What skill seems like it would be really fun to learn?
I really would love to sit down and learn how to crochet. My mom crochets, and she tried her best to teach me (I asked!) but for some reason nothing beyond a chain stitch ever really stuck with me.
I still want to learn because sometime last year, I watched an interesting TED talk about how to prepare for aging and dementia. One of the things the speaker recommended was to develop some kind of hobby to keep your hands busy, even if your brain and body give out. Reading and writing don’t cut it; making jewelry can ask a lot on the eyes (and requires lots of little bits and bobs, some of which can be expensive). But crocheting just takes a hook and some yarn and you’re good to go. I know my future old lady self would appreciate it if I could just figure it out, once and for all, but it’s hard to find the time!
Which of the winter Olympic sports would you love to compete in?
Is drinking hot cocoa in the ski lodge an Olympic sport? No? Too bad.
What fun craft did you make when you were a kid, in school or at camp or somewhere else?
There are two that come to mind. The first is from elementary school, when we had a year-long (or semester-long? quarter-long?) weaving project. In all of the moving overseas (and back again) that I’ve done, and all of the purging and downsizing (I did the Mari Kondo thing before it was a thing), I’ve held onto that bizarre hodge-podge of a tapestry. I just loved working on it and learning the different kinds of weaves so much. (Another skill I’d love to learn: how to weave on a proper, actual loom!)
The second one is from middle or early high school, when I was at camp: basket weaving. (Weaving: noticing a pattern yet?) Mine turned out really well, I thought, and it’s one of the few school/camp crafts that I’ve kept around; not only did it turn out nicely, but it was the perfect size and shape to hold pencils and pencil-shaped knick-knacks.
If everyone in the world is the best in the world at some very specific thing, what are you most likely the best at?
For a long time, I was unusually good at remembering people’s birthdays. Sad to say, I’ve since offloaded that mental task to Facebook and I can tell that I’m not as good at it as I used to be.
What’s something you own that was handmade by someone you know?
Circling back to the first question, I have a wide array of scarves, hats, wraps, and blankets that my mom has crocheted for me. Here’s one she crocheted, though technically for my sambo and not for me:
I also have an adorable owl magnet that was a gift from a friend I visited in the US in August.
This is in addition to the jewelry that I’ve made for myself.