Get Crafty

Spending time at home can be challenging, there is only so much cleaning to do and Netflix loses its attraction after 6 weeks. So, with more time on your hands it’s a great time to learn or re-visit a craft. Creative work can be a great way to relax and have fun. Many of the traditional crafts like cross-stitching and knitting have reached a new market and have even become cool! In the mid 90’s I knitted for pleasure in the evenings and I don’t think anyone under the age of 60 knitted at the time. So, I was definitely a closet knitter. But I can’t think of anything more stress relieving, this has been found to have health benefits.

Many of the online craft websites are still operating: Hobbycraft, Etsy and Great Art stock a wide range of products at affordable prices. There are lots of online tuitional and craft websites to give you advice and ideas. The online craft magazine molliemakes.com is worth a visit and will give you lots of ideas as does Pinterest.

You can get your children involved too, my grandmother taught me to knit and crochet and my mum taught me to sew as a child. These are great life skills to have and it can be a way to have fun as a family.

Although many of the craft website ( Remember they are trying to sell you things!) use lots of equipment which can get expensive, you often don’t need to rush out and buy everything because often you can get by with a small amount of tools and build up your collection bit by bit. Sometimes you have to try a few crafts to see what fits best so don’t spend too much at first. Knitting requires some wool and needles and you can find free patterns online.

So why not try a craft for yourself!

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