Month: January 2014

Inspired Weekends #5

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Easy Valentines Crafts for Kids from Grandparents Plus

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Once Upon a Curse: Stories and Fairy Tales for Adult Readers

Once Upon a Curse: Stories and Fairy Tales for Adult Readers

Various Authors

272 pages

Ebook, $6.95 on Amazon at time of review

I want to start this review by saying that the title is a little misleading. It’s not ‘adult’ in the ‘don’t let your kids hear you talk about this or you’re going to be having conversations about birds and insects’, it’s ‘adult’ in the, ‘this isn’t Disney’ sense. I would give this a solid middle school or higher rating; these aren’t necessarily happy stories but there’s little to no blush worthy material.

That being said, if you’re the type of person who likes your fairy tales to wrap up with perfectly happy endings this isn’t going to be your type of book. Several of the stories actually do have pleasant endings, but how they get there isn’t necessarily happy-and it’s true that several aren’t happy endings in the sense that everyone lives happily ever after. However, I have to say that even those stories have twists to them that makes one wonder if it’s not a happy one after all, albeit not a traditional one.

I did enjoy this anthology. Each story in this book is a reworking of a traditional folk tale or faery tale with a fairly wide range of countries represented. There is one story that doesn’t really fit the traditional faerie tale theme, but with vampires being a solid part of the modern faerie tale world I think it’s a fair inclusion. Impressively, while some stories are more solid than others, there is a pretty consistent quality level throughout.

If you’re like me and like your faerie tales a little darker than Disney, then this is a pretty good addition to the modern faerie tale library. If you’re one to really need a clean wrap up and a completely positive ending, this isn’t going to be the anthology for you.

Very slight violence and sexual content. Potentially mature themes; not necessarily young reader inappropriate, tween and older readers should be okay with this anthology with parental screening.

Plying and Color

Handpainted braids are beautiful, and they can be a lot of fun to spin (painted braids look something like these ones on Etsy*).

How does the act of spinning affect the colors in the braid? A lot of it depends on how heavy you spin, whether you spin worsted or woolen (or in between, like me), the weight of your single, and how you split your braid. All in all, the answer is: sample your braid and see.

However, the way that you choose to ply your singles will affect the way that colors will play out from a braid. Different plying techniques will change the way that the colors interact with each other.

The yarns presented below were all from the same braid. The cable ply was spun first, the two ply was left over from the cable ply, and the chain ply was the left over singles from the first two projects. The cable ply is roughly worsted weight, the 3 ply DK/sport, and I’m estimating the 2 ply fingering/lace. The fiber is BFL.

2 ply

2 ply

Cable Ply

Cable Ply

Cable Ply

Cable Ply

Chain Ply

Chain Ply

Chain Ply

Chain Ply

*I have no association with the store other than liking the braids.

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Toad Road

I think that it’s probably possible to make a good horror film based around getting high. I would be more surprised to find out that you can’t; it’s just that most of the horror films with that premise seem to be about things other than getting stoned.

On my list of not entirely polite desires for genre, ‘stop making movies about people getting high like it’s a solid plot point’ would be one of them. At the very least, make it interesting. That’s my major problem with this film; watching someone else get intoxicated is boring. It’s boring in real life and it’s boring on film. I don’t care about the characters by the time the plot gets going and frankly it takes so long to get going that I’m left wondering if there even is a plot.

There are other things that I wonder about. Do people really get out of cars in the middle of public and ask, ‘hey, who brought the [redacted]?’ I feel like most people are capable of enough sense not to pull that. Also, wisdom. So much wisdom. ‘You surround yourself with people drugs, drugs are something that gets done.’ Or something.

Or something is how this movie can be summed up.

In theory there is a plot about urban legends, disappearance, and the potential for disappearing into hell. Hey, I mean, I’ve been obsessed with Inferno imagery since I was in middle school; I can get into looking for the doorway into hell in the middle of nowhere. For that matter, I grew up in a place that looks a lot like York, I can even understand where these legends come from. But at the same time it’s like the writers just frankly forgot that they were supposed to be examining this legend as much as they are talking about how edgy and amazing their characters are for chasing the same white rabbit that people have been chasing for thousands of years. I feel like there could have been something really original here, but in the end all that happens is a group of kids discovering things that people have known for centuries and thinking they’re geniuses for doing so.

Sometimes the Wait is Worth It

freya

Pardon the overexcited Instagram photo. And the messy couch.

This is Freya.

Freya is a Kromski Sonata castle style double treadle scotch tension travel wheel.

I’ve wanted a wheel for literally fifteen years. The first year that we went to Rhinebeck there was a vendor selling a used wheel for $75 and I have regretted not getting that wheel ever since that trip. I knew on the ride home that I would eventually get a wheel, that this was not a passing interest, and I should have purchased that wheel.

I was right on all three counts.

After ten years of spindling I’m actually making the jump pretty smoothly. The only issue I’m having is the ratios; I know what the ratios do in terms of spinning I just don’t know when to transition to a faster speed (you spin faster for finer wools like Merino).

So far I’ve spun a Merino, a BFL, some left over purple (the same wool from my Barleycorn project) and I’m working on a green nubby set of batts from my stash. I had a lot of fun trying to figure out how to chain ply on this wheel-and it turns out that I’ve been spinning so much over the past few days that I was wearing through the brake cord. Luckily I have cording in the house.

Cross learning to wheel spin off of my 2014 list.

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Blender Salsa

blendersalsa

I love heavy, chunky chop salsa and it’s normally what I default to, but sometimes you want something different.

This is a great recipe for winter because you can use canned tomatoes. Use your home canned tomatoes, your favorite store brand, or just chop some fresh tomatoes if you would like.

This salsa comes out like restaurant salsa, nice and smooth and silky. This would be great for cooking. The recipe as written makes a full pint of salsa.

I brought this salsa to an event, and was told that it tastes beautifully fresh.

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Inspired Weekends #4

snowflakeWelcome to Inspired Weekends!

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Lentil Soup from A Mothers Shadow

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