My Addiction v. My Magnificent Obsession

As expected, the obsession, knitting, is winning the battle over my addiction, nicotine. Five weeks without a cig. The only issue now is, I have three projects going at the same time.

I'll take the latter over the former. Thanks, guys, for all your words of support.


Well done to you, and just think how much money you will be able to invest for more projects.

New York Built's picture

That effect is already in place. Look at all the purty colors of yarn...LOL

"Think...then write...then rewrite...THEN publish."
- Mark's bathroom mirror sticky note to himself.

Every person I encounter teaches me more about myself. Without whom not.

fuzzed's picture

With only 3 WIP you're still probably in the minority. I've run across people on Ravelry who have upwards of 20-30 WIP. I don't think you have anything to worry about, and if it keeps you off of the cigs then 'tis a much better thing. WIP items can always be undone and started over, the damage to your lungs and your health can't.

jessemkahn's picture

i do hope that is really your bathroom mirror sticky note to yourself. it is a wonderful reminder to be intentionally slow and thoughtful but NOT to let oneself off the hook of finishing.

good job on going cigarette free. it's a hell of a battle. you're doing it!!

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every time you want to buy a pack, put the money in the piggy bank and after a week count how much! Even now whenever I want think of buying cigarrtes, I quit about 6 years ago, I put the money in the piggy bank

RickeScott's picture

I applaud you! My parents smoked, but I lucked out and never started. But I know about addiction - I quit drinking 26 years ago and thank god every day for making that decision. Good luck and I hope you can stick it out. I'd rather see you knitting.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Congrats, Mark. I wish I only had 3 WIPs ... the little dears are hidden all about the place. Gathered together, they would probably fill up the other half of the roomful of stash. Anyhow, this is about you - not me. I am so proud of you for sticking to it and remaining nicotine free these 5 weeks. Keep up the grand work. (Knitting too.) -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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sonics's picture

How the quitting smoking going? Just curious. Its so damn hard!

Tell me what do you replace those smokes with?

Last time I quit I ate grapes until I was so sick of them I still cant eat grapes without getting barfy.

New York Built's picture

I replaced cigs with pure mental fortitude...Yup, naked aggression, moral lapses and slow torture. Been a nasty sonabitch with a slow drip. Very hard, but I'm determined to succeed. I am working on complicated projects to keep distracted and maintain friendships. Gym membership a blessing...LOL.

"Think...then write...then rewrite...THEN publish."
- Mark's bathroom mirror sticky note to himself

Every person I encounter teaches me more about myself. Without whom not.

Kilted Knitter's picture

Congradulations!!!Keep up the Success!!! I agree with Andy, put change or money in a basket or bank and then buy more yarn! I say basket as I am a Longaberger consultant and have baskets all over the house.

keep it up buddy. making something good that keeps you from trouble really is an amazing thing....
If you really want to change and be a different person for good you'll find a way.
It's nice to know that knitting saved you.... from nicotine.... Good job...

phew's picture

NYB: It has been a while since we last saw you so it is good once more to read your pithy prose. I smoked then, quit. Gave up booze and took up smoking again. Finally quit once again when the suckers started making me sick. Couldn't afford them these days. Don't know how anyone can. Put your savings in a can and then take you and your loved one out to a great dinner in the Big Apple. - John