Insomnia Makes for Good Knitting Progress

making knitting progress when you can't sleep!

Insomnia happens to me sometimes. If I spend too much of my day, and too many days in a row, on the go-go-go I can’t turn it off and sleep. Usually chamomile tea helps with that but it didn’t last night.

So I did the only reasonable thing a knitter who can’t sleep can do: I got up and set to knitting. You can make some real progress in the middle of the night, ya know.But there are consequences to staying up all night knitting.

Consequence #1: There are not enough eye drops in the world to make me look fresh and awake. But there are enough to make my eyes feel like they are no longer full of sand and I am properly thankful for that.

Consequence #2: Blog posts the morning after an all-night-knit-fest are kind of cruddy. Sorry.

Consequence #3: Kitties are unhappy. This of course is the only consequence that truly matters. Its officially winter-time you see and they expect a full eight hours of me lying in my bed so they can lay on top of me. In the summer time they couldn’t care less what I do at night. They are off doing their own thing. But when the weather turns chilly, Cowardly Boy Cat has spend the night curled up on my butt and Feline Overlord has to sleep with her butt in my face. Last night’s routine was interrupted and now kitties are cranky and all up in my business.

Bad kitties on the handknit shawl


I’ll have to bribe them with mackerel or tuna. And I’ll have to get a good night’s sleep tonight and let them use me as a cat bed.

That is what I’ve been up to. I’ve gotten past the mid-way point which is nice. At this point I’m sure of its size, its shape, and how much yarn it will take to finish. When I’m in the middle of a new design and I don’t know those things, I feel anxious. But once I know how it will all play out, I can relax. So this shawl is at a good point and it won’t be getting me up in the middle of the night again. Probably.

But I do need to put in some time and finish that one, get a pattern ready, get it photographed and published. Plenty of work left to do.

I guess this post turned out to just be a tease huh?


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Fran C.

Well, do sleep well tonight! I finished the meshed hat, and took note of the cardboard templates, now I am wondering if I just spray with distilled water or do I wash the thing….the Crochet Dude sprays the completed items with water and I was wondering if the same technique with that and blocking applies. 🙂


Must have been something in the air last night. You are the 3rd person today who told me they didn’t sleep a wink last night.
Hope you get some rest. you’ll need it. Cuz Christmas! is almost here.

Most nights I wake up between 2 and 4 AM, because of pain. And if it’s bad enough that I can’t get back to sleep, I very often knit. And sometimes listen to audiobooks while I knit. I see a lot of dawns, let me tell you! And as you point out, I get a lot of knitting done 🙂 (P.S. does every commenter have to type in their info every single time? This is the only blog I follow that makes me do it and I’m wondering if I can fix that. Maybe I could figure these things out… Read more »

And here I am, checking back again at 350AM…right on schedule.


I was in the all-nite club too…cake from a Christmas party too late but I got lots of knitting and finished a crocheted bowl too!


Well, since I’m a day late, I seriously hope you got some Z’s by now. Not sleeping sucks, but I kinda miss having insomnia and finishing a whole project overnight.

If you care to go through so much work, some kitties can be satisfied with an old pair of pj pants stuffed with a blanket or some rags and a heating pad. However, I suspect your two sleuths would catch you moving around and demand reparations for your trickery.