How to Keep the Pep in Your Holiday Prep

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For knitters, holiday prep is almost as delightful as the holidays themselves. All that gift-making is the perfect excuse to give tons of time and energy to the creative stuff you love. Here's your game-plan to make the most wonderful time of the year totally festive and (mostly) stress-free.

1. Celebrate your stash

Digging into your yarn leftovers is just smart — and creatively rewarding. So start your project research by looking at yarn you already have on hand and letting your imagination kick in. All those scraps of favorite fibers could have a whole new life as borders, pom-poms and cute headbands, right? (Plus, stash-busting for the holidays gives you permission to treat yourself to some yummy new skeins come January. Bonus!)

2. Get organized

We know, this sounds like the opposite of fun. But honestly, getting your patterns and supplies together early frees up WAY more time for actual, enjoyable knitting in the months to come. Just do it.

3. Get social — often!

Knitting friends are the best friends (but you already knew that). Plan a few group knitting nights early, before your calendar fills up. Then cheer each other on through every hat, sock, sweater and scarf. Extra points if you include cookies and your favorite holiday music or movies.

4. Plan selfish post-holiday projects

What are you going to knit just for YOU once you get through making all those presents? If you don't have an answer, maybe you should. Anticipating the fun of digging into a no-deadline project can be a good motivator when you're feeling buried under a mountain of giftables.

5. Make knitting a judgment-free zone

For most of us, putting pressure on ourselves is practically a holiday tradition. Cut yourself a break, and remember: projects you don't finish on time are not failures. They're a head start on Valentine's Day!

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