Knit and Quit

I’m happy to report that the first Knit and Quit Class went really well tonight. Spectacularly well, in fact! We had 24 people, most of whom were total beginners, being taught by four teachers. I had been worried that people might think the concept was lame or just go along for the free stuff, but it really felt like everybody was sincerely interested in both knitting and quitting. There was a lot of chatter back and forth at the tables from people discussing how long they’d smoked, successful tips for giving it up, and where they’d heard about the class. I was showing off a mohair wrap to my group when one of them asked how much it cost. I said it was about a hundred dollars to knit. She was a little awestruck at first, but then she said, “You know what? That’s ten packs of cigarettes. I’m already spending that much every week or two!” And that‘s what I was hoping they’d go away thinking. Quitting a pack a day habit saves $3500 a year in this country, and you can knit a lot of damn nice things for that amount of money. When the room finally cleared at the end of the night, I was happy to see that a lot of them had taken the free materials provided by Quitline. Everyone seemed genuinely proud of what they’d learned in just one night and excited to continue on next week!

Special thanks to my fellow instructors Leanne, Mel, and Jane. You guys made it easy and fun!


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  1. I wish I had $3500 to spend on yarn…
    le sigh.

  2. So I listened to one of your radio blurbs about these classes and was pretty inspired. I’ve never smoked, but would like to lose 5 or 10 pounds (have been doing WW for a month and have only lost 2 or 3 so far), and think that knitting will really help with those evenings-in-front-of-the-TV-snacking-urges that are so difficult to fight. I picked up some really pretty yarn (a few shades of pinks and oranges for a blanket for my cousin’s new baby) and am excited to get going.

    Thank you!

  3. That’s awesome, Tricia. I was thinking about it last night as I was mentally trying to justify my Diet Coke addiction, and you know what? The ladies in the class are trying to do something so much harder, so hard I doubt I’d have the willpower myself. So I decided to be inspired by them too. I shouldn’t be preaching it if I can’t practice it. So for the next four weeks, I’m going to do my best to swear off the pop. I’m also going to get back to exercising regularly, stomach be damned. So we’ll all be suffering/knitting together! 🙂

  4. that is so cool Kris. Don’t ya just love those warm fuzzies? (no pun intended)

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