It’s week four of Parajunkee’s Summertime Blog & Reader Challenge, where the week is about moving further away from books and blogging about the things we enjoy, other than reading. It’s Post 15 and we are asked to talk about our non-book related hobbies
My other main hobby is crafts, and I currently have a couple on the go.
I’ve had a stash of fabric that’s been following me around for years. The bulk of it was a set of quilting fabric that I picked up from a company called Laura Ashley, in what must have been the early 1990s. I think it’s followed me through 2 countries and 3 houses, so a few months ago I bit the bullet and started doing what’s known as “paper piecing”. At the moment there are several large squares of fabric (made up of 16 smaller squares) sitting on my dining room table. Sooner or later I will have to join them together and make something (though right now not sure what, beyond some kind of quilt top).
There is also other piles of fabric stash lying around the place (one of the reasons I decided I had to do something with the stuff I had). Some of this is specific from patchwork/quilting companies, and some have just been from shirts etc that have died a death and are otherwise no use to anyone. Again, as with many crafters, I am a bit of a hoarder here and simply need to get around to using it.
I’m a sucker for making large pieces in cross-stitch, many of which have been given to family or are currently hanging on my walls. I have one Work In Progress that I started at least a year ago, am about 2/3rds of the way through and need to finish it, if only to stop it looking at me and guilt tripping me for ignoring it!
Once in a while I get a fad for knitting – something that proved useful when I was sick and couldnt see well enough to read or do sewing. At least I didnt need to see to feel my way round a set of knitting needles!
What about you? What are your non-reading hobbies?