Taking up a new hobby has so many benefits, both mentally and physically. Aside from broadening your abilities, you can find relaxation, diversion and even new friendships in taking up a hobby. As with almost anything in life, it will require an investment of time and finances, with some hobbies outwardly costing a lot more than others, but this needn’t be off-putting as there are many ways to dip a proverbial toe into the different pools without it costing the earth.
Sewing probably comes in most expensive, with a very basic machine costing £50-£80, though I would recommend going for something from £150+ if you want it to last any length of time and cope with a variety of materials. There will be additional costs such as fabric scissors), pins, needles and markers which will be important from the outset.
Knitting can actually be quite low cost to get started with. Grab a pair of 3.5mm or 4mm (the most common for projects like scarves and socks), or some 6mm if you prefer the idea of something chunky for £4-£7. And that’s about it for equipment for most beginner projects. Bargain!
Painting can come in even cheaper on the equipment front, with a simple paintbrush for a quid or two, an empty jam jar for water and an egg-box pallette
Other hobbies with basic starter requirements include
Embroidery – needles and a hoop
Crochet – just the hook
Sketching – a box of pencils in various shades, often come with a free rubber and sharpener
Origami – nimble fingers (patience also required)
What low-investment hobbies would you recommend? What’s been your biggest splurge on equipment? Let me know! x