Now that I have finished graduate school, I am finding that I have a lot of extra time on my hands. I am also learning that I am not very good at having free time with nothing to do. I can’t sit still. I need to be doing something. This has resulted in me trying a variety of different hobbies. That includes blogging, which gives me an outlet to write whereas I also want to learn more about website design. It’s an interesting thing, trying to find a hobby that clicks. There are two that are frustrating me, two that I’ve always enjoyed, and one that I adore. I have a couple that I still want to try.
So, I have been trying to take up knitting. My mom crochets, and she often makes baby blankets for friends. I’ve gifted a handful to teachers even, included one French flag blanket to one of my favorite teachers who taught, well, French. In middle school, we took classes that taught us cooking, sewing, and knitting, and I used memory of that to try to knit. I can do exactly one stitch and basically make one thing – a scarf. Lately, I have been trying to teach myself the “purl” stitch. This is primarily where the frustration comes in. I can’t figure the damn thing out. I am lucky to be able to do the one stitch I do know, and I still get frustrated with that. I bought a book, but the purl stitch just hasn’t clicked in my mind yet. Hopefully, I can figure this out soon because apparently if you can do the purl stitch there is a wide variety of projects you can do. I’d like to be able to stitch baby things because I know a few people pregnant, so I’d like to be able to make baby hats or socks or something. There’s also knitting stuffed animals which would be cute. Hell, I’d like to make myself a blanket or a beanie hat. I like knitting, it just has the capability to really frustrate me currently.
This is an interesting one. I don’t want to buy a myriad of supplies and tools yet in case it doesn’t really take for me but I am finding that it is difficult or not possible to do many of these things without having these supplies. So that is frustration number one. Number two is that I am not a fan of beadwork, at least when it comes to using thread. Perhaps wire wouldn’t be as bad. It is also a question of what to make. You see things on Pinterest and there are so many! I don’t know where to start. So far I’ve just been buying kits. I’d really like to start stamp jewelry, but again, don’t know where to start. As well, this one can get pricey after awhile. I like it, but I’m just not sure how involved I want to get with it. Perhaps frustrating isn’t totally the right world but it is overwhelming for sure.
I’ve discussed this before. I love writing. But there are so many opportunities within writing to explore. I would love to be published again. For what seems like forever ago, I used to like poetry and I would like to get back into that. As well, I’d love to write a novel eventually. The biggest issue with writing is maintaining motivation and staying creative. I know there has to be a good novel plot somewhere in my head, I just haven’t put the thoughts together in a way to connect the dots yet. I know that there is an idea in there. Eventually, I hope, it’ll come together. I was published in a magazine once, I have thought about dabbling in that again. Writing is just one of my favorite things.
I talked about reading too. Do you know how nice it is after years of reading literature/English major pieces going to years of reading government documents how nice it is to just read for fun? To read because that’s what I feel like doing and getting to pick the novel? It is absolutely fantastic. However, I have been reading a lot of…political and historical nonfiction. I suppose it is reminiscent of my two degrees and love for learning those subjects coming together. The ereader is one of the greatest inventions in my opinion. I know there is a great debate between ebooks versus physical novels, but I just love the fact that I can carry a library essentially in the palm of my hand.
I didn’t think I’d be into this just because my cell phone takes such great photos. However, I was thinking about and thought how there’s so much more that goes into it when you’re taking a photo with an actual camera and how much you can do with the picture. So I bought a decent Nikon, and I’ve had it a couple days and just love it. There is so much to learn with this, and I love seeing how the photos come out. It is a really great feeling to just getting that right shot. Obviously, the Internet is full of information on photography but I also plan on getting a book to learn more about the intricacies and how to edit different photos. I have a Macbook and there has to be programs with the Mac I can use to edit photos, so I am looking forward to learning all of that too.
Scrapbooking and Sewing
I like making memories. So scrapbooking is something that I am interested in trying. I have a few ideas for scrapbooks, but for a college one, I had over 100 photos that I wanted to do. I already have ideas for other scrapbooks though, so I think it might be something I eventually try. However, and again, it is something that can get pricey after awhile. Sewing is the other thing I would like to try. Similar to knitting, it is something that I used to know how to do but have kind of lost my skillset. There are classes I can take to try it, and there are so many things I can do with it! I would like to try quilting eventually. It also can have a high cost, and I’m not sure how I feel about putting money into it with the possibly of not liking it.
These are things that I have been using to try and keep me busy! What hobbies do you have? Have you had any you wanted that just didn’t work? Any suggestions for me? I’d love to hear about them!
Peace and love,