When life throws you a few nasty curve-balls, and you need to find a new interest (and friends), try quilting! Definitely not cheap, but extremely rewarding and the women are so much fun - all in all very therapeutic.
Here's some of what I've been up to ...
English paper-piecing is something I never thought I'd do as it is all hand-sewing, but I couldn't face crocheting another to keep my fingers busy when I was out and about or couldn't use my sewing machine, so when I saw the "This Goes With That" pattern by Sue Daly of Patchwork With Busy Fingers I got over my revulsion for hexagons and have been enjoying this for a couple of years now:
Here is one person's interpretation of the pattern:
And here is the original pattern from Sue Daley:
And here is what I've done so far (actually I've done a whole lot more, I just haven't photographed them yet):