What I do when I am not crocheting

The last few weeks I have been under the crochet-radar. It felt like all I ever did was crochet, while I have so many other hobbies! With the Jar of Ideas I tried to stay away from crochet because of this, but still I wanted to spend more time with my other hobbies.

Since I have a full-time day job, I only have my evenings and weekends. Weekends tend to fill up quickly, with a birthday here and a family gathering there. Crochet every day = no time for reading, jigsaws, gaming… A few weeks ago, I had a week off. I spent it doing all fun things, but no crochet! I needed this break to get the creative juices flowing again. So what have I been doing?


Jigsaws of at least 1000 pieces always get my attention. I love sitting down for a jigsaw and forgetting time while putting all the right pieces in their place! The aspect of planning is also nice: where to start? What is next? Mostly I start with the edge and pick a big object with distinct colors next.

You may know that I am a huge Disney-fan. When I am driving late at night, I often play Disney songs so I can sing along and stay awake. Luckily, there are a lot of Disney jigsaws of 1000+ pieces! They are so joyful, with colorful dresses and cute characters.


Of course I have been reading! I finished Jay Asher’s 13 Reasons Why during my vacation, and I have been reading The Canterbury Tales every evening. Because of the rhyme it is very nice to read: it has a rhythm while reading, pulling you to the next sentence. But on the other hand, you need to be very focussed to read this work by Geoffry Chaucer. So maybe not the perfect book for late night, sleepy-but-not-wanting-to-go-to-bed kind of reading, but because of the different sized tales, so far it is going well.

Binging series

Sometimes, when I am too tired to do anything else, I just want to hang on the couch and not think about anything. And sometimes I just can’t stop watching. Either way, I have spend some evenings just Netflixing. I watched Insatiable‘s first season – what was that?! I couldn’t stop watching, but it was all over the place! It just kept getting weirder and weirder, with (SPOILER ALERT) an exorcism, love triangles and yes, murder. I can’t wait for the second season!

I am a bit behind with great series of the past few years. For example, about a year ago I started watching Orphan Black, while the final season was already done. So sometimes I have a great catch-up: watching series that everybody loved but I have never seen. Currently in this category: The 100Pretty Little Liars and Grey’s Anatomy (when it returns to my streaming service – they removed it when I was just done with season 5!). Also I am watching Doctor Who and Black Mirror.

Next to new series, I enjoy re-watching shows! I have been watching Friends, but that is my go-to series for any twenty minutes of free time. I must have watched the whole series about seven times, but I still enjoy every episode! Sometimes I even watch while crocheting, but only with easy projects that don’t require a lot of counting. Another one of those shows I can enjoy over and over again: Desperate Housewives.


You must have figured out that I am a nerd by now. It is even in the name of this blog! So it won’t be a surprise that I am also a gamer. Let’s give a shoutout to my boyfriend, who introduced gaming to me! We currently own pretty much every console except the Xboxes, and we both have a gaming pc.

One of my favorite games is World of Warcraft. Especially around new expansions my time in game is sky-high! I love wandering through new worlds, encountering wildlife and yes – kill everything for quests and drops. Looking for cool mounts and pets, and learning new recipes for my professions is what I do after I played the story, and there is so much to discover! With Battle for Azeroth dropping this August, I have played a lot in the past few weeks.

Cross stitching

Yes, I have discovered a new yarn-related hobby! For a while, I have been wanting to try out cross stitching. I finally decided to buy a kit with all the required materials included, and it is impossible to put down! It’s a lot like crochet in the way that you have to pay attention to the pattern, or you will mess up big time. And threads are not that different from strands of yarn, right?

No worries – I still love to crochet. I will be finishing up some projects soon, and my Instagram feed will fill up again with new WIPs and yarns. Stay tuned for new words in my Jar of Ideas, new books I recommend and of course: new crochet projects! Did you know you can subscribe to my newsletter? Check out the form in the sidebar or click on “Newsletter” in the menu!

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