Wednesday, 10 August 2016

on hobbies

This week is a bit of a strange one for me. Thanks to some shift swapping at work, I've been in the office for the first three days, I'll be off tomorrow, back in on Friday, and then off for the weekend. It's sort of like having two short weeks but also having a short weekend in the middle? I don't know. Like I said, it's weird.

And on this weird Wednesday, I have a confession to make: I am a hobby whore. And by that I mean that I have about a billion hobbies, none of which I do very well. Watercolor painting, embroidery, knitting, dance classes, baking, photography, writing...I pretty much do it all. And it's cyclical in nature. I will spend weeks absorbed in painting series after series of blotchy, hideous flowers before abruptly deciding I should knit a baby blanket.

To be fair, the knitting didn't last long this time because a certain kitten believed the moving needles were a danger to us all and had to be stopped.

one of my embroidery projects from the last great huzzah of needlecraft, circa 2015

But I digress. The point is that I'm trying to be better about practicing my hobbies and making them skills. I grew up in a house of crafty women (my mother refuses to accept that she's crafty but she so is) including a grandmother whose greatest disappointment is that neither my mother nor I have learned how to crochet.

I can go in to Michael's - oh, sweet Michael's, how I miss you - and spend approximately 5 katrillion hours envisioning a world where everyone I love gets a handmade sweater for Christmas accompanied by beautifully designed scrapbooks and silk flower bouquets. I will even buy all the supplies to do these things, make exactly one of everything and become so exhausted by it that all those fancy supplies go immediately in the cupboard to be resurrected at the next occasion.

How do I stop it, this hobby madness? Do I just accept that I will be a part time tap dancer/knitter/fencing champion/artisanal cheese maker on a rotating schedule for the rest of my life? Truth be told, I think cheese might be a bit outwith my capabilities...for now. ;)

Are you a single hobby person, with loads of dedication, or are you like me - six million hobbies all done slightly haphazardly? Any hobbies that you've been dying to try (hello, calligraphy)?



  1. I would say my main two hobbies are embroidery and cross stitch so lucky they use many of the same supplies so I save money there but I often finish something and then it just languishes in my cupboard never to see the light of day again which is ridiculous!

    1. I found that was the hardest part about embroidery - after all this effort and all the teeny tiny stitches, what do I do with it? Do you ever frame yours or use it for home decor?

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