Re: looking for a new hobby
5 years 11 months ago #38911
Hi Dark...Welcome to the site
I have walking mobilty problems as well as a list of other things ,so I find cycling helps me ( outdoors and at the gym )...I also enjoy rummaging about Antique shops plus ebay and every so often see something I like and buy it. Once you get confident and informed about your subject you can even make money by buying and selling ( one step at a time lol )
You could try going to a language class for beginners that's something most people go to on their own or photography. I like going to musuems all over the place and reading. I've recently gotten a small weaving loom to have a go at that as thats not too fiddley.
Not giving up entirely on the hand work idea, have you thought about embroidery? There are some very good books out there with very contemporary designs, and if you are right-handed all you need to do is be able to hold a hoop or brace it against yourself. I found an interesting designer named Jenny Hart. She has a business called Sublme Stitching and there is a website if you want to take a look.
I love to read! I have collected a massive collection of books my hubby had to build me store cupboard for them all! I also dabble in abit of cross-stitch but because my wrists have started to suffer with the Osteo-porosis can only do it for short periods. I have started to get into pilates got my mat and reading a book on it and ordered a DVD called pilates for people with bad backs thought it might help me as well as I need to not push myself to far, So will see how I get on and if it will help me keep fit and strengthen my muscles as well. I used to collect piggin pigs but had to stop because I have 201 and no more room for anymore!! It's finding something you enjoy, it's more likely the hobby will find you!!
Sorry,,I am like you..Looking for a new hobby.Woodworking is great!, but I am selling the house
and will not have room,new tools expensive, I have all my fingers, and like them -thanx, I may go back to leather-work, (maybe) I will keep reading your blog,,and it may "show" itself. Thanx
I have several things that I do as "hobbies". But some of them are more of an avocation, such as genealogy and photo restoration and can be quite time consuming and stressful. It took me 30 years to find where my grandmother was born! Some of the research is not for the faint of heart!
Even though I do have a lot of hand pain, I love to knit. I have taught myself to knit using as little movement as possible, even using multiple colors of yarn. It makes me relax and focus on just that one thing. Also, I have just tried Zentangles. It is sort of like doodling with a pen but it is not mindless, it is MINDFUL doodling. There are books and kits around on it, and I saw a gallery show on You Tube. It reminds me very much of the work I did in a black and white design class in college. The projects can be tiny and the investment is simply paper, pencil and a sakura pen.
One thing I've noticed is that hobbies are expensive! I have been able to get very good quality inexpensive yarns online. Also recycled yarn. There are people who will unravel a wool sweater into skeins and then sell it per weight or yardage. Amazing! I don't think I'd have the patience to UN-knit!
I have quite a few hobbies that help, especially as distraction techniques. I knit, just small things mainly, but they bring a lot of satisfaction. Cross stitch, I have done a picture of a court jester, that took ages. I got the pattern from a book in the library, and the silks last ages. Cooking, although I can't stand for long. Writing poetry and short stories, which is great therapy.
I am trying to muster up the confidence to start African drumming! the drum I want is quite expensive, going to try and get one online, and have a few lessons, but self expression is the key. I may not be very tuneful, but I will be happy! x