A couple of years ago I made a special needle book, the last page of which was an "honourable hard work" page for retired needles.
According to Japanese tradition retired needles are stuck into a block of tofu and thanks are given for their help in the years work. I am thankful (but not to Mr John James!) for my needles but I refuse to waste tofu and instead the HD3QBEM and I are having a tofu dinner tonight.
Our local haberdashery store has relocated to another suburb so I was not able to get the very narrow ribbon to complete the Christmas Stockings but I am pleased with the way these have turned out. After experimenting on these I have decided that I like my hardanger picots to be knobs not loops and have made the 'life decision' to make knobs from now on :-)
Tonight I plan to return to my Casket stitching and build a house - well perhaps lay the foundations.