Out With The New; In With The Old

Old-fashioned hobbies make a comeback after months of quarantining


Adyan Al-Shamri, Writer-East

In with the old and out with the new.

Knitting one’s problems away is probably something many never would have thought to do, but people have now found themselves doing exactly this. Many old-fashioned hobbies have found their way back onto many people’s radar, such as knitting, crocheting, embroidery, and even baking bread!

It is no coincidence that these hobbies are making a huge comeback, as it all seems to be rooted in everyone being quarantined. During a time when all one can do is be at home, the majority have found themselves utterly bored with their daily routine of playing on their phones.

Social media apps, such as TikTok and Instagram, have brought life back into seemingly dead hobbies to the youth as a way to cure this boredom. Giving step by step instructions and just revealing that there are many new hobbies out there is enough inspiration for them to try one. The technology society has now makes it even easier to learn how to perfect these skills anyone wants to achieve. 

People are getting back into hobbies they used to do as a kid now that they have more time on their own. Lillian Ganczak, an Elkhart-East freshman, is one of those people. “I’ve gotten into jewelry making, antiquing, and tie-dying lately. Ever since I was little, I’ve always found so much joy in little antique trinkets.” These hobbies seem to be a way that they get to enjoy themselves during a time when all one has is him or herself..

Not into crafts? What about baking? Baking bread seems to be making a huge comeback. First being widely introduced through the social media app, TikTok, many have found their way off of their couch and into their kitchen. Being intrigued by the art of how to bake a beautiful loaf of bread soon turned into many showcasing their many attempts online.

Even if people aren’t the artistic type, they seem to be giving these hobbies a chance. Elkhart-East freshman Alia Bravo is among them. “Well, I’ve already tried crotchet and baking, but I just don’t have time to do it, and I just get bored easily,” she admits. “If I would try to do one again, it would be crotchet.” Everyone seems to enjoy the idea of having a hobby, but these old-fashioned ones seem to have everyone excited about trying something “new.”

Who knows maybe after this quarantine is over, people will get together for a quilting bee or friendly game of bridge!