But, I know how quickly the 25th of December can creep up on knitters. Before you can blink the Thanksgiving turkey is long gone along with the leftovers in the 'fridge and you're frantically knitting under the tree praying no one wakes up early. I have learned my lesson well in the last few years.
- Start early. Nothing stresses me out more than not being able to finish something and feeling like I have to buy a gift. Then listlessly hunting through stores for something that is inevitably mediocre.
- Choose the Knit-worthy. It sucks to spend mondo amounts of time and energy searching for the perfect pattern, the perfect yarn and then labor over the perfect gift all for a less than lackluster receiver.
- Rotate the hand knits. In order not to spend every waking moment knitting (I know heresy), I choose 3-4 people to knit for every year. That way no one gets burned out on hand knits. I don't callus my fingers and I still enjoy the season.