And I’m not talking about a hat.
Earlier this year – like around Septemberish – I became obsessed with pork pies.  They were something I had come across in my obsessive food oriented readings before, but this time it was serious.  I follow this blog called The Obscure Hollow – they do multi screen-grab posts of movies that are super atmospheric. I highly recommend it.  Anywho, they did this here post on Great Expectations – the 1946 Charles Dickens adaptation – and it just looked so freaking cool.  So I put it on hold at ye olde library and in a couple weeks I was watching it.  What caught my eye was the kid – whatever his name is – snatching a big, round, pie thing from a cupboard and sharing it with some scruffy guy who called the big round thing a pork pie.  My mind and fingers flew as I read as much as I could about these pies, and thus became obsessed.  I finally decided to give it a go – and since I had plenty of ham left over from my sad sack/everyone including me was sick xmas feast – I used this recipe from a website that I freaking love, Historical Foods.  It includes boiled eggs, which I did not use – mostly cause I didn’t feel like it.  It was very easy, just a bit time consuming – but totally mother freaking worth it.  
So, as you can see here it is basically meat and pie.  That’s it.  A big ole glob of meat…and greasy ass pie crust – and boy oh boy is that not a bad thing.  
Oh, if there are any actual English people reading this you may want to skip over the next part – or you may start to cry.  
One aspect of the pork pie that is a bit odd for the likes of an American is that it is served cold.  It also has a bunch of gelatiny meat stock added to it so that when it is cold, in between the glob of meat and the crust, is a thick layer of gelatin.  Hmmm.  Not something that exactly makes me jump for joy.  I mean, I’ve had my fair share of gelled up meaty stuffs – having graduated from a culinary institute many many moons ago – and I don’t hate it, but it’s never been something on my A#1 list.  The recipe that I used from Historical Foods said that the gelatin action was optional – so I opted out.  Plus, when I took the pie out of the oven all this juice was bubbling out the hole in the top crust and all I could think of was all the fat that had rendered off that pork and sausage, so I sort of tipped the whole thing over and let it drain off (did I just hear a scream with an English accent off in the distance?).  THEN, I waited till the temp had dropped from 170 degrees to about 100 and I took it out of the baking dish and cut it open – and a whole bunch more juice ran out.  Now before any of you start rolling on the floor all red faced and tear stained I am telling you now that I do plan on making it the proper way at some point – but all that grease and meat jell-o was a bit much for me to take all at once up front and all.  So please refrain from leaving a comment that says something like “You barmy git!” or some such slanderous thing.  
I really couldn’t fathom my boyfriend eating a cold pork meatloaf inside of a pie crust – and that, my friends, is why I cut into it before bringing it down to the proper – refrigerated – temperature.  I ate my portion at roomish temp – and he nuked his in the microwave (please stop crying – I told you not to read this part).  But tonight – New Year’s Eve – I have sliced it up cold and have it sitting on a snack platter for us to enjoy while we watch  – well, at the moment it’s the last disc of the third season of Tales from the Darkside.  
So here is a close-up photo – so if you are English you can look back now, and if you are a non-meat eater you should probably avert your eyes.  The flash kept going off so I lazed out and photoshopped it – and it looks a little freakier  in the photo than it does in real life.  
By the way – IT IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!
So…all of you all, my legions of loyal readers, by now I’m guessing in the hundreds of thousands, you all must be wondering why I have abandoned you for so very, very long.  I don’t even know when my last post was.  Some time in November maybe?  Who knows.  I guess when the shinola hits the fanola the whole blogging thing moves lower and lower on my priority list.  But actually – I truly did try to do a post a few weeks ago – but my photos wouldn’t load – so I gave up.  It was about these really really cute santa fingerless gloves I was knitting (and finished! while neglecting all my other gift projects and my blog – ha HA!).  
Are they cute or are they cute!  I actually used two separate sources.  The Santa pattern I adapted from a sock pattern from this site – but for the life of me I can’t find the pattern on the site now!  Freaking freak.  And the glove pattern came from this pattern – only instead of making the fingers I just knit straight up until I feel like stopping.  I have used this exact same pattern to make about 5 pairs of fingerless gloves now – even one pair with the same plaid pattern of the original gloves.  Some of them have the half fingers and some are just mitten-style.  These Santa ones are super freaking warm too cause I used this mohair that I’ve had for years and never seem to be able to use up.  
I thought I’d post some pics of the xmas presents I made too – just so you can see all the ways in which I whiled away my time whilst neglecting my blog.
First off I made this scarf for a friend of mine.  It doesn’t look so hot in the photo – but it’s nice and soft and fluffy.
It’s just a basic knit-forever-and-ever stitch – which is nice when you are watching TV.
These next two items are embroidery things I did for a friend of mine who also happens to have her birthday on xmas day.  I did this cute little owl that is shopping on a shopping style bag for her b-day.
Once again, blogger is freaking out on me with the photos so I can’t show you the whole bag – just the owl part – but that’s cute enough all by itself.
I really like the way it turned out.  Snazzy.
Then I made her this dish towel with Robert Blake from Lost Highway.  She had commented on my This House Possessed dish towel that I had made for my sister a while back and I told her that I would make her a Robert Blake one – and I actually did it!  I was amazed too.  I didn’t want her to be too scared when she went into her kitchen, so I gave him a santa hat with a jingle bell sewed on.  
He looks a bit too happy – he’s supposed to look a little more menacing.  I guess I am just going to have to work at my menacing embroidery skillz.  

I also made my sister another embroidered dish towel – with little xmas pictures on it – but I forgot to take a picture of it.

I still have many horror houses I want to share with you, and lots and lots of weird old magazine ads, and more crafty goings on and foodstuffs to ponder – so don’t run away.  Come back….come back….
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