Do It Because You Can

I dyed my hair blue.

Before anyone screams at me about responsibility and adulthood, there’s two factors to remember here: I really, really diluted my dye so I essentially glossed my hair, and this is what I normally look like in public:

july polar vortex scarfwrapped1Notice a trend here?

I veil in public full time. I don’t show my hair to outsiders if I can at all avoid it.

What difference does it make if my hair’s blue if no one can see it anyway?

One of the things that my burn out and then my weird vacation (because it really was a weird vacation) has shown me is that sometimes you really just have to throw your hands up and say [redacted] it, you have to live sometimes.

It’s just hair, hair can be cut and regrown or overdyed. It doesn’t really matter in the end. If you want to dye your hair, do it. Or dance in the rain, or let yourself heal, or do whatever it is that you’re holding back on.

Because there’s going to be a time when you can’t and I would rather have said that I did it once than regret never having tried.

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A is for Acceptance

Stitched Panorama

I think that ‘A’ was for Acceptance the last time around and I just never got around to posting it, at least when I was working this meme on this blog and not on Widdershins.

Anyway. I know for a fact that last time I was talking about a completely different form of acceptance.

I just got back from vacation, and while I sort of see vacation like pizza-at least a bad vacation is still a vacation-this doesn’t rank in my 10 best vacations ever list. It was rough. I am however comfortable enough with myself now to admit, to myself at least, that when you find yourself in the middle of situations over and over again, maybe you’re the problem and not other people.

Where does all this leave me, other than with a certain lingering sense of embarrassment? With this both pretty heavy and fairly cliche lesson: you have to be able to accept yourself, including your faults. Having faults and making mistakes are both probably the best way for you to tell that you’re still alive. And one of the joys of being alive still is that you have the time to change.

I think that this is going to be harder for me to accomplish, and I may not even be able to to do: convince other people that I’ve changed. I have a horrible time telling people no, because I hate the lingering sense of guilt that comes with leaving people to their fates. However, I don’t see a lot of people running to my rescue. Maybe I should take that as a cue. I made the decision to tighten down my boundaries drastically on Friday so in fairness I haven’t given people a lot of time with this change, but I’ve already had people push back.

As long as I don’t swing too far in the other direction, I’ll be fine.

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Children of the Corn (1984)

Doing nothing to disprove my theory that IMDB doesn’t like giving horror higher than a three rating, the next entry in Retro Horror month is Stephen King’s Children of the Corn.

I’ve always liked this movie, even as a kid. This was one of the first horror movies I can remember watching, and I think I watched it at least once a wee when I was in high school. At the time it was one of Syfy’s favorite movies to through into rotation and then never take it off the air.

There is something fundamentally jarring about children and religion-especially when the children begin to bring their own brand of morality into play. Children have morality, but it’s not the way that adults function. Adults have a strong sense of right and wrong, and have the socialization to be able to parse apart shades of grey. At least, I like to think they do. Facebook often tells me otherwise but that’s a discussion for another day.

Children are much more black and white in their interactions with the world and do those things that feel right to them. It’s not that they are unaware of consequence, exactly. It’s more that they don’t think about it the same way that we do. The children in the film are aware that there will be consequences to adults appearing in their town-it’s just that there’s something else at play to their reactions than it is for the adults that find themselves in the middle of the movie.

This film differs from a movie like The Wicker Man in that the push of the religion is treating differently here. This is a god that requires blood, like the gods in Wicker Man-but here, it’s almost more primal in that you don’t offer yourself up to it.  This is a god red in tooth and claw and I have to wonder if part of the reason that He Who Walks Behind the Rows is so creepy is because of the fact that he uses children to get his power. Not because children are innocent and therefore it triggers some sort of parental reaction-but that because children rely on blue/orange morality, they frankly don’t seem anything wrong with stringing up the Blue Man and dancing in the fields.

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Edward Olive Green

I have a confession to make.

I hate following other people’s dye recipes. I don’t trust them. I know that I post mine, and I hope that people are capable of replicating my results.

But this project is exactly why I don’t follow other people’s dye recipes. I was going to do a solar dyeing course while I was on vacation, which fell through in large part because of a freak Polar Vortex that is relevant to my fiber art in more ways than one. I knew I was going to have fiber coming out of my ears, so I decided to start a project I’ve had on my mind-one that was supposed come out navy blue.

When I mixed the dye pot, it was murky green. But I plunged ahead anyway, deciding to be trusting for once.

So this is how Edward is a yellow leaning olive. I like it, I actually really like it, but it’s no navy blue and this is why I won’t follow people’s dye recipes.

The naming for this one comes from a Lady Edward, a figure who featured in the English World War I peace movement.


2 packages blue koolaide or similar (sample is dyed with ice blue lemonade)

1 package orange

This is your base dye pot. Start with about 2 ounces wool for coverage shown in photos.

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photo credit Jonas Nilsson Lee

photo credit Jonas Nilsson Lee

Hello, dear readers.

The blog will most likely be quiet for the next week, if not slightly longer. I’m going on my yearly week long vacation and I don’t think I’m going to get stable enough Internet access to post daily. I could pre-schedule entries but I think I’ll start vacation early and cross one more thing off of my to-do list.

If you follow Horrific Knits on Instagram (horrifknits) there will probably be pictorial updates there.

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Rattlesnake Bites

Rattlesnake Bites Hot Beef Pockets

I would probably be an awesome pirogi maker.

I really like rhythmic kitchen tasks. Give me something with repeated movements like filling something that’s sort of dumpling-y and I’ll go to town. It’s a helpful trait to have when making these rolls.

Light and fluffy outside with soft, spicy insides these have become a favorite in our house. They’re fast, can be made ahead and assembled when needed, and quite simple they would be awesome for entertaining.

I don’t recommend brands because I’m sponsored, but because I like them and I like the Immaculate brand of crescent rolls in a can. I can actually get their can open without worrying that I’m going to take an eye out or impale myself.

I normally make my own taco seasoning, but I’ve also used Penzey’s chili spice and local hot peppers.

*I believe that I originally got this recipe from Taste of Home.

Rattlesnake Bites

*1 pound of filling will fill at least 32 rolls.

Refrigerated crescent rolls, at least 4 tubs of 8

1 lb taco meat, prepared and seasoned to taste

3-4 hot peppers, diced

1/2 block cream cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Open and unroll crescent rolls.

Cook taco meat and leave in pan. Add cream cheese and peppers, leaving on heat long enough to melt cheese. Mix well and lower heat or remove from heat.

Using a measuring spoon, fill the center of a crescent roll and pinch edges up into a ball or packet.

When all rolls are filled bake for 13 minutes (or according to package).

Rolls reheat well at 300 for 5-10 minutes.



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Inspired Weekends #25

lucas lof

photo credit lucas lof

Inspired Weekends #25

I’m going on vacation next week! I’m so excited. Mid’s been out of town for a week already, and while I miss him terribly, I do feel like I’m more recharged for having been able to work at my own schedule all week.

If I’m being honest though, most of what I’ve been working on has been spinning for the Tour de Fleece. I’m working with my nemesis merino right now. Not my favorite fiber in the world.

*There will be no link up next week because I’ll be out of town.

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