My girlfriend is always asking me how I have time for everything? I usually make some joke about it, but today I'm going to let her in on my little knitting secret...
I knit everywhere. A few stitches here, a few stitches there, it all adds up.
So here is a day-in-the-life of my knitting time.
Bright and early, it's the morning train. My knitting projects are portable - even the big ones will fit in pieces into ziplock bags. The project, needles, a small bag of accessories (tape measure, stitch markers, etc.) and the pattern are all in the ziplock bag. I use the freezer bags because they hold up better when the knitting needles poke through them.
This is a pair of socks I've been working on. Technically I have knit this sock about 4 times because I have to keep ripping out my mistakes! But I knew going into this project that it would be "a learning experience" that, as my mother would say, will only make me a better knitter once I have completed it.
Total train knitting time is just about 2 hours.
Now on to the bus. Notice how the sock is about the same size? Yup - I made a huge mistake and had to rip it back. sigh. That's okay though - it's a learning experience. Total knitting time on the bus is 40 minutes.
Luckily for my knitting, but unluckily for me, I had to take the afternoon and spend quality time at the DMV. It went pretty fast though. Total knitting time: 1 1/2 hours. (Trust me, that's fast for a DMV in the city.)
Of course I got out of the DMV just in time to miss the train for home, so now I have 2 hours of waiting to do. Sitting in the lobby of the train station knitting time: 1 1/2 hours.
Now the train is going to be here soon, so I go up to the platform to wait for it. They said it would only be delayed by a few minutes. Total train platform knitting time: 45 minutes.
Finally I'm back on the train and headed home. I've made real progress on turning the heel on my sock. From here on out it should just be straight-forward plain knitting and I'm on a local train, so plenty of time for that. Total knitting time: 2 hours 15 minutes.
So in this one day just by grabbing the minutes here and there, I've managed to rack up a grand total of 8 hours and 40 minutes of knitting time! If I hadn't been knitting, I would have been just waiting. Knitting was much more fun.
I have to say that I made an effort to use every minute of time to knit. Usually I toss in some work, reading, a nap (or 2), some chit-chat with my train buddies. But today I made sure those needles were in my hands just so I could see how much knitting I could do in the course of a day.
Then I got home and realized that I put the heel in backwards. Don't ask me how that happened because I really don't know. I couldn't do it again if I tried. All I know is that the heel turned up into my instep - like a little "U" instead of the lovely "L" it was supposed to be. Maybe because I missed my morning nap or got so frazzled at the DMV?
Whatever the reason, I ended up ripping out 8 hours and 40 minutes of knitting (part of which was already ripped out at the start of this day anyway, so it's now ripped out twice).
So, knitting a sock 5 times...I'd better be such a better knitter once I'm done.