Was your train delayed this morning? Are you perhaps reading this story on a delayed train? Then you, reader, will love this scarf.
For the past year, a woman in Germany has been documenting her commute through knitting. She knits two rows per day and chooses her yarn color based on how delayed her train is. Her daughter, journalist Sara Weber, tweeted an explanation of the key on Sunday: gray for delays less than five minutes, pink for five to 30 minutes, and red for 30 minutes or more.
Meine Mutter ist Pendlerin im Münchner Umland. Und begeisterte Strickerin. 2018 hat sie einen “Bahn-Verspätungsschal” gestrickt. Pro Tag zwei Reihen: Grau bei unter 5 Minuten, rosa bei 5 bis 30 Minuten Verspätung, rot bei Verspätung auf beiden Fahrten oder einmal über 30 Minuten. pic.twitter.com/PpGJiiU8AS
— Sara Weber (@sara__weber) January 6, 2019
The most noticeable part of the scarf is a large red block on the right. That represents the summer holidays, according to Weber, when her mother’s train was delayed every day.
“It did not take 40 minutes per ride” during this time, she tweeted, “but just under two hours. Every day. For six and a half weeks.”
This prolific red is thanks to issues with the Münchner Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund (MVV), which is the transit authority in Munich. According to Weber’s tweets, her mother used both the subway and regional trains.
Weber told CNN that another scarf is already in the works for 2019. Here’s hoping for a little less red — although it does look really pretty, so at least there’s that.
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