Whether your passion is needlepoint or kneading dough, for many lockdown was an opportunity to revisit hobbies, or even pick up new ones. Alice Smith, 34, was on maternity leave and in lockdown in Australia. She used the time to explore her new-found enthusiasm for knit-one-purl-one, which she says helped ease her anxiety. “It also uses your hands – so you can’t look at your phone,” she said. A craft that many thought peaked in the mid-20th Century is booming, with companies seeing a sharp rise in demand for needles and wool.

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