Monthly Archives: October 2008

Drugs, Music, and Moral Fibre!

Train Departed:  7:32 am (on time!)
Train Arrived at Destination: 8:32 (due 8:26 – 6 minutes late – not too bad!) 
Notable Train Events:  Reasonably uneventful
Knitting: Voyager Lace Stole in Rowan Kid Silk Haze in Colour 637 (1.95 balls out of 8 knitted)


Wooo hoo!  I managed a full repeat of my pattern on my morning train today.  There can only be one possible reason why that may have occurred…you guessed it…train was late..only 6 minutes (and that will only be an amber traffic light according to the new performance measures being introduced!) but enough time to squeeze in those last two rows of a ten row repeat!  This in turn means I am almost at the end of ball number 2 and my shawl weighs around 50 grams. 


Other than being late, and packed to the rafters with school children, office workers, tradies and the drug affected not much happened this morning. 


My choice of music however  Lucinda Williams – Essence…was appropriate given my close companion’s most recent past-time.  It’s a miracle that anyone can doze standing up, while listening to Slipknot at a volume which unfortunately interrupted my enjoyment of Lucinda’s melancholy warbling and the entire carriage’s morning peacetime!!  (MP3 player etiquette will be the subject of a future post!)


Lucinda is a favourite of mine.  I just treated myself to her new album – Little Honey – it’s great although I am still not real sure of her cover of “It’s a Long Way To The Top”, a very gutsy effort, but I think Aussies will not be endeared…time will tell.  It’s quite a departure for her and I think I need to put this one on the ‘big stereo’ and listen to it much louder!


It will soon be too warm to knit angora and silk shawls on the train and I will have to find something ‘cooler’ to knit.  I wanted to finish the current shawl for Christmas….this may or may not occur.



I have some gorgeous 100% Bamboo yarn that I want to knit a beaded wrap for myself and I don’t think bamboo will be quite as sticky as the angora/silk combination which will languish for attention until the aircon gets switched on at home over summer!   Bamboo is one of those new ‘sustainable’ fibres that are turning up on the market and it’s a wondrously soft, pliable yarna nd I can’t wait to try it out!  I found a great Australian website that has lots of info on sustainable fibres including bamboo…MoralFibre, please take a look!  If the bamboo towels are as soft as my yarn…I think they may make it on my Santa wish-list!



Here is an interesting article on textiles and the environment. Picking up this bamboo yarn has really made me think about the effects of my past-times ont ehenvironment.  Sad isnt’ it that it’s taken me so long to even think about it. I feel a total idiot!



If you have any experience knitting with Bamboo I’d love to hear about it.  Does it stretch?  Is it nice to wear? How does it feel on your skin? 


Please leave a comment (or two)!


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Eye Spy…

Train Departed:  7:06 am (on time!)
Train Arrived at Destination: 8:05(due 8:03 – 2 minutes late – not too bad!) 
Notable Train Events:  None really….bugger…except perhaps….
Knitting: Voyager Lace Stole in Rowan Kid Silk Haze in Colour 637 (1.75 balls out of 8 knitted)


Train ride this morning was pretty uneventful, as was last night’s journey which is a bit of a bugger.  I just knew that would happen as soon as I decided to journal my travel adventures here.


Today, I assumed the PKP and settled in for my morning commute and was quite happy until Too-Small-Suit-Man boarded a few stations down the track and sat in the seat directly opposite me. 


Have you ever seen a 150 kilo 40-ish-year old man trying to fit into his high school graduation suit?  It’s not pretty.  Usually, being the fashionista that I am….(NOT) I refrain from giving fashion advice, but this morning I just have to speak up.


If you’re going to wear a suit that is a few (!!!) sizes too small PLEASE at least undo the jacket when you sit down AND make sure your shirt stays tucked in over that obviously well funded beer girth!  I dont want to have to see your hairy navel peeking out between the buttons on your jacket and the gaping front of your shirt! 


It was all I could do to keep my eyes on my knitting.

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Breakfast Club

Train Departed:  7:54 am (on time!)
Train Arrived at Destination: 8:54(due 8:50 – 4 minutes late!) 
Notable Train Events:  Consumption of Food
Knitting: Voyager Lace Stole in Rowan Kid Silk Haze in Colour 637 (1.5 balls out of 8 knitted)


For me, eating on the train is akin to taking your meals in a public toilet…yuck! There are few places I can think of that would be worse…except perhaps the senior boy’s loo at the local primary school! 


