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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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