A few years ago, my wife, Kate, and daughter, Lena, bought me a plastic scale model to do. A couple of days ago, I dusted off the box and have since began gathering the tools I'll need to get started. I haven't done one since I was a kid, so I'm looking forward to getting going on this.
|A scale model of the USS Hancock CV-19, an American WW II-era|
The other craft I will be trying my hand at will be knitting. I know, not a very macho hobby to pick up, but I've long since passed the age where I cared what other people think about my interests and past-times. I have to admit, though, that knitting isn't overly interesting to me but I partly feel an obligation to learn because my grandfather was reputed to have been handy with a pair of knitting needles - out of necessity. Also, just this morning Kate was reading one of the cancer blogs she follows that cited and summarized a number of studies that show positive impacts of knitting on mood and health. So, I am curious to see if a pair of needles and ball of yarn can accomplish what dozens of very expensive cocktails of anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medications, mood stabilizers, stimulants and sleeping pills have been unable to. I have to be honest, though, that I tried to learn under Kate's tutelage, after I quit smoking more than 15 years ago. Let's just say that experience was less than relaxing for all involved. But I'll give it a better try this time around.
|A knitted throw Kate has picked up again after it lying neglected for|
more than 15 years. Something for me to aim for.
So, stay tuned as I delve into these projects.