Monday, January 24, 2011

What I do in the Evenings

Since hubby is working 6 days a week right now, from 6am - 4:30pm, he though it would be nice if I sat in the livingroom on the couch with him in the evenings and watched TV.  If only there was something to watch! I can't just sit and watch nothing on the TV - I go to sleep. So I needed something to do while "listening" to whatever he's watching.




One day while mailing packages at the Post Office, I got talking about TV with one of the women that works there. She didn't care for TV either, so she knit scarves for the homeless in the evenings while sitting with her hubby. WOOHOO!! What a great idea! I can do that too!! Ok - maybe not the knitting part, but I used to crochet a bit. So I went to Walmart, got a couple of crochet hooks and some really big bags of yarn.




The brown ones are the first ones I did. Started with easy stitches that I remembered. But using the same two stitches is boring, so I went to the internet and found a really great site with many many different patterns and will try some of the easier ones. The site is Crochet Pattern Central. Some of the patterns are just to difficult for me right now, and many of them are basically decoration only. So I've picked out patterns that will actually keep someone warm.




There is a shelter in our capital city that a friend goes to once in a while to help serve meals, so I will send some with her. My sister-in-law told me about a church in a near by town that collects winter wear and ships it over seas to needed families in countries with cold climates, so I will also send some there. I'm averaging about 2 scarves/week right now - that's a lot of scarves in a year :) Though in the summer, I probably won't have time.


What do you do in the evenings to keep busy?

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14 comments:

  1. Audrey I love that you make these scarves and give them to those in need... as far as what I do in the evenings....well I KNIT, every night, and since that is what I sell on etsy it works great, I also give away some of my items too, friends, family, and even to those that I do not know...

    We do not watch TV or should I say cable, its been about 11 years now.
    We watch movies (mostly childrens types you know the animation ones)My husband has joined me in knitting, and so we talk and do that together, or he plays his games and I try to help him figure out how to get through different rooms, puzzles and stuff like that, oh and lets not forget I have the whole 6 years boxed set of Dr. Quinn that I watch over and over...so there you have it.

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  2. Audrey what a great productive and kind thing to do.

    As of lately, I've been on etsy, my hubby calls me a etsy-acholic. Soon I will have a laptop cause my desk one is 7 yrs old. (and still running). Then I can be in the same room with hubby while he watches TV.
    Roxanne

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  3. Audrey, that's a wonderful gesture! Keeps your hands busy with a fulfilling project while you share 'space' with your hubby. I'm not a t.v. person, but I do like to settle in with a movie once in awhile. I also have to keep my hands busy and I sew, of course! Have a great week! ~karen

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  4. What a fantastic idea.I usually work on the computer if my husbands watching sports. Some shows we do watch together - I just started basic knitting and could certainly do this too! It's freking -11 with a wind chiil of -35 here today!!! Brrrrrrrrrrrr.

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  5. My beading table is the dining room table, so while he's watching TV, I design and create jewelry. I also have a laptop there, so I can be online too, chatting on Twitter and promoting. But the right Shift key is not working right and it's weird.

    Love that you are creating items for the homeless.

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  6. I watch reality tv like crazy! Stupid but true!

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  7. I can't just sit and watch tv either, I have to have something to do. The knifty knitter I bought is perfect for when I'm sitting there while he watches tv

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  8. A knifty knitter?
    Will look that up!

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  9. That's such a wonderful idea! You won't have to be bored and you'll be doing something fantastic for others too!

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  10. That is such a great idea! I'm knitting prayer shawls right now. Have you checked Ravelry.com for patterns? They have a HUGE selection of free patterns too if you want an even larger variety to choose from(thinking kid in candy shop now). I think your idea is an excellent one for my local craft group. We are batting around what to do for charity as a group and I think your idea is something worth discussing with them! Thanks. :)

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  11. What a great idea! I don't knit or crochet and it seems like everything I do want to do doesn't work well in front of the TV. I might try to get into embroidery, just so I can spend a little more time with my hubby in the evenings.

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  12. Audrey - what's with these men anyways. I don't see mine coming to sit with me in the sewing room or cuddling up on the couch while I read a book.

    Hugs - Marie

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  13. Audrey,

    You are certainly making the most of every opportunity. Thanks for sharing this and motivating us to think outside the box!

    Lately, I've been on etsy in the evenings when I'm not out and about. Since I have a laptop, I can sit next to my husband while he watches TV. Sometimes I make earrings or journals. What I probably should be doing is cleaning the house from time to time :)

    Thanks for sharing!
    Carolyn (relaxedbeauty)

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  14. How wonderful! Picking up an old hobby again, and for such a great cause, is so much fun! Some friends/family and I crochet and knit items for babies and it's a nice way to give back while spending time with your family and watching a bit of tv :) I love a lot of the patterns on ravelry.com as well, you might check them out, it's free to register and you can sort the patterns to find the free ones!

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