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.
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.