I Love Crafts – Any Crafts

December 12, 2008 by  

I recently started knitting and crocheting.   Of course I couldn’t pick just one, I had to learn both.  I’m not sure if it’s the pregnancy hormones running through my veins or what but it just seemed like a good idea.  I found a “I taught myself to knit” book and a “I taught myself to crochet” book in the clearance isle at Walmart and that was it. I knew I must have a new hobby.

The question is – how many hobbies can a girl have? Let’s review my list of past-times I have acquired over the past few years:

1. Painting – I did a lot of canvas painting in high school and early college. This hobby kind of faded when I could not afford supplies during those early college years. My husband still bugs me every once and a while to paint a canvas. If I reveal how much it would cost to start up this hobby again, he may leave me alone. . .

2.Quilting – this was quite the obsession right around the time I got engaged (2002-2003). I made quite a few cute quilts and gave them away as gifts. I started one for myself, and I just ran across some of it’s pieces the other day.  I think this hobby faded because one blustery winter afternoon, my sewing machine and I had words – and haven’t spoken since.  I think my machine was not exactly built for heavy duty quilting…

3. SCRAPBOOKING!  Ah- my one true love. I actually only started scrapbooking about 4 or 5 years ago. My husband and I had just moved to a new town, I had not started working yet, and hadn’t really met many people. It was just me and him.  Of course, Chris knew plenty of people. Let me clarify: Chris knew many guys. Guys who hunt. Since this doesn’t really interest me, I was bored.  I think it was one particular day he was quite sick of me nagging him to stay home more (how many more board games could we play without killing each other?) and I was complaining about how much he was going hunting. He looked me square in the eyes and said “Why don’t you get a hobby?”  Although this stung a bit a first, I realized he was right.  It had been a year or more since the sewing machine and I had words, and I realized my crafty side was slowly dying.  That’s when I wandered into the local scrapbook store and knew this hobby was for me!  When I started scrapbooking, we had just gotten married so of course the first thing I scrapped was our wedding album. (Which now, of course, I am dying to redo – did I really use markers? Ugh).  I became obsessed, scrapping every picture I had – I even devoted an entire album to our dog.  Now that we have one child and one on the way – the supply of pictures never ends!

4.Ph0hotography – I still have good intentions for this one.  At one time about a year ago, I was super excited about the idea that I could possibly be a professional photographer. Not really, but I did take a couple of classes and made Chris buy me some professional studio equipment that I have yet to take out of it’s beautiful rolling case.  Don’t get me wrong, I love taking photos, and my camera is a good one, so it takes wonderful pictures just pointing and shooting.  Unfortunately, I don’t remember a whole lot from those classes (if you don’t use it – you lose it) but once this next baby comes, I’m going to have so much energy and time – I know this hobby will come back into the front running for favorite hobby (can you sense the sarcasm?)

5. Knitting/crocheting – This is the one I think my husband “gets the least”. In his mind, you need to be 80 years old, and have arthritis and blue hair to be able to knit.  Pretty much every night he comes to bed and I am knitting he asks ” How old are you?”  or comments on how “old” we have gotten.  Before I open my mouth to argue, I look at the clock and realize it is 9:30 pm and I have been in my PJs for over two hours and in bed for at least one hour.  Hmm…

I must say, I do enjoy finishing a freshly crocheted dish cloth and telling my husband how good they work for scrubbing those tough spots out of your pots and pans. (The last time I mentioned this to him, he sighed and said, “Really? Cause you’ve told me that 600 times.” )  Hopefully soon, I will graduate from dish cloth to scarf (maybe even a hat – gasp!)

Of course there have been other hobbies that have not stuck around as long as the above mentioned (ie: card making, ceramics, beading, etc.). Do I really need to pick just one hobby?  Or, is it possible to have multiple hobbies while still being an attentive mother, and working outside the home? Let’s hope so, because I think I may be ready to forgive my sewing machine now.


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