's the same curve and I'm using the shape tool to edit it. These two pieces within the curve are disconnected, but I want to connect the highlighted nodes to essentially close the shape there, instead of where it currently closes.
For what it's worth, my current work around looks like this: create a shape to cover that area, then combine that shape and the curves. Here's a few photos of my current workaround:
(1) Create new shape about the size of spot the combine
(2) Weld new shape with curve
(3) Select nodes to erase to clean edges
(4) Smooth finished product
So, I guess my question: is there a command to do all of that faster?