To keep myself busy when I'm not painting, I'm learning how to knit. I made an orange scarf for myself over 10 years ago and I'm going to get back into it now. My Mom is a master of crochet and she's going to pick up knitting soon also. I'm sure it'll be a lot easier for her since she already knows crochet.
My first project was a simple bookmark using garter stitch and I found it very soothing and enjoyable. I'm going to stick with it and keep trying to progress so I can one day do some higher level sweaters and things. I know this will require many years to get down so I'm glad to be starting now.
it's funny to return to something and be a complete beginner because I can put myself in my students' shoes when I'm teaching them how to paint. Painting for me at this point is really second nature, but I want to always remind myself of what it's like to be a beginner. I'll share more progress as I go along.