Yarn Along is a wonderful link-up -- hosted by the Small Things blog every Wednesday -- about two of the best things in life: reading and knitting!
Reading: Richard Paul Evans' latest Christmas novel, "The Mistletoe Inn." It's hardly award-winning literature, but it's short, easy and festive -- just right for this time of year. Since last week's Yarn Along I finished "The Great Christmas Knit-Off" by Alexandra Brown (surprisingly good), "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates (a thought-provoking look at race), and "Saga" volume 2 (just as weird and addicting as volume 1). I'm thinking I might try to squeeze in one more holiday book before Christmas. Any recommendations?
Knitting: I'm cheating a bit here; I finished up the Slouchy Copy Cat Hat for my Bookish Secret Santa swap partner on Sunday and I haven't started a new project yet. So I'm featuring the cute little owls I made last winter. I gave most of them away, but these three stayed with us and they perch on our bookshelves most of the year and in our Christmas tree during December. They were so much fun to knit up, a perfect way to use up pretty pieces of scrap yarn, and endlessly customizable. One of these days I'll make more of them. The pattern is Owl Puffs on Ravelry. (P.S. Have you seen the clearance sheep t-shirts on Ravelry with the slight misprint? They're so cute, and I'm pretty sure I need one!)