Some Relaxation with my In-Progress Summer Tee


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I’ve been knitting/designing a summer tee with CotLin yarn. And I love it. As soon as I put my hands on this yarn I was certain it would make a nice summer-weight garment. The more I knit on this little pullover the more certain of that I am.

I like it in spite of all kinds of stuff going wrong on this knit. I think the last time you saw it, my in-progress summer tee looked like this:

That version no longer exists because it all got ripped out. It was 8 stitches too big you see. I can fudge a lot in my knitting but eight stitches, when your gauge is 5.5 stitches to the inch, is a lot of fudge. I wasn’t sure how I could have messed up my cast-on count that badly but in the end there was only one solution: rip it and re-start.

I was clicking my way through Version Number Two when I realized I had messed up my increases. I was doing Make One Lefts where I needed Make One Rights and so on. After ten rounds of me wondering why my stitches looked all funky I realized the problem.

Now I’m far from a perfect knitter but this is unusual. I hardy ever make two bonehead mistakes back-to-back. I usually manage to spread my boneheaded-ness out. Even so there was nothing for it. I was back to the original solution: ripping.

So there I was in Version Number Three when I realized the problem: this knit, this yarn, is easy and enjoyable and just too darn relaxing. When I knit on this summer tee, I fall asleep. I’ve been picking it up at the end of the day and here is how things progress:

  • after the first 20 stitches or so I get that “ahhh yes knitting” feeling and my shoulders relax
  • twenty stitches after that I start to yawn
  • by the next round I wake myself up with one of those pig-like snorts because I’ve fallen asleep in my chair and started snoring
  • I think after that I continue on, sleep-knitting and… that’s when mistakes happen.

Lesson learned! Apparently I can’t knit in my sleep. That surprises me a little because I can manage simple knits with my eyes closed and I do spend many nights dreaming about knitting (yes my addiction is deep). Even so sleep-knitting seems to be beyond my abilities. And this CotLin yarn is so easy to work with, and feels so nice on the needles, that its putting me to sleep.

Beware the Cotlin. Its too relaxing. Only knit with it when you are wide awake and have five or six cups of coffee racing through your blood stream.


But I do love this yarn. Last week I ordered another ball of it because I wanted the see how a third color would look in my tee (and because I like getting yarn). I just have to stay awake long enough to get some mistake-free knitting in.

I think I’ll go put on a pot of coffee and do a few rounds of knitting. If you hear me making those pig-snorts please come take the yarn out of my hands.

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I’ve left my share of “design elements” as a result of sleep knitting, too. You’d think I would learn! But no…I keep knitting when I’m tired. On another note…your tee is looking lovely! I look forward to the finished product!

I just got my knit pick order of kid mohair and silk yarn in. It’s so ooy gooy soft. Still have a blanket to finish first and then perhaps I will start thinking about making my next project out of the new silk I ordered. Next month I am considering ordering me some yarn made of a mix of cashmere and white fox hair and some other yarn of mixture of minx and cashmere. I have been told that it is so soft next to your skin, as well as, warm. If not next month, then I will definitely order… Read more »

yes…I know those noises–oh WAIT! it was me…..always check ‘last row’ next morning/day before continuing…..those last stitches (rows? maybe….) just might not be correct! LOL


OMG Jenn !!! You are SO FUNNY !!! I nearly did a pig snorts with my iced coffee coming out of my nose, when I was reading the blog this morning !! You sure do know how to bring joy into our dreary days. Thanks so much for that. Now, on the topic of your summer tee… it is lovely ! I think you have chosen the perfect colours for your skin tones. I hope you finish it, and get to wear it at least once this summer. Happy knitting to all !


You’ve illustrated sleep knitting and pig snorting beautifully, er make that eloquently. Happens to me all the time as I tend to knit late into the wee hours well past a reasonable persons reasonable bedtime. And you make me laugh so hard!

Cool looking tee, and review of Cotlin yarn. Can’t wait to see the final version! Keep us in the loop, Jenn and in stitches. 😉