Friday, December 7, 2007


The matriarchs of my family have always been what would be, these days, called "craft inclined."

My maternal grandmother was never without her knitting, she was always making blankets, and they were the best blankets in the whole world.

My paternal great grandmother had her quilting.

Mamaw used to do needlepoint, although she doesn't anymore.

My mom taught me to crochet when I was little. I remember, I'd been watching her mom knit for years, and I wanted to learn that. Farmmom, quite wisely, decided that it would probably be a bad idea to give me sharp knitting needles, and showed me crochet instead.

I've decided that over the break I'll be attempting to quit smoking yet again. The plan is to lock myself in the apartment and not go out until the nic fits go away, so that I won't be tempted to cheat and buy a pack. I've started cutting back, already.

I also picked up a crochet hook and two skeins of yarn, today. I'm crocheting a throw blanket, since I've been eyeballing the ones at Wal Mart. It's also a cheap and easy way to keep my hands occupied, and if I'd thought of it when I was at the Old Homestead last, I'd have grabbed the stuff I already had there, but I didn't.

I've got about two and a half inches by sixty five inches done so far.

Wish me luck, folks, I have a feeling I'm going to need it.


farmist said...

BRAVO! Good luck! Always happy to see someone try to kick that nasty habit.

Christina said...

Good luck! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.
You know you can do it...

lainy said...

I came by through Holly.

Quitting smoking is hard. I wish you all the best of luck.

Crocheting will help, because using your hands will keep your mind off of lighting up and as a fellow crocheter it's so much fun to start with nothing and end up with a beautiful blanket.

Good luck and I'll say a pray for you.

HollyB said...

Good Luck! Got any nicotine replacement stuff? or are you just gonna go completely on your own?

Either way, you seem to be a woman of strong will [to put it mildly]. But, OTOH, don't beat yourself up if you have a backslide. Most do, and you will make it if you keep quitting.

Anonymous said...

Regarding quitting smoking, a friend of mine quit after he had a heart attack a few years ago. He said he "tried and tried and tried" and couldn't do it. After his heart attack, his doctor told him "quit or die". My friend quit and hasn't lit up again since then. And it's been something like two years since my brother-in-law quit... but he took up dippin' skoal or something similar.

Regarding crocheting, for a long time, one of my grandmothers did it regularly and we still have a couple of blankets she did for me and my sister when we were kids. My sister picked some of it up from Grandmama, but sister's runnin' herself crazy with her career and don't have time for it. For a long time, I considered handwork to be another kind of food for the brain... speaking of which, I have two leather projects (wallets and a holster) waiting on me in the shop.


Snigglefrits said...

Good luck Farmgirl. I managed to quit twice for six months, but started back again stupidly.

I wish you the best success!!

jon said...

I'm wishing you luck, also.

Quitting smoking is like having a big wart burned off your ass. If it's successful, it's a great thing if you advertise it to the world. If your ass cheek falls off, remember: sooner or later somebody will ask, and you'll have to show your ass.

mustanger said...

"If it's successful, it's a great thing if you advertise it to the world."

I tend to agree because that oughta give emotional support to a lot of folks who would otherwise keep thinking they can't quit.

"If your ass cheek falls off, remember: sooner or later somebody will ask, and you'll have to show your ass."

That don't make a whole lot of sense. ***shrug***

Farmmom said...

jon..... not sure exactly what to say to your comment. It really didn't sound all that supportive. If it was meant to be thats fine but the wording needs some work. I know my daughter and if she gets her stubborn on there is nothing that can stand in her way. Smoking is a hard habit to kick and anyone trying to quit needs all the support they can get. If someone is not being supportive then please don't comment.

jon said...

I'm very supportive, but everybody can have moments of weakness. When you announce a specific thing, you also take on the possibility of failing in your effort and exposing yourself to disappointment and possible criticism. In my opinion, sometimes the best way is to let other's find out for themselves you've accomplished something, which leaves you an out.

Although I have faith she'll accomplish her goal, I also know she, like everyone else in the world, can have better luck at the poker table if she keeps her cards close.

I meant no harm.

Farmgirl said...

Down, Farmmom. I got what he was saying, and I didn't take offense. I love you for your very polite telling off, but it wasn't needed, honest! LOL

Jon- That's part of the reason I posted it here, actually. The threat of public failure is a very effective one for me, personally, and combined with my own innate stubbornness, is a very useful push towards my goal.

And, if I do fail, then it's no one's fault but my own. Before I could blame slips on being surrounded by temptation, high stress levels, and distraction so that I simply didn't notice I was smoking until it was too late. Now, I have a space that I can stay in, after removing all the smoking paraphernalia from sight, and keep myself away from temptation until after the worst of the cravings are over. Hopefully by the time I rejoin the human race in person, I'll be able to face the cravings without as much trouble.