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Rocky Road Cookies, Again!

Vegan Rocky Road cookies

Vegan Rocky Road cookies

These are one of my absolute all-time favourite cookies to bake, and to eat :)

Vegan Rocky Roads, super yummy and totally irresistible! 4 kinds of chocolate + roasted almonds… crispy, chewy and perfectly gooey in the middle :)

My own twist to the original recipe is to replace the suggested oil with coconut oil, keep the almonds whole, and add a little bit of super strong coffee instead of almond extract.

Delicious!

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What is ME, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis?

Be aware of invisibility

May 12th is International ME Awareness Day.

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) is a hugely incapacitating neuroimmune illness that affects virtually every bodily system.

Why is it so incredibly important to spread awareness of this particular illness? Continue reading to find out…

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Compliments of the Mystery

Compliments of the Mystery Self-Striping Yarn

Compliments of the Mystery

More self-striping hand-dyed sock yarn :) This one is a 3-striper: teal, purple and light gray, on a BFL/nylon high twist yarn base = my fave.

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Currently Spinning…

Polwarth Baby Alpaca Spinning on Turkish Spindle

Polwarth & Baby Alpaca spinning

I’ve been working on this one since October. It’s been very very slow going so far, but I’m super delighted nevertheless :) Looking forward to plying it, and hopefully someday knitting a shawl out of the finished yarn :)

Fibre: 60% Polwarth, 40% Baby Alpaca in Trish colorway, from Picperfic.
Spindle from IST Crafts.

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Being Human Stripey Socks

Housemates Socks (Redemptive Love)

Housemates Socks

This is the beginning of my Housemates Socks, knit out of a self-striping yarn I dyed in honour of the Being Human series finale. Very bittersweet, because I absolutely love that show to bits… I’m calling this colourway ‘Redemptive Love’, and if you watched the final episode, you’ll know why…

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Looking Forward To “By Blood We Live”

By Blood We Live by Glen Duncan

By Blood We Live by Glen Duncan

This is the novel I’m currently looking most forward to reading! By Blood We Live is the third part in Glen Duncan’s Bloodlines series. These books are very dark and gritty, not to mention quite vulgar, full of violence and gore. In other words, not at all my usual cup of tea. However, there’s something about Duncan’s writing that makes these books irresistible to me, I think they are absolutely brilliant!

What I enjoyed the most about The Last Werewolf, the first book in the series, was Duncan’s amazing prose, and in particular the mesmerisingly unique and unforgettable voice of the main character Jake Marlowe, a 200-year-old werewolf. Talulla Rising, the second book, has a different main character and a very different voice, and unfortunately the feminine perspective as it was written didn’t feel fully believable to me, so a part of me was slightly disappointed despite it being a great book as a whole.

Another aspect of Duncan’s writing that really stands out to me is a very deep sense of philosophy, of no-nonsense spirituality, in the very fabric of the story and the characters alike. (It was described as “existential dark fantasy” in a review I read some time ago.) It always brings the spirit of India to my mind, somehow… that underlying sense of that special something-something… can’t put my finger exactly on what or why, because it’s not about the words or the plot or the setting, but only between the lines somehow. I remember googling Duncan after finishing The Last Werewolf, because I was really intrigued, and apparently he actually has a strong connection to India. I also wanted to know when the sequel would be released (I was immensely impatient!), and I was curious to find out what else he had written so far. I did give a few of his earlier novels a try, but none of them captured me quite like The Last Werewolf did. I still haven’t finished Love Remains, mostly because it really deserves to be read when one is in the perfect mood for it, but I’ll definitely come back to it at some point.

I can totally see how Duncan’s writing keeps creating such strong feelings, both among the readers who enjoy it hugely and the ones who absolutely don’t. As for me, I can’t wait to read By Blood We Live! :)

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Five of Skulls

Five of Skulls / The Tarot of Vampyres

Five of Skulls / The Tarot of Vampyres

challenging times…

one breath at a time.

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New-To-Me: Support Spindling

Cherry Merry supported spindle

Mirkwood Arts Cherry Merry spindle & ceramic bowl from Willow Tree Pottery

New-to-me: spinning on a supported spindle :) It’s a lot of fun, and easier than I imagined. A bit hard on the body, though… hopefully I’ll learn better ergonomics with practice.

The placement of the cop might look a bit strange, and it possibly is… I wasn’t sure where to put it, because it would be nice to be able to simply slide the cop off when it’s finished, instead of having to wind it off. Had I put it lower down I don’t think sliding would be possible, seeing how the spindle is shaped. Hmm… will have a look at how others wind their cops on similarly shaped spindles.

The spindle is a Cherry Merry from Mirkwood Arts, and the fibre is superwashed Merino from All the Pretty Fibers. Ceramic spinning bowl from Willow Tree Pottery.

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Currently Sewing…

Sewing project

Folding and stitching :)

I’m working on a simple drawstring bag with boxed bottom.
This cotton fabric is lovely, and the colours are making me very happy :)

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When a Wave Comes, Go Deep

Photo by Patrice Natalini

Photo by Patrice Natalini

“If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?”
“When a wave comes, go deep.”

“I think I’m going to need an explanation for that one.”
“There’s three things you can do when life sends a wave at you. You can run from it, but then it’s going to catch up and knock you down. You can also fall back on your ego and try to stand your ground, but then it’s still going to clobber you. Or you can use it as an opportunity to go deep, and transform yourself to match the circumstances. And that’s how you get through the wave.”

Reblogged from Humans of New York
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