Sabotaged by a Penguin

 

3penguins (copy)The reason I might not ever become an accomplished writer….. I was sabotaged by a bird, in fact, a very cute Penguin or two.

On a girl weekend recently my sister introduced me and my mum to Amigurumi, say what? I have not crocheted in many years and my abilities are about the level of a scarf a very long wonky scarf. My mother is the master of crochet and I love to watch her sitting quietly and creating something hand-made. My patient sister walked us through the steps and taught us how to make a magic circle. Perfect for starting the head of these crazy little critters. I know, I know it is not going to help me get those books finished, but to crotchet is to relax. An enjoyable hobby I had forgotten about and sometimes we need to goof off from our work. The girl weekend was gorgeous, filled with chatter, cups of hot tea, mounds of easter chocolate and many laughs.

Precious time just being together is a rare event these days in a busy world full of appointments and over worked schedules . Our daughters played together, they also sat and completed some chaining. Pass the hobbies down I say.

With my WIP’s, I take a moment to step back, it helps me see the things I need to correct or change. Doing something light and easy, with no thinking, just cruising with my crotchet hook is a lovely way to leave everything behind. Maybe not as good as a walk to the beach, but hey its getting cold and an indoor hobby is a tad more favourable. What do I do with all my little critters? I give them away as gifts. I enjoy that pleasure too. My daughters school will be full of them come this winter. The colour of their choice, have you ever met a yellow penguin?

We all need a hobby, something that takes us out of the zone, funny, my other hobbies are turning into my life’s work. Maybe that is how things should be, you find something you love doing and make it into a business. Crocheting will always take me back, a little girl sitting beside my patient mother, teaching me to chain. I enjoy teaching my daughter too.

Check out Millie on her world I adore her work and she has an amazing talent when it comes to crocheting anything. I love her blog.

This Mothers day I gave thanks for time spent with my beautiful mother and family. We sat together in the sun room making these little guys and laughing at how each one had its own personality. A picnic at our favourite spot. Ocean views, picnic lunch, a hot cup of tea and cup cakes for the children. It was simple, but wonderful, especially the warm sun on our backs and watching the kids play. I hope your Mothers Day is or was special too.

What hobby has taken you away from your work or have you been lucky enough to make it into your life’s work?

About Kath Unsworth

Everybody has a DREAM. Today is the first day of the rest of my writing life. Its a lonely world out there when you are learning the craft. This year I want to finish my first children's picture book.
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52 Responses to Sabotaged by a Penguin

  1. How cute those penguins are! For some reason any time I try to take up a hands-on activity like this the opposite effect happens and I toss it aside. I’ve gone through a hemp jewelry phase many, many times. My best breaks from writing come in the form of Yoga or hiking. It seems I need a little physical exhaustion to calm down. : )

  2. Kath, these penguins are just too adorable! When I was a teen I made denim purses. Sewing using re-purposed fabric is one of my side-line passions. Before the recession I sold purses in two different stores here in my community. The stores have since closed–so I may try opening an Etsy store online.

    It’s great to have other passions besides writing. Taking a break from a project can give us fresh eyes when we come back to it–especially during the editing phase.

    Blessings ~ Wendy ❀

  3. Alisa Belzil says:

    Your Mother’s Day sounds perfect! I just love making amigurumi! Penguins are simply my favorite, and your crochet friends are adorable. Stephanie at allaboutami.com is an incredible crochet artist and I’m sure you would love her cute amigurumi and blog. Check her out when you need some ‘get away’ time :-)

  4. Judy says:

    The penguins are so cute!! I can image they will be a hit with anyone!! One of the most valuable things in life is really the gift of time spent just hanging out with loved ones and doing something companionable together such as crocheting, drawing, etc. One silly companionable memory I love was an afternoon spent with my sisters and mom talking about romance novels. My sister Lynda is a novelist. So there we were all nibbling on and lazily twirling string red licorice while brainstorming about books and those yet to be written. It was really silly but a fun memory. PS: I really read Sci Fi though :)

  5. mrsgillies says:

    They are so cute!!!

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