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Initial post: 20 Apr 2013 17:06:23 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Apr 2013 17:08:11 BDT
Evening all, I have just been having a read through all of the latest posts (been so busy this week I am only just catching up!), and although we clearly all have cooking in common, we also seem to have lots of other hobbies that we share.

I thought it would be nice to have a thread to chat about non-cooking hobbies as well :)

I currently have two knitting projects on the go, I am learning the Piano (very slowly...), and I'm writing two books, one non-fiction and the other fiction. I have also just finished a lovely 50's summer dress, which thanks to the food writing, I now don't fit in to... So am adding fitness to my hobby list as well...

I know some of you love to read and to paint, and Linzy and Stu love high heeled shoes (just kidding stu x), what else gets your creative fingers itching?

Debs xx

Posted on 20 Apr 2013 17:37:43 BDT
Aside from cooking, I'm a self-taught amateur quilter. Very bad, but since no one here sews anymore they all think my stuff is great. It's tough to find materials here since women stopped sewing, there are 2 quilting shops but they are expensive, "because it's all imported" but even though the dollar and pound have dropped their prices haven't.

Reading, of course. I read like other people breathe. I have 2 ebooks (not Kindles) and use them both constantly. When I can't sleep it's good to know they're there waiting.

Cinema. I love watching DVDs or recording things from TV and watching them. Particularly independent films. My latest jewel-like find is a little Swedish film called "Kitchen Stories."

Posted on 20 Apr 2013 17:41:02 BDT

This is my favourite place for knitting patterns, I love that you can choose a pattern and buy of the materials you need easily. I am currently knitting a summer dress on 3mm needles, which is like colouring in the side of a house with a pencil :)

Also another great knitting resource is:

The Knitting Book

I love this book xx

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Apr 2013 17:51:01 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Apr 2013 17:51:36 BDT
I have always thought about quilting Ori, I made sure I bought a sewing machine that could cope with it when I replaced my old one last year. I will keep my eye out for materials for you! There are some hidden little gems down some dodgy little side streets here in London :) What sort of styles of cloth do you like? I love Cath Kidston type florals.

I am with you on the Movies, I like having them on while I am doing other bits and bobs. I like to hear people chattering in the background. I am afraid I am a complete sucker for Period Dramas. I went completely nuts over Downton Abbey :D

I just read the description of Kitchen Stories, it looks good... I bet there are some funny bits in there! :)

What type of books do you like? I've just looked at my bookcase, and almost all of mine are Crime Fiction! Although my eyes just fell on a classic! Z for Zachariah, I might have a little read of that again. Do you ever use talking books? xx

Posted on 20 Apr 2013 19:43:36 BDT
I love African fabrics, tie-dye, and what I call "colourwash", but any beautiful print will get me going. I love jewel tones: ruby red, amethyst, royal blue, emerald...sigh. I dream of buying a bunch of sari fabrics to use in a quilt. Dream I'd ever be able to!! LOL

I just did the ironing (bringing out the warmer-weather clothes) to the accompaniment of an episode of Maigret (with Bruno Cremer) in French. Funny how watching that always makes me crave a steaming-hot cup of black coffee, with lots of sugar!

I have used talking books in the past but now have tinnitus issues (probably brought on by too much Walkman, now that I think about it. Not loud, but overkill possibly). I like classic detective stories (the puzzle, not the condition of the body!) and diaries and journals and other people's letters (nosy, you tell em!). And autobiography, and anything to do with cinema history. "The reader would not believe that such things could be," says Izaak Walton somewhere, "but I was there, and I saw it." I'm a huge fan of I-was-there books.

Posted on 20 Apr 2013 19:56:57 BDT
Charlie says:
Oooo, I've got loads of hobbies. I love cooking... reading cookery books... eating... talking about cooking/cookery books/eating
and shopping (for food in deli's etc!)

