As you may have seen on my AMIGURUMIST page, in addition to writing, I practice a few crafts that involve yarn. Preferably small projects, like earrings and amigurumi, because I don’t have the time/patience for afghans. I have an Etsy page called Crafty Meankitty for most of the results of my “squint work” since I can’t wear them all myself. So far, just really small projects to make sure I don’t spend all my time hooking when I should be writing or editing.
But I gotta hook SOME, you know? I relish hooking “the end” on a project as much as I relish writing “the end” on a story. My crafting projects are a lot like short stories instead of novels so I can enjoy that gleeful finishing sensation more frequently.
Clearly one of my arts =/= photography, but I have to have SOME weaknesses.
At one point I was involved in my kids’ after-school musical theater classes in order to help with costuming. (And I may have been conned into performing as a tap dancing Jedi in 2013.) I own a vintage clothing collection that serves no purpose beyond to make me happy and to fill our attic. I also have rudimentary sewing abilities. But my real aptitude with costuming–beyond my thrift-store cheap-wad savvy–has been crocheting custom hats.
For example, here’s the puffer fish hat I made for a production of Disney Jr’s Little Mermaid.
If you’re a hooker, too, feel free to drop me a line. I know all sorts of people I can talk to about writing, but my hooker circle is limited!
Another crafty art I hope to get better at, both for myself and for musical theater, is the art of the refashion — taking existing clothing items and turning them into things I like better. I’ve also seen this called upcycling and rehashing. The blog that turned me onto this was New Dress A Day.
Last but not least, if you want to know more about naughty crochet, the peens have their own page! http://www.crochetpeen.com/