The weather turned hot and humid this past weekend, so work on my wool tote bag came to a screeching halt. I am that Mom that once the air conditioner is turned off, it stays off. That meant I had to find a muggy weather friendly knit that fit with the season.
Coincidentally, I got out my autumn decor (limited as it is) this past weekend. A few years ago, I knit a candy corn dish cloth, but when I pulled it out this year, I realized it was time to retire that one and knit a new one.
This is a free pattern and a quick knit! I even had the right cotton yarn in my stash, but then again, I have lots of cotton yarn because dish cloths. I also have a pumpkin dish cloth pattern I've never made; if this weather continues, stay tuned for that one in the weeks to come!
In book news, I also turned to season appropriate reading with Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride. While I have a decent TBR pile from the library, I wasn't inspired to start any of them this weekend, so I took a stroll through the young adult section at my library. During our summer reading discussions of All the Light We Cannot See at school, a number of students recommended Beyond Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys as a much better book. After picking that one up, I stumbled upon both Hold Me Closer, Necromancer and it's sequel, Necromancing the Stone on a nearby shelf.
If you love 80s music (even better if you lived through that decade), you'll love the chapter titles in this book. The first is "Dead Man's Party" and it just goes on from there. The story follows Sam, a 20-something college dropout who works at a fast food restaurant in Seattle. Little does he know, he was born a necromancer but was "bound" by his mother (a witch) and uncle (another necromancer) at birth. This prevented the local necromancer, aka a Mercedes driving bad guy, to notice Sam in his territory.
Add a strong female lead in a hybrid werewolf/fey named Brid and you have a super fun read for this time of year! Because it's young adult, the content is scary along the lines of Stranger Things and Goonies rather than true R rated horror (and that's just how I like my scary stories). I started this Saturday and the only reason I didn't finish it last night is because I couldn't keep my eyes open, but I'm going to finish it this afternoon right after school.
It's that good. If you're feeling the need to feed your love of fall, you won't go wrong knitting up a candy corn dish cloth while reading about the adventures of a slacker necromancer. Enjoy!
Today I'm joining a new link party, The Really Crafty Link Party along with Nicole at the Keep Calm Craft On link party. On Wednesdays, I participate in the Yarn Along on Ginny Sheller's blog. Please join us either by contributing a link to your fibery work in progress and current read and / or by checking out the posts to the link parties. You may find your next book or project waiting for you!