I'm guessing thats not what you were looking for is it Debs :/

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Apr 2013 20:08:35 BDT
Lol @Charlie! I love you... You are my hero :) Just reading your post has made me want to dash over to Borough Market... Shame it will be closed now... xx

@Ori... I am so pleased I started this thread! I live close to Brixton, and they have a little fabric shop with so many African fabrics! AND I also live close to tooting... Which means Sari's galore! I am going to make the next couple of months a personal Mission to create a little fabric goodie bag to send to you Ori x

Have you read the latest Sherlock Holmes "House of Silk"? I have just started it, so the jury is still out for me. Talking books are hit and miss for me, I love some voices, but others really irritate me... :)

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Apr 2013 20:12:41 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 20 Apr 2013 20:14:59 BDT
pixie says:
Ginko is supposed to be good for tinitus Ori.....x

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Apr 2013 08:50:04 BDT
I take it 3 times a day, doesn't seem to do much. I take it for short-term memory loss.

Posted on 21 Apr 2013 14:30:45 BDT
M Inx says:
Great idea Debs. Just now I'm crocheting a quilt, knitting a sweater and a bear, doing a watercolour of irish cottages and turf stacks from a Paul Henry print and reading The life of Leonard Cohen phew....... Best not to say how long these projects have been on the go for, and the others I could list needless to say I have the attention span of a flea but never get bored. xx

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Apr 2013 16:20:12 BDT
Squee! Debs you are too much! You are so lucky to live in Brixton (which is something I never thought I'd actually say!)

The latest Sherlock Holmes? Isn't AC Doyle kind know...dead? LOL I know what you I haven't.

Minx, I have to stamp a bunch of folders for church and then get busy and make about 20 little change purses out of fabric for a Christmas project. Yes, in almost May. Because those who would have you believe there are oceans of time between this and November are sadly wrong. I got the idea from this website: where it says "Quick and Easy Coin Purse." I hope they are both quick and easy! LOL

Posted on 21 Apr 2013 18:54:37 BDT
Clem Feeney says:
I've said elsewhere that I like cycling. I'm signed up for a London to Brighton overnight ride this July, but I'm stuggling to fit the long rides in! I'm raising money for SOS!SEN who have given my family a huge amount of support in our battles with our local authority. You can look me up on just giving. Shameless plug out of the way.
I love cycling on the country roads around my way, loads of wildlife - deer, herons, hares and I'm sure an owl was tracking my bike light the other night - something big was flying just above the cone of light my lamp was making. Spring evening should encourage me to get out more.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Apr 2013 08:01:59 BDT
@ M Inx, I subscribe to Vogue Knitting e-magazine and have just received the latest crochet addition, I haven't tried crochet but my Sister Louise loves it! Oooh we should start putting our latest creations as our profile pictures :) I have put a cake I baked yesterday as mine. I love the idea of watercolour painting, I have used the pencils that you paint over, but I think thats cheating... And I draw like a 5 year old, doesn't stop me rushing out to buy paper and pencils every now and again though!

@Ori... Am I too much?! Or just about enough? I'm afraid I do get a bit over excited sometimes, I have been referred to as Marmite before... I don't get excited in a jumpy hoppy cheerleader way, just a bit passionate <blush>
How much material do you usually use for a quilt (don't want to get too much/little for you)? Would 1 x metre of 4 types of material be ago? Or more types? I am quilting clueless I'm afraid.

@Clem Nothing shameless about that plug Clem! Have you done the night ride before? My friend Luke did it last year and loved it, we often cycle to Brighton from London but not as part of an official group. I don't drive so I cycle all over the place :)
Which part of the country do you live in?

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Apr 2013 09:07:58 BDT
pixie says:
That cake looks awesome Deb...could scoff that right now!x

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Apr 2013 09:17:49 BDT
M Inx says:
Hi Debs I subscribed to the hatchette publications learn to crochet series, how to make an antique quilt. Did the same thing for my mum with their learn to knit an antique quilt which she has finished, it's beautiful so I must make an effort to make mine while I'm at home. x

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Apr 2013 11:24:47 BDT
Deb, I will nose around my pattern books and email you. It's been a bit since I've actually sat down and started a real quilt.

