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(Okay, try saying this entry title five times fast. Go on...I dare ya! I could only get to the fourth time myself.)
So, day 19...
Temptation rears its UGLY head.
Yesterday, a dear blog friend shared some GREAT news. She is going to be having a baby! (I know. SUPER exciting, right?) Well, this morning, I went to my yarn stash, to get some yarn, just to goof around with. And, I saw a HUGE collection of pastel colors. Lilac. Butter yellow. Mint green. Pink. Soft Blue. White yarn with pastel flecks. And plain soft yarn. And, instantly, I had the STRONGEST desire to make a baby blanket, to send off to this friend. I mean, I even have the PERFECT friggin pattern for it, in the pattern book that destroyed round one of this project.
But no! I can't! Remember. I have decided to cut out mailing things. After all...postage. Now, quite a few of you thought this was extreme. You are right. It is extreme. But, it is the way it has to be. I mean, if I pay to send something to a friend, then I am already bending the rules of this project, even if only just a little. And, while this exception will not BREAK the project, it will tempt me to go one step further, until finally, I break. So, no mailing. However, if this friend reads this post (you know who you are), I have this to offer. I DESPERATELY want to make a baby blanket for you. And, while the baby will already be some months old, if you would allow me, I would be happy to send the blanket the day after this project ends. I hope you will agree to this.
As you all know, a few days back, I embraced the hobby of knitting. I suppose it was inevitable. After all, my love for yarn is strong. I love working with it. And, knitting offers a new way for me to do so. Luckily, I already had three sets of needles. And, I currently have the beginnings of a blanket, on blue aluminum size 9 needles.
Why then, is this not good enough?
I mean, I know that it will be quite a while, before I complete my first project. But, I can't help it. I was looking through my knitting instruction book, at the patterns in the back. And, most of them call for circular knitting needles: Two needles, with a long cord connecting them. This type of needle is what I would use to make most blankets, or bigger projects, in the instruction book. And, here I am. Not even 20 rows into the project, using needles I already have, and all I can think about doing is running to JoAnn (well, not literally running, but you get the idea), and getting myself the circular knitting needle.
Just about an hour ago, I was in the bath. And, as I was (trying to) relax, all I could think about was that needle. Worst...I was trying to justify making the purchase. Circular Knitting Needles. While not yarn, they are RELATED to yarn. So, would it really break me 'twenty dollars a month for yarn ONLY' rule? Of course, even as I was trying to tell myself it is okay to make this purchase, some small part of me was nagging. It is not okay to do this. YARN ONLY, Michael. YARN ONLY. Not yarn, and....
So, temptation is upon me. Even as I write this, I just want to go to the JoAnn website, and buy the damn needles.
Hopefully, I don't break, because of this.
19 days down. Hopefully, I get through day 20!