Not That I'm Complaining, or Anything

When I lived in Boston I lived at the tail end of the Orange Line: Forest Hills. That meant that I was almost always guaranteed a seat when I boarded the train (and if I couldn't find myself a seat then, I knew that we were in for a bad ride, indeed). I always felt a bit sorry for those people who got on at Ruggles or Back Bay when the train was almost already full. No subway knitting for them, I thought.

When I moved to Astoria I once again lived at the end of the line: Ditmars. I was still almost always guaranteed a seat, and the long commute meant that I had lots of time to knit.

In Brooklyn, however, things are different. I'm mere steps (to use realtor parlance) from the 2/3 at Grand Army Plaza or the B and Q trains at 7th Ave. We're living in a super location--maybe the best urban spot I've lived in to date (although I gotta say, Astoria wasn't far behind). My commute is the shortest its ever been. If I change to the 4/5 at Nevins I'm looking at a total of six stops. Six stops! That's like, nothing. Six stops didn't even get me out of Queens.

So, not that I'm complaining or anything, but just like those people getting on the train at Ruggles, I seldom get a seat now. And when I do, I'm off the train so fast that there's little time for subway knitting.

There's little time for picture taking either. Look, dude, get out of my frame, will ya?

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Please?

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Finally!

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Oh, the challenges of subway knitting! Perhaps I'll just have to learn to knit while standing.

 

I'm trying to learn to knit on a stationary bike. Figure I could get some much needed knitting time, while keeping my butt from requiring its own zipcode!

I can knit while standing but it seems inadvisable in the NYC subways. One poke and people will be suing the crap out of you.

Once you can get the "surfer" balance and mindset going, knitting while standing up on the subway isn't that difficult, especially if you have a regular route and know where those sharp turns are going to be. Have fun!

As an added bonus the surfer stance is a great workout for the thighs. Almost makes me wish I had trouble getting a seat in the morning... almost.

luckily, I get on at the first stop of the 4 train, otherwise I'd be standing on the way in. Coming home to Brooklyn is another story as getting on at Grand Central on the 4/5 or at Times Square on the 3 is most of the time less than perfect, but, I manage to get knitting in both directions and makes the commute a quick 40 minutes or so. (and yes, I've missed my stop from not paying attention and concentrating on the knitting)

I have the same problem: my commute is too short and too crowded to knit! I suppose for some people, a quick commute is not a "problem" :)
It's annoying to lose my place in a lace pattern on a sock...

AH the saga of NYC Subway Knitting. When I lived in Brooklyn I was using the Kings Highway Station. I'd leave a little bit earlier, ride back to Brighton stay on the train and be seated when subway started up again! Then on the way home I'd ride one or 2 stops away from Brooklyn always got a seat and knitted on the way home too. What Knitters won't do to get their knitting done! Miss all that because now I have to drive. Althought when stuck at a light I've been known to knit at least one row!

Ha ha, you said Ruggles. It hasn't changed any, I go through it twice a day. (Fours buses a day, and go through Dudley, too.) At least you're still seeing knitters. YAY!

HA! circular needles a pair of socks....great for subway knitting....trust me and you won't poke anyone either. Have fun

A short commute is a blessing, but does cut on the knitting and reading time. I'll take less time on the subway any day though! I saw a woman knitting on the train earlier this week and it was painfully obvious she was a beginner: she was slowly working a very long garter stitch scarf. The bottom portion was quite sloppy, but you could see her tension improving as she went along. Whenever I see subway knitters, I always wish I had some sort of international symbol or catch-phase to let a sister know she's not alone!

I always knit standing up on the subway (though not on the 4 it is a bit too crowded). The trick is to get a spot by the door (ideally the one that does not open as frequently) and lean on it and the panel that shields the seats next to the door. That way you are out of the way, you can keep your balance, and you aren't likely to poke someone.

If THAT isn't possible you can usually find a way to put your foot up against a bar and surf (the bar gives a little extra stability AND means you are close enough to grab on if the train unexpectedly lurches). I've never poked anyone, only lost my yarn down the aisle once, and only fallen on someone a few times (but everyone falls on someone sometimes!)

Hi, I was riding, I think it was the Q, and saw a subway knitter. We were sitting across from each other, but she seemed either very into her knitting or avoiding eye contact. I wrote subwayknitter.com on a scrap of paper and handed it to her on the way out.
Wanna see the pics?

 

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