Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Ash Wednesday

I decided that this year for Lent, I was going to make a true sacrifice. None of this, "no chocolate" or "no caffeine" business for me. No siree! I, my friend, will be giving up yarn buying.

You read that correctly. I am about to attempt a feat so horrible, so gruesome, that only few will attempt it, and even fewer complete the mission successfully. From February 6, 2008 to April 27, 2008, I shall make no yarn purchases.*

People outside of the knitting world think that it's a light promise and that I'm not truly making a sacrifice. However, I know that anyone who reads this message will understand just how painfully difficult it is to resist a beautiful skein on Malabrigo that screams at you to take it home.

Plus, knitting from stash is going to help me out in the long run. I'm moving at the end of the semester, so my yarn will have to go into storage for the summer. That means that it gets packed, toted to the truck, unloaded into a storage locker, sits for the summer, loaded back into a truck and then toted into my new apartment where it gets unpacked. The fewer things that can be included into that vicious cycle, the better!

*Promise excludes yarn related items needed to complete a current project. For example, needles or stitch markers.

10 comments:

Amy said...

Personally, I think this is really awesome of you to do. I'll try to keep the tempting down to a minimum. :)

Gnat said...

This sounds awesome but very difficult. I wish you well on your choice. I'm still trying to think about what I really can give up and that will better me. It's always a tough one to decide to do something.

Opal said...

I think this is an awesome undertaking. I for one, know how hard it will be. Like Amy, I'll also try to keep the enabling done. :)

Sarah said...

It's good to be a heathen.
Good luck, though.

NH Knitting Mama said...

You're brave. Soldier on, my friend!

KSD said...

WHOA!!! This is serious. Very serious. The very best of luck.

All your family safe after the horrid TN weather?

staciesadventures.blogspot.com said...

I'm sure this will build character, Amanda 8^). I sometimes tell myself that I stash yarn so thoroughly because if god forbid there was ever some disaster that meant yarn wasn't being made, i would still have a goodly supply for the rest of my life.;^)
I too hope your family and friends in TN are all safe.

storylady said...

I will pray for you! I love my God, but am Baptist and even though we believe in fasting, we don't do the big lent thing. I do understand what a challenge this can be and am very serious when I say, your faith will be tested, but as a knitter/crocheter, I think it is a great thing you are doing and next time I feel the need to fast, I may steal this idea. Being a diabetic, it is hard for me to fast food, so I usually give up my soaps, but I think giving up buying yarn for 40 days (and nights) would be a great show of faith to my God of how much I love him!

purple-power said...

Hi Amanda,

This is really an amazing sacrifice. I have tried often, but failed, but never thought of tying it to faith. Good for you, and I hope your family is well and safe in TN.

Donna said...

You go Amy...only a knitter understans that kind of sacrifice!