This post is mostly unrelated to knitting, but I have to brag. A year ago today, just past midnight, as we purchased our copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Matt and I quit smoking. We have not touched a cigarette since then and we will not ever smoke again. Initially I put on some weight - we used the nicorette and unlimited cookies approach:) 6 months after we quit I started eating healthier again and now I'm officially weighing in at what I was before we quit. We feel great and healthy.
Knitting was an excellent distraction whenever cigarette cravings occurred. I would just tell myself to get through the next row and then the next and then the next. So the secret to my successful quit- don't worry about the weight gain, don't ever touch a cigarette again, and focus on how great it is to be free of the physical, mental, and financial burden of nicotine addiction. Yea! Smoke-free!
In honor of not smoking approximately 7000 cigarettes thereby saving somewhere in the neighborhood of $2000 (not to mention making my lungs (and mom) so happy!) I splurged a little on a couple gifties for myself. As I've sold a bit of my regular yarn stash on Ebay, I don't think it's unreasonable to add a few new items to the yarn stash. Here are my new treasures:
It's Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock in Fluorite and Pebbles and Sock Candy in Cherries Jubilee and Pebble Beach. Melissa at Blue Moon was very patient in helping me pick out some colors of both the regular Socks that Rock and the cotton Sock Candy. I've been petting and admiring them since they arrived. I love me some new yarn!
I also ordered a new knitting bag, but unfortunately it hasn't come yet. I'll post pictures once it arrives.
Here's to a smoke-free knitting-filled life:)