Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Hooking and book reviewing

 I’ve been working on my Woolen Memories rug, filling in the night sky and debating how much border to do and what shades… lights or darks…

The finished size is 36x38 but working that much border in is not my idea of fun. 

Our hooking group is supplying gift baskets for the end of May hook-in and collecting items that are local only has been challenging and fun. 
Reader and fellow blogger, Julia, donated jars of canned goodies from her gardens, one hooker gave her homemade soap, another fashioned a small penny mat, another donated regional wine.
Let’s just say that the winners will be very happy. 

As Spring arrives and summer makes suggestions of coming, I set my hook down more. Anything outdoors calls to me— walking, gardening, hanging clothes, bird watching…

I’ve thoroughly been enjoying an audiobook whilst I still hook; it’s Susan Cheever’s American Bloomsbury. Weaving the lives of the genius writers of 1840s Concord Mass., Cheevers brings life to the colourful characters: Louisa May Alcott, Emerson, Thoreau, Poe, Dickinson, Melville, Hawthorne and some lesser knowns. 
Lots of research went into the non-fiction tome. 
And if any of you have been to Concord, I think you’d agree that it’s very atmospheric with it’s air of history. I’ve been twice and if I’d seen Alcott in person, weeping over her sister’s grave I would not have been surprised.  

In 2013, I went on a 3 week tour of Greece. It was given by the university here and completed my credits for a degree. Greece is another place that oozes with history and intrigue. 
I’m reading A Thing of Beauty, Travels in Mythical and Modern Greece by Peter Fiennes. Have any of you read his other travel books? 

I’m typically a mystery reader and one book at a time, thank you very much. But I’ve discovered that I can read non-fiction simultaneously and not get confused. 

Lastly, for book club, I read 
The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margo by Marianne Cronin.
 Cronin is all of 31 and wrote with both finesse and an amazing understanding of chronic illness, though I’d say this novel was more humour than bleak. 

I’ve reserved A Lullaby for Witches by Hester Fox as the master’s student in the reading group is organizing a trip to Salem Mass. for Fall. She’s a studier of the witch trails and I’m the historical house nut, the others will be along for the wine. 
(Hawthorne’s great great grandfather, John Hathehorne, judged the trials and Nathaniel left Salem because of the lasting taint to his name.
He even changed his last name. )

So all books mentioned get my thumbs up. Minus the last which I’ve yet to read…

May you enjoy this month of daffodils and warming earth!


Saundra said...

I like how you hooked the buildings to look old. Wasn't quite sure what that blue motif was on the left of the walkway so went to woolen memories and saw it is a chair. That is one BIG rug and also like your night sky.

Julia said...

Your rug is looking lovely. I love memory rugs because they hold history. Your colors are working well together.

I've striped my beddings and hung laundry on the line this morning. It's such a beautiful day. I worked in the garden all afternoon yesterday and got my fix of sunshine that I needed so much but I'm taking advantage of the fine weather to do more planting today.

Your books all sound interesting. I only read late at night and usually, after a few pages my eyelids get heavy and I have to put the book down.

I'm looking forward to this evening with the group.


kcmrugs@gmail.com said...

Yes the chair is lost. I’ve hooked it twice and left it for later. I had lots of the heather colour and wanted to use it— not a purple fan but it’s toned down

NMK said...

Love how you are hooking this pretty pattern . Your colors are so pretty & it is a biggy !!!! Will be beautiful when you finish it !

Rugs and Pugs said...

Your rug is looking good. I love Woolen Memories patterns!!!
A trip to Greece sounds amazing. Lucky you!
I know Julia is enjoying your hooking get togethers. How nice you can finally share hooking time with others.

kcmrugs@gmail.com said...

Rug hooking really is wonderful to be shared in a group! I want to take hubby to Greece too someday. He’s an awesome organizer

kcmrugs@gmail.com said...

Thank you! It’s a 6 and 8 cut which is helpful to get ‘er done

kcmrugs@gmail.com said...

I too read only at night- unless it’s an audiobook. If I’ve been working hard outdoors my eyelids don’t stay open long either. See you soon

acorn hollow said...

I just read a fiction of Emerson interesting but not well written. I have read of other of that time. Interesting they should all be of the same mind and writing.

TheCrankyCrow said...

Your rug is coming along great....I've set my hook aside for a wee bit and picked up my needle again. (I chase squirrels a lot.) Wish I enjoyed audiobooks...I could do 2 things I love at the same time....but I have to have the written word in my hand. How amazing that you will get to visit Salem!! And having someone organize a trip for you is better yet. My grandmother and aunt (both 7x removed) were hanged in the trials (Mary Easty and Rebecca Nurse)...and a third sister, Sarah Cloyce, was accused and imprisoned but escaped death. Obviously I have read tons and tons and tons about that awful period of our history....both fiction and non...but have yet to make it there. ~Robin~

kcmrugs@gmail.com said...

My book casts Emerson as the money who backed the other writers while not being the best writer himself. He would beg writer friends to move to Concord then pay their rents. So, an intentional community. Is that accurate with your book?

kcmrugs@gmail.com said...

So I guess you’re not a fan of Nathaniel Hawthorne? Bad joke. Driving up and down the east coast so much we’ve driven by Salem but never stopped. I’m
going to look up your relatives. So sad. Would you recommend your fav reads to me? Fic and non-fic?

TheCrankyCrow said...

I have oodles of favorites.... I'll write down a list for you....