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I don’t know about you, but here in Massachusetts it’s gotten chilly fast. As the weather starts to change I’m a little less inclined to be looking for outdoor activities and far more interested in staying warm indoors. I’ve always been an introvert, feeling more comfortable at home doing activities alone than out socializing and as I’ve gotten older this has only increased. It’s gotten to a point where my normal routine unfortunately consists of coming home, getting in bed, and starting a Hulu binge. While there’s nothing wrong with a little TV here and there I think there’s something to be said for taking the time to learn a new skill.
I learned how to crochet probably about 10 years ago. For me crocheting became a great thing to occupy my hands while binge watching my latest favorite shows. Personally I learned how to with a combination of quick Youtube videos, persistence, and blog posts.
The great thing is that once you’ve completed your project, you have something to show for it. I loved making cowl scarves for my friends. The other day my friend sent me a picture of her wearing it saying she still loved it after all these years. It absolutely brightened my morning.
If you need something more structured, check your local craft stores for classes. But I truly feel this is a skill you can learn on your home for free.
Knitting is next on my list to learn. I love the way knitted products look as opposed to crochet; however, when I tried to learn either crochet is what came easiest to me.
As with crochet, this gives you something to do with your hands while curled up on the couch and you can wear your finished products all winter long to keep you warm.
I had been eyeballing a beginner’s kit, but unfortunately the company that was providing it has recently went out of business. I’m on the hunt for another option. Of course I’ll probably end up buying the needles and learning on Youtube like crochet.
Start a Blog
Do you like to write? Maybe want to get your thoughts out in the world? Think it might be cool to have your own little piece of the internet?
Starting this blog has opened up a whole new world for me. It’s allowed me to have an outlet for my creativity, as well as encouraged me to learn new skills to keep this site growing. To me having a blog always seemed like something for someone else, other people with rich exciting lives. But I got rid of that fear and gave it a go.
Think of some topics you would enjoy writing about and sit down and try to come up with some potential posts.
I have a blogging resources page filled with all of the sites I’ve enjoyed using to get my blog up and running- if you think this might be for you, check it out!
Christmas time is coming, so it’s a perfect time to learn how to cook some new tasty treats. Unfortunately I don’t have a working oven in my house, so I’ll have to leave this hobby to you all. When I did have an oven, I have found the best place to find something good to make is Pinterest.
There’s nothing better than a house filled with the delicious smells of cookies, cakes, and pies. And if you want to take it up a notch, look into cake decorating classes available online.
What’s better on a crappy weather day than curling up with a good book? Heck you could even get some literary tea to go with! I think taking up reading as a hobby is an instinct for us introverts. If you’re looking for something new to read my sister and I have a few recommendations here.
I have always wanted to sew, so once I finally had a job and some extra money I invested in a nice sewing machine. I made a couple pillowcases and it sat for a good while. My husband has a collection of blankets that have mostly been made for him by the most important women in his life. I wanted to join the club, so I got the supplies all in order and I started on a quilt. The project I picked was huge and tedious, so it’s really not even close to being done. But I had a great time! I popped on a movie and got to cutting my pieces. Each square is an accomplishment.
This is definitely not the cheapest hobby on this list, but when you’re done you do get a nice handmade quilt out of the deal. If you’re looking for an easy start a quilt kit might be a good option for you. You can find these at most fabric stores. I purchased my quilting supplies from Connecting Threads and had a great experience with their customer service.
Learn a Language
Maybe you’re dreaming of a vacation in the summer to another country. How about trying to pick up the local language? Or maybe just brushing up on your second language skills picked up in high school.
I dream of France and took a few classes while in school. Now I don’t live terribly far from Montreal and would love to be able to order us food in French while there. I’ve begun brushing up on my basics using an app called Duolingo.
I’ll have to add a disclaimer here that I have yet to fully learn a second language, so I’m not sure what resource would be the most comprehensive. I do find Duolingo helpful in keeping fresh the vocab I used to know as well as adding some words to my vocabulary. It’s a free app, so it’s worth a try to see if it’s helpful to you.
What I love about so many of these hobbies is that you are able to walk away with a finished product. Half of them you are even able to do while catching up on your new favorite shows, so that’s a bonus.
What do you like to do to keep busy through the winter? Did any of these sound like fun? Let me know in the comments below.