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