You may have experienced knitting insomnia. I know it has happened to me before. It is one of the dangers of late-night knitting.
Knitting insomnia has a less dangerous cousin known as “just let me finish this row.” This cousin's dangers are directly related to the length and complexity of the row in question.
Let’s face it: many of us have stayed up past our bedtimes to get rows done. Or tangles untangled.
But the cruelest fate of all is the discovery—right before bed—of a mistake.
Halfway through this section of the cuff (the portion of the mitt that covers your fingers when these are in “mitten mode”), I discovered I had been increasing several rows past the point where I should have stopped. I discovered this error at the worst possible time—just as I was putting my knitting away for the night to go to bed.
It was not an easy fix—tinking several rows of two mitts on one circ is a complex process. I figured I had about an hour’s worth of rescue work ahead of me, and it was already nearly 11pm.
“You can fix it in the morning, when you’re sharper,” I told myself as I tucked my knitting back into its bag and went to bed.
Notice I said “went to bed.” Because I did not go to sleep. No, I lay in bed for another 90 minutes attempting not to think about my wayward knitting. “It’s just knitting,” I kept telling myself. “Lives are not at stake. 12:30 a.m. is not a good time to attempt a complicated knitting fix.”
Nothing doing. You can already guess the end of the story: Me, up until 1:45 a.m., fixing my knitting.
So now I have “insomnia mitts” to go along with my “amnesia cowl.” Knitting may be soothing, but it sure isn’t always peaceful.