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Snooooowwww........

We're having the biggest snowfall of the entire winter, right now! I think it's mostly sleet at this point but the constant ping!ing of ice against the windows is freaking me out. O_o All I can do is stay inside, drink tea, knit, read and write. That's a lot to do now that I think of it.


Knit Picks has discontinued some colors of yarn, one of them being Ambrosia, their sport-weight alpaca/cashmere yarn, in Fog. Thankfully we managed to snag three balls before it disappeared completely. I'm using them to make Kristen a Falling Water scarf like the one I made for myself in Rowan Calmer. Ambrosia is a lovely, soft yarn to work with. I'm actually having a better time with it than I did with the Calmer because alpaca has a lot of vertical stretch and doesn't get caught on the needle as much. Then again, I was stupidly working the Calmer on plastic needles...


I stole my Grimm's fairy tale book back from my brother. It turns out it wasn't a Norton anthology after all, but a collection translated by Jack Zipes. I don't know why I thought it was a Norton anthology. I guess it's as big as one! That book has a lot of stories that are very, very violent. It's a complete collection but the versions of the stories in the Fairy Books seem to be more fleshed-out...hmm.


I haven't finished with The Princess and the Goblin yet, even though it is a short book with huge print. It's a beautiful story with an eerie, dream-like quality that I haven't seen many modern authors successfully emulate. C.S Lewis supposedly borrowed a lot from MacDonald for The Chronicles of Narnia. Hey, at least he admitted it! Eventually I'm going to have to stop reading children's fantasy books, but they're always the ones I'm drawn to.


Oh, I have to paint a doll. I have to do a lot of things. I have an eye appointment in a few weeks and I'm thrilled. My vision has been sucking for the past six months and I need new glasses and for crying out loud, I haven't worn contact lenses for five years! My vanity suffers!

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leviosa8
Mar. 17th, 2007 07:26 am (UTC)
I can do is stay inside, drink tea, knit, read and write.

In the right doses, that can be paradise ;D

The Princess and the Goblin! I haven't read it but have had the book in my hands many times and even kind of spoiled the ending, even if I don't remember it now. Children fanatasy books ARE the best, then and ever!

I need new glasses too. I am waiting for May, when I return to Spain for a couple of weeks ^^
leene_chan
Mar. 17th, 2007 07:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, it can be. Except when I start craving exercise! ^o^

I found out about that book because there was a cartoon version of it on TV a long time ago. I didn't watch much of it but on one of my random internet searches I discovered it was based on a book by an author I really liked, so I had to have it. It was published in 1872 but it's still easy to get immersed in and the description is so beautiful. To be honest, I haven't found a single adult fantasy book I've liked. Children's books are full of wonder, and that's the best part of fantasy in my opinion.

Isn't it a pain to not be able to see well? I probably shouldn't be doing so much close work until I get my new glasses but I'll do it anyway. Everything in life I like to do requires my eyes. ^_^;.....
twotone
Mar. 17th, 2007 02:28 pm (UTC)
I think I have part I of a Jack Zipes Grimm Brothers anthology, and I've never been able to find the second part. It's a little maddening.

One thing I always liked was the many variations on the same theme... and seeing how they differ. My favorite horrible fairy tales are probably the Seven Ravens (? the one where the little sister has to cut off her finger) and the Maiden with the Silver Hands.
leene_chan
Mar. 17th, 2007 05:46 pm (UTC)
I don't know if I've read the Maiden with the Silver Hands, but there's a story in the Red Fairy Book called "The Twelve Brothers" that is probably another version of the Seven Raven story. I liked that one too! The Jack Zipes book I have is probably one of the more recent versions, and some of the stories are really gross. Of course, you can't get more gross than the Bloody Chamber, but many beheadings were involved. There was one I particularly liked about a maiden who turned herself into a pink flower on her prince's lapel and gave him guidance against a witch that I found particularly interesting, but now I'm rambling. I have a lot of good memories from that book!

I think I first heard about the Fairy Books (Red, Blue, Yellow, etc) from reading An All-Of-A-Kind Family, because I swear that one of the characters (Sarah?) wanted to check the Blue Fairy Book out of the library. When I found them at Amazon.com I was thrilled that they existed!
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