Life after books – what do you do?

I’ve recently started working as a part-time warden in a homeless hostel. When it’s quiet, I can’t really read – tempting a prospect as that might be, as I have to keep half an eye on security cameras, but I’ve discovered that I can knit. I’ve been knitting for quite a few years now, have run knitting workshops, created a knitted football blog and have even had a few of my knitting patterns published in magazines. After a period of such intensive knitting, I’d lost the love somewhere along the line, but knitting during quiet periods at work has rekindled the spark.

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Thus far I’ve kitted out some of the teen residents with stripy covers for their phones, I’ve made some cabled wristbands and a baby bobble hat. I’ve a stash of lace weight merino wool in silvery grey, navy, mauve and magenta that I’ve not known what to do with for ages, so I’m currently trying to design a wavy ‘feather and fan’ stripy shawl pattern to use that up, then I’ve some socks to make for my dad, and my son, and a jumper for my daughter. Β That should keep me going for a while, and hopefully this new-found enthusiasm will power me through the long quiet stretches of my shifts.

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Reading aside, knitting is up there as one of my biggest obsessions (OK, after football, maybe), and then there’s my on/off relationship with running, and my enthusiastic incompetence at yoga. call me a nosy parker, but what I’d like to know is, aside from reading, what are the hobbies and interests that float your boat?

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