What I Do When I’m Not Knitting: Rachel Koon

Our readers know us as the craft-crazy people who put together the magazines you love, and while we’re definitely that, we’re also definitely more than that! I’m relatively new to crafting and still really terrible at it, so when I get frustrated with my lack of progress on my latest project, I head off in pursuit hobbies outside of the knitting lifestyle. Here’s a peek into what I’m doing when I’m not knitting!

1. Read

I love reading. LOVE it. I always have a book going, and I may or may not have decided to buy my current house because it has a small room just off the master bedroom that’s lined with bookshelves (I affectionately call it The Library). My husband says I have too many books, but obviously that’s not possible. Being surrounded by books is like being surrounded by friends—friends that make you laugh, make you cry, and make you think!

A glimpse of “The Library” at my house.

2. Travel

Travel is . . . amazing. Life changing. Revelatory. I’ve been lucky enough to do a fair bit already, and my list of places I want to go just keeps growing because the more I travel, the more I want to travel. As cliché as it sounds, traveling –particularly abroad—has truly broadened my horizons and has given me completely new perspectives on life, love, food, architecture, history, and our shared humanity.

Photos from some of my travels! Clockwise from top left: Germany, China, Scotland, Australia.

3. Get Outside

I’m lucky enough to live in Colorado, which has an abundance of amazing trails for all people and all seasons. In the summer, I hike as often as I can. I love hiking because pretty much anyone can do it, it doesn’t require a ton of fancy equipment (unless you’re doing some serious backcountry stuff), and it takes you places you wouldn’t otherwise go and lets you see things you wouldn’t otherwise get to see.

In the winter, I love to ski and snowshoe. I learned to downhill ski as a kid and have loved it ever since. It’s so exhilarating to fly down a huge mountain with the frigid air whipping your face and the mountains all around you. (The après ski isn’t too bad, either!) My husband introduced me to cross-country skiing a few years ago and now I’m in love with that, too.

On a beautiful day, there’s nowhere I’d rather be than in the mountains!

This photo combines two of my favorite things: hiking and travel! This was taken at the middle lake on the Joffre Lakes trail in British Columbia, Canada, this past summer.

4. Cook

Cooking is like knitting: it’s so satisfying to create something delicious with your own hands. And I love knowing exactly what’s going into my food—and my sweaters. After a long day at work, I like to relax by getting into the kitchen and into a groove with my knife, my cutting board, my music, and maaaybe a glass of wine.

Making my famous veggie chili at my parents’ house, circa 2008.

Knitting is becoming a bigger part of my life with each passing month, but I still always make time for my other favorite hobbies.

So, what about you? What do you do when you’re not knitting? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Hobby-ing!

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