Did you know that IKEA now sells a small loom as a children’s toy? It’s sold under the name LUSTIGT, which is Swedish for “enjoyable” and, incidentally, is also the name for all the other cool toy-type-stuff at IKEA. Good luck with your google search for this loom.
Anyway, I bought the loom. No brainer. And then I made this little...tapestry? as a (belated) 40th birthday gift for my cousin. I’m so pleased with how it turned out. I bought one skein of yarn for the project; the rest I just had in my closet.
People (and online surveys, dating apps, what have you) sometimes ask this question that totally short-circuits my brain. The question is, “What are your interests?” How?...what?...I don’t...like, what AREN’T my interests? The world is very interesting. And yet, “everything” is a bad (and, I suppose, inaccurate) answer to the question.
Any line of questioning focusing on the idea of “hobbies” is just as hard for me. I have long described myself as a “hobby-collector.” I come by it honestly; many people on both sides of my family have a huge array of arts & crafts skills or niche pastimes (off the top of my head: woodworking, pinball, photography, metallurgy, stained glass, cocktail crafting, beer-making...on and on). It’s not that I take on a new hobby and then lose interest, it’s that once I learn how to do something, continuing to do it feels like less of a pressing need than learning how to do an additional thing. It’s still fun to decorate cakes and embroider and decoupage, but the siren song of a new handicraft draws me back to Michaels...
I am considering using this space to talk a bit more about the new things I’m trying, and maybe even to document this discovery process more methodically. One wonderful thing about most crafts is that they provide solo entertainment, but for me, keeping the experience to myself feels like a shame. Why not bring the Internet along for the ride? Maybe you, reading this, will be inspired to try something new. Or, you know, to avoid a particular something new altogether. Either way. 😁