Up until this point, I have regarded the thimble as a purely optional stitching accessory. But, with this quilting-for-hire project, I have finally succumbed to finger protection. The quilt is white, and bloodstains just take away from the desired effect. I ended up with a very expensive, high-tech gadget that seems to work a charm. It was the only one available in the small town across the water, so it's not like I had a choice. But after a few days where it seemed like I had too many fingers, I seemed to get the hang of it. Not only can I gang up more stitches on the needle at a time, I'm not stabbing myself. So far, so good.