Wednesday, May 02, 2007

How the other half knits

Dear Kay,

I know that usually only Ann writes open letters to you like this, but I hope she'll forgive me this once.

Since you keep shouting from the rooftops about how you're all, like, finished with your half of this blanket and oh, some other stuff just happened to fall off your needles in the meantime, I figured it was high time for a WIP shot.

KnA A4A Co-Blanket WIP

I took this picture at my desk after I got this morning's subway commuter knitting done. It's already a little bit bigger, now that I've done my working-schmuck's lunch break knitting. It will be a little big bigger tonight after I do my evening's subway commuter knitting done.

AmberCake Fakin' It Day-Job-Knitter's Tips:
- You don't need a seat on the subway to knit. Just a place to lean. This includes leaning on the doors, but be courteous and pick up your things and scoot it when you're at a station.
- Some leaning spots are more well-lit than others.
- If you're carrying around a really rather large bag of yarn for your project (two balls each of three colors), go ahead and put it in a plastic bag and knit from the floor. Honestly, you cannot lie to yourself that this is a big step from hanging a big bag of yarn from your elbow and knitting from that. This saves arm strain and improves circulation.
- Exception #1 to bag-on-the-floor is mohair. I do wash everything before I consider it finished, but the danger of what mohair will pick up and not release is not worth it, especially for what a light fiber it is to carry.
- Exception #2 to bag-on-the-floor is when you can cram it all into your messenger bag and wear it across the chest and knit out of that bag. Requires extra caution if you are also bringing lunch to work. Also a danger to consider with this option is Velcro on the bag. Danger is reduced by knitting with cotton.
- Teach all your co-workers to knit so someone will always be ready for a knitting lunch hour.

This is totally going to look great, right? I mean, that feeling I get when I look at yours and I think that these blanket halves have no common coloration at all, well, that's just totally wrong, right? It's going to be great.

Or we'll swap yarn now that the deadline is extended and knit other halves for our other halves or something. But we wouldn't have to do that, because it'll be awesome, right?



Anonymous Kay said...

I'm not worried I think there ARE some common colors, for example. Mine is green and red, but the red has a brownish cast (due to the double stranding of a reddish brown with a reddish blue). I also have 2 remaining hanks of Cascade 220 in a heathered blue-green, which may help us meld the 2 haves with a little log cabinning or bordering or whatevering.

It goes fast (I don't knit during the day, you know, unless I'm on the subway.....leaning.....) so I spose we COULD do 2 blankets but I was kind of fond of the idea of the mindmeld blanket. Anyhoo. Let's regroup. xoxo Kay

5/02/2007 6:06 PM  
Blogger futuregirl said...

I use huge 1 gallon ziploc bags to carry around my crocheting in my bag. I plop that sucker down on any old floor and crochet right out of it. The bag might get covered in dried leaves, cat hair, and whatnot, but my yarn is always clean (except for my hair ...).

5/04/2007 3:31 AM  
Anonymous Lizbon said...

Hee hee. Thanks for the subway leaning/knitting tips. Love 'em. And the letter.

5/05/2007 3:35 AM  
Anonymous Ann said...

Aw hell, thanks for taking the pressure off ME. Just keep writing her--it's not like she's asking ME to do any dual blanket projects or anything. Sheesh.

5/05/2007 9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been knitting on the subway to ease the pain of commuting since 1983. Please don't lean against the subway doors - you might kill yourself, no s---. Try knitting a small project (like socks or a hat)they are easier to deal with in a crowd. That said, I usually knit larger projects, and if I can't get a seat or a pole to lean against, I don't knit.

5/09/2007 10:14 PM  
Blogger Mia said...

I love the miter! The train knitting tips are great too. Subway knitting works really well once you get the hang of it. I sometimes prefer leaning against the wall to some of the more cramped seats - more elbow room!

5/30/2007 11:46 AM  

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