Hate your commute? Make something cute!

Say what you want about public transit; it has pros and cons (and delays) like anything else. Perhaps the biggest advantage it has over driving is it leaves your hands free and attention can wander. My daily commute for the past four years has incorporated public transit, and to pass the time I read, write, play video games, and this past year I added knitting to the mix.

Crafting on the Go!

I learned to knit in October 2014 and spent the majority of my commute practicing my stitches. I’ve gained other transit skills as well, including knitting while walking and while standing on a crowded, moving train. Now that’s progress!

Circular needles make it easier to knit on the move.

Circular needles, like the ones pictured in use above, make it easier to knit on the move.

I’ve found that using circular needles make it much easier when switching from bus to train. I don’t have to worry about accidentally dropping or forgetting a needle. Also, if I’m mid-row and my stop arrives, I can slide the knitted work down the two needles to hold the stitches in place without using rubber tips on my needles – another tiny item that I risk losing in transit.

The current piece I’m working on is a cable stitch hat. I don’t have a pattern for this one, but that’s what makes it sort of fun. I’m working it out as I go along, experimenting to see how it comes out. I’ve reached the decrease rows after about two weeks of knitting only on my commutes.

The hat starts with ribbing and then develops into a cable pattern.

The hat starts with ribbing and then develops into a cable pattern.

A Stitch in Time

Not only is knitting therapeutic for me, especially after a rough day, but it also leaves me with a feeling of accomplishment by the time I’ve arrived to my destination. Knitting involves a lot of patience, a virtue I admit I need to work on, and demonstrates small steps towards progress. A few stitches here, a completed row on the bus ride, and soon enough the piece takes shape.

These boot cuffs are fun to knit one my commute

These boot cuffs are fun to knit one my commute

Too many people dislike their commutes and let the end of the day drag them down. Don’t let this happen to you; I speak from experience because I used to let that happen to me. If you have the opportunity, take back your commute and do something you love. You’ll be home before you know it.

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