Here at Gentlestitches I am committed to giving instruction in the 3 R’s. Repairing, reusing and recycling. In order for you to do this it is imperative you have the right equipment. Do not rush out and purchase anything! We are going to put together our tools and tool box with a minimum of cost or effort. Don’t rush it, just do it one step at a time and you will be amazed how quickly you become organized.
Mission for today. Allocate a small space in your house about the size of a shoe box that will hold your equipment. That’s it! You have taken the first step towards getting organized.
“ Bad workers blame their tools“ how often have we heard this idiom? Chances are where ever in the world you live you will have heard it. Chinese, Hindi, Russian just to name a few, all have variations on this theme. Idioms are of course metaphors and not to be taken literally. Having clarified that, I must point out that this particular idiom really fascinates me in its wrongness. ” what?”I hear you cry “this Australian women is challenging 1000 year old wisdom?” Well yes I am. I am the first person to admit when I am wrong and take responsibility for my mistakes. However during some years of being “financially challenged”and being forced to improvise wildly, I realized that if you use a dodgy tool you will get a dodgy result.
Back to tools. Ralph, the small white poodle in the accompanying image is only as good as he is because of the tiny but strong pliers he showcases. Ralph is about 2.5 inches high. He was inspired by my favorite amigarumist Anna Paula . I found it was impossible to pull the darning needle through Ralph’s body when attaching his legs. These little pliers made the difference between a result that was so so and dear Ralph.
I would like to change the idiom to” a good worker forced to use dodgy tools will end up wanting to shriek with frustration”” Perhaps it will take on. Who knows? Every one of our expressions started somewhere.