My daily commute is a whopping 1-mile walk. If I do the Gmap Pedometer (play with it, it’s fun!), it comes out to 1.03 miles, guesstimating from door to door. I walk with a coworker friend, who lives nearby, and we chit chat for the 15–20 minutes it takes. Needless to say, it would be impossible to get anything else done during this time.
My boyfriend’s commute, however, is significantly longerâ€”approximately 1.5 hours door to door, requiring walking to the train station that’s about 1.5 miles away and then sitting on regional rail for another 50 minutes. He complains bitterly, but I can’t help feeling jealous sometimes. I know it would wear on me, but forced knitting time? I could go for some of that. (Occasionally I take the bus, but it’s generally so crowded I have to stand, and the trip is only about 8 minutes long anyway.)
Last night, I took the train out to meet the boy at his office, then to go out with some of his coworkers for dinner and to see the band of one of his coworkers play at a bar. I happily packed myself a little bag with the second sleeve of theSunrise Circle Jacket. (Yes, I finished the first sleeve and front already. I’m cranking away!)
A very nice woman sat next to me, and I couldn’t take a picture until she had gotten off the trainâ€”I didn’t want to have to answer any questions! I knit down the hem and just a few rows past it while on the train. I didn’t get as much done as I’d thought I would, since 50 minutes of train time doesn’t actually equate to 50 minutes of knitting time, but it was satisfying nonetheless.
I’ve seen people knitting on the subway in NYC, and it’s pretty amazing how they manage to keep their elbows in tight, keep the work right in their laps, and quickly shove the work in a purse when it’s the moment to get off. I have such a resistance to stopping in the middle of a row that I will decide how soon before my stop I need to stop knitting. But if I had something commuting-dedicated, perhaps I would be more lax about that.
Do you knit on your commute to work? What kinds of projects do you work on (if you have “commuting projects”). Do you wish you commuted to work? What would you knit if you did?