Confession No. 1: I consider myself a crafter. Confession No. 2: My execution of said crafting pursuits is less Martha Stewart than I’d like to admit or imagine.
Plagued by what I call “crafter’s ADD,” I can’t focus on just one thing. I’m equipped with all the tools to crochet, knit, needlepoint and embroider—and that’s just the needle arts. I could make jewelry, as in I have the supplies, but I just haven’t.
There’s also cake decorating and soap making, which I’m happy to report I’ve at least followed through on both. I’ve recently (re)picked up the crochet hook, completing two classes in April, then practicing on a regular basis so as not to let the lessons go to waste. (I’ve done that before.) before.
During one of my practice sessions, I glanced through a comprehensive (at least based on the title) crochet solutions book, promising to solve every problem and answer every question I’d ever have about it.
I came away with the realization that I had a lot to learn—just about crochet, much less anything else—and that it takes a lot to master any one craft.
Even so, that doesn’t mean I still don’t envision myself some highly skilled (if yet untrained) crafter. And it doesn’t make choosing just (gasp) one or two hobbies to identify with and learn inside and out.
Even browsing the list of craft and hobby titles on sale now at Magazines.com is a reminder that I’m not ready to cut quilting off my list. And I can’t let those jewelry-making supplies go unused. And I’ve always wanted to learn to sew.
I’m already signed up for Crochet Today! after said personal revival of the craft. There are plenty other magazines covering watercolor, pastels and drawing—three that somehow haven’t made it on to my crafting bucket list. Yet.
There’s magazines for embroidery and knitting, two needle arts I fancy myself doing someday. When it comes to knitting, I’m not wasting any time. I’m signed up for a beginning knitting class tomorrow afternoon.
What’s your favorite craft—and which one do you recommend I try next?