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Nov 06

Winter Hobbies

Posted on November 6, 2013 at 12:00 AM by Craig Jacobson

Hobby blog pic.jpgWhen you think of winter hobbies, I bet knitting, crocheting, and quilting are some of the first things you think of.  And while these are great hobbies to get into, there are lots of ways to keep you entertained this winter with a new hobby or two.

The library has a great book called Get a Hobby! 101 All-Consuming Diversions for Any Lifestyle  by Tina Barseghian.  What I particularly liked about this book, is that it offers a quiz at the beginning to see where your interests lie, and then, as it describes each hobby, it offers descriptors that you can match with your interests.  When I took the quiz, I was “artistic, crafty, and epicurean.”  I could then look for those descriptors under each hobby title to see if any matched my interests.  I loved the idea of having this quiz at the front because it offers you a chance to see what interests may suit you.  For instance, there were lots of hobbies that were both artistic and crafty, but a hobby like ‘furniture restoration’ only had crafty as a match for me, but I am still interested in it as a hobby.

For those who like the traditional hobbies, such as knitting, I have grouped them into a category called Textiles/Thread.  Under this category, there is sewing, crocheting, knitting, needlework, quilting, and silk-screening.  The library offers many books on these subjects and you can find them in the nonfiction area under these Dewey call numbers.

Textiles/Thread
Sewing: Call # 646.2
Crocheting: Call # 746.434
Knitting: Call # 746.432
Needlework: Call # 746.44
Quilting: Call # 746.46

Gardening is traditionally a spring & summer hobby, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up your greenery for the winter.  There are a couple of hobbies that can extend your love of gardening into the winter as well, such as herb gardening, winter potting, greenhouse gardening, and topiary.  While the library may not have a lot of books on some of the subjects, the internet is a great resource for finding greenhouse plans, or what type of plants work for winter potting.

Plants
Herb Gardening: Call # 635.7
Winter Potting: Call # 635.986
Greenhouse Gardening: Call # 635.04
Topiary: Call # 715.1

I think of winter as a time to get in touch with people you have not seen in a while, whether it is by sending them a holiday greeting card or meeting up at a New Year’s party.  One activity that can help you keep in touch with family and friends is letter writing.  Nowadays, most people just send an email or a Facebook message.  But there is something special about receiving a hand-written letter in the mail, and the winter provides an opportunity to do some writing of your own.  Listed below are some other topics that fit in with letter writing and the call numbers where you can find them in the library.

Paper
Creative Writing: Call # 808.042
Letter Writing: Call # 395.4 & 808.6
Journaling/Blogging: Call # 006.752
Scrapbooking: Call # 745.593
Origami: Call # 736.982
Rubber Stamping: Call # 761 & 747.3

While the Get a Hobby! quiz said I was artistic, I do not entirely feel like I have a talent for drawing or painting, but I still try and wish I did.  Now and then, I will get someone who comes into the library asking for painting or drawing books for ships or horses, and I show them to the sections that deal with drawing and books on horses so they have real-life pictures.  So, this next section of hobbies I have labeled artistic because it involves those crafts where talent and skill shine through beautifully and can be a lot of fun.

Artistic
Painting: Call # 750’s
Dancing: Call # 793.3
Paint by Numbers: Call # 750.1
Pottery: Call # 738.1
Sculpture: Call # 731.4
Stained Glass: Call # 748.59
Instrument Playing: Call # 784.19

Along with the artistic hobbies, there is also what I am calling the ‘hand crafting’ hobbies where talent and skill can make the most amazing and sometimes intricate things.  My father is a welder, and he can make the coolest things from a few pieces of metal and some nuts and bolts.  Some projects have included metal planters, peacock wine racks, a metal tractor, and an ornamental copper water sprinkler.  I also had two grandfathers who liked to build things out of wood, be it a wooden car or three wooden reindeer that light up.    Some of these hobbies in ‘hand crafting’ require a lot of tools or equipment, but they can also become a life-long pastime.

Hand Crafting
Woodworking: Call # 684.08
Metalworking: Call # 671
Whittling: Call # 736.4
Model Building: Call # 629.221
Knotting: Call # 746.4

This past summer I tried my hand at a new hobby, that of canning and preserving.  I made a few small batches of jam, and I completely loved it.  I also gave away most of the jams to family and friends, but kept a few for myself.  After Thanksgiving every year, my family gets together and makes a bunch of candies.  We usually make between 15-20 different types of candy and while I have a few favorites, like the mocha truffles, peanut clusters, and the toffee, every type of candy we make is delicious.  Food hobbies can be a practical gift to give to family and friends, and particular fun to share during the holidays.

Food
Cooking: Call # 641.5
Canning/Preserving: Call # 641.42
Coffee Roasting: Call # 641.3373
Beer Brewing: Call # 641.873
Wine Making: Call # 641.872
Candy Making: Call # 641.853
Cake Decorating: Call # 641.8653

One year my sister and I decided to make some candles to give away to family as a holiday gift.  Luckily, I already had a candle making kit, so all we needed to get was some additional wax.  And while I have never made my own soap, for fear of using lye, I have heard it not that dissimilar from making candles.  The last category of hobbies that I will share is all kind of random, so they are grouped together in a miscellaneous category, of which two of them are candle making and soap making.  Some of them may also be beneficial to take a class or two before you begin them as a hobby, but much like woodworking or metalworking, they can become a life-long pastime.

Miscellaneous
Furniture Restoration: Call # 684.1043 & 749.1028
Taxidermy: Call # 579.4
Soap Making: Call # 668.12
Candle Making: Call # 745.59
Genealogy: Call # 929.1

***Image pulled from Amazon book page.