I received this lovely new stack of books for my birthday this weekend from my parents and Brian & Maddie. I jumped right into How to Keep a Naturalist's Notebook and Maddie is reading along with me in spots. It is quite good and I've picked up some tips already! We need a trip to the art supply store now. I also read through An Unexpected Cookbook which is based on foods from The Hobbit. That is a lot of fun! There are notes about Tolkein's life and how he planned out The Shire sprinkled throughout the book. I think the food in there is a once in a while treat for sure! Hobbits do like their taters, bacon and cheese. I will get into the rest as time goes on. I need to savor them a bit! I am also reading Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver. I needed a book set in summer for the library reading club bingo card and it sounded good. I have enjoyed it so far but am only about 125 pages in or so.
In knitting I am working on the Spindrift Shawl and enjoying it. Its been good for knitting while watching TV or talking because it is long rows with just some fiddly bits at the ends. My ravelry notes are here. I am also working on some socks and another bear for the Mother Bear Project. Brian and Maddie gave me a lovely new basket that I am keeping the bear supplies in. Now it will be easy to pick it up and work on the bear when I like!