In-between times: a new weekly feature about making the most of commuting

Life between work and home

On average, I spend about 5 hours a week on the train, travelling between the cities where I live and work. At times my commute is awful, I admit, especially when the train is delayed (or occasionally even cancelled). Overall I have come to terms with it pretty well, though. Before I started my curent job, I was commuting about 18 hours per week. Insane! I can’t believe I was willing to do it. The time wasn’t lost, though – I actually knit an entire lace dress on the bus! I found it crucial to make sure I never thought of the time as wasted and still keep that mindset with my shorter commute.

These days I almost look forward to the time that serves as a buffer between work and home, when I have the freedom to stop thinking about obligations. Instead, I knit, read, admire the scenery, or people watch. There’s also a bit of a cycle or walk on either end of the train journey, which extends that time nicely and builds a bit of activity into my day. The travelling is a mundane thing in a way, but I thought I’d share how I use that time in the hope that maybe I can inspire someone else to do the same. Or perhaps you already do? I’d love to hear about how you make your commute bearable.

I’ll do a recap of what I’ve been up to for the past week every Tuesday. It might be a knitting project, or a book, or just thoughts on what I’ve seen. Why Tuesday? Well, I think it’s a really overlooked day. Writing the post will give me something to look forward to. Plus, it works nicely with a Saturday or Sunday post. I also like how it kind of sums up the in-between spirit of the subject matter.

Right, there’s my poor explanation of the concept of this feature! I hope you think it’s an okay idea; I was a little concerned it might be too dull. Stop me if it is!

This week:

I’m knitting: A shawl for Oma

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I’ve been working on this for ages, but am finally almost done.You can’t tell from the picture, but there are a ton of stitches on those circular needles! Doing an individual row takes almost a whole trip. I am seriously regretting picking this pattern. I went for a basic stockinette half-pi design because I thought it’d be quick. Alas, it has proven slow and a bit too easy for my taste. Oh well, it’s nearly there. Just a couple more rows, then the edges! I really hope she likes it.

I’m  reading: Acquainted with the night

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What better to read during the dark mornings and evenings than a book about night? I’m not very far into this yet, but am enjoying it so far. No doubt there will be more to say on this next week.

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One thought on “In-between times: a new weekly feature about making the most of commuting

  1. A time to transtion between work and home is important I think. Commuting by bus or yrain has a set of disadvantages attached to it, but driving yourself would deprive you of knitting/reading time.For me I think running around to get to the yrain when the weather is bad is the big drawback.

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