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December 18, 2005

Christmas Knitting Dos and Don'ts

Family , Holidays are supposed to be fun, right? , I love lists! , Knitting , Of course I can knit that before Christmas. , Roommate stuff , TV and Movies , You know you knit too much when...

It's... going. Not quite as well as I'd wanted, but I figured that would happen. So to distract you from my lack of pretty pictures or actual content, here are a few pointers for you based one what I've picked up over the past few days.

* DO just keep knitting, and avoid thinking about any of it too much.

* DON'T use yarn or needles you hate. Metal 15s? Ribbon? Eyelash? The end results are pretty, but what was I thinking?

* DO take advantage of the lovely technique that involves doing some extra wraps before each stitch one row and dropping them the next and stretching it out. (I'm sure it has a name but I don't have time to look it up.) My God, does that make a scarf go quickly.

* DON'T take a break to argue with your mother. Or at least put her on speakerphone or something so you can keep knitting. (At least I won.)

* DO "carpool," i.e. get people to drive you places so you can knit in the car.

* DON'T just keep adding things to your list. My list went from 12 to 14 before it got down to, um, 13 at the moment, but two of those are almost done, I swear.

* DO cut back on sleep and housework. 5 hours a night. Laundry and dishes. Everything else can wait.

* DON'T watch anything too enthralling or complicated while knitting. I'm finding that Simon Schama's History of Britain works well - it keeps me interested but, well, I know the plot, so it's okay if I don't give it my full attention.

* If you are making anything that comes in pairs like socks or mittens, DO knit one of each pair first. It will keep things interesting, and it's better to give each recipient one mitten and some yarn instead of two mittens to half of them and just yarn to the rest.

* DON'T let yourself get dehydrated. Dehydration does not increase knitting speed. I've been going with mostly Tab and various kinds of tea.

* DO keep the house stocked with easy-to-make, non-messy food. You don't have time to cook or to take food breaks. Knitting while eating is possible. I've been concentrating on canned soup, chips and dip, baby carrots, Twizzlers, and chocolate.

* DON'T develop a new addiction to an online game. (I'll give you the link after Christmas. I promise. It's for your own good.)

* DO remember the twelve days of Christmas. Nothing is technically late until January 6. Especially if you're Catholic.

* DON'T let yourself feel too much envy or resentment when you walk by your roommate's open door and notice the neat stack of books and CDs that he's giving people for Christmas. So what if they come already assembled? You're putting in way more effort.

* DO resolve to drag him into the madness next year. It's not like you forced him to start knitting.

Posted by Kat at December 18, 2005 10:35 AM

what a great guide - I swore I wouldn't get caught up in holiday knitting but now that I have some time to think (and knit!) ideas are floating around and I got yarn out of my stash for potential projects.

Good luck with your knitting! (go knitter go!)

Posted by: Kristen at December 19, 2005 10:44 AM

One more:

DO make arrangements for a post- rather than pre-Christmas alternate celebration with family members who are traveling for the holidays. (Of course I've already finished their gifts. Why didn't my brother tell me weeks ago that they were headed to Vermont for Christmas?)

Posted by: Kat at December 19, 2005 11:00 AM

Wise words. I wonder if there's anyway to condense them enough to fit a tattoo? I'm sure to forget to read them next year in time, and it's already too late for this year...

Posted by: Jen at December 19, 2005 08:09 PM

Great list. I need to a good number of things on it!

Posted by: Becky at December 20, 2005 07:12 AM

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