Over Thanksgiving weekend, my mum and I baked our Christmas fruitcake. The recipe is my grandmother’s and you’re supposed to bake it way ahead of when you want to eat it, and baste it with alcohol every week. Right before Christmas we’ll add a layer of marzipan and a layer of royal icing. It’s such a big cake that it takes 4-6 hours to bake, so we finished late into the evening. I always hear people complaining about fruitcake, but this one is really delicious. It’s always our first Christmas baking of the year and now I can’t wait to decorate for Christmas… only a few more months! (Although I have a lot of knitting to do in that time!). If you’re also impatiently waiting for the holiday season to start, you can see all of last year’s Christmas posts here.
What are your feelings about fruitcake? Love or hate?
The weather around here has been pretty grey lately… lots of rain. I actually quite like fall weather but it does get a bit tiresome after a few weeks. At least I’ve got knitting that matches the weather! I’ve just finished the first few rows of the baby cardigan I mentioned yesterday. I’m making it for my cousin’s baby who was born at the end of September. I’m making the 3-6 month size, because I won’t be seeing her until Christmas, so hopefully it’ll fit then. The yarn is Begere de France Caline in a really pretty grey, and it’s so soft! Like I said in yesterday’s post- since the yarn is so plain, I want some nice buttons to make the cardigan really special- do you have any suggestions?
I’m still working my way through Lord of the Flies (by William Golding) and The Beggar’s Garden (by Michael Christie). I’m enjoying both of these… hopefully I’ll be able to read a bit more of the short story collection this week. Most of my reading time right now is being eaten up by academic readings.
What have you been knitting and reading this week?
I finally finished the sweater, just in time for a baby to make her appearance! I packed it up and sent it to the US at Thanksgiving, and let me tell you, the tiny, cute sweater is even cuter on a baby. (And, by some miracle, it fits.)
Now I’ve got to get started on another cardigan for another baby who made her appearance a few weeks ago! I’m going to make a little grey cardi with a decorative yoke in a soft grey yarn. (Rav link). Since the cardigan will be so simple, I think it will need some special buttons… any suggestions?
As promised, these are my September socks for Liesl’s sock challenge! I actually knit the part first sock during our camping trip to Presqu’ile Provincial Park at the end of August, thinking that I would start the challenge then, but moving got in the way so I’m counting these as my September pair.
The pattern is my favourite basic sock pattern and the yarn is Lana Grossa Meillenweit. The colourway was perfect for our camping trip… it reminded me of the colours of the fossil beach at the park. I still have some photos from that trip that I could hare but they’re very summery… would you still like to see camping photos or are you through with summer?
In the (hopefully triumphant?) return of the weekly knitting posts, this week, I’ve been…
Knitting :: My October socks for Liesl’s sock challenge! I finished my September socks last month and I’ll be sharing photos of them later this week. The October socks are another pair of my favourite plain sock pattern and the yarn is Lana Grossa Meilenweit. I love this colourway… it might be my favourite self-striping colourway ever.
Reading :: The Birth House by Ami McKay. This is a historical fiction novel based in Nova Scotia about a young midwife, and I’m loving it so far! I’m reading it on my kindle when I have a moment between classes or waiting in line somewhere, so it’s going a bit slowly, but I can’t wait to finish it!
Lord of the Flies by William Golding. This is one of the classics that I somehow missed out on reading in high school. I’ve just begun, but I keep hearing such strong reactions to this book that I’m excited to see what I think of it.
First, happy thanksgiving! (It’s Canadian thanksgiving this weekend, for those who live south of the border and are thoroughly confused). I hope you all have a lovely weekend enjoying the chilly fall weather and eating delicious food. We celebrated a day early since my dad will be away for the rest of the weekend.
Secondly- thank you for sticking around even though I haven’t been posting as much as I’d like lately. The truth is I’m struggling to squeeze blogging in with everything else I’m doing. This space is important to me, though, so I’m going to keep trying to make it work!
Knitting :: A simple pair of socks for Liesl’s Monthly Sock Challenge. I was going to try to do a pair for the challenge in August, but it ended up being a really busy month, so I’m starting the challenge in September instead. The pattern is my current favourite plain sock pattern, Plain Vanilla Socks by Keri McKiernan.
Reading :: The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides. I’ve heard that both this book and the film adaptation are fascinating and well written, so I’m giving it a try even though the premise isn’t the happiest. I’m only a few chapters in, but it’s quite captivating so far, and the narrative voice is really interesting.
Enjoying :: Having a backyard at my apartment this year… such pretty light for pictures and so nice to have some outside space!
What have you been knitting and reading this week?
A few weeks ago I went to G’s new apartment for a couple of days to help paint her room (a bright yellow!). We also squeezed in a quick visit to G’s cottage with her adorable dog Henry. It was such a beautiful day and Henry is so much fun to play with! It’s been such a strange summer here in terms of weather that I really loved when it was sunny and warm… hopefully a chillier summer isn’t a sign of things to come for this winter. Was this summer colder than usual for all of you as well?