Spontaneous splurges are a standing joke in the sewing and knitting communities. The fabric that you just had to buy, even though you already have a cupboard full. The yarn that was in the sale – it would have been criminal not to. But what about the times you exercised self-restraint, only to bitterly regret it?
I came upon the above jar of thread, as one does – during a road trip. We were on a lunch stop at a faceless cafe on a Main Street somewhere in America. Every road trip has to have a stop in a faceless cafe on a Main Street somewhere in America!
Next door to the cafe was a quilting store, where I made quick friends of three women quilting. I scribbled on a note ‘The Three M’s, as they all had a name beginning with ‘M’. Now, I can’t remember what they were each called – how sad! But I can remember that the woman at the back of the shot was making a quilt for her daughter. The joke was that the quilt was for something like her daughter’s 12th birthday but the daughter had already turned 16.
This was my first time seeing REAL quilting, in REAL time, in REAL America! I felt like I was on the set of Steel Magnolias. (A film with a stellar cast! Can you imagine that number of great actresses all in one film today? It’s like watching the Acting Olympics.)
Anyway, nextdoor to the quilting shop was a vintage shop, so obviously I had to go in. I leapt on the jar of thread, but how to get it home on an airplane? So it stayed behind in the store. It was only as the car pulled away I realized that I should have gone cherry picking through that jar of thread for a few spools of silk. I didn’t have the heart to ask to turn round. It seemed so silly. So that jar of thread was my One That Got Away.
What about you? What’s the purchase you really should have made?