Posted on 22 Apr 2013 16:00:37 BDT
Stu says:
hi debs love,hope you are well,first time of reading these posts and the original one by yourself got me laughing high heels indeed lol--xx well i do like them but only on the females of the species,when i have finally finished my decorating,i may well take up painting with water colours to help me relax,my only real hobby at the moment is walking my dog and chatting to the people i meet---xxx

Posted on 23 Apr 2013 08:48:25 BDT
@Minx... Once I have finished this dress, I am going to have a go at crochet. I just changed my Cake profile picture to the last shrug I knitted, not sure if you can see much of the detail, but I thought it was pretty :)

@Ori... I was thinking that once you have an idea of how much you need, I will go and take some photo's of some material first. Then you can choose which you like best x

@Stu... I thought you'd like the high heeled part ;) Watercolours will certainly relax you, and it will also be great for Lulu (did I remember that or make it up?!) to be outside with you, and also good for chatting to people. I am sure people will stop to see what you are up to... If they are nosey like me xx

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Apr 2013 13:49:19 BDT
Stu says:
hi debs,not quite love her name is tula ahah close though,how are you keeping?very well i hope,they do stop me,and i stop them too cos im nosey too ahah--xx

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Apr 2013 16:09:06 BDT
Clem Feeney says:
Mrs J. I only just noticed your post. I live in Fleet in Hampshire near the Surrey border. This is my first night ride event, last year I did a ride called the Wiltshire Big Wheel, 45 miles and seemed quite manageable (though lots of re hydration was required - I counted up and I took on about 9 pints of various drinks throughout the day - I'm hoping a night ride will require less, being at night and all). This ride is around 67 miles so will stretch me a bit further - does that distance sound about right from your experience?

The logistics of getting to London and home from Brighton have yet to be worked out. My route will go over Ditchling Beacon - have you done that at all and is it as hard as people say?

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Apr 2013 23:06:09 BDT
I think it,s a good idea to have different things on the go, I used to be like that, but I seem to have lost my way lately. Time being an issue for me at the moment.

Posted on 24 Apr 2013 08:04:31 BDT
@Clem... Oooh lovely part of the world, Neel and I looked at the Farnham area before settling on a move to hertfordshire next year instead. That distance sounds about right, it's such a wonderful ride, London just seems to break all at once and roll immediately into hobbit like countryside just after Croydon. I think we go gooey for it because we live in Zone 2 at the moment.

Ditchling is a beast... But I found some of the earlier climbs more difficult as they are steeper and happen long before you are nicely warmed up, by the time you reach Ditchling you're fully warmed up and in that euphoric state of exercise. I think people struggle with ditchling climb because it is so long, it just goes on and on. The first time I did it, I just clicked down in to my lowest gear and kept peddling, by the time I was 3/4 of the way up I started counting the cats eyes back from 10 until I hit the top :)

SOLD! I am off out on my bike, I am going to cycle towards hastings today :) Have a lovely day.

ps. I might sign up for the night ride when I get home xx

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Apr 2013 08:15:30 BDT
Clem Feeney says:
Mrs J, reading around cycling forums, the big issue with Ditchling on the big sponsored rides is that so many people get off and walk up that the good cyclists can't get through and have to get off and walk as well.

The night ride (Moonriders) only has 500 riders so that's not such an issue. What I really need is a similar hill to practice on near home.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Apr 2013 09:13:02 BDT
pixie says:
I used to love cycling Clem when I was younger...nothing as adventurous as you and Debs! I toyed with the idea of buying a bike when I moved to Somerset but the lanes aren't that safe for biking....hedges are too high and you can't see the cars coming.
I lived in Hampshire and it's a lovely part of the world. I worked in Portsmouth and lived in Gosport. I always remember what a clean county it is.x
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