Thursday, February 07, 2008

Booking Through Thursday - But, Enough About Books

Today's question: Okay, even I can't read ALL the time, so I'm guessing that you folks might voluntarily shut the covers from time to time as well... What else do you do with your leisure to pass the time? Walk the dog? Knit? Run marathons? Construct grandfather clocks? Collect eggshells?

Sometimes I think the answer to this question is another question: What is this leisure thing of which you speak? There are weeks where I barely get to pick up a book or any other hobby. Other weeks have better balance.

I actually have a large number of hobbies and activities all vying for my attention. First and foremost is my family. Mr. Engineer is understanding and very patient, Young Man, less so. This time of year, a substantial amount of my time is dedicated to Young Man's lacrosse season. Mr. Engineer and the fabulous mother of Young Man's classmate/teammate are handling the driving to and from practice. I have volunteered by making roster tags for all the parents so that we know for whom we are rooting (once the helmets go on, most of the boys look very much alike) and bag tags so that the boys can tell their otherwise identical gear bags apart. I do like my laminator!

Knitting is the other big hobby around here. I pretty much always have a pair of socks on the needles as well as several other projects. The slippers that I am making for Young Man's teacher just came off the needles and need to be felted. The sweater that I am making for myself needs a second sleeve sewn in and a neckline added and it will also be finished!

Before I started knitting, I already had a long list of hobbies. Other than knitting projects, I currently have a nearly completed quilt for Young Man resting on a chair in the living room (so that I don't forget it) and numerous counted thread embroidery projects that were put away when I discovered beading. The beading projects were put aside when I discovered polymer clay and the polymer clay went back in the drawer when I discovered painting. The paints have barely been touched since I started knitting! Add to all of that the insanity that was my agreement to coordinate costumes for Young Man's school's production of Oz in April and you have a bit of a creative mess. It is lucky for me that my family is very tolerant of odd bits of fiber everywhere!


Margene said...

I've had many a hobby over my years. Some have been merely touched upon, while others I have excelled in mastering. Knitting and blogging has thrown everything else to the side and sometimes I mourn their loss. However, I do love knitting obsessively (as well as my dog and DH). :-)

karen! said...

This week's BTT has been really fun. I enjoy reading about what everyone else does with the rest of their free time.

I also love to knit, though I just started last year so I'm still kind of muddling through things and learning with each project.