Earlier this year I learned to knit. Part of the appeal for me is that it’s very easy to sit down, knit some stitches, and make progress. It’s possible to screw up so badly you have to start over, but for the most part it’s difficult to take large steps backward. Unlike with programming, it’s hard to knit a scarf so badly it causes active harm to you and the people around you. If you’re patient, you’ll eventually have a scarf or a sweater, and no matter how many stiches you accidentally added in the wrong places, you still have something that represents a tonne of work to be proud of. Also you are now warmer than you were before, which is kind of cool.
One nice thing about knitting is that you can do it while you watch television. Some shows I’ve been watching lately:
(This fluff post is brought to you by a few weeks of travel and strep throat. Pro-tip: don’t get strep throat.)