Holiday tip #6: Have a designated driver
You may be asking why is it important to give up your rights to driving yourself around. But let me assure you, those extra few minutes of knitting time can be a valuable addition to your day. If you’ve ever been on the way to a Christmas party and been sitting in the passenger seat of your car praying that you hit every possible red light so that you can finish weaving in all the ends of a scarf before you get to the party, you know what I mean. (A ready supply of gift bags is also handy so that when you finish the scarf while your spouse is pulling into a parking spot you have something to stuff the damn thing into.) Yes, I have been that knitter. And yes, the scarf was finished and in a gift bag by the time we knocked on the door, and we were even on time.
I would not have been able to pull that little victory off without the extra time. Also, there is a reason why you shouldn’t try to drive and weave in ends at the same time. EVER. Forget the fact that driving in a snow storm is bad enough. Trying to explain to your insurance company that you rear ended another vehicle because you were knitting is most likely not going to go over too well and will probably result in a careless driving charge being slapped on you. There is no piece of knitting that I am willing to ever have cost me that much. It’s just not smart. (And no, this one I do not know this from personal experience. It’s just common sense.)
So the moral here is knitting and driving do not mix. Knitting and being a passenger works very well. And really, what else will you be doing while you are stuck in a blizzard and it’s taking you twice as long as it should to get to where you are going? Me, I’d be getting marginally irritated. And hugely irritated with the other drivers on the road who seem to think that driving at high speeds and running reds is reasonable because everyone else around then is driving like a sane human being should. Knitting helps to keep my blood pressure down and ensures that I arrive at parties in one piece and in a festive mood.