4 Speedy Tips for the Time-Starved Knitter

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All knitters know how important it is to get your daily dose of fiber. (Ha! We'll be here all week.) But what if your schedule doesn’t allow time for relaxed Sunday vibes, knitting in bed while sipping coffee? We feel you, and we've got a few ideas to help.

1. Swatch It

If you're between projects but aren't ready to commit to your next big sweater , make a swatch. Grab a skein from your stash, a set of needles and just start knitting. You’ll feel better with yarn between your fingers, plus building a swatch library can save you time down the road. You can even go the extra mile and try out different stitch patterns, block them and take notes on your gauge. When you’re ready for that skein to take center stage, you’ll already know what needles to grab. And if you end up with a bumper crop of swatches, you can always turn them into a baby blanket someday!

2. Seek Inspo

Nothing beats the soothing feel of wool and bamboo in your hands, but browsing new knitting patterns is almost as satisfying. One of the fastest ways to do so: head to Instagram, pop in some knitting hashtags and ogle the awesomeness. You may find you're even more determined to actually make (and post!) your own stuff.

3. Have a Travel Sock

Even serial knitters — those who like to finish one project before starting another — can benefit from having a secondary, on-the-go project. Enter the "travel sock." Socks are small, portable and can make for wonderfully mindless knitting (when you're in the mood for that). Stash a pair in progress in your car to get you through long carpool lines, or in your purse for doctor’s office waits. When unexpected downtime hits, you'll be ready.

4. Admire Your Stash

Chances are you’ve got a stash of yarn hiding somewhere in your house, so don’t wait till you’re ready to cast on to play with your skeins! Get those beauties out, eyeball their woolly goodness and, if you're game, plan out unexpected color combos. (You could always just admire your collection, too.) Sure, you’re not technically knitting, but sometimes it’s enough to just enjoy the fiber. And if your stash has taken on a life of its own (hey, it happens!), we can help you get it back under control.

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