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: Yesterday I finally finished "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell" by Susanna Clarke. After almost 800 pages and two weeks of immersion in the highly atmospheric world of English magic in the nineteenth century, I feel a little bereft without it -- even thought I was soooo ready to be done with the book. Last night I read the first couple pages of "Fates and Furies" by Lauren Groff, a book I've been waiting to get in from the library for a while. It's gotten so much publicity, and even President Obama loved it. We shall see!
Knitting: The mermaid tail blanket I'd been working on for the past few weeks is finished and I was considering casting on for the little stuffed black bear I mentioned last week. And then yesterday inspiration struck -- maybe, just maybe, the time has finally come to finish a WIP from TWO YEARS AGO -- a felted heart garland meant to be for Valentine's Day (in 2014).
I'm usually pretty good about finishing my projects, but for some reason I knit up nine hearts, then left them in a drawer in the coffee table for two years. Instead of knitting more hearts, I decided to just go ahead and sew up, stuff and felt the ones I already made. I got them sewn and stuffed last night while watching "Downton Abbey" (by myself) and "Straight Outta Compton" (with my husband) and they'll go in the washer for felting today.
ETA: The pattern (here) is Felted Heart Milagros by Mags Kandis.