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SabrinaJL
11-26-2006, 08:14 PM
Ok, am I the only one that has this problem?

I am knitting an afghan for DH. It's huge and it's in garter and stockinette stripes (so very boring). Well, no matter when I start knitting it, about 2 rows in, I start nodding off. And I mean that literally. I get the whole drooping-eyelids, head-nodding thing going. I know knitting is supposed to be relaxing, but this is ridiculous.

psammeadred
11-26-2006, 08:20 PM
Maybe that's your body telling you to go to bed early and get a lot of sleep so you can knit more later! I sometimes get sleepy when I knit as well, and I've found that taking a snooze and then coming back to the project later helps me get more done.

Sooze
11-26-2006, 10:34 PM
This happens to me when I pick up an activity (like reading knitting etc) after not having done it for a long time...then, after a coupla weeks of 'nodding off in 3 minutes' this seemed to "wear off' and the activity actually gave me a little boost!

I think at first, I just needed to relax so much that the knitting was putting me to sleep, and then, in the long run, it helped calm me down enough to knit, and read patterns etc...

I really do believe it affect me not only at the time I am doing it...but at life in general, and the longer time I have been doing it for, the more enjoyment that comes...

Perhaps this is true with you? Ride it out...see what happens, I have a feeling this will go away with time...think?

Sooze
11-26-2006, 10:38 PM
I am trying out listening to audio books while I knit now..and once I get into a story, it seems to help keep me going and a LOT of knitters drink coffee or tea, and nibble on a lil bit o chocolate now and then...hehe..no?


edited to say one more thing..an old trick that teachers use in lecture rooms, turn the heat down a bit, so it's not quite a warm in the room..I open the window just a tad to get some fresh air circulating also....

janelanespaintbrush
11-26-2006, 10:44 PM
A sleep-inducing afghan, huh? If only it would keep its soporific qualities after you finished knitting it, you'd have a very marketable product on your hands -- an all-natural cure for insomnia! I could use one of those sometimes, for sure. :teehee:

luv2knit
11-26-2006, 11:30 PM
:rofl: You aren't alone! I have found myself nodding off when I am working on a project that has a simple and repetitive stitch. Latey I have had to just set those aside and do them while I am watching TV or talking with my kids or DH. I also find that if I am sleepy (or trying to carry on a conversation) NOT to do a complicated stitch or pattern, otherwise I spend more time learning to frog and tink! :oops:

Like the chocolate suggestion...always love to have a reason to nibble on chocolate! :cheering:

Sissy
11-27-2006, 09:07 AM
:shrug: This happens to me alot.......on nice projects. :shrug:

SabrinaJL
11-27-2006, 10:09 AM
A sleep-inducing afghan, huh? If only it would keep its soporific qualities after you finished knitting it, you'd have a very marketable product on your hands -- an all-natural cure for insomnia! I could use one of those sometimes, for sure. :teehee:

:roflhard: Yeah, that really would be awesome.

The thing with this is, it's the ONLY project that has ever done this to me. And it doesn't matter how much sleep I've had or how close to bedtime it is or anything like that. It's weird. :shrug:

trollgirl
11-27-2006, 12:37 PM
I watch DVDs or play video games when I knit. Maybe watching TV or something would help? You don't need to look as much when it's a simple and repetitive stitch.

janelanespaintbrush
11-27-2006, 12:43 PM
I watch DVDs or play video games when I knit. Maybe watching TV or something would help? You don't need to look as much when it's a simple and repetitive stitch.

How do you play video games when you knit? :??

trollgirl
11-27-2006, 02:36 PM
How do you play video games when you knit? :??

I guess it depends on the game. Yesterday I finished up my scrunchable malabrigo scarf while playing an old roleplaying game. I knitted while my character ran across the screen and while areas were loading. I used to knit while playing World of Warcraft as well, usually while on flights (public transport that takes you from city to city in the world). I could also knit on raids, which involve 20-40 people and there's a lot of waiting around for other people to be ready. And if there's a 'wipe' (everyone dies), usually have 10-15 minutes free while everyone gets ressurected and buffed.

Sooze
11-28-2006, 12:44 AM
I have a LOT of audio books etc...i will start a thread....

Momma_Jo
11-30-2006, 02:58 PM
I knit the REALLY boring stuff at work or in class, where I have to be paying SOME ( :teehee: ) attention to other things....plus a simple rib is easier to put down for a few mins and then come back to later than some complicated lace pattern.

aineepooh1
11-30-2006, 03:02 PM
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
Too funny!!

letah75
11-30-2006, 03:17 PM
the same thing happened to me when I was making a baby blanket for a friend (that ended up being a huge afgan, becuase I got a little to ambitious with the cast on), and it was a mildly complicated pattern. I think it's because it was cool, then I had this warm blanket sitting on my lap, and the repetitive movement, coupled with the "yo, k2tog, slip1...." mantra constantly going in my head just did me in. It's like 'counting sheep'.

mwedzi
11-30-2006, 07:24 PM
No kidding, I nearly fell asleep when doing a swatch today. A swatch, people. i had to go take a nap.

janelanespaintbrush
11-30-2006, 07:56 PM
No kidding, I nearly fell asleep when doing a swatch today. A swatch, people. i had to go take a nap.

What kind of yarn are you using there, woman?

SabrinaJL
12-01-2006, 12:26 AM
No kidding, I nearly fell asleep when doing a swatch today. A swatch, people. i had to go take a nap.

:roflhard: Ok, and I thought I had it bad. You win.