Rail-Delay Scarf

Knitted by Claudia Weber of Germany to visually represent the delays she experienced each day, for one year, on her rail commute between Moosburg and Munich.

[She] knitted "two rows per day" and she chose "grey for [delays] under five minutes, pink for between five and 30 minutes delay, and red if she was delayed on both trips, or one trip by over 30 minutes."

Weber put the scarf for sale on eBay where it was bought for €7,550 by the German railway company Deutsche Bahn.

More details: euronews

     Posted By: Alex - Fri Jan 25, 2019
     Category: Fashion | Trains and Other Vehicles on Rails

I´ve always had good luck with Deutsche Bahn.
Posted by F.U.D. on 01/25/19 at 10:27 AM
Depending on when the auction was held that 7550 E equals approximately 9000 US. I would have loved to have been there for the discussion about the knitting at Deutsche Bahn. And also afterwards, especially if they had information on what line Ms Weber traveled.

When I was stationed in Germany in 1969, I too always had good luck traveling around on the trains.
Posted by Steve E. on 01/25/19 at 11:24 AM
I call bovine fertiliser. I've been on trains in several countries, and the German ones were second only to our own in quality. I've heard several Germans complain about how "awful" their trains are, and can only conclude that none of them have ever been in England.

A delay every second day or so? Does she not understand that trains are full of passengers, who are awkward and cause trains to leaev a minute late because they're still getting off? It's not a delay if everybody can still make their connections. Tou can't expect trains to leave on the second and arrive on the second unless you wish to employ people-pushers like they do in Japan, and forbid, I dunno, people with bad legs or pregnant mothers from taking the train at all.
Jeez. People who complain about non-delay delays are exactly the kind of people who also complain when a train refuses to create a real delay by waiting five minutes for them while they buy their ticket last-second.

And what's with that massive block two-thirds along? Either there was a construction project going on, in which case, wtop whining, you get that even worse on the roads and be grateful that your line is being improved; or something else real was going on and she didn't bother to take that into account in her eagerness to complain. For example, you can hardly blame the train if it's being held up because of Gilets Jaunes. I've never known any train to be consistently delayed for that long a period without there being a real reason.

Or maybe she wanted to make a point about that particular line, in which case she may even have a point but then she should've been honest and said so. Right now, what's she's doing is whinging . A coulourful whinge, perhaps, but no less a facile one.
Posted by Richard Bos on 01/26/19 at 03:09 AM
Still a good concept, especially if guerrilla knitters all over the world adopt it. I can't wait to see the scarves classified by delays, from best (mostly blue) to worst (a girlish pink and red Valentine scarf), with maybe some yellow added for delays of one hour or more with little to no explanation.
Posted by Yudith on 01/26/19 at 09:46 AM
I'd think it would have made more sense to be knitting only during the delay or for the amount of time delayed for each representation at a "i knit so fast pace" and look how long the schedule was off.
Posted by John on 01/26/19 at 06:45 PM
John, if they did this in the Montreal metro, the scarf would be so long it would be unwearable. And that's not even the worst one.
Posted by Yudith on 01/27/19 at 08:42 AM
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