I take pins and needles for granted: I can buy either or both whenever the need arises, or even before I need them. It hasn't always been so. In 1826, Anna Brooke Briggs moved with her husband and children from Maryland to Columbiana County, Ohio, when it was very nearly a wilderness. The family members in Maryland who received her letters saved them and they have been published in American Grit: A Woman's Letters from the Ohio Frontier, edited by Emily Foster. This section of Anna's April 5, 1835, letter to her sisters and mother reminds me to be grateful for how easy it is for me to buy pins and needles.
There is one thing—would be much obliged to some of you, for I cannot get any good needles at any of the stores nor never could since I came out. My stock has given out except the numbers 9 and 10; I have plenty of them. Now, if Mother and each of you would stick 3 needles, No. 6, 7, and 8, in your next letter, why it would make a dozen—and it would accommodate me much.
"Pins and Needles" was a Broadway play produced by the International Ladies Garment Workers' Union in 1937. You can read more about the "holiday" and a little about the play here.
Happy National Pins and Needles Day, 2018.