One of my nieces has taken up knitting--mostly finger knitting as she's pretty young, but she has a birthday coming up and we thought this:
I did have my one exception for the year:
Great Decisions program, and I was invited to join a group of wonderful ladies to participate this year. We meet weekly for 8 weeks, and we each buy a book which contains a chapter for each topic, and we receive a DVD which has 30-minute segments on each topic. This week was on the European Economic Community and the financial crisis they are dealing with. Fascinating--and something I knew only the tiniest amount about. Next week is Egypt. It's more of an education/socializing sort of thing than a real book, so I don't really feel like it's even an exception to the buying ban. The group I joined has been doing this for 15 years and is just a delightful set of women. So, it's the best $25 I've spent in a very long time.
Of course, before I get very smug about not really having an exception, the sewing room has decided to fight back:
I finished a super secret project today, which can't have pictures, but this one can: