As my boys are getting older, I've started shopping for hobbies. While I don't have a ton of free time yet, I know that the days are quickly approaching when I won't have my entire life consumed by homework monitoring and chauffeur duties.
I posted a plea on my Facebook page - asking friends to give me some ideas about what to try. A few are on the back burner for now..
I SWEAR I'll rejoin Teachers Write this summer and pull out all my old notes and try to get that going again.
I definitely want to find the time to take archery classes.
I plan to sign up for a volunteer session at a local(ish) bird rescue so I can learn more about raptors. They have always been a love and maybe I can also use that knowledge in my writing.
For now, though, I'm relearning a former hobby. In college, I took up crocheting. Oh, I know, I was a REAL party animal! It was soothing, and I got fairly good at it.
Now, I have no real desire to make baby blankets or crochet myself a dress. I've seen people making cute little creatures and people using crochet stitches, though. It's called "amigurumi", and that sounded like a great thing to try.
My first goal is to make a simple Princess Leia. I found a pattern that sounded like it was at reasonable skill level and started to reteach myself the stitches. Thank goodness for YouTube! I can find tutorials of ANYTHING there!
I bought cheap yarn and a set of hooks on Easter Monday. This photo is one of my early (last week) practices at doing the magic circle and stitching in a round that are required by amigurumi.
By last night, I had gotten 15 rounds completed and started searching for videos on how to change colors. I had to stop here because I have to insert the safety eyes before I continue this section of the piece. I should receive my eyes today! I plan to work on the wig/buns this afternoon if I haven't gotten the eyes yet.
I found a few other simple patterns to use. Now I just have to figure out what to DO with these little guys once I make them. The first Leia will be mine, of course....