Skein Passion

Luscious 'fioro' hand died merino-silk yarn skeins from The Yarn Bowl in the shades sepia rose, abalone and plum purple As Valentines day approaches sprinklings of pink hearts and cutesy romance sayings start popping up all over the place. Yarn sales are overflowing with red and pink colourways and patterns are dotted with love knots.  But I want to talk about Passion. That deep intense desire you experience when you touch that divine squishy yarn skein, you know the one I'm talking about, that skein that makes your heart sing. It's a magic colour, squishing it is like touching a cloud with the lustre of angels. The yarn of your dreams. Where were you when you had that experience the first time? In a specialty yarn store looking at the silk-alpaca blends? I'm willing to bet it wasn't, more likely it was at the discount store passing the bargain aisle and this little ball of fluff caught your eye and you sighed and squished it and wished you had the skill to turn

The Humble Thimble

thimbles old and new

If you do a lot of sewing you will find yourself wanting a thimble at some point. They are ever so helpful at keeping your fingers safe from all the poky sharp things.

thimble sizes

Like me, you will probably pop down to your local sewing supply store and grab a thimble multi-pack off the notions shelf.

If you're very observant with excellent eyesight you might even notice there are almost invisible numbers stamped onto the thimbles indicating they are supposedly different sizes. Myself, I failed to notice this little detail until I took these photos, and wondered why the packet of 5 didn't have a mixture of sizes. 

thimble fitting

Then it occurs to you that Nanna used to keep paper in her thimble to help it fit better. But no matter how hard you try with paper and fabric scraps it just doesn't seem to work for you. 

thimble destroyed with pliers

By this time you figure you may as well try taking the pliers to one of them and reshape it to fit better, they don't work anyway so why not? Which of course doesn't work.

You start to wonder why Nanna's thimble didn't seem to have these problems, that the metal seemed stronger and the dents to stop the needle head from slipping as you pushed with all your fingerly might to get that needle through what you thought was just some fabric pleats but is behaving like concrete actually stopped needle heads from slipping and impaling themselves into your skin.

Vintage Nanna Thimbles

And that is when it occurs to you that you went to the wrong shop to buy your thimbles. So you head down to your local antique and collectibles store and buy some Nanna thimbles that actually work.