What’s a New York City knitter to do when she commutes via public transportation? Knit on small projects, of course! The blue yoke sweater that I’m working on, and a few other works-in-progress, are just too big to lug onto a NYC subway car (well, you could, but I’m not sure that that move would engender any goodwill in my fellow riders…..)

So my current subway project is the Textured Shawl, using just one skein of Sanguine Gryphon Traveller sock yarn that I got from Eat.Sleep.Knit and size US 6 circular needles. I’ve never worked with this yarn before, and it was the colorway that lured me in (not least because it’s called “Gare de L’Est” – there’s that French theme again! Gare de L’Est is one of the major train stations in Paris and one of the stations used by the TGV, the high-speed train service. I also love trains, so France + trains = I didn’t stand a chance in resisting this yarn.)

Anyway, this yarn is fantastic – nice tight twist, smooth and elastic, and rich color. And the project is perfect for the subway – just enough stitch variety to keep it interesting, but not too complicated that you spend your entire ride ripping out your mistakes! I know at the moment that this looks just like a blob of knitting, but once it’s finished and has had a nice wet blocking/pinning, it’ll be recognizable as a triangle shawl that will be perfect for keeping the spring chill away before summer returns. I think that just a few more subway rides and this shawl will be off the needles…

(PS: Yes, that’s another project bag – I could, and probably will, end up showing you a veritable parade of these. It’s the small project bag from Ysolda’s holiday shop last year. Perfect for protecting the subway projects in my purse!)

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