Not that you can’t read creepy books in bright hot sunny weather — I have read two of them so far in the challenge under these difficult circumstances — but cold and gray is better.
Jamie had recommended E.F. Benson’s ghost stories, but his collection is out of print, so I went with Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories, which includes a highly philosophical piece by Benson.
Howling winds would have been a nice touch, but I was so happy to have some distinctly fall weather that I was not going to quibble about a thing like that.
We don’t have much color in the leaves yet, but I do like these beautiful bright berries. I particularly like the way they are intertwined with the last of the honeysuckle blossoms. Once the last bouquet of roses fades, I will cut some of these for the house.
In any case, by the time I got home from church it was seriously raining, and getting chilly as well.
So we made a fire and I curled up in the recliner with my knitting. The guys were watching sports and playing games and my husband and the dogs and the cat all took the chance for a bit of a snooze in the firelight. The picture shows how far I got with the Log Cabin Sock before I ran out of yarn.
This does not bode well for the timely completion of these Socktober socks. They are being knitted of Wool-ease sport weight, which is hard to find in my neck of the woods. I will have to search around this morning and see if I can come up with some. And then of course I will have nearly an entire skein of it left, in case I want to make another identical pair.
Since I came to the end of the yarn nearly simultaneously with the end of the book, I was tempted to begin re-reading Gulliver’s Travels for Knitting the Classics, and cast on for something Lilliputian or something Brobdingnagian, those being the obvious choices for a Gulliver knit, but the thought of all my WIPs, some of them having deadlines, dissuaded me. I think that the only way I will get a KTC project done this month is if Gulliver has a log cabin reference or an important sock scene which I have forgotten.
Speaking of deadlines, I have fallen pretty severely behind on the HGP (Holiday Grand Plan). This is the week for cleaning the kitchen, and my kitchen is in grave need of a thorough cleaning, so I think I will get that done. I have a batch of molasses cookies in the oven (with apple-walnut muffins for breakfast) right now, so I will have this week’s goodies for the freezer. I’ve been keeping up with the buying of gifts and making some progress on the hand-made gifts as well. But there are areas of the house that did not get cleaned on schedule, I missed the time to buy or make Christmas cards, my freezer is not filled with things as it should be, and I actually never even looked at last week’s list, so I am behind in ways I don’t even know about.
Fortunately for those of us who have not kept up with the HGP properly, the second chance — also known as the Christmas Countdown — begins at the same website on October 22. This is a six-week compressed preparation, still better than trying to do everything in December.
Not only am I behind with the HGP, but I am not making much progress on my fact-checking assignment either. Neither of these things makes me regret having spent yesterday afternoon with my family and ghost stories before the fire, though. There is always a question of priorities.