I tell you what, my Children of the Night, I do enjoy these brief lulls in the Nerd Wars action. It gives me a chance to restock the O+, clean up the stray splatters in the crypt, and catch up on one of my favorite pastimes…no, not that! I meant reading, you sick Suckers!
While perusing my bookcases, I started to flip though a few of my non-fiction vampire books. While reading your normal bits of Bulgarian folklore and Dual Faith theories, I was pleased to see that some of our favorite activities were also present!
In The Vampire in Rumania (1926) by Agnes Murgoci writes of the Varcolaci (dead vampires) and why damage to your eyes is the least of your problems if you decided to spin in low light conditions. Varcolaci can be called into being if a woman is spinning at midnight, without a candle, especially if she casts a spell on the thread as she spins it. (Now I have only attempted a few clumsy tries with a drop spindle, so I am thinking that in order for my hand spun to come out halfway decent, spells will be needed.) The Varcolaci will attach to the thread and travel on it all the way to the moon and sun. The will then eat the sun and the moon (causing them to disappear) or maybe just take a bite out of the moon and making it bleed (causing it to turn red). The Varcolaci could stay there as long as the thread remained unbroken. Once the thread was broken, the Varcolaci would then travel to another part of the sky. I guess that is one way to travel while avoiding TSA searches. I will have to ask PhoenixJanine if she has any Varcolaci experiences while spinning up her lovely yarn.
Jan Perkowski’s The Darkling: A Treatise on Slavic Vampirism (1989) a Slovak folktale is used to illustrate the blending and melding of vampires and werewolves in slavic folklore and mythology. In the story, a young girl discovers that her father, a Vlkolak (a werewolf but also a vampire) has killed her 8 older sisters by pushing them into a pit in the forest and like any sensible person, runs like a bat out of hell. But he is fast and going to catch her, so she really thinks outside of the box for a solution. As she is running, she takes off an article of her clothes, one at a time, and throws it at the Vlkolak, announcing that he will not be able to catch her until he “tears it, unravels it, spins it, weaves and sews it”. But Vlkolak Dad has mad skilz because each time she throws a blouse, a skirt, or a kerchief at him, it takes him less than a half an hour to remake the item. While not as effective as hoped, this technique does allow her to escape to fight him another day. You have to wonder though….what kind of job did he do at remaking all those clothes? No question though, it would take him much longer than a half hour to remake RoxieNL’s Spinny Skirt…and it is so pretty as is, would you really trust him to get it right?
Congrats to all of my Children of the Night on their FOs this Tournament and congrats to all of us on our pretty impressive 9th place. We want to place well, but not too well and draw suspicion as to our true nature. I look forward to seeing all of your pale faces for the next Tournament. Sign-ups start on September 15…only 5 more days!
And now to wrap up Tournament the Second: Round 2, here are your yarn winners……
First up, the wonderful Sunshine Sport in Vampire, offered up by Matrunda, is going home with….Craftydana32!
Next, a little bit of Bibbity..Bobbity…Bitchslap! coming RoxieNL’s way! Now you ladies know the drill. We need your name and address and then you get some yarn.