As you get older and have more time on your hands, it can be the perfect opportunity to get into crafting. Whether it’s learning some new crafts or reigniting a love for a craft that you enjoyed in your younger years but never had enough time to spend on.
It might be worth looking into any craft groups or meet ups in your area too as you can combine crafting with socialising and it can be a great way to make friends. I know that my local village hall runs a knit and natter group in the week and I always think how I would love to do something like that when I’m older. I can’t do it now as I always have the kids but when they are no longer at home and I have some free time again you will totally find me knitting and nattering!
Knitting and crocheting are obviously great choices as you can dedicate some time to making large projects that you might have struggled to find time for before, they are also great if you are struggling to get up and about as you need to be sitting down to do them.
I learnt how to crochet a few years ago and it was the best thing I ever did, it’s now my favourite hobby. It’s also super relaxing and is proven to be beneficial to your mental health, as is knitting. My favourite place to buy yarn is online, from the Wool Warehouse, so even if you are struggling to get out and about then you can still choose from a huge range of yarn and have it delivered to you at home.
If you have grandchildren then knitting or crocheting them some jumpers would make a great project, or if you know someone expecting a baby then you can make some baby blankets, or even make some and donate them to charity shops. Or set up a little Etsy shop and sell them!
Once you get good at knitting you can experiment with all kinds of fun patterns, this gruffalo knitted jumper would be a hit with any young kids in the family! Find the pattern here.
This skeleton knitted jumper is super cool too, in fact I might give this a go myself!
If you can’t knit or crochet and don’t really want to learn then there are lots of other crafts.
Cross stitch and embroidery are great fun and you can find lots of free patterns online. DMC has a huge range to choose from. I really love this one and you can put it in a frame to turn it into a wall hanging too.
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