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May 31, 2009


Hank Phillippi Ryan

Oh--a whole new world! Who'd a thought. Very cool.

1. You know you'll get book ideas from it.
2. That rabbit is clearly undead.
3. Those are actually wigs. You can't fool us.

Julie Wray Herman


Friends are way better than foil -- ask Deb about this if you don't know the story.

Had a great visit with Charlaine on the way home too -- only wish I could catch up with the Femmes more often -- wait, I can. Here!


What about "The Revenge of Rumplestilskin"?
Clear motive, and the spinning wheel!


Yes, Hank, that rabbit definitely had an evil aura. Ha - I've got it - Elmer Fudd as detective in The Case of the Wascally Wed-Eyed Wabbit.

Rumpelstilskin! I do love medieval stories so it would be perfect, Chris. Also, I can relate to the dark warped psyche of a very short person who could easily go off the deep end. Rumpy Noir.

Don't know the foil story, Julie, but I must agree that friends are much better. :) Wish you could come visit more often!


Mary, you know what they say about writing, it's all grist for the mill, or maybe yarn for the spinning wheel.

It's good to see Julie again, if only in a photo.

But those wigs/yarns are seriously strange looking, as is the fuzzy rabbit.

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Okay. What's the foil story?

Hair highlights? Or fencing? Or an enemy? An alter ego? Or a way to cook chicken? Or curses, foiled again?

Dana Cameron

Kris, what a great time you had! And it's super to see Julie--hey Julie! (::waving::).

Emma Thompson wrote about the "historically accurate" (and very hairy/woolly) sheep they used in filming "Sense and Sensibility." She referred to them (if I recall correctly) as "bolshie sheep" (Bolshevist sheep), which cracked me up.

Looks like you might have encountered a few of those, along with that wary rabbit!

Charlaine Harris

Three of my favorite women in one picture. I wish I'd been there, and it was great to see Julie when she passed through on her way back to Texas.

Donna in Dallas

You could always use a scarf or hat made of pet hair (chien-gora) - I've made a few pieces like that for people.

There's also the witchy angle with 'spell' yarn that's twisted widdershins (backwards from 'normal'), usually to deliver a curse, but also used to reduce fevers (a special red thread spit-plastered to a baby's forehead) and as protection spells (woven or knitted into a garment made from regular yarns).

In countries where this is/was common, spinners could tell at a glance if a yarn was 'kosher' or not.

Term papers

Wonderful article, very well explained.

medieval dresses

They took you out from your comfort zone but I think they did pretty well. You guys seemed to have some fun.

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