In a few hours it’ll be Lent, a period of reflection and preparation before Easter. When I was a kid Lent was easy. I went to a catholic school, so each morning we had mass before class. In my teenage years and beyond I never gave it more than a cursory nod. I gave up smoking routinely, abstinence from chocolate was another favourite.
Then one year, I decided not to buy yarn for Lent. It was rough, really rough. I hadn’t realised how much impulse shopping I done. It was also the longest 40 days of my life. It made me consider why I bought so much, why I wanted so much.
This year I’ve decided to give up yarn again. In advance, I will be having 1 day off. Either Edinburgh yarn fest or st abbs yarn fest will be my ‘day off’. I’ve signed up for a Tunisian crochet along, which means using yarn from stash & free pattern.
This year will be much more challenging.
Even if you’re not religious, you can use the period to learn something new or give up a bad habit. Social media is a great place to get support and to mix with others doing the same. Pancake day and Easter Sunday are such high profile days in our western calendar that its a good, contained period of time.
Give it a go, whatever it is. Whatever you have always wanted to do, or to stop doing once & for all.