This morning, out of the clear blue, Vince said “With all your cross stitching things, how many pieces could you cross stitch without having to buy anything else?”
There were so many ways to answer that question but I wasn’t expecting it and didn’t want to appear to be too obvious about not wanting to answer the question.
So, I pulled an old Chad trick, which was much easier for Chad to buffalo me than for me to buffalo Vince.
Here’s the conversation:
Me: Do you mean .. if we were leaving to go to Louisiana and I wanted to grab projects to take? A bag that has floss, chart, fabric, needles – everything I need to work on?
Me: 10 or so.
Not wanting to be totally dishonest, and my answer wasn’t, I continued:
Me: But, if you’re asking me . . if you never bought anything else . . how long could you stitch?
Vince: Yes (losing interest because he likes short, sweet, what he wants to hear kind of answers!)
Me: A lifetime but it might not be the called for fabric or the called for fabric. It’s kinda like if we wanted to paint the trim on the house yellow but we had blue paint and red paint and green paint and we used one of those, knowing it wasn’t what we really wanted just so we wouldn’t have to buy anything new.
Vince: We wouldn’t want to do that!
Me: No! So, I should continue to buy fabric, charts and floss when I see something that looks like I’d love it, right?
Vince: I guess!
Me: At least cross stitching supplies don’t take up as much room as knitting or quilting supplies and we need things on our walls. If I went out and bought pretty stuff for the walls, it would cost a lot more than cross stitching!
I think I convinced him I need more cross stitching supplies but I’m not going to push my luck. Even though I’m glad he’s here and I never want to go through being anywhere so long again without him, I’m so thankful I made good use of that time he wasn’t here and established a nice supply of charts, fabric and floss.