Writer reveals why she turned to ‘granny hobby’ flower arrangement to ‘save sanity’ during coronavirus lockdown – The Sun


Putting the finishing touches to my arrangement of wax flowers and chrysanthemums, I proudly placed the vase center stage on the windowsill.

While many women in their mid-thirties might start taking hot yoga or barre classes in an effort to overcome the impending middle-aged spread or expand their social circle, I began to make arrangements. floral – and I love it.

Jo Dunbar says she loves her new hobby of flower arranging

Before the coronavirus, it had been one of my long-standing ambitions to join my local flower club, and finally the planets aligned at the end of last year.

My husband Chris, 38, started traveling less for work each week and the children’s bedtimes synchronized – I have now had time to familiarize myself with an oasis foam block and a pair of pruning shears.

Once a month, on a Wednesday evening, I walked to the community center and the magical two hours I spent doing flower arrangements or attending a demonstration were so precious. They allowed me to disconnect from the usual chaos that reigned around my head.

Forget concerts or quizzes in pubs, I had found a way to relax. And it happened with dozens of women who are old enough to be my mother, even my grandmother. But new research reveals that I am far from alone.

    Social distancing leads to an increase in the number of millennials adopting hobbies traditionally associated with older generations
Social distancing leads to an increase in the number of millennials adopting hobbies traditionally associated with older generations

Over the past year, florists have seen a 30% increase in the number of people under the age of 30 who want to learn how to artfully display a dahlia.

Unfortunately, social distancing ended our evenings at the community center. But I still caught a few bunches of flowers every time I go to the supermarket. I’ve spent centuries organizing flowers for Mother’s Day gifts and I even eye the foliage in my garden.

According to a recent survey, other hobbies that were once considered retiree activities, such as crosswords, knitting and baking, are also on the increase among 18-21 year olds.

Bingo night was preferred by 36% of those surveyed, alongside crossword puzzles (58%), gardening (45%) and knitting (31%).

    Sadie from Worcestershire has a passion for knitting and says the process helps her relax
Sadie from Worcestershire has a passion for knitting and says the process helps her relax

My friend Sadie, 36, from Worcestershire, who has a four year old daughter and works in marketing, is evangelical about knitting: “I started over ten years ago, but since becoming a mom, I discovered a new appreciation for it. I find the process of doing something relaxing and mindful.

The good thing about participating in any of these retirement hobbies is that they are as cheap as tokens and easy to find.

Hobbycraft reported a 179% increase in crochet pattern sales in 2019, while watercolor paints, pencils, canvases and easels also stole shelves.

A spokesperson for the craft store said, “We have seen an increased interest in knitting and sewing projects on our ideas hub, with many searches for projects such as: ‘How to make boxes from fabric storage ”and“ 30 things to sew in 30 minutes. ‘. “

    Knitting becomes more and more popular, with Hobbycraft reporting 179% increase in sales of crochet patterns last year
Knitting becomes more and more popular, with Hobbycraft reporting 179% increase in sales of crochet patterns last year

Interestingly, more than a third of Hobbycraft’s Instagram followers on its knitting and crochet platform are between 25 and 34 years old, while knitting company Wool And The Gang has thousands of followers between the ages of 18 and 35. years.

Additionally, the We Are Knitters lifestyle movement aims to change the perception that casting is only for grandmothers.

It’s heartwarming to know that it’s not just me channeling retirees – but why is it so popular right now

Psychologist Emma Kenny is not surprised that more and more women are looking for more traditional ways to decompress.

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Jo says she’s glad she found her way to relax with the flower arrangement

“Hobbies such as knitting, arranging flowers or puzzles have a stillness that allows us to disconnect from the modern world of constant messages and emails.

“They are a form of informal, mindful practice that helps reduce stress and increase well-being. During uncertain times – as we are now experiencing – these activities can help distract, soothe, and calm even the most anxious minds.

“You enjoy the process of creating something and focusing on that distracts you from everything else. “

I couldn’t agree more. My Wednesday nights at the community center were a real mental detox. Since it’s cheap, cheerful, and most importantly, can do it in isolation, I cling to my old-fashioned hobby for the predictable.

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Rosalie M. Dehner