Mental Roadblock

Posted: May 19, 2015 in Ramblings

It doesn’t happen often, but every couple of years there’s a time period when I’m sick of knitting, sick of writing, not interested in dyeing or sketching, just…bleah.  I don’t know what to do with myself!  Been rereading favorite books, been hanging out in the back yard daydreaming about nothing much, going for walks and making lists of stuff to take on vacation, but it feels like it’s time for a new hobby or project, and I don’t know what.  Sewed a shirt last week and it didn’t motivate me to do any more sewing.  Got tons of sketching materials but no idea of what to sketch!

Because of previous “new hobby” experiences, where we invested a lot in supplies, tools, etc., and then got bored after a few months, I made a new rule a few years ago that none of us may start any new hobbies that require a huge cash outlay or a huge setup space.  I also won’t permit a restarting of any old hobbies where we owned the stuff and then sold it.  So, no weaving, no glassworking, no jewelry, no papermaking, bookbinding, hat making, candlemaking, soapmaking.  (We’re still using up soaps we made when living in Virginia, and we moved away from there in 2003!)  My knitting machine is broken, and while photography still makes me happy, my daily options are somewhat limited since the Young Master needs supervision while he completes his schooling.

Got any suggestions?  Initial outlay for supplies has to be under $100.  Give me a poke if you think of something.  Chris is talking about buying a dye sub printer, but first of all the cost is too high, and second of all, it appears the process is not what he was expecting it to be.

  1. vallere says:

    Have you thought about homebrewing? You can boil our ingredients in a spaghetti pot. Go to your supermarket’s pastry shop in the early afternoon and see if they have any empty 5 gallon buckets that you can have for free. Then go to your local homebrew shop or go online and get an ingredients kit for $25 – $40 and follow the included instructions. Start saving pop top beer bottles from your store bought beer or growlers from your local brewpub and you are in business. Ask me for help, if you need it.

    • Thank you for the suggestion, but there is no point to our making beer, a carb-heavy product. However, I have recovered some of my knitting mojo, however, and things seem to be clicking along well.

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