|Woven scarf I knit last winter.|
When the weather gets cold... (1 degree F overnight last week) and we get snow... (only 2") but it stays on the ground for over a week because of the cold... then I get in the mood to knit. Unfortunately, I'm not all that good at it. I made four pairs of fingerless gloves and still haven't made a pair without some little glitch. Luckily, the little mistakes aren't too noticeable. And the luxury yarns, like Baby Llama, make up for a wrong stitch or two. And the recipients are appreciative and impressed with my "talent".
Even though I get a little frustrated with trying to figure out a pattern, or fix a mistake, I do find knitting relaxing. I consider it the retirement part of my semi-retirement.
I'm learning new techniques with each project. I'm stretching myself picking projects a little more complicated than the last.
I try to do the same with my writing. I pick a situation for my characters that will challenge them and me. I give them conflict that I have to write them through. And I find it just as fun and relaxing as knitting. However, revisions, like ripping out stitches, is frustrating. But it, too, is a learning experience.
What is your favorite winter pass time? Do you live where it snows, or where the sun glows?