Commuter crochet – I thought I would start to share some of the methods I have of making my commute more enjoyable and productive. After recently moving jobs I now have a daily train journey of more than an hour each way. This means that over the course of a year I will be spending the equivalent of about 61 working days sitting on a train!
I don’t know about you, but I cannot afford to lose that kind of time. I certainly don’t want to accept that that time is lost or will always be a miserable time of the day.
All my life I have loved crafts so it makes sense to me to use the time to craft and create. However, I am constrained in terms of the amount of kit I can carry. I also don’t get a lot of space on the train. Whatever I do needs to be small, easy to work and carry. Finally, the trains I am on are reasonably stable but not smooth enough to allow fine work that needs a steady hand.
Knitting was my first go-to but my knitting style is a bit anti-social in that I tend to swing the needles out to the sides. This doesn’t go down well with my fellow passengers! Crochet however is perfect!! I have been crocheting flowers to use in my Sunshine Flower blanket and am almost complete on those now. They have been ideal for the commute as you can build them up in layers. This means you can work several at once using only one ball of yarn. Much better than having to carry four different colours every day. I also weave in ends on the commute – not my favourite job but it has to be done.
Use Pinterest boards to collect ideas!
Pinterest is great as a complete distraction from the journey. I have a board where I keep all the ideas I find for small projects that would work on the train. You can see my Pinterest board here. I will work my way through these ideas and show the results here on my blog.
These ideas for small projects are not restricted to being used on a commute. It could be that you have time on your hands in other circumstances. I have been known to whip out the crochet whilst waiting for a film or concert to start. Sitting in the car waiting to collect my children – out comes the small crochet!
The other thing that makes my commute more enjoyable is listening to music or the radio. Recently I have been listening to audio books and they really help pass the time. The books can be expensive but signing up to Audible which charges a monthly fee, gives you one credit a month which means one free book a month and there are regular offers to allow you to get books more cheaply. There is all sorts of inspirational stuff to listen to 🙂 There is a link below in case you would like to try Audible. I need to tell you that I am a member of the Amazon Affiliate programme and if you click on this link below or any other links in my blog I might receive a small income at no additional cost to you.
When I have more tips for a happy commute I will post them up here so check back in soon. I would also love to hear any tips you have to share, just leave me a comment above.
Happy commuting 🙂