I don’t think I’ve done so much last-minute finishing in quite a while as I did for this TNNA! Of course I can only blame myself. There were things that were finished on time and didn’t need last minute finishing, but here are some quick take-aways from those that did:
1. Finishing isn’t hard, you just have to get it right.
2. It always takes longer than you think it will.
3. Panic won’t solve anything.
4. A good closure (button, etc.) makes all the difference!
5. Planning will get things done–even if all you have is the time between getting up at 4 am and teaching a class at 9 am–and if you focus, you can still do it well.
6. Knitting backwards on a band will save TONS of time.
7. It is kind of fun to knit in the dark (on a plane when everyone else is sleeping and you don’t want to be a jerk, but really need to keep knitting!).
8. Having pieces beautifully knit and blocked by the knitters make it easy to put it together.
9. Bent-tip needles rock.
10. If you are too tired to stay awake while counting stitches picked up, you just have to get some sleep.