Sunday, November 6, 2016

Friday Funday and a New Hobby

One of the advantages to keeping commitments and activities on the low side in retirement (at least mine), is that it gives me a chance to say "yes" to things fairly spontaneously. Don't get me wrong, a good part of the reason behind pulling back some of my scheduling was to have long periods at home to quilt, read, enjoy the day or whatever. But it also gives me chances to do last minute things or day long things on the weekdays, so that I can avoid the weekends.

Take Fridays, if you will. I don't have any regular "group" or volunteer activity.  Many weeks, I go to the new first run movie first thing in the morning (which really means at eleven or so), and many days I go meet a knitting group at a local shop that is kind of a "we'll see who shows up today" kind of thing. Other weeks, I spend the day at home, sewing, quilting, reading, baking, playing with the dogs or watching TV on Netflix while doing some of the above. I also make lunch dates as the mood strikes. Depending on the day and my mood of course.

A couple table runners I've been working on during my at home time for the past week or so

This one needs to head to my daughter while it's still fall!!

On Wednesday, I have a regular knitting group that is really also a crafting group. While most of us knit and crochet on Wednesdays, we are all also crafters and enjoy a variety of creativity.    Every month or so, one of those Friday afternoons is "crafting with the Twisted Stitchers".  We've painted wine glasses, made cork pumpkins, and more. Last year we made decoupaged eggs and baskets for easter. We try and do lunch once a month, and happy hour is our favorite time. We all also love a really good field trip now and then, and yesterday was no exception. Sometimes our road trips are to quilt and yarn stores further afield and also include lunch. Sometimes it can be more involved, like visiting our local "upstairs circus".  While I am not the "program" director, I do have ideas on occasion that I offer up-mainly because my sister and sister in law and I have promised each other a girls day at least once if not twice a month. Since we all like to "do things" rather than just lunch and some wine. my list has gotten fairly long when it comes to ideas.

Yesterday's outing arose because I caught sight of a flyer for the Boulder, Colorado handweavers guild sale and show at a local fairground. Since one of the students in my Monday night class is a member, I asked her about it-and found that the group really consisted of all kinds of fiber artists and all kinds of things would be shown.  So, since our Twisted Stitchers group has a Facebook page, I put out a call seeing who wanted to go, and ended up with a carful. A road trip was born.

Unfortunately there was a big sign at the outside of the fairgrounds building, banning any and all pictures-even large panoramic ones just of the general space. All I can say is that for someone like me, who already has too many hobbies, it was like heaven. More actually. Since there were piles of demonstrations throughout, I saw a weaving demo, and if I do say so myself, I may be hooked. Especially since I spent part of today deciding where a tabletop loom would fit into my craft room. I mean really, I can no longer call it a sewing room or studio when I draw, quilt, sew, knit,paint and now do weaving it would seem.

The loom I am getting no time soon

Now this one, that's better!

As often happens, during our wanderings,we found out about other places to visit-in this case a knitting, fiber and weaving store down the road. After another beautiful eighty degree November ride (yes, I know),  a wonderful brew pub lunch was had by all. As the designated driver, I had to settle for a mere taste of the raspberry wheat beer. Thankfully, I had a to die for build your own grilled cheese which included tomatoes and mushrooms!

The final stop of the day was the aforementioned boutique, where I was shown a room full of weaving looms and spinning wheels, after which I said to myself "group Christmas gift hint"!  As a beginner, I am more than willing to start with a basic tabletop model, but as often happens in the hobby crafting world...not cheap.  Almost three hundred dollars for the basic choice. But sometimes you need ot do what you need to do-even the frugal crafter.

A big step, a my previous knitting was always Joanne style prices, but I figure I'm do for something really nice, as soon as I can figure what to make out of this beautiful yarn!

The verdict for the day?  A wonderful, fun time was had by all, and we need to do this again, really, really soon. And since this is the frugal retiree, I'll assure everyone that I managed to keep my spending under $50, since my gas contribution was a lovely paid for lunch. Admittedly, that fifty dollars was on a single large hank of hand dyed yarn, but again, you gotta do what you gotta do.

And so it was, this week in retirement.

12 comments:

  1. I like how you are spending your time in retirement and finding fun activities to do with others. That yarn is gorgeous. You often go to new movies, I am reminded to do that since watching in a theater is fun.

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    1. I really do love the theater experience. I have a move near me that has a six dollar early movie AND fully reclining seats, which put me in heaven.

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  2. What excellent fun!! And I can relate to your multi-craft space - me too!

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    1. Yea, In my dream sthere is a separate table for everything though...

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  3. ... and a great week it was, in retirement.

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  4. Oh! Don't get me into one of those shops. I may never come out ;-)

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    1. Ha! I went with a very limited amount of money and has two others with me, so half a day was all I could give each space...

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  5. As Joyful says and I quite agree, once in there I would have had to be pulled out!! Love the yarn.

    God bless.

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    1. Me too. Deciding what to do with it may take some time.

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  6. With your crafting, outings and enjoying your at home time, you are living richly! You are an inspiration to fellow baby boomer retirees.

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  7. Sounds like an interesting and fun week. Am a strong proponent for spontaneous activities in retirement.

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  8. What a grand outing! I have always been intrigued by weaving. Keep us posted on what you decide about the loom.

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