Occasionally someone will start a thread on things that are essential for needlework.
I usually snort and say, "A needle, of course."
I have that.
What I don't have are my magnifiers and a pair of scissors.
Which are also essential, if I'm going to stitch.
I am sitting in a hotel room, on a business trip. I brought only one project with me since I'm here only one night. I very carefully made sure I had the complete instructions and the thread card in my travel tote. I did not check to make sure that the scissors that are supposed to live in the travel tote were still there. The scissors case I made for them is there. The little leather sheath that keeps the points of the scissors from poking through the scissors case I made for them is there. The scissors are not there.
And I've dumped everything out to see if there is a crevice in this bag that I didn't know about.
My magnifiers are sitting by my chair at home because I was using them right before I went to bed. As soon as I crawled into bed last night, I thought I should go back downstairs and put them in the travel tote. Then I thought, brilliantly, that that would be the very last thing in the world that I could possibly forget to do before I left in the morning.
With my usual incredible brilliance, I forgot.
A couple of years ago, I was in the same location. That time I forgot the instructions for the project I was doing. I went out and bought a silk embroidery kit so I'd have something to do (it was the only thing I could find at the big box craft store that wasn't cross stitch on aida which I have never liked using and don't intend to start now). This time, I have already taken a shower. I have on my nightie. I have the pillows plumped up just the way I want them. I have everything I need to work on my project.
Except scissors and a way to see the stitches.
I think I'll read instead.