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What arts/ crafts do you do in front of the telly?

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Whenisitmysleepytime Sat 25-Jun-11 20:43:45

I have almost no free time so on the sofa watching tv after the dc are in bed is my only chance. I don't want to disappear off to kitchen etc as I won't see dh properly then either.
BUT I want to get back into crafts/ develop a hobby.

I can knit, sew, cross stitch, basic embroidery and have done a little crochet and patchwork before too. I think I could pick up something new fairly easily -famous last words! smile

Any suggestions?

moominthecorner Sat 25-Jun-11 22:34:38

I do all mine in front of the telly. Small children dictate it! Knitting (easy, not lace!) , hand quilting , reading craft mags grin

Siikibam Sun 26-Jun-11 09:00:01

I crochet and bead. My husband has stopped complaining about the fact that I don't watch properly :D

erebus Sun 26-Jun-11 09:35:49

'don't watch properly..' grin

I have begun to latch hook a rug (doormat sized). My 'problem' is I have to look blow my glasses to see the rug and through them to see the telly.

I'd get varifocals but it's a dignity issue... smile

Ambers123 Sun 26-Jun-11 09:45:57

Hi I do patchwork and embroidery relaxing at the end of the day.

Bumperlicioso Sun 26-Jun-11 10:51:34


frazzledblob Sun 26-Jun-11 11:53:21

another vote for crochet and beading smile

jenniec79 Sun 26-Jun-11 11:58:21

Knitting, crochet, crossstitch. Not all at the same time though!

PurpleFrog Sun 26-Jun-11 18:37:03

Crossstitch is definitely more difficult in front of the telly. I have recently started knitting and crocheting again, so I can do something constructive while relaxing in front of the box.

erebus - I have varifocals (my second pair) and they are great for flicking between my knitting and the telly. My last pair didn't have such a large area for close work and I had problems threading needles etc.. This pair are great, but were expensive. Don't put off getting varifocals if you need them. (Unlike bi-focals, no-one will know anyway!) They take a bit of getting used to, but I find I now wear my glasses all the time.

rocketleaf Sun 26-Jun-11 18:39:13

Crochet, did loads when I was pregnant and I have just managed to start again this week with 5 week old DD is asleep on the breastfeeding cushion. Not sure how long I will be able to though so making the most of it.

cloudpuff Mon 27-Jun-11 11:23:59

Another one for crochet. Its cosy making blankets in the winter.

Whenisitmysleepytime Mon 27-Jun-11 17:01:02

thanks for all the suggestions!

i've rediscovered the christmas stockings i started last year here so i've decided that as there's almost 6 months to go i might get them finished! grin

i've also been inspired by her blog to start crocheting again (not done it for almost 20 years) so i've been out and got a crochet needle and some nice new wool.

i must get myself a hobby before being a mum/ maternity leave does my head in!

queenmaeve Mon 27-Jun-11 17:04:19

Crochet or a bit of sewing like fabric flowers or something. I'm not really watching the tv either more just for chatting to dh at the end of the day

cloudpuff Tue 28-Jun-11 08:26:05

Good luck with the crochet mysleepy, you'll have the hang of it no time.

PurpleFrog Tue 28-Jun-11 09:38:52

The nice thing about crochet is you can pick it up and put it down anytime. There is no need to "finish a row" as in knitting. I love these Christmas stockings! Thanks for the link - I'll put them on my to-do list!

SybilBeddows Tue 28-Jun-11 09:40:27

I do patchwork - either the handsewn English sort or cutting the patches for machine-made.

drfayray Tue 28-Jun-11 14:20:58

Knitting for me. I am a fairly new knitter and self-taught. I love knitting in front of the television. I used to crochet too. I look through my glasses at the wool and needles and then over the tops at the tv. grin

deepfriedcupcake Tue 28-Jun-11 14:28:02

I have a big calendar that hangs on the wall (so in theory I can remember birthdays), which I have stiched with pretty wool. That was an in-front-of-the-telly project. Took a while to do all the days of the months but I can then update with new babies etc quite quickly.

overthemill Thu 30-Jun-11 14:40:13

knitting, crochet and tapestry.

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