No Time? No Problem. 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! I'll be here all week...). But what if your schedule doesn’t allow time for relaxed Sunday vibes, knitting in bed while sipping coffee? I feel you, and I've got a few ideas to help.

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 and 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. When you’re ready for that skein to take center stage, you’ll already know what needles to grab. If you end up with a bumper crop of swatches, consider turning them into a baby blanket someday!

Seek inspo

Sure, nothing beats the soothing feel of wool and woods in my hands, but browsing new knitting patterns is almost as satisfying. Or you can head to Instagram, pop in some knitting hashtags, and ogle some awesomeness. This usually gets me even more determined to actually make (and post!) my own stuff.

Have sock, will travel

I consider myself mainly a serial knitter — I like to finish one project before I start another — but sometimes that one project is a bit of a bear, and not great for lugging all around town. 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're ready.

Admire your stash

All you need is yarn. And chances are, you’ve got a stash of it hiding somewhere in your house. Don’t wait till you’re ready to cast on to play with your skeins! Get those beauties out, eyeball their woolly goodness, plan out unexpected color combos, and just admire your collection. Sure, you’re not technically knitting, but sometimes it’s enough to just enjoy the fiber. And those moments of play will pay you back with extra creative juice when you do dig into your next project.

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