WIP – COMMUTERPosted: March 10, 2015
There’s been a lot of conversation lately about rotations – the number of projects individuals are working on and the blocks of time which they dedicate to each. I know some people alternate stitching on evenings vs. weekends, while others switch it up every day or week.
I have a slightly different method. When I’m at home, I generally dedicate all of my craft time to a single large project. Occasionally, I might work on multiple small projects and shift my attention whenever I start to feel bored or guilty. But that’s rare, I try to not have too many things on the go, because I hate it when projects get left behind.
However, my most dedicated time to work on crafts is while I’m on the go. I almost always have a project with me, when I’m making my semi-daily commute from one side of Toronto to the other. I like working on my journeys because it keeps me from becoming overly nervous in a packed streetcar, and allows me to see those two hours of my time as productive.
Above is the current piece of needlework that I’ve been lugging to and fro. Longtime readers may remember it from last summer. This canvas is going to be the front of a double-sided pillow for my pal, Andrew. I’m not too keen on the derogatory statements, but they were specifically selected by him. This project travels around in an ugly, repurposed lunch bag given to me by an employer when her kids were done with it.
This kit also includes the yarn which I’m using for the background, and a small pair of children’s scissors. I prefer using cheap scissors while I travel, so that I’m not overly upset when they get lost or fall on the floor.
On a similar note, the projects which I take on public transit are stitches that are in need of large blocks of colour. I don’t like having to reference a pattern while I negotiate leg room. While I’ve seen quite a lot of knitters on the TTC, so far I’m the only stitcher.
Do you take your crafts on the go? Do you have any tips or tricks to share with me? What do you use as a project bag?