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10 Hobbies to Adopt When it’s Cold Outside

With frigid wind chills and unrelenting snow storms, this winter has made the Northeast an inhospitable place. Going outdoors hasn’t only been unappealing; it’s been downright dangerous.

In this weather, it doesn’t take long for cabin fever to set in. The kids start climbing the walls and you feel like you’re going to go crazy. What do you do when it’s too cold for outdoor activities and snow is blocking the path to your favorite getaways? Make your own entertainment indoors with one of these cold-weather hobbies.

Have Fun with Fiber
Knitting and crocheting are easy to learn and a lot of fun to play around with. Warm up with handmade hats, mittens and socks or get adventurous with a full-size sweater. Sites like Knitting Help and online communities including Ravelry.com offer a wealth of information and patterns to get you started. 

Break Out the Sewing Machine
If you’re fascinated by quilting or have always wanted to make your own clothes, winter is the perfect time to dust off the sewing machine, find some patterns and start creating. Women do love sewing more than men, but sewing is relaxing to the soul. 

Become a Master Chef
There’s nothing like a hot bowl of soup, stew or chili to warm you up in the dead of winter. Grab a stack of cookbooks or load up some cooking videos on YouTube to find delicious recipes that are easy to put together. If baking is more your speed, cozy up to cookies, brownies or a hearty batch of muffins. Check out these boards on sewing

Give Indoor Gardening a Go
Make use of winter light to grow plants like herbs, flowers and even potted tomatoes. As long as you have a bright, insulated window or sunroom, you can enjoy fresh food even in the coldest weather. Choose plants that do well indoors for a lush winter garden. Gardening is better in the sun, but it can be fun inside. It's also a very educational experience

Embrace Your Inner Carpenter
Cold weather is the perfect time to learn how to turn the scrap wood that’s been taking up space in your basement or shed into something useful. Bird houses, bookshelves and small cabinets are all great starter projects for the aspiring carpenter.

Get Artistic
Instructional books and online classes can help you become the artist you’ve always wanted to be. Break out the pencils or paints and let the creative juices flow. Get the kids in on the fun with crafts that make use of construction paper, glitter, buttons and whatever other supplies you have around the house.

Start a Scrapbook
Scrapbooking is a great way to organize and preserve special mementos. It’s a hobby with a lot of room for personalization and creativity, meaning you can keep on enjoying it long after winter is over.

Find a Path to Fitness
You don’t have to give up your workouts just because it’s cold. There are plenty of DVDs and online videos that you can use to get fit without setting foot outside. Start a new exercise regimen or mix up your current program with something new. You’ll feel healthier and happier just by getting up and moving every day. When you're not working out try dieting. The Nu Skin TR90 diet is one of my favorites. 

Play with Puzzles
Entire families can get in on the fun with puzzles. Challenge yourself with complex imagery and tiny pieces that require days to assemble or choose a kid-friendly puzzle to while away a chilly afternoon.

Make Music
Now is the time to learn how to play the instrument you’ve been eying for years. Making music is a great way to beat the winter blues, so dust off the piano, crack open an exercise book and enjoy.

While these fun indoor activities might not make it seem warmer, they’ll give you a great way to pass the time until spring comes again.