This week there has been a veritable feast going on aboard my morning train and it begs the question…what is acceptable to eat on the train/tram/other forms of public transport?


Notwithstanding the fact that eating and drinking on trains is really quite unhygienic, if it is a total impossibility to go without food until you at least reach your desk, the following is acceptable:


·         Breakfast/energy bars (there are hundreds of varieties);

·         Coffee in a travel mug;

·         gobbling down your toast and vegemite as long as you don’t crumb on me;

·         those liquid Weetbix things – (two Weetbix and milk in every little box!); and

·         Anything completely contained in a drink bottle, i.e. smoothie, diet shake, protein drink.


Unacceptable foodstuffs for train travel would include the following:


·         Cereal in a bowl, complete with spoon and milk, or those little boxes that you pour the milk straight in; think of the disaster a spillage could cause!, (The Offsider tells me she has also seen someone eating cereal from a zip lock plastic bag on her train!!! What the?)

·         Bananas. The smell is enough to make me puke and the banana-eating masses almost NEVER take their peels with them leaving them to further ripen and ferment for the afternoon train ride home (apparently there is a $167 fine for littering….wonder if anyone has ever got one?);

·         Dim sims, or those other smelly little Asian dumpling thingies; and

·         Overall anything at all that is stinky (good or bad) or has the propensity for making a big mess on the train or the other passengers!


Anything else?


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Constantly Snuffling Woman!

Train Departed:  7:54 am (on time!)

Train Arrived at Destination: 9:33 (due 8:50 – 43 minutes late!)  Signal Failure

Notable Train Events:  Bookman and The Constantly Sniffling Woman

Knitting: Voyager Lace Stole in Rowan Kid Silk Haze in Colour 637 (1.5 balls out of 8 knitted)


Today, the train departed on time (wonders will never cease).  I sat in my usual prime knitting position (PKP), and got my knitting out of my bag, inserted my headphones (Iris Dement, Steve Earle, John Prine today) and started to knit.


Usually, I am careful to tuck in my left arm so I don’t bother the person sitting next to me, but I really do enjoy the first two stations where I generally have an empty seat beside me.  It didn’t take long before I got to wondering…what is it about the seat next to me that is so attractive, especially when there is an entire carriage of empty seats where travellers can sit?   


At the first stop, a guy gets on and sits right next to me when there were a hundred other seats he could choose from.  Really, it’s not that I’m ultra-cute and desirable that people would fight over sitting next to me…and it’s not that my knitting is really so interesting that everyone wants to watch.  Why then, when there are a heap of empty seats does this guy squeeze himself next to me, and THEN make funny little grunting noises at the movements of my arm whilst knitting like I am the rude one?


Thankfully he moved when he got his book out.  I may have been a little less careful than usual with my left arm which encouraged that course of action, but I can’t confirm.


At station number 3, after the train and all its passengers had sat unmoving at the cross over for 20 minutes because of signal failure, Bookman was  replaced by a beautiful girl of ‘continental appearance’ who I will forever more refer to as “The Constantly Snuffling Woman“.


Now I always hate to raise issues such as these because I never know whether there may be some cultural reason for what is happening.  (This is something I’ve had to think about more often since moving out to the East, as the diversity is far greater than in my previous habitat.)  But I seriously could not come up with any reason whatsoever that this woman wouldn’t blow her nose instead of sniffing snuffling like an elephant with a head cold.  I even got a tissue out of my handbag and blew my nose to see if it would persuade her to do the same… such luck.  I toyed with the idea of offering her a tissue, but I didn’t want to offend.   


There was little or no chance of me getting another PKP, so I didn’t want to move (besides I was there first),  and I didn’t want to offend The Constantly Snuffling Woman.  But, I also didn’t want to listen to the repugnant gurgle of the contents of her nose, making it’s way down the back of her throat for the entire duration of my journey!  My MP3 player didn’t have volume enough to drown out the noise!



So now I ask you…what should I have done?  I will be grateful for your suggestions!


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