New Hobbies for a Winter Quarantine

Beyond baking sourdough bread, here’s how I’ll be staying sane inside.

photo via pixabay

Handspinning Yarn

While I’ve been crocheting and knitting since I was a kid, I tried creating my own yarn a few times with a drop spindle while I lived in Maui briefly a few years ago and had access to a giant cotton bush (cotton fibre is not something I would recommend trying to learn to spin with, particularly when you’re learning from Youtube on a very cheap spindle, but hey, it was free). I told myself I would eventually test the waters again, at some vague point in the future when I had space for a few sheep, or at least an angora rabbit. While I still live in a rented home in town that unfortunately does not allow pets, I was able to track down a local sheep farmer who sold me some raw fleece at a good price ($20 for an entire sheep’s worth!).

A drop spindle is a cheaper alternative to a spinning wheel for creating your own yarn. Photo via pixabay

Indoor Garden

Unfortunately, Saskatchewan already has a thick layer of snow upon us, and my beautiful outdoor plants are long gone. Thankfully, while browsing reddit and all the glory of it’s various gardening related sections, I came upon some simple set ups for home hydroponic gardens that I can tinker with year round.

My little plant children are a daily source of green goodness in my office
My little plant children are a daily source of green goodness in my office
Seedlings start at the top in potting soil, then move into hydroponic solution once they get a little bigger and slowly migrate down the shelves as they get taller

Cooking without plastic

Even most recipes from “scratch” include a few things that tend to already show up in a package. Pasta for example. With an abundance of time on our hands, it seems like a wonderful opportunity to test out systems to reduce waste in our kitchen.

Let me know if you’re taking up a new hobby to keep busy this winter!

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