Yarn Along is a wonderful weekly link-up hosted by Ginny of the Small Things blog about two of the best things in life: books and knitting.
Last night I finished Colson Whitehead's ubiquitous "The Underground Railroad," a hard-hitting but accessible portrait of slavery in which the underground railroad is reimagined as an actual railroad. It was a good read -- though not quite as spectacular as I had assumed given the hype -- and a very timely reminder given the conversation about race relations in our country.
Next up is "A Fatal Grace," the second book in Louise Penny's Inspector Armand Gamache mystery series set in a small town in Quebec. I read the first book almost a whole year ago and I've been meaning to continue the series ever since. At Yarn Along time last week, I was reading Kate Morton's "The Forgotten Garden," and I ended up completely loving it!
After a bit of a knitting drought, my needles have seen a flurry of activity the past week! I've been pondering the idea of opening an Etsy shop to sell my knitted goods, and the first step in that direction is designing some patterns. I made two hats this week and started a third. The plan for the red hat is a tubular band that I'll Kitchener together, then I'll pick up stitches around the top and knit the body, which will have a complimentary cable panel. I bought that gorgeous red tweed-y yarn on clearance from KnitPicks over the summer and I've been waiting for the right project for it. I love how it's working up!