People, especially people at school, often ask me how I find the time to knit. I'll admit that sometimes around school this question bothers me on some irrational level, because sometimes the person asking is implying that, you know, to succeed in law school you really need to spend EVERY MINUTE OF THE DAY, including when you're sleeping, studying. And you can't do that if you're spending your time knitting and purling and entrelac-ing, and whatnot (more on entrelac later, btw!).
I often respond by explaining that when you live in Brooklyn, you've got at least 30 minutes on the F train each way, and one couldn't possibly study on the train. You might injure someone (for instance, yourself) while trying to turn the page of your gigantic 15 lb. casebook. Most of my knitting is done on the subway. And it's mostly true. But it's not just because I couldn't study on the subway. The fact is, I wouldn't study on the subway anyway, because on top of its not being a great place for learning, I've always considered it a buffer zone between work and home, where you release some feelings of obligation. Despite all the other stresses that can come with taking the subway, the time I spend there is a little daily slice of time where you can Do Whatever You Want Whenever You Want To Do It. Even if it means Doing Whatever You Want Whenever You Want To Do It While Ignoring the Two Crazy Guys Talking to Themselves But Not To Each Other. That time used to be spent reading, mostly. But now that I read sort of for a living (or at least for negative tens of thousands of dollars a year for the moment), I don't often read for pleasure. These days it's people-watching, knitting, listening to music, talking to a friend if I'm not alone, or just staring at the walls of the tunnel as they pass.
And so, I'm a subway knitter. Knitting is a great conversation starter on the subway, actually. What's funny is you'd never be able to predict who will talk to you about knitting. One time this 20-something huuuge ultra-urban-badass-taking-up-two-seats-with-his-legs kind of guy saw me knitting with double pointeds, and the conversation went...
Him: Hey, is it some kind of holiday today?
Me: No, not that I know of.
Him: Oh. 'Cause I saw two other people doing that (gestures toward my DPNS) on the subway today.
Me: Oh? This is a kind of knitting. You just use lots of needles instead of two.
Him: Huh! When I saw you doing that, the third person, I thought that must be part of some kind of holiday.
Me: Nope, just knitting.
And recently I had a conversation about the Norwegian Stockings with an entire Orthodox Jewish family. I've also been approached by Spanish tourists, college students, small children, and a whole additional assortment of folks.
So that's that. Thank you, Angela, for tagging me with this fun little meme! I'm a little late in the game with this, so I won't tag anyone in particular. But if you think this is interesting, and you haven't yet done it, consider yourself "it"!Posted by jess at December 23, 2005 3:57 PM