Numbers of pounds were spent on this fabric.
The radishes came free.
Above is a snapshot of my latest fabric purchase, costing £7 a metre. (Radishes grown by my boyfriend and added as some sort of surreal extra detail!)
Some people find numbers reassuring. They scare me. As an 8-year-old, our teacher’s announcement that it was time for the class recitation of times tables would make my stomach shrivel. I tried to mime, opening and closing my mouth like a fish, but this fooled no one – least of all, my classmates. As an adult, I’ve continued to struggle. I have to force myself to check my bank balance, process invoices at work, compare prices in supermarkets or care about over-tipping. (I am so dreadful at working out the tip percentage that I often grossly over-tip for fear of offending waiting staff.) If there’s a number equivalent to dyslexia, I wouldn’t be surprised if I have it.
But age brings wisdom. Or, at least, an ability to recognise your shortcomings and manage them. So this year I bought some software to help me keep track of my spending. Oh my gosh, I love my software. My dad (an accountant) and my sister (who trained as an accountant) stared at me, open-mouthed, when I was able to reel off to them how much I’ve spent on lattes in the past four months. (£98.35 if you’re interested.) I can also tell you how much I’ve spent on sewing – £145.67 – and knitting – £25.75. I’ve no idea how this compares to other people’s spending on their hobbies, but over four months? It doesn’t seem sooo bad.
Are they having a laugh?
This well-known chain department store (never knowingly undersold) has a haberdashery selling this kit. Don’t rub your knuckles into your eyes, you’re reading right – the best part of £100. To make a cushion. Come on, people! A few balls of wool, enough common sense to use Google, and anyone can knit a cushion cover for maximum a quarter of that price.
But look, crafts involve numbers – and not just in terms of currency. There’s as much – indeed, more – maths involved in a sewing or knitting pattern as there is creativity. I am forced to think logically, scientifically – obeying the number rules that make a pattern work. It’s odd, isn’t it? The number phobic is casting on 107.
And spending. This lunchtime I bought:
- a new zipper foot and needles for my sewing machine
- 13 buttons for my latest knitting project
- a 30cm invisible zipper
- the gorgeous sewing machine necklace that Tilly recently blogged about.
I could have bought more. Walking through the doors of Topshop on Oxford Circus is a shopper’s equivalent of taking a massive drug hit. Wow, I had to be strong – especially when I spotted the below bags. God knows what the security guard thought when I whipped out my iPhone to photograph them. Oh well, at least I didn’t try to tip him. I’d probably have got my percentages completely wrong.
Bag of Dreams
So, what do you spend on your crafts? And tell me, honestly… £98.35 on lattes. Too much?