I'm not much for holiday knitting. I have too many deadlines as it is. But I know some of you knit gifts for the holidays, and preparations are starting now.
I just finished knitting two sweaters in two weeks (not to mention writing the pattern for them) and I worked out some ways to make the deadline less of a chore and more a sort of inspiration---or at least a fun challenge.
1. Keep moving! I know this may seem like a strange bit of advice to knitters, but even if you're sedentary it helps to switch chairs at regular (or irregular) intervals or to walk around the room with your yarn tucked under your arm.
2. Give yourself goals, and reward yourself when you reach them. Have a piece of chocolate at the end of every set of sleeve decreases, or jog a victory lap around the room when it's finally time to turn the heel (see #1).
3. Figure out how many minutes it takes to get a certain distance in your work, and see if you can improve your time.
4. Read! With the right book, those miles of stockinette will fly right by.
5. Coordinate your lower body with the motions of your hands. Curl your toes, tap your feet, raise your knee. This will slow you down at first, but it's good for you and may even increase your speed.
Hang in there! And don't forget to think good thoughts while knitting. My cooking always tastes better when I'm loving my family while preparing it. A similar magic is at work in the fiber arts. But if it's drudgery, maybe it's time to take a break. After all, this is supposed to be fun!
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