" 'Oh my', she exclaims, her breath smoking the windowpane, 'it's fruitcake weather!' "
A Christmas Memory Truman Capote 1958
"It's always the same: a morning arrives in November, and my friend, as though officially inaugurating the Christmas time of year that exhilarates her imagination and fuels the blaze of her heart, announces:'It's fruitcake weather! Fetch our buggy. Help me find my hat...we've thirty cakes to bake.' "
When I was sousing the fruit for the Christmas Cake I remembered A Christmas Memory, a gentle short story by Truman Capote. So I rooted about in one of the bookshelves and found a copy of Breakfast At Tiffany's and sure enough towards the back there were three more stories, and one of them was A Christmas Memory. So that's what I've been reading. It's actually the story of seven year old Capote's relationship with his, sixty-odd year old distant cousin, Sook. She is his best friend. They are both innocents enjoying a wonderful friendship, having adventures paddling barefoot across a freezing river to find a Christmas tree and foraging nuts to make Christmas cakes for their neighbours...but interestingly not everyone, but those on the edge of society, just like Sook and Buddy...Oh and one for the president! A perfect friendship.
As for knitting...I lost one of my favourite mustard and grey wrist-warmers despite re-walking my route...a little Jack Russel terrior had taken a liking to my orange and grey ones and pinched one, but I got it back ...so I have an idea where my mustard one might be. I tried to find similar wool and the closest was Rowan Pure Wool in Barley. Not quite so vibrant but a nice kind of subtle, dirty yellow. (Maybe that was my punishment for keeping some of the stocking fillers for myself! )
I made myself another pair, plus a couple for others and H requested these colourful ones...with strict instructions about having a cable that was a different colour than the rest. I hope these will be ok.
Still at least one more scarf and pair of wristwarmers and leg warmers and another hopsalot slippers to make before next week...hopefully I'll get them all done in time...
..I'm going to catch up with what others are reading and making over here...why not come along too?