Or to be bored.
Maybe that's what I love about quilting. Always something to do - keeps me moving. And I love taking handwork with me for these down times.
Wanna carry all this on the plane? Should be no problem... provided you're flying on a U.S. carrier.
Regulation scissors? Check. Needle? Okay. Hand embroidery project? Got it.
Try taking these same scissors to Africa. Not okay. They will end up in the trash can! And you will get a scowling look from the man in charge.
But Japan is a different story all together. I recently boarded a Japanese carrier for the first leg of my trip back to the U.S. They did not like my scissors. In fact there was much scurrying around... and I thought "oh no," I'm gonna have to toss another pair of perfectly good scissors.
But not so! True to polite nature you will find everywhere in Japan, instead of throwing my "dangerous" scissors away...
the very nice security team provided me this little box. Popped my scissors inside, and escorted me back to baggage check in where the airline attendant kindly put the box in a plastic bag and added a luggage ticket with my name. Sweet!
A week later, back in Texas, I was called to jury duty.
Experience from years past reminded me I could find myself sitting in the jury assembly room for 3 or 4 hours before being called to an actual court room. Who wants to sit there for 3 hours with nothing to do? So I packed my 'go to' handwork bag.
Hold your horses there, Missy!
You cannot take scissors into the jury assembly room, and certainly not the courtroom. WTF?
Let me get this straight. These scissors are not allowed? No.
Can I keep my needle, at least? No!
But all of these items are allowed? Yes.
My beef is with the whole security system in general. A system that's really off kilter when it comes to allowing or preventing us to engage in the very simple act of putting a needle and thread into a piece of cloth.
Very few people bother to do hand needlework anymore. And I think this may be part of the reason. The Post 9/11 world makes everything so difficult. And I feel these random security measures are a big contributor killing what little motivation is left for anyone interested in working with a needle and thread by hand.
I know that there is one possible work-around solution to this problem --- I can pre-cut a bunch of pieces of thread and work without scissors on the airplane. But that's only if you plan ahead and if you know they are going to take your scissors. If you are busy and do not expect your scissors to be taken... well then.
And when you are called for boring jury duty, you certainly do not expect your scissors AND your needle to be taken.
The randomness of these rules are killing me and my handwork.
Why can't we allow small needles, thread, cloth and tiny scissors? Randomness!
I don't recall any headlines involving frightening stories of tiny sewing scissors gone wrong. So why discriminate against these things?
Does this bother anyone else? Anyone have any solutions?