Let’s talk about my hobbies and buying and this afternoon, I’ll show you what arrived recently.
The other day a reader commented that she thinks I like buying supplies for the hobbies more than I actually like the hobbies . . and she may well be right. It’s very hard for me to share my position sometimes because I start debating with myself and by the end of that argument, I’ve changed my mind and am arguing against myself. Let’s talk about each hobby and how and why the stash was acquired.
I have never lived in a town that had a nice quilt shop (or yarn shop or cross stitching shop). We were living in Kentucky when my quilting habit really blossomed. The closest quilt shop was Village Mercantile in Boonville, Indiana and from where we lived, it was probably 40 miles one way and there was a scary bridge. I couldn’t run over there because I needed half a yard of a brown Moda Marble or because the red I had was too orange for the project. I ordered a lot of fabric online and if I needed red, yellow, green and blue for a quilt, I’d order three or four pieces of each color, hoping one would work together from each color. There were several online shops I loved. This was back in the 1997 – 2005 era. Sometimes they would have the good quilt shop brands of fabric on sale for $3/yard. A heck of a lot of my stash came from those sales.
When I wrote the three quilt books, there are probably close to 40 quilts in the three books, maybe a few more and many of those were made multiple times. I’d tweak a design and have to remake the quilt for the book. By the time I did the quilts for the second and third books, I could make them all from my stash.
Even now, when I start quilting, I have fabric to make quilts til I’m too old to even think about making a quilt and I’ll never have to buy a piece of fabric – not for the top, not for the backing. That’s nice to know that I don’t have to pay the price for today’s fabrics so, even though my fabric stash is excessive, I’m very thankful for it.
It’s the same with knitting. No matter what I want to make, I can come up with the yarn to make it and I have enough yarn to be able to knit non-stop for the rest of my days. It’s no fun to decide I want to start a new project tomorrow, then have to get online, find the yarn and wait a week or so for it to get here.
Nicole knits and sometimes she’ll want to knit something so we go to the stash and get what she wants. I hope some day Addie will have an interest in knitting and I can supply her yarn needs. I love the yarn stash. Since it’s mostly all in tubs and not out like the fabric is, when I’m going through the yarn, I realize all over again how much I love what I have.
I’ve been thinking of cross stitching for several years so a couple of months ago when I decided to do it, I ordered a lot of patterns and a lot of fabric. No matter what I’m doing, I tend to want everything right here at the house that I could possibly need.
Even with cooking, I make a menu plan for two weeks (not so much with it just me here). I buy groceries for two weeks at a time and I make sure everything I have for two weeks is here. I cannot stand it if I’m fixing a broccoli casserole next Thursday and I forgot to get broccoli. That weighs on me and, before Covid, I would just go back to the store and get it because I have to know it’s all here.
That’s just how I am. We all have our quirks and crazy ways. Maybe I have more than the average person.
When I see a pattern that I love and I want to make, I don’t want it on a list. I want it in my pattern drawer.
I’ve always felt like I should keep on hand anything I might need. If I’m quilting, I want extra longarm needles, extra sewing machine needles, an extra bottle of machine oil, a good supply of batting, plenty of thread . . that’s just how I am. The only time it’s really a problem is when we have to move it all!
It can be a bit costly but when you figure we never go on vacations, we rarely go out to eat, I hardly ever buy shoes or clothes . . it doesn’t really cost that much to keep me happy. Speaking of that . . on January 23, it will be one year since I had a haircut. I thought it was February 23 but looked back on my calendar and it was January. I did have an appointment for February 27 but we had planned to go to Louisiana that week. I’m not sure if we canceled those plans because of Covid or something else but I canceled the February haircut and never was able to get it rescheduled.
Anyway . . yes, I like to have lots of supplies but I also do love my hobbies.