Imagine you have a loaf of bread, dated tomorrow (say). Then for some reason*, you suddenly have 2 more loaves of bread, both dated a week or so from now. Experience tells you that you aren't going to eat 2 full loaves of bread in the space of a week.
(a) open the bread dated tomorrow and use it until it starts to go mouldy?
(b) open the bread dated tomorrow and use it just for today, then chuck it?
(c) chuck the bread with tomorrow's date and move straight onto the fresh bread?
Out of habit, our family tends to go with (a), which always causes my Mum to declare "Curly Watts!". Apparently Curly Watts, whilst managing his local supermarket on Coronation Street, often used to come home with surplus food, which he then insisted on eating in date order. The running joke was that he came home with fresh bread every day but always ate stale bread.
My conundrum is re: fabric. Admittedly, fabric doesn't go mouldy (hopefully!) but it can seem a bit 'stale' once it's been hanging around in the cupboard for a while.
The Mrs Beeton's Household Management in me tells me that I should use up my old stuff first, so that I don't end up with very old stuff in my cupboard.
My impatient self shouts "Curly Watts!" as I worry that I will always be sewing with older stuff that I don't love any more instead of nice fresh stuff I've just bought.
Of course, the answer to all this is to sew more and buy less. Yeah, right!
I am dutifully working through my Finish-a-Long - and getting through it, step by step - I will post an update soon. However I always have one eye on what I will choose for my next big project. Old or new? What to do?
Answers on a postcard please....
* P.S. The way you end up with twice as much food as you need is when your parents come to visit and they bring their own bags of food (literally the equivalent of a supermarket shopping trip) just in case I haven't been competent enough to stock my fridge and cupboards with edible produce. Yes really.