It’s been hot the last couple days. Okay, well, not HOT HOT the way it is in Texas or Louisiana, but steamy so it’s hard to breathe hot. So I decided not to expend a lot of energy today and indulged in a ‘day off’, especially as the last week has been spent running around.

My indulgence came in the form of cross-stitching. Something I haven’t done in quite a while. Usually I did pulled thread work, metal and bead work – cross-stitch is paint by numbers for me, soothing, relaxing. Now as I’ve blogged before, I used to do sample stitching for a professional designer – my work has gone around the world on trunk shows. And I’ve run out of wall space for what I have framed, and have about 14 pieces waiting to be framed – which it probably never will be unless I win a lottery. So a lot of times I’ve convinced myself that sewing any thing more would be a waste of effort – but this particular piece I’m planning on giving to a friend of my mother’s.

And as I was stitching today, I realized since I made my resolution to get professional about my writing, I’ve given up my hobby. In fact most of my hobbies have fallen by the wayside over the years – karate, thanks to a kneecap that ended up on the wrong side of my leg, watercolor painting – just couldn’t satisfy my own expectations, quilting (although I’ve got all the equipment, I lost my sewing room when we moved to this house *pouts*), amongst others.

I know several of my fellow TRW members have hobbies – Claire Delacroix aka Deborah Cooke and Claire Cross knits – she does some tremendous work. I can crochet, but I’ve never mastered knitting, so I am in awe of her work. Amy Ruttan does cross-stitch (Amy, I’m still waiting for a photo of the piece you did as a wedding present.

Which made me wonder – if you’re a writer – or just a reader – what hobbies do you have other than reading or writing? Or what did you used to do and do you wonder now why you stopped?

There’s life other than reading and writing?
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7 thoughts on “There’s life other than reading and writing?

  • July 13, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    oh wow i wish i could make those, i think my hobby is the floss bookmarks i make, i have been making them since i was a child and i still havent given up…i think the designs have changed over the years and when i started they werent bookmarks but I’m still doing them…

  • July 13, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    I used to sew and knit. I think I’ve stopped doing these because they involve sitting. After writing for most of the day I crave activity. I’ve taken up cycling since I started writing. It surprises me how much I enjoy getting out each day.

  • July 14, 2008 at 4:22 am

    Savannah – I’d forgotten about your bookmarks, right. All though I’m starting to wonder considering you’re selling them now if they’ve crossed the boundary from hobby to business. Has some of the stress-busting making them used to give you disappeared?

    Shelley – oh, wow, talk about make me feel guilty. I don’t trust the cars around here for cycling, and since we have know 6 months of the year, it’s really seasonal. But still, I should at least be out walking. But then again there’s that darned snow … (Yeah, right, after I’ve just blogged about how hot it was *giggles and blushes*)

  • July 14, 2008 at 4:39 am

    I’m so glad you picked up the embroidery again. You know I recently started singing with the guitar again and realized that I’d given up another creative part of me that stimulated me, filled me.

    The last time I sang on First Friday – July 4th weekend – I saw my ballads in a whole new light. Michael Bolton’s Go the Distance made me think of the Hero’s journey and the emotion in Five for Fighting’s Superman gave me new ideas for scenes in my series.

    Writing is so time and energy consuming but I think we need to strive for a little balance and see how it improves the whole creative process. Keep it up.

  • July 14, 2008 at 5:38 am

    I scrapbook too, but it’s rare. Really rare that I have the time.

    Of course two more days. That’s TWO and I’ll have time again *snort*

  • July 14, 2008 at 6:01 am

    Love the pics of your work, L. I tried cross stitch and finished 2 samples before tedium set in, so I bow to your talent/creativity.

    I still consider writing a semi-hobby, only because ‘mother’ seems to be the full-time gig at the moment. I gave my other love, scuba diving, when we left Bermuda. I should find something to replace it (that doesn’t have the letters ‘Wii’ in front of it) LOL

  • July 14, 2008 at 6:07 am

    Amy – woohoo on the countdown. You’ll be surprised how little extra time you have. You’ll wonder how you got everything done when you were working because the days will just fill up.

    Wylie – yeah, scuba diving in Ontario is just not the same as down south. I remember going snorkeling with Gizmo Guy in the Virgin Islands a few years ago – we didn’t want to get out of the water, it was so beautiful. I can only imagine how much more intense it would be scuba diving amongst all those beautiful fish.

    And yes, cross-stitch itself can be very boring. My mother refused to teach it to me when I was a girl because she found it so boring. And that’s also why I originally ventured into the more complicated stitches, plus they’re so beautiful. But for me XS can be rather mindless – there’s something soothing about the noise the needle and thread make as you pull them through the fabric – like listening to ocean waves on the shore.

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