So it’s close to the end of January 2019, and I’d say it’s a great time to pick up a hobby if you’ve been thinking about it for a while. I have a lot of friends that ask me about all of my hobbies and wonder how I have time for all of them. To be honest, I don’t have all the time in the world for them. But I do pick up a few different hobbies because I like to have some hobbies that are very focused and some hobbies that I can do while listening to a podcast or watching Netflix. I also get bored easily, so I need a bunch of projects to cycle through!
I thought I’d share my 4 favorite crafts and hobbies that are super easy to learn, don’t require a ton of money to get started, can be taken anywhere, and are suuuper great during a Netflix-binge session. I also share my top tips for getting started on ALL of these projects at the end!
Have you ever heard the phrase, “Knitting is the new yoga?” Well, it’s kind of true. Knitting is not only the perfect hobby for multi-tasking, but it is extremely relaxing and is a very mindful practice. I like to take my knitting when I go to doctor’s appointments and long car rides – basically anywhere where I’ll be sitting for a long period of time and can only carry a limited amount with me.
I recommend the Foxy Roxy Scarf by Wool and the Gang. It teaches you foundation stitches – knit and purl. It also uses a chunkier yarn, which is a great beginner yarn so you can see how stitches are constructed.
Crochet is another great hobby. It’s even more portable because you only need 1 hook vs. two knitting needles, and if your hook comes off of your project in transport it’s not a big deal. Just make sure to use a locking stitch marker so your project doesn’t unravel! It’s literally the worst.
Some people may not like the look of crochet as much, but it’s starting to get more “modernized” and there are plenty of cute patterns out there. If you aren’t digging how crocheted accessories and garments look, I recommend trying Amigurumi (small, stuffed yarn creatures), housewares, or something like a coffee cozy.
Here’s a SUPER cute crochet succulent set by Leisure Arts that you can make for your home. I have been dying to make the cactus coasters!
3. Cross Stitch
Crochet has a special place in my heart. It is the first fiber art and needlecrft hobby I ever learned. I avoided cross stitch for the longest time because designs were still very…vintage? But if you go out on Etsy and look up cross stitch patterns you’ll find a plethora of adorable and modern cross stitch patterns.
It’s VERY easy to learn but not as portable as knitting or crochet due to all the colors of floss you need to have on hand. I would say this is one of the cheaper and easier hobbies to learn out of the 4 here. Learning how to work with thread and needle in cross stitch is also a really great foundation for hand sewing and maybe eventually machine sewing!
This little project featured above is actually a kit that I bought from Hobby Lobby. I was on a week-long work trip and was dying to work with my hands. I worked on this on my plane ride home!
4. Hand Embroidery
Hand embroidery has gained a lot of popularity lately. You have a lot more freedom in design compared to the structure and pixelated look of crochet, with the same ease, portability, and affordability. This project above is another kit I bought from Hobby Lobby.
This is another one that sets you up for success if you ever decide to learn how to sew. I also recommend finding patterns on Etsy – so much cuteness to make!
More general notes on the hobbies listed above:
- Start small when you learn anything new! This will give you instant gratification and reward for learning something new, and it keeps things manageable and portable.
- YouTube is your best friend. You can look anything up on YouTube if you are stumped on how to do a certain technique.
- Ravelry is a great resource for looking up crochet and knit patterns (there are THOUSANDS), but I wouldn’t hit up Ravelry until you’ve got a hang of things. It can be a VERY overwhelming experience. I have been crocheting and knitting for years and still find it to be so!
- If you are overwhelmed by what materials and tools you need to get started, I recommend buying a kit! As I mentioned above, your local craft store probably has small kits for any of these projects. You can also check Etsy or other small businesses.
- There are plenty of free patterns out there that are well written. Take advantage of those. But if you fall in love with a paid pattern and gotta have it, then go for it!
- See if your local yarn store or craft store has any free group meetups to work on projects. There are people of many different skill levels that you can learn from and be inspired by.
I can’t wait to hear about what new hobby you decide to pick up this year. If you try any of these that I mentioned above, share with me in the comments below or send me a DM on Insta!
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