Commutes can be a grind. They’re crowded, slow moving and occur far too early in the morning for our liking. If you commute via public transportation, someone else is navigating, which means you are free to do whatever you please. We love social media as much as the next gal, but just think about what you could be doing beyond Facebok and Instagram. After seeing what Seattle-based architect, Chi Krneta did on her daily bus ride, you’re definitely going to want to put your commuting time to better use.

This bride-to-be crocheted her wedding dress during her bus ride to work. Yes, crocheted! Whatever matronly visions you’re having of a shapeless dress made out of yarn, throw them out the window. Her dress turned out phenomenal. It features the pineapple stitch, a deep v-neck and capped sleeves. Krneta worked on the dress five days a week, for about an hour a day, over five months.

So maybe this is all totally impressive and making you rethink those daily statuses venting about the crowded train, but you haven’t even heard the best part. The whole thing cost $30! We’ll wait while you pick up your jaw. With brides spending closer to an average of a few thousand dollars on a gown, this is a seriously glamorous way to save money.

In addition to her wedding gown, Krneta also made another dress for the reception and all her bridesmaids’ gowns. The reception dress, which was inspired by Chrysanthemums, is a short, dance-friendly piece that has petals extending out the bottom and the top. It can also be broken apart as a top and dress so Krneta can wear it after the wedding.

Of the bridesmaid dresses she tells Seattle Magazine, “They are convertible from long to short with a drawstring at the skirt’s hem that folds up and cinches at the waist. Short for when the bridesmaids are running around setting up for the wedding or dancing afterwards; long and elegant for the ceremony.” Now Krneta not only has us thinking how we can be more productive, but how we can fashion our wedding apparel to be more reusable.

Even if you don’t need a wedding dress anytime soon, you can still turn your commute into “DIY-me time.” Put down the cell phone and grab that book you’ve been meaning to read, or that embroidery hoop you’ve been meaning to stitch. Even bring a camera and just snap away at everything you see outside the window. After awhile, when 8:30AM rolls around you’ll be thinking more about that hour to work on your next project and less about the long ride ahead.

How do you keep your morning commute interesting? Share your tips with us in the comments below!

(Photos + Jerome Tso Photography)