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it is our second dreary day in a row here, but the rain is much needed. mn has been in a state of drought so far this spring.
i am looking forward to the burning ban being lifted. our woodpile is huge.
also i need to get going planting seedlings.
the MIL has started bell peppers and tomatoes for me, which is quite excellent. i am looking forward to upside-down tomatoes again.
somehow it just feels geekier to me to grow them that way and i appreciated that as well as the wonderful fresh tomatoes.

susan moved out while i was gone without telling a soul. actually that is pretty understandable since i was at a funeral and ross is always working these days. i think she feels more comfortable at her parent's place given that she doesn't currently have a steady job. and with me not around, the house must have seemed very lonely.

i slept almost all of friday. the vicodin (hydrocodone)hits me so hard and so fast. it's funny, i was on it when i was in college and had my wisdom teeth out, but it never put me to sleep. it just made my head so foggy i couldn't think straight in class. ross says it makes me snore. he's lucky i only took it the one night. :)
after something like 18 hours of sleep i went to my spinning group sat. morning. i didn't bring my wheel though. it's only 15 lbs, but i didn't want to take any real risks. i did buy a drop spindle though, from elise's husband john, who hand turns them on his lathe. he does excellent work. the spindle i got is made with a maple shaft (also hand-turned) and cocobolo wood, which is a lovely rich red with black grain marks. i should have taken a picture of it, but i didn't. still, this is a good example of the grain.

then i met up with corrin and her mom at the textile center. they were having their annual garage sale. i got a bunch of scraps of cordoroy and velvet for $1, that i am fantasizing about making into patchwork pants. we'll see.

sunday i went to the knitting group at knitter's palette in lakeville. it's a hike for me, but the people are always SO nice there. i try to get there at least a couple times a year.i got some exquisite roving from ashland bay and a skein of red and brown trekking hand art to make this hat out of. i think it will be awesome.

this is lovely soft gotland roving. hard to get in the states.
it was prettier before i turned my back on the kittens just as they discovered the loved the smell.

this is extra fleece my friend renee gave me. i think it might be romney, but i don't remember without asking her (it's driving me nuts!). as you can see it is quite dirty, but it's got lovely crimp and i'm looking forward to coming it once i get my mini-combs at shepherd's harvest next month.

this is the yarn that will become the hat.

this is the progress that is happening with the winter twilight mitts. i love them. too bad they are WAY to warm for this weather.

and this is the luscious ashland bay colonial roving that i just HAD to get. it is amazingly soft and was very reasonably priced. less than $16 for 8 oz! and you see i am taking a lace spinning class at shepherd's harvest and this is just CRYING to become a shawl. i will need to find an appropriate pattern.

susan came and hung out with me and worked on a paper for school. i know she is wanting company so she doesn't feel lonely with the break-up, but_I_ appreciate it because it keeps me from feeling lonely too. and i'm relaxed enough around her that i don't feel like i always have to be the gracious hostess. i am alternating a lot between relishing my down-time and celebrating my ability to plan whatever the hell i want with whoever is available. it will wear off in a week and i will just miss ross, but it's kind of nice for now.

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Date: 2009-04-20 06:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashoe.livejournal.com
I wanna snuggle the yarn.

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Date: 2009-04-20 08:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 2eclipse.livejournal.com
i have to tell you i understand. i am constantly trying not to wreck my fiber by rolling in it or getting it all sweaty by stuffing in in my bra.

also yesterday i re-watched the 10th kingdom and thought of you.

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Date: 2009-04-21 11:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sidhebear.livejournal.com
Stuffing it in your...HAHA

Okay, the mental image of loose yarn sprouting in all directions from underneath your clothing is hilarious and has given me an idea:

Halloween costume -- a yarn-stuffed scarecrow propped up on gigantic knitting needles. I'm not sure what you'd make the knitting needles out of, but depending on the weather you could stuff yourself with more or less yarn and do stints as a porch prop while handing out candy. cheesecloth "sack" for a head would allow plenty of visibility and airflow and you could paint it up like a scarecrow as well...hrm...costume needs more geeky knitting references....

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Date: 2009-04-21 01:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 2eclipse.livejournal.com
you could make the needles out of those inflatable crayola crayons they used to sell.
and you could hang row counters and stitch markers from the hat....but what would be really funny would be to forget the scarecrow part of it and just dress up as a yarn stash. :) everything could be just as messy as you please and you could make the costume by fastening a lot of cheapo yarn to a sack.

the costume i've been wanting to do for years though, would be to get ross to dress as merlin qua sword-in-the-stone and have me dressed as mad madam mimm!

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Date: 2009-04-20 07:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] plsurkity.livejournal.com
ooh, the twilight mits are amazing!

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Date: 2009-04-20 08:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 2eclipse.livejournal.com
thank you.
they are SO soft, but way too warm to wear just now.
the closer i get to finishing the more my ego swells because i think _I_ dyed them and they came out just as i wanted. :) i am very lucky.

anyway, as i said to [livejournal.com profile] silvertongue1 these are super easy to knit. you should make some!

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Date: 2009-04-20 08:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] plsurkity.livejournal.com
i've actually had them in my ravelry que for some time now. :) i'm still working on some socks, but other than that, i'm trying not to take on any new stuff until after the wedding.

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Date: 2009-04-20 08:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 2eclipse.livejournal.com
that makes sense.
how's that coming?

also i found out we have a mutual friend! selkieb (ravid and lj i believe) says she's chatted with you re: your peacock veil.
she's in my monthly spinning group and speaks very highly of you!

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Date: 2009-04-20 10:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] plsurkity.livejournal.com
oh, cool! that's pretty awesome.

the wedding goes slowly but surely. if you want to, you can follow along on the blog (hosted via lj) at www.tonksknitsweddings.com

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Date: 2009-04-20 08:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] silvertongue1.livejournal.com
The twi!mitts are gorgeous!!!!! They look like the wing venation on a blue spicebush swallowtail butterfly, or a blue morpho.
Yes, I see insects everywhere.

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Date: 2009-04-20 08:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 2eclipse.livejournal.com
teehee. ya know i never would have thought of looking at them that way. :)

anyway you should make some of these! they are tons of fun.

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Date: 2009-04-25 09:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keisolo.livejournal.com

Okay. The more I see of this stuff, the more I want to know how and have the access to the things I would need to do it. So many warm fuzzy memories.

Mrfing purrs. Which are weird and relatively unheard of.

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Date: 2009-04-27 02:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 2eclipse.livejournal.com
like i said, i will be HAPPY to teach you. :)
(really any excuse to hang out with you).
and i can imagine mrfing purrs Quite easily.
i'm pretty sure my cats do that regularly.


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