Thursday, March 02, 2006

Penances and Resolutions

I know, no pictures yet again. Soon, hopefully.

Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, and I must have looked totally steeped in sin to the priest, because the amount of ashes he put on my forehead was enough to make people stare at me in amazement the rest of the day.

Anyway, I had to decide what to either do, or give up, for Lent this year, and since a lot of my time and attention has been given to cleaning up, organizing and tossing out, I decided I needed to do something to further the goal of reducing possessions. After a lot of heart-wrenching thought, I decided that I would do two things:

1. Start NO NEW KNITTING projects. The corollary of this resolution is of course that I will have to work on UFOs for 6 1/2 weeks, which is a good thing.

2. Buy NO YARN. This does not mean that I can't buy other supplies as needed, such as patterns, notions, and needles, but no yarn, even if it's on sale.

I announced this last night to my Wednesday Night Divas knitting group, and after the laughter ended and they picked themselves up off the floor, they agreed to be witnesses to my penance. I've now announced it here as well, so I don't think I can hide from myself.

On a happier note, I'm looking forward to a weekend of knitting and spinning with good friends, in my spotless on-the-market house (boy, anybody coming to look at it will get more to see than they imagined, probably most of them have never seen a spinning wheel or drum carder). I also have another little treat coming to me in the mail, though I doubt it will be arriving in time to be introduced to my friends. Don't worry, even if the purchase hadn't happened before yesterday it still wouldn't be violating my Lenten resolutions. And that's all I'm going to say for now.

Anyway, hopefully there will be photos of WIPs and FOs starting soon, though some of my projects are a lot further from being done than others. I'll also have to be shoveling snow later today, I think, because the forecast is for 5-8 inches and Adam is out of town. Weird winter this year, and hopefully this is the last snowstorm for us of shoveling depth.

6 Comments:

Blogger claudia at countrywool said...

NO BUYING NEW YARN. That IS a penance. At least you can MAKE it! Happy spinning and shoveling today

11:50 AM, March 02, 2006  
Blogger Bess said...

How many coats does a southerner need in a New York snow?

12:08 PM, March 02, 2006  
Blogger Shelia said...

Only one coat! It's supposed to be sunny and in the low-mid 30's beginning tomorrow, it's just today that has bad weather.

12:27 PM, March 02, 2006  
Blogger Jane said...

You two? Spinning and knitting together? Waaahhhh! I wanna be one of you!

No new yarn for Sheila is some serious sacrifice, I hear. Good luck!

12:37 PM, March 02, 2006  
Blogger Martha said...

Sweets,
Love your Lent "pledge" - I am trying that idea of no new yarn for the whole year so I hope you will be my good, inspiring knitting pal in 2006.
Look forward to your new photos whenever they appear.
XOXO

5:16 PM, March 05, 2006  
Blogger purlewe said...

whenever I re-read your "steeped in sin" I think of "steeped in stash"

BTW when I was living with nuns the first yr I was teh first in line for ash wed that yr. The nuns stared at me for a LOOOONG time when I got home that nite. The mark on my forehead was so large they were worried about me.

9:50 AM, March 06, 2006  

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