The Skye Boat Poetry Mittens

The Skye Boat Poetry Mittens

A dream ends on Outlander.. Mittens for a tragedy.. Since Bear McCreary used the Skye Boat Song melody as the basis for his Outlander theme youtube.com is awash in versions of this old song, but this one strikes me as particularly authentic.. if the song can be called authentic at all.  The Skye Boat Song
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The Weekend Time Traveler

The Weekend Time Traveler

When I was growing up there were two camps and three second homes on our road.  One of the camps belonged to my grandmother who was, likely, one of the few people who could walk from their first home to their second when it came time to air it out in the spring.  My grandmother’s camp was occupied summer and
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Bree’s Blue: To Dye With Indigo

Bree’s Blue: To Dye With Indigo

If you can only have one Outlander Adventure… make it dying with indigo. Bree made herself a blue wool dress, using indigo to dye the wool.  Which made me wonder.. what color was Bree’s dress? That’s simple, indigo blue, right?  Well.. not necessarily. I’ve kept a flock of sheep for decades… and have never dyed with indigo.
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18th Century Spices: Ginger

18th Century Spices: Ginger

While I haven’t fallen through any stones lately I have 18th century days. And this was definitely one of those days.  Fresh ginger root is, along with lemons, one of those basics we just expect to find in the grocery.  In fact, it is one of those items you’d have expected to find in a marginally stocked store
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Papillote Curls : Authentic and Easy 18th Century Hairstyle

Papillote Curls : Authentic and Easy 18th Century Hairstyle

Claire and her hair… From the castle at Leoch to the French court.. to colonial America, if it isn’t inciting envy it’s in her way, being pinned into submission, or scandalizing, since she refuses to cover it properly with a mop cap. Claire’s hair seems to naturally hold an 18th century hairstyle other women had to
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Other Outlander Knitting Patterns

Other Outlander Knitting Patterns

I’ve been asked to put up Outlander knitting patterns for specific knits seen on in the Starz film adaptation of Outlander. I have rather strong opinions regarding those knits, which the costume designer started out justifying as authentic to the 18th century, then revised to being not necessarily authentic but authentic to  her vision of the 18th century, regardless
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A Taste of the 18th Century: Spruce Gum

A Taste of the 18th Century: Spruce Gum

Here’s something to chew on: Outlander’s characters will encounter every major development in chewing gum.. from chewing resins in the 18th century, to chicle based gums during and prior to WWII, to the butadiene-based synthetic rubber which has been used to make gum since the 1960s… all within the first three books. It must be a uniquely
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18th Century Ginger Beer.. the improvement on Lizzie’s Hellbrew

18th Century Ginger Beer.. the improvement on Lizzie’s Hellbrew

The 18th century householder was on a first name basis with two things rarely found in a modern kitchen: patience, and active yeast fermentation. Since this is New England, and New England is not a warm and cozy place a good 8 months out of the year, chances are your average householder was quite friendly with
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18th Century Solutions:  Waterproofing Boots

18th Century Solutions: Waterproofing Boots

These are my winter boots. They were new last year, pardon the grubby appearance, I wear them as barn boots. This is not something the manufacturer likely would approve of.  My little boots are from a Swedish company and are called Icebug  Their claim to fame, and why I love them, is they have carbon steel studs
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18th Century Economics: Morality and Perversity

18th Century Economics: Morality and Perversity

Over 15 million people have viewed the info graphic by  Michael Norton and Dan Ariely, professors of the business schools of Harvard and Duke, titled Wealth Inequality in America.  If you’re not one of them.. here ’tis: If you’re looking for someone to blame for this don’t blame Adam Smith. Famous for his Wealth of Nations published
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