Howdy, howdy! I’ve kind of been in a funk for a long time. None of the things that used to excite me (anime, manga, even music) have held much interest for me. While I was sick, I even stopped playing my mindless games for a few weeks. The only thing I’ve been consistently doing is reading, and that hasn’t really drawn me in either. I read a chapter or two at a time, then get bored no matter whether I’m enjoying the book or not. And I think we all know (if you’ve been following my blog) that my writing schedule has been super inconsistent. So, I decided to try finding some kind of hobby that might interest me.
While we were running errands on Friday, Dad and I stopped by Hobby Lobby for some yarn for a project he’s doing in the pond. As he was searching for a certain type of yarn in green, I looked around the aisle just for the fun of it. I like yarn and random crafts. I used to love cross-stitching. But I don’t do anything like that anymore because I have a stupidly limited range of motion and can’t get my hands close enough together to manipulate everything that needs manipulating. It’s the same reason I stopped playing video games.
Anyway, when I was younger, I had tried crocheting. I never finished anything and have no idea why I stopped, but I never started back up because the hooks were all too short for me to reach with both hands. Needless to say, I was surprised to see a few hooks that were super long hanging above the normal crochet hooks at Hobby Lobby. After much internal debate, I decided to get one and a skein of multi-colored yarn. Actually, Dad got them for me (thanks, again!).
A lot of writers I know seem to knit or crochet or have similar hobbies, so when I saw that hook (which is apparently a Tunisian/Afghan hook designed for a special type of crocheting, but can be used like a regular hook) I figured I could give it a shot. Granted, I remember absolutely nothing from my earlier attempts at the craft, so all I’ve been doing thus far is research, but I feel that little tug of excitement that I’ve been missing. I have a project picked out (and approved of by a friend who crochets as something a beginner can handle). I’ve been watching videos of how to do the chain and single crochet, as well as how to sew the project together when I reach that point. All I’m missing is a yarn or tapestry needle, but I won’t need that until I get the crocheting done. I hope to start on that part soon.
What about you? Do you have a particular hobby (or two, three, forty)? What drew you to it? Are you currently looking for a hobby or learning a new one? Feel free to share your thoughts or comments or questions here or on my social media pages!
P.S. If I succeed at my first project, I’ll make sure to post pictures! If I fail, I’ll probably just let this whole thing fade into oblivion with no further mention.