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« on: February 16, 2007 05:07:35 PM »

What is the best and safest way to knit on the commuter rail?

I have a 1-hour train commute and I'd like to knit on the train to pass the time.  The problem is that there isn't a lot of room.  The seats are pretty tight - think of airplane seats, then remove the arm rests and the space that the arm rests make between you and the passenger next to you.

The problem is the needles.  I only have the plain ol' straight knitting needles, and they're kind of long - I'd be worried about knocking into the passenger next to me, and I don't want to take anyone's eye out (least of all my own!).  I'm wondering if I should go out and get a set of dpns or a circ?  Would that take up less space?

I would be making small items, like scarves or squares to sew into an afghan.
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« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2007 06:11:03 PM »

circular, definitely.
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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2007 08:12:48 PM »

Circulars would be better than DPNs. I speak from experience. I used to do projects on DPNs on my communte to school but after dropping a needles for the 15th time i learned my lesson. DPNs slip out pf projects easier, they are more likely to poke holes through bags and  you're kinda limited with the kinds of projects you can do on DPNs. None of these problems are issues with circs. Also you can use circs like stright needles. I've brought projects on circs on the bus then switched them back to my beloved straights when I got back home. If you's going to be making socks or something like a hat where you need to use DPNs to decrease, carry an extra set of circs use the double circ method.
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« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2007 01:03:00 AM »

circs, definetly. also from experience:) Michela said it all, i just wanted to add that if you learn magic loop, you will not need extra circ needle, and people will stare at you much less if you knit on circs then on dpns:)
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« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2007 04:56:27 AM »

A group of us (and there are lots and lots of groups) knit on the commuter rail in Los Angeles and it is not a problem.  I use circular, so maybe that is why it is easy.  Straight needles feel to unwieldly to me, in general.  If  you want to stick with straights, look for a seat that is on the aisle side.  At least, you'll have one side open! 

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« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2007 12:33:40 PM »

If you like using wooden straights, you could make your own from dowels.  You can choose the length, so you could make short little ones.  There's a tutorial here on Craftster.
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« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2007 12:40:35 PM »

What about doing loom knitting on the train?  that shouldn't take up as much room, and you wouldn't have to worry about hitting someone with your needles!
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« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2007 03:14:44 PM »

Thanks for the suggestions.  *goes off to buy a circular needle*

What is loom knitting?  I'm not familiar with that.
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« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2007 04:38:28 PM »


What is loom knitting?  I'm not familiar with that.

Loom knitting, like using the Knifty Knitter looms - you can knit all sorts of things on them - there should be a thread on the knifty knitter somewhere near the top of completed projects or knitalongs. 

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« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2007 05:13:27 PM »

Even though I think circular is best for the train, lots of the other people on my train use straights and don't have a problem.  It's just personal preference and making sure you don't poke anyone!

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