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TwoLeftNeedles
03-01-2006, 05:05 AM
No yarn, :shock: no patterns, :shock: no needles. :shock:

It's amazing how anxious I suddenly feel, even though I have more than enough stash to see me through 40 days!

countingsheep
03-01-2006, 07:01 AM
:shock: What?!?! :shock:

Last year, it was diet coke - that was tough! This year - french fries. I really love french fries. :( Knitting stuff? I'm just not sure that I could do it. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Good luck!

Ang

Ronda
03-01-2006, 07:48 AM
Oh man. :pray: for you! That really is a sacrifice!

Angelia
03-01-2006, 08:25 AM
:shock:

You're taking Lent seriously, aren't you?! Wow...

knitncook
03-01-2006, 09:39 AM
While not a Catholic (or a Christian for that matter) I had a priest friend tell me once that Lent is not about giving something up but about taking on a discipline. You aren't losing something you are gaining something. So rather than think of this as giving up spending on knitting, think of it as knitting that which you already have. Find the joy in reducing your stash. :)

Michelle - who gave up lent for lent one year

mintdee
03-01-2006, 10:22 AM
I am not giving up anything persay, I am going to limit my sweets intake and eat healthier. :thumbsup:

Julie
03-01-2006, 10:32 AM
I sort of did that last year -- I gave up all spending except consumables (groceries, soap, etc). This was right after I learned to knit :shock: :shock: :shock: The first purchase I made on Holy Saturday was an order from Knitpicks. :roflhard:

Good luck! :D

Lana
03-01-2006, 10:34 AM
While not a Catholic (or a Christian for that matter) I had a priest friend tell me once that Lent is not about giving something up but about taking on a discipline. You aren't losing something you are gaining something. So rather than think of this as giving up spending on knitting, think of it as knitting that which you already have. Find the joy in reducing your stash. :)

How nicely put. This is the first time I've Lenten traditions explained with a positive spin.

Julie
03-01-2006, 10:43 AM
Lana, here's a great explanation (http://www.trinitywallstreet.org/resources/article.php?id=678).

cheesiesmom
03-01-2006, 11:52 AM
Instead of giving up, you might try knitting for charity. There's a listing on the Lionbrand.com site and knitpicks is highlighting organizations. This month it was OK Orphan Knitting (sock to be specific).

Prayer shawls or afghan squares are also good projects.

A Sacrafice of your time and talents for others (no pats on the head) would definitely be good.

TwoLeftNeedles
03-01-2006, 02:06 PM
Acts of charity are definitely Lenten. On Easter I will estimate what I would have spent and donate it to a worthy cause.

I always try to give up something internal as well as something external, like giving up mental grumbling about DH, or giving up being critical of a co-worker.

BinkyKat
03-01-2006, 09:36 PM
Well, I'm not the master of my domain... i actually stopped at my LYS on the way home from work tonight! I am going to give up pop and my addictive habit snacking on pretzels for Lent. Internally, I want to elminate bad thoughts towards others.

What irks me about what some think Lent is about, is when I get "aren't you supposed to eat fish on Ash Wednesday and Fridays during Lent?" No, you should abstain from meat, and fast. For those that are healthy enough, you should only have one meal on a fasting day. for the young, old, and those of a less healthy state, elminate meat, but don't have to fast if it keeps you from getting the nutrition you need. You can go to Red Lobster and gorge yourself silly and no lesson has been learned. i'm a lapse Catholic, but i figure if i do my best to treat my fellow humans and animals kindly and admit my failings day to day and not only just be good on Sunday's, i'm just that much further ahead.
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