What hobby have I put aside?
I haven’t put any hobbies aside and I tend to change what my hobbies are from time to time. When I found out I was a grandmother I started knitting. From booties to a creepy looking rabbit (I didn’t say I was any good at knitting) The eyes were definitely out of some horror move, but she loved it, and still occasionally plays with it. I made lots of blankets, including with really soft wool. I also knitted some fruit and vegetables to help with her play through learning.
I started knitting baubles because my dog cannot be trusted with decorations made out of plastic. As a puppy he used to eat anything and everything, including tiles. This year was the first year he was trusted with a proper sized tree. The baubles were pretty good, and it gave something to do with all the left over wool.
Socks were too difficult for me, I couldn’t get used to the whole drop one, knit one, slip one rule. You need to use four small needles and it just got too finicky to do. My daughter wants me to knit a blanket for her, but I might just buy one and pass it off as one of my own (I would be in my dotage by the time I finished it)
I remember my aunts being able to knit and watch television without even looking at the needles. I suppose it is like touch typing, you don’t need to look at your screen to write whole paragraphs.
Still it was a cool to watch then and their speedy needles making intricate patterns into jumpers. I knitted a jumper once, for my husband, but it was religious because there was one big hole in the front. I chucked it away eventually and my husband wasn’t happy – he said it was a comfy jumper and it didn’t matter about it being imperfect.