I am also making some quick handwarmers for gifts. Have one done, am about 1/3rd of the way on the 2nd one. These will be for my sister-in-law. She is not a person who likes very bright colors so the grey is perfect. It is hard when you are a person who loves color to make something on the blander side. My favorite colors are red and purple, hers would be brown and gray.
I was trying to find the link to the pattern but can't find it, it is very easy. Knit in the round. Cast on 55 stitches. Knit 3, purl 2, repeat. Complete 40 rows in this pattern. Knit in pattern back and forth for 10 rows to make the hole for the thumb. Rejoin and knit in the round for 10 rows. Bind off. Weave in ends. Honestly I don't remember what yarn this is but I think it was probably from Hobby Lobby. It was left over from making a pair of socks. There will still be some left over which I think I will probably just start some left-over socks, whatever is left over will be knit together. Should be interesting what I end up with, interesting or ugly, time will tell.
As far as reading I am still working on Minding Frankie. It is a good book but I am having more fun knitting right now so it is not progressing very quickly..
I am joining Ginny at Small Things for her Yarn Along. It is a great place to get ideas, I love to check out what others are making.