memory month

MYO Body Scrub

Fourth memory-Today is an odd day. My week has involved things like police reports, and today is the one year anniversary of Snovember or Knife or whatever you want to call the giant storm that hit Buffalo last year. It’s 65 degrees F out right now.

However, Christmas/Yule/Winter holiday of choice is coming up, and body scrubs make awesome gifts.

MYO Scented Body Scrub

I love body scrubs.

And with winter coming, my skin sorts of demands them.

I love the ones that smell like things. I’m totally that person that needs my world to smell good. If you can get away with just bare bones, basic body products, rock it.

I need my world to smell like oranges and Erebus.

…There actually is a perfume called Erebus.

I am being completely overrun with imps and decants-some of which I like the smell of, but I wear and think, oh, this would be better as a bath product.

imps and decants

…When two worlds collide!

MYO Body Scrub

*Make sure to use separate bowls, cups, spoons etc when mixing a batch or be willing to take rubbing alcohol wipes to your cutting board before you wash it. Not that I would know or anything. If you use food safe oils then don’t worry about this step.

Sugar or salt. Cheap stuff. Don’t waste good sugar on this, go to the dollar store.

Coffee grounds, dry-but used is okay, as long as they’re fully dry (optional, I don’t always use them)

Skin happy oil-olive, coconut, sweet almond, whatever you can get your hands on

About a sample’s worth of perfume oil (or an imp or decant). More oil if you like a heavier scented product. An imp will hold about two pipette’s worth of oil, for reference.

1 reasonably water proof glass jar with a lid, like a small canning jar

Pick out your final container, and into that container pack your -dry- sugar/salt/coffee. If it fits dry, it’ll fit wet.

Dump the contents into a bowl or cup, then slowly start drizzling in the unscented oil. Mix until -just- damp, them mix in your perfumed oil. If the scrub is still not wet enough to your tastes, add more unscented oil until it is, keeping in mind that you’re going to probably have to wipe it off the bottom of your tub.

When the scrub has the consistency you like, pack it back into your jar.

****This will make your tub slippery. More oil=more slippery. Make sure to be careful getting in and out of your shower. Wipe out the bottom of your tub.***

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Rattlesnake Bites

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Third memory-As it turns out, Mid really likes these rolls. I wasn’t expecting that…or I would have made them more frequently.

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.

Needled

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I’m knitting again.

I know it’s a weird statement, on a knitting blog. But this rut I’ve been in has extended to anything harder than garter stitch blankets. But I’m working on a trade, a scarf for a Christmas ornament, and I’m really enjoying the project. I’m not working on anything terribly complicated-lace on largish needles with bulky yarn. It’s pleasant enough though-and I like the yarn. Always a bonus.

As I settled into the rhythm, I realized that the needles I’m using are bright green-which triggered an idea I’ve had for this column for a long time and have mentioned in passing on occasion. But it’s unofficially Memory Month, so if I’m rehashing an idea, it’s actually appropriate.

There is an idea, in relation to folk magic and urban legend, that you can work spells and raise energy with fiber arts. The basic idea is an extension of knot magic: knitting is basically a series of needle-worked knots, and knots can be used to ‘trap’ or catch energy. So in theory, you could work up spell bits and bobs, in various colors, and hold onto energy that way. If you wanted, you could hold the piece until the end of the spell and burn the piece then to release the energy. Or you could hold onto it like a talisman. This idea actually extends to a superstition that’s floated around my Internet career on various fiber sites-that different cultures had the idea that it was terrible to rip out your own work because it tears out your own luck.

The idea of this binding means that you can also bind a person to you through knitting or other fiber work-working your hair or the hair of another person will bind the two of you together.

Knitters will sometimes say that projects and yarns have personalities, and you can ‘raise’ energy will working on a piece. It’s not necessarily bad luck to work a project that you don’t like, but it can be rough going and sometimes yarn will tell you what it does and does not want to be-it’s easier to work with a yarn that wants to be, say, a scarf than yarn that doesn’t.

In terms of energy, it also possible to use fiber to work with manifestations, meditations, and other mindsets that are aided by repetitive motion. If you wanted to work an abundance chant, for example, you could use green needles (hence what triggered this post), green yarn, or both (or neither, to be honest) and work your chant across each chant. Spinning and knitting are both helpful to clear the mind for meditation.

Folklorically, a lot of the myth surrounding European hearth spirits mention fiber, at least in passing. Many of these spirits (fae or otherwise) are deeply interested in spinning and other fiber arts. Some will actually do the spinning for you if you stay on their good sides, for others, if you slack on your fiber work, you risk enraging them.

Knitting is not without its own little urban legends and superstitions-it’s terrible luck to knit for a baby before it is born. As in, potentially fatally bad luck. There is also the infamous sweater curse-don’t knit for your partner before you’re engaged, or you run the risk of breaking up the relationship. You should also try to never hand a person a pair of needles with the points to them or risk damaging your relationship. Dropping needles is bad luck. Don’t leave knitting needles empty.