I have a little secret. Something I do around the house that most people don't know about. I crochet.
Yep. I taught myself to crochet about 5 years ago and it's been a constant habit of mine. I've made so many scarves and hats, I can't even count them all. I actually did so many at one time, I donated them, plus little hats to an orphanage in Russia. I've made tank tops, halters, a skirt, shawls, capelets, shrugs, and a tunic top.
Now, I've taught myself to make socks. It took me two or three times trying out different patterns before I found one that I love. It's a really basic pattern and that's great because I can make it in many, many different ways. This first pair is just straight single crochet with a little ruffle at the top. The beautiful colored stripes came from the Berroco yarn I used. My daughter calls them my 'elfin' socks because the toes are a bit 'pointy'. Ok, she's right, but it was my first pair and I was learning.
The second pair I just finished is worsted weight yarn done with a much bigger hook. Quick. Easy. And, oh so cozy to wear while watching TV or reading.
Ok, another secret habit...I love to bake. Here's a picture of St. Patrick's Day soda bread that I made and shared with friends and family.
So, here are a few of my now, not so secret, favorite habits around the house. Both crochet and baking are relaxing, enjoyable and stress-free for me.