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Sweater Progress

This last month I have found quite a bit of time for knitting, quilting and reading. Having the boys back in school has freed up some of my time during the week. I move through my household tasks faster and have fewer daytime meals to make, so that leaves a bit more time for me to sit and sew or knit. I did find myself ripping out some rows again from my sweater. I did not read the directions well enough when beginning on the short rows for the shoulder shaping, so it was totally my fault. But I made good progress regardless. I am about four rows shy of finishing the front body and will just have the shoulder shaping on the back of the sweater to do before I start the sleeves. I can't believe how well it is moving along.
Our little kitten Cookie was spayed this month (which is why she has a cone on in the pic above), and it has not slowed down her interest in my yarn stash or knitting needles. Lately when I come home from running errands, we have found balls of yarn unwound throughout the house. She also sits on the back of the couch while I knit and tries to grab or bite my knitting needles. It's cute the first few times, but then gets a tad frustrating. Thankfully kittens are not much different from toddlers....they are easily redirected to something else that will hold their attention so you can get back to doing what you were doing.
When I met up with my friend Heather from Quilts on the Fly for our monthly quilting day, I had decided to bring along a blue and white snowflake quilt I had started a few years back. All of the pieces had been cut and a few blocks were pieced as well. The quilt had originally been destined for my mother-in-law, but I ended up making a different quilt for her. I have decided to finish this quilt and keep it for a winter throw. It's funny to sit at our dining room table, looking out the window at the fall sunshine and imagine that in a couple of months it will be cold enough to really need a warm quilt. I have three more blocks to piece and then I will be able to pull the top together. It should go quickly from there.
I read a few different books this month. The first was a fiction book based on a true event in history my friend had recommended. The Golden Hour by Beatriz Williams is a book about, "The stories of two unforgettable women thread together in this extraordinary epic of espionage, sacrifice, human love, and human courage, set against a shocking true crime . . . and the rise and fall of a legendary royal couple." Typically I like historical fiction and books that go back and forth between who is narrating and what time period the story is in, but this one didn't seem to meld all of that together well enough. I did like the twist at the end, but overall it wasn't a huge hit for me.
A book I am currently reading is Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things by Amy Dickinson. Dickinson's book is a memoir recommended to me by Tracy of Garden Cook Eat Repeat. I love to read memoirs. I love how they are a peek into other people's lives, different time periods, and often take a look at what we might consider an ordinary life but preserve it for others to read. From reading some reviews online, I know that this book will take a sad turn when the author discusses the grief experienced when her mother passed away but I am not to that point yet. It may be a timely read for me as the mothers of two of my friends passed away this last month. Maybe reading about someone else's experience with grief and the loss of a parent will help me understand a little more what my friends are experiencing right now, or know how to be the friend they need during this. 
And just for fun, and because I LOVE all things Laura Ingalls Wilder, I am reading The Little House Cookbook: Frontier Foods from Laura Ingalls Wilder's Classic Stories by Barbara M. Walker. This is an enjoyable book to flip through. I don't know that I will make any of the recipes from it (I have no current plans to hunt Mallard ducks or starlings), but it is interesting none the less. I love the combination of history, excerpts and illustrations from the Little House books and the recipes. If I make a few, I will be sure to let you know!
Here is where I leave you. How has your fall season treated you? Have you found more time for making things with your hands or reading? I hope you have!

Linking with Ginny's monthly Yarn Along


  1. I love Laura Ingalls Wilder! I remember reading - repeatedly - her books when I was growing up. I wanted to live that kind of life when I was a little girl. I had no idea there was a cookbook, though. I'll have to check it out. The stories themselves would make it worth the read. I love a cookbook that is also "a good read." Which just made me think of this one... LOL. It's actually really amusing. It's called: Being Dead Is No Excuse: The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral, by Gayden Metcalfe and Charlotte Hays. I don't know how it came across my radar, but it landed on my bookshelf a few years back. I don't believe, however, that I have made one recipe from the book.

    I'm so glad you picked up "Strangers Tend..." - I hope you like it. (And thank you for the blog shout out! Much appreciated!) It's one of those books that I keep coming back to. Maybe it's because she writes about some of my fears that I have in relation to my own parents. It's strange and difficult watching parents age and sometimes falter. I don't believe I've handled it well, myself. I often just don't know what to do. I'm sorry to learn of your friends' losses. I hope they find peace.

    Oh, how I miss the cat chaos (sometimes)! Our boys are gone now (they took our hearts) and I love reading about other people's furballs. Your Cookie sounds like a bit of a mischief-maker! :-)

    Enjoy your time at home to yourself. Sounds like you have plenty of (hopefully fun) tasks to attend to. Keep us posted on the sweater - and the blue and white quilt!

    Have a wonderful weekend! :-)

    1. Oh, yes, Cookie is all mischief. But despite all of the mischief, we love having her. This summer our sweet kitty Lollipop disappeared (we think she get in a fight with a neighborhood raccoon and didn't survive). We posted signs, asked all of our neighbors and looked everywhere for her. After a month of Lolli not returning home, a neighbor had two kittens she was trying to find homes for so we decided to bring Cookie into our home. She certainly can't replace Lollipop, but oddly she does a few things that remind me of Lolli. I still keep an eye out for our pretty gray kitty and hope that she comes home, but I don't know how likely it is that she comes home. My husband says that he pretends she stumbled upon a home where they feed her all of her favorite goodies and treat her like a princess ;) It is so, so hard to care for and love a pet and then have them go missing or pass away. I am sorry about your own losses. Pets sure can wiggle their ways into our hearts.
      I hope you have a great weekend. My youngest and I are going to visit my mom! Making the bagels your husband posted is on my 'to do' list for next weekend!!!