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In my mailbox tonight: gorgeous handspuns (and extras) from Black Sheep Goods

And playing around with patterned yarns and brioche knitting. The grey side will be striped, starting with alternating medium greys; the stripes alternate getting lighter or darker until the final pair are very pale, almost white, and charcoal. The side that's currently blues and greens is going to progress to yellows, oranges, pinks, purples and back to blues.
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I've just posted a new book list over at catdesk. Enjoy!!! This entry was originally posted at https://jlsjlsjls.dreamwidth.org/1385092.html. Please comment here or there (using OpenID), whichever is most convenient for you.

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From today's Calgary Spring Fibre Festival! All locally dyed, hand painted and/or spun. Top L-R: Two skeins of Red Neck Goat Ranch Hand Painted 100% Wool and two skeins of Cloud 9 Fiberworks Cirrostratus Worsted (100% SK Dorset Wool) in "That Old Chestnut" and "Toil and Trouble" colourways. Bottom L-R: One skein Red Fox Fibres Blackstone DK (100% Merino) in "All Dyed Up & No Place To Go" colourway (which is a darker teal than it appears in the photo, bought this as a contrast to the orange, yellow & brown skeins I bought from them at the Fibre Shindig earlier this year), one skein Nomad Fibreworks Handspun (Merino Wool/Blue Face Leicester Wool/Corriedale Wool/Silk/"etc.") named "Campfire" (bought this from the Alberta Yarn Project booth and the folk there told me this skein had actually been spun by the Jenn the Fibre Goddess … figures that I would be attracted to her yarns even when they're in disguise), and three skeins of Over The Moon Yarn Sub Atomic DK in "Mars Rover" colourway. This entry was originally posted at https://jlsjlsjls.dreamwidth.org/1384313.html. Please comment here or there (using OpenID), whichever is most convenient for you.

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A few items may have followed me home from the Spring Fibre Shindig today … This entry was originally posted at https://jlsjlsjls.dreamwidth.org/1383500.html. Please comment here or there (using OpenID), whichever is most convenient for you.

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Finally bound this off about a week ago with two grams of yarn to spare. And now it's washed, blocked, and ready to wear to the Spring Fibre Shindig next weekend; first booth I'm heading for is the Fibre Goddess who spun this yarn so she can see the final result of her labour (she recognized and pounced on me at the last Fall Shindig, asking if the shawl was finished yet; all spinners and dyers love to see what's been made from their yarns) Pattern is Atalanta Sideways by Åsa Tricosa, yarn is an unnamed one-of-a-kind handspun (50% Merino Wool/50% Silk) by Fibre Goddess. 170 centimetres from tip to tip. Ravelry project page with my notes and in-progress photos. This entry was originally posted at https://jlsjlsjls.dreamwidth.org/1383342.html. Please comment here or there (using OpenID), whichever is most convenient for you.

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I've just posted a new book list over at catdesk. Enjoy!!!
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Turns out to be those same needles too as they are the size I need for the new thing as well. New thing being Hunter Hammersen's pure genius reversible cables. Pure genius because while regular cables look good on one side of the knitting and unattractive on the other (which is why they're really only suitable for sweaters, mittens, hats, socks, and other garments on only sees one side of) and reversible cables (up until now) look the same on both sides (making them good for scarves and shawls), Hunter has come up with reversible cables that are different on each side and produced hat and fingerless mitten patterns that can be worn either way out. The problem is, as she has pointed out, making up your mind which side you want to have showing. Since both sides are lovely, with soft wavy cables on one side and angular cables on the other, I've opted to figure out how to knit her in-the-round instructions flat (with her enthusiastic encouragement) and am making a scarf so that both cables can be visible at the same time. So far, so good … Yarn is Indigodragonfly's MCN Sport (80% superwash merino wool/10% cashmere/10%nylon) in "Canoe Up To The Beer Store" colourway. Lovely changeable-with-the-light colourway; top photo taken with the sun out, bottom photo taken with sun gone behind thin cloud. This entry was originally posted at https://jlsjlsjls.dreamwidth.org/1382739.html. Please comment here or there (using OpenID), whichever is most convenient for you.

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I've finished my Béton Brut shawl! Pattern is by Karie Westermann; yarn is Vivid Yarn Studio,s Yak Sock (yarn has been discontinued) in "Concrete Jungle" colourway. This entry was originally posted at https://jlsjlsjls.dreamwidth.org/1382480.html. Please comment here or there (using OpenID), whichever is most convenient for you.

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How time flies by when you're huddled away from the dangerous weather. Seriously, we had two weeks of abnormal cold warnings. Which isn't, in itself, unusual. But usually in late December or anytime in January. In February is a bit weird. Ah well, at least things finally started warming up to safe-to-expose-your-skin-to-the-air-for-a-few-minutes temperatures this week. And to celebrate, since I booked today off work, I went to a yarn shop that I hadn't been to for a longish while. And of course didn't leave empty-handed. Left to right: Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles in "Hurricane" and "Pucker" colourways and Merino DK in "Oracle" and "Boombox" colourways. Intend to use these two pairs in two-colour brioche projects; no specific patterns chosen yet but I've seen the Hedgehog dyer's brioche designs using her wild/speckled colours and they look fantastic. Below: Manos Del Uruguay Fino in "Filigree" colourway, which I plan to use as a bright contrast with the "Inkwell" and "Garnet Brooch" colourways already in my stash. And a skein of Schachenmayr Regia City Streets sock yarn with a boring number as a colourway name, but an interesting spiral stripe patterning according to the image on the label. This entry was originally posted at https://jlsjlsjls.dreamwidth.org/1382229.html. Please comment here or there (using OpenID), whichever is most convenient for you.

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I've just posted the first book list for 2019 over at catdesk. Enjoy!!! This entry was originally posted at https://jlsjlsjls.dreamwidth.org/1382066.html. Please comment here or there (using OpenID), whichever is most convenient for you.

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And, of course, knitting happened, since it's the perfect portable entertainment for trips. "Béton Brut" shawl traveled with me, grew significantly, and is now too large for me to be able to complete a row in a coffee break. So it's been relegated to being worked on at home and a new pair of socks is now the coffee break project. This entry was originally posted at https://jlsjlsjls.dreamwidth.org/1381656.html. Please comment here or there (using OpenID), whichever is most convenient for you.

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But obviously not. Got home from Ontario on January 7, a day to get myself reoriented and what passes for organized, and then back to work on the 9th. Good to see so much family despite the sad circumstances. Several trips with sisters to Mom's house to sort and clean and make decisions and reminisce. And all of us giving thanks that Mom wasn't a hoarder … there was some of Dad's clothes that she was hanging onto but most collected stuff was tons of albums of family photos, books, movies, music … things everyone in the family values. Brought home a pen and ink drawing I'd done in tenth grade, a cross-stitch I'd worked and given to Mom as an adult, some family documents that I need to scan for everyone, a couple of old paperbacks that I'd read often (neither sister interested in them), and Dad's necktie knotting chart (already scanned and emailed to male family members who were interested) For your entertainment and education, here's the pen and ink drawing (an art class assignment but the subject was a commission for my grandfather; paler edges are due to the matte inside the frame) and the necktie chart. This entry was originally posted at https://jlsjlsjls.dreamwidth.org/1381434.html. Please comment here or there (using OpenID), whichever is most convenient for you.
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Update: Mom's funeral is on Dec. 29; I'll be flying home on Dec. 23 & then staying for a while to help my sibs with the house, etc. Thank you to my friends who've given me their sympathies & offered (& been taken up on) being an ear/shoulder ... you are the best. This entry was originally posted at https://jlsjlsjls.dreamwidth.org/1380971.html. Please comment here or there (using OpenID), whichever is most convenient for you.
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Mom died this morning; this was pretty much out of the blue and cause isn't known for sure yet. Waiting to hear what's happening since I'm halfway across the continent from my family but obviously I'm going to disappear from online for a while at some point. Will let you know... This entry was originally posted at https://jlsjlsjls.dreamwidth.org/1380700.html. Please comment here or there (using OpenID), whichever is most convenient for you.
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The gradient shawl, Reversa, is bound off; just need to block it to open up the lace. In celebration I cast on Béton Brut; the yarn is a locally dyed blend of merino wool and yak and feels wonderful. And those colours! I love those colours! This entry was originally posted at https://jlsjlsjls.dreamwidth.org/1380575.html. Please comment here or there (using OpenID), whichever is most convenient for you.

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Yet another new book list has just been posted over at catdesk. Enjoy!!!

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Reversa is nearly finished; maybe another couple rows' worth of yarn remaining (and have to make sure I have enough to bind off … that takes more) Supernova Swirl also close to finished (bulky yarn on 10mm needles knits up way faster than fingering on 4mm needles for some reason ...) And just wound these up, while listening to the BBC Radio dramatization of Terry Pratchett's "Eric" (yes, the CDs have arrived!) as I now need a replacement simple coffee break project now that Reversa is nigh on completed; these are a locally dyed merino & yak blend (not sure where yak is on the warmth scale but figure it's pretty high) This entry was originally posted at https://jlsjlsjls.dreamwidth.org/1379981.html. Please comment here or there (using OpenID), whichever is most convenient for you.

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Y'know those BBC Radio Pratchett dramatisations I alert you guys to from time to time. They're available for purchase in CD and audio download formats now!!! And yes, I've just ordered the CDs for myself (hard copies are an investment for corrupting future generations … downloads are too ephemeral for that) This entry was originally posted at https://jlsjlsjls.dreamwidth.org/1379602.html. Please comment here or there (using OpenID), whichever is most convenient for you.

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I've just posted a new book list over at catdesk. 'cause, y'know, I worry about your to-read piles actually managing to no longer tower over you … simply cannot let that happen! This entry was originally posted at https://jlsjlsjls.dreamwidth.org/1379486.html. Please comment here or there (using OpenID), whichever is most convenient for you.

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Scary is when a yarn vendor who's only previously seen you briefly a couple of times that were six months apart (and the second times was six months before today's third time) asks you if you've finished the shawl yet when she spots you in her crowded booth. That skein of handspun really IS her "baby." I swear, I'll have it finished before the next Shindig; when she saw it in the spring I wasn't quite to the halfway point. This entry was originally posted at https://jlsjlsjls.dreamwidth.org/1379319.html. Please comment here or there (using OpenID), whichever is most convenient for you.

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Went to the Fall Fibre Shindig this morning and it's impossible to do that without being followed home by yarn.

From left to right:

*one skein Sea Turtle Fiber Arts Ridley Sock (80% superwash merino/20% nylon) in "Charcoal" colourway (wanted a solid black or charcoal to use with the Ridley Sock "Fire Station" set I bought at the Spring Fibre Shindig)

*three skeins Fibre Goddess Bulky (100% superwash merino) in "Green Wanting Blue", "All The Leaves Are Brown", and "Beavers. The Ones With Teeth?" colourways

*four skeins Yarn Ink Classic Sock in "Ruins" (the two pumpkin-coloured skeins), "Crackle", and "Antique" colourways

*one skein Boss Lady Miss Independent in a one-of-a-kind "Custodian's Cleanup" colourway (bought to use with the two skeins of "Laura's Emerald" I bought at the Spring Fibre Shindig)

Plus an I-couldn't-resist-the-blue-jay project bag from Two Sticks & Ewe.





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Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!!!!!



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… drops all these tiny pale leaves, but they all fell off in a whump overnight and are still falling (aka autumn, southern Alberta-style)









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Reversa continues; now just starting to transition from green to wine.





Plus two packages of pretties in my mail this week. Both arrived a day ahead of when Canada Post tracking said they would, a trend I'm happy to have happen all the time.

At top, one skein of Handmaiden Mini Maiden (50% silk/50% wool) in "Olive" colourway. Planning to pair this with a skein of "Pumpkin" already in my stash. Below, three skeins of discontinued Colinette Jitterbug (100% merino wool) in "Purple Passion", "Velvet Leaf", and "Cherry" colourways.


And three skeins of Far Marmot Knits Sock It To Me (80% superwash merino wool/20% nylon) in "Celtic" colourway; all the rusts, golds, and some-still-greens of autumn leaves where I grew up (trees here mainly turn yellow, with an occasional pale orange ... our winter temps dip too low for the high-sugar trees that produce the reds, rusts, and vivid oranges to survive)


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I've just posted an extra-lengthy book list over at catdesk … enjoy!!!

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… was happening here yesterday and still carrying on into today because my copy of Åsa Söderman's Ziggurats finally arrived from England, six weeks after it was mailed (book can only be ordered from a yarn shop over there). Book is well worth the wait; Söderman (who designs under the name Åsa Tricosa) specializes in sweaters with classic shapes/lines, quirky details, and no seams that can be tailored to an individual's unique body shape. And she always looks like she's having so much fun modeling them (that's her on the cover of the book and also in the majority of her website's sweater photos) This entry was originally posted at https://jlsjlsjls.dreamwidth.org/1377346.html. Please comment here or there (using OpenID), whichever is most convenient for you.

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Only went for needles as I lack the right size doublepoints to make the sleeves on that toddler sweater I'm knitting (the thing with the multi-coloured yoke in previous post). But yarn has the same hook-on-and-cling-to-you properties as burrs and it's nigh impossible to walk through a yarn store without picking some up. Two skeins of the long-discontinued Regia Kaffe Fassett Design Line sock yarn at top … socks knitted from Regia live forever without fuzzing or fading and Kaffe's colour combos just make my eyes happy. According to yarn shop owner there's a warehouse that still has a supply of the stuff and she's has the right connections … Plus three skeins of Malabrigo Rios which is always a good staple to have in the stash, same as a kitchen should have butter, eggs, milk, flour, sugar, and cheese. This entry was originally posted at https://jlsjlsjls.dreamwidth.org/1377212.html. Please comment here or there (using OpenID), whichever is most convenient for you.

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Starting to look more like a thing instead of a blob … This entry was originally posted at https://jlsjlsjls.dreamwidth.org/1376941.html. Please comment here or there (using OpenID), whichever is most convenient for you.

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I have honest-to-goodness NEVER seen a triple weather warning before!!! Environment Canada is so sweet, helping me accomplish life goals that I was completely unaware of. This entry was originally posted at https://jlsjlsjls.dreamwidth.org/1376550.html. Please comment here or there (using OpenID), whichever is most convenient for you.
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Well, toddler sweater, actually. When I had the chance to score some of the specially dyed yarn that makes a rainbow striped yoke, bluegreen body, and green cuffs/bottom ribbing, I ordered the large skein. Parents-to-be are pleased by the notion of a sweater to grow into (it's their first and thus they'll be inundated with newborn-sized stuff). So did some math, some checking of project notes made by others using this yarn, and result is I'm using the numbers for size 3. The sweater (called Ziggy Zag) is meant to be a bit oversized so that means it'll be useful for a decent amount of time before it's outgrown; also planning to give it extra-long cuffs that can be folded back at first and then unfolded to extend the sleeve length when needed. Planning, we duz it!



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HAPPY 4TH OF JULY TO MY BUDDIES BELOW THE LINE!!!!! This entry was originally posted at https://jlsjlsjls.dreamwidth.org/1375496.html. Please comment here or there (using OpenID), whichever is most convenient for you.
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For your summer reading pleasure: a new book list has just been posted over at catdesk. Enjoy! This entry was originally posted at https://jlsjlsjls.dreamwidth.org/1375272.html. Please comment here or there (using OpenID), whichever is most convenient for you.

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The one-round-of-stitches-per-coffee-break socks are finally finished! Bound them off Tuesday night; just a shame that they're too warm to wear this week. Topped them with brioche stitch instead of the more-usual ribbing; brioche looks kinda like ribbing until one takes a closer look, but is much stretchier than ribbing. Because this yarn had more yardage than most sock-intended skeins, the socks are taller than I usually make them and thus encircling a thicker part of my calf … hence the need for a bit more stretch so they don't feel like a tourniquet.





And, of course, I needed a new coffee break project …



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Because this yarn has greater yardage than sock skeins usually have they're higher up my calf than most of my other socks, even though I was playing with having extra stitches in the circumference … since ribbing compresses it'll actually push these down when I wear them so need to figure out a different top for these.



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Knitting progress with ruler added for scale (if only for the sake of my own brain because I keep thinking this thing is a lot smaller than it really is)



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There is something better than getting new yarn in the mail; getting new yarn in the mail two days in a row!

On Thursday three new skeins in new colourways arrived from Gauge Dye Works. From the left: Shawl-size skeins of MCN (Merino/cashmere/nylon) in Azurite E (gradient shading from bright green to pumpkin orange) and Azurite D (gradient shading from coral to pink to purple); sock skein of Merino Twist in Small Batch 021 (a rogue bright version of Azurite D that only happened in a few skeins). Skein on the far right is one I got in April; also MCN in a special baby sweater version of the White Light colourway which I had given, still in its opague shipment wrappings, to the expecting parents to open and take home while they perused knitting patterns. I'd deliberately got one of the skeins large enough for a larger/toddler sweater (since they'll get tons of newborn stuff and its useful to have something on hand for the kid to grow into) and now that the pattern has been chosen the yarn is back home with me and finally photographed.



On Thursday more one-of-a-kind handspuns from Black Sheep Goods were in my mailbox; I'd won a $25.00 gift certificate from her in early April but it took a while to make up my mind. Yarns arrived in her trademark gift wrapping with "tag" of sample yarn, handmade wooden buttons, and tea:



And inside, one skein of art yarn called Supernova and a pair of fraternal twin skeins named Whimsical Forest. I've linked Tammy's descriptions of these yarns since, being the person who spun them, her words are the better than anything I could say to explain them.



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Didja know that items knitted with thick yarn on suitably thick needles grow WAY faster than those knitted on thin yarn with thin needles? Magic!



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I've just posted a new book list over at catdesk ... enjoy!!!

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Even the slow pace of adding one round of stitches per coffee break at work eventually leads to something that's recognizably socks. Loving the colours more and more every day (and there was already seriously heavy love when I cast on the first stitches)



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Another gathering of local fibre makers/sellers here yesterday. Came home with two skeins of Heart West Haven 100% Local Merino Wool (sheared from the vendor's own sheep, then handspun and dyed by her), plus a large handthrown mug from her boothmate, Diamond Clay Studios (I like big mugs = fewer trips for refulls + greater volume while not much more surface than regular mugs and slight potbelly shape means drinks retain heat longer). The two "beige" skeins are A & B Fiberworks Silk & Camel Blend Yarn (70% silk/30% camel) ... very soft and smooth to the touch.

This fibre fair was in a side tent at a permanent market that I hadn't realized was so quick/easy to get to on city transit, so also came home with fresh broccoli, rainbow carrots, giant navel oranges, and apples. Will be going back there more regularly now that I know it takes only half an hour to get there if I time the train and bus right; the fantastic produce is worth the trip. :-) This entry was originally posted at https://jlsjlsjls.dreamwidth.org/1372852.html. Please comment here or there (using OpenID), whichever is most convenient for you.

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Aka how JLS spent her workplace Christmas bonus which I kept half-forgetting I had (it was in cash in big bills that most of the small local shops I deal with don't like to take and I never managed to get to an ATM that took deposits until today). Anyhoooooooooooo ... I'm also calling this the day I did my bit to help support seven local indie/home businesses (eight if you count my visiting the also-indie comics shop on the way home). Very much my preferred mode of spending ... the money stays in the local economy (and I work for a local family-owned business so that counts as part of the cycle as well). And I still have the entertainment of making ahead of me. :-)

Project bags: Sew Shannon black/rainbow cats small bag and Two Sticks and Ