When I bought the yarn for the Cursed Bayou Socks I also bought a second colorway. I didn't expect Heart & Sole to be much different from Heart & Sole With Aloe and I'm still not sure whether to blame my fingers or the yarn. I'm not dropping stitches and the stripes are pretty instead of annoying, but the yarn has an awful tendency to split and unravel while I'm kitting with it.
Along with the knitting there's been reading...
Cherry Tucker and Hogzilla -- what more could a fan of Larissa Reinhart's books ask for? The fifth book in the series, The Body in the Landscape, has Cherry tagging along on a competitive hunt for a giant feral hog. She's been hired by Max Avtaikin to paint the portrait of the winner and the dead pig. It seems like a good opportunity to earn some money and she's even got free time for some plein air painting... until she finds the first body. That death may or may not have been an accident, but someone is determined to sabotage the hunt and possibly to kill one of the hunters. The books in this series are always fun and this one kept me guessing.
I enjoyed Dark Inspiration, a haunted house novel by Russell James. Doug and Laura Locke move from the city to Galaxy Farm, unaware of the house's bloody past. Doug is preoccupied with the taxidermy he discovers in a locked attic and his wife is enchanted by ghostly twins who play with her in the room that was once their nursery. The two of them are experiencing completely different hauntings and each is keeping what they know secret from the other. The book starts out slowly, but by the end I was hooked.
The publishers provided me with ARCs. This post is linked to Patchwork Times and Yarn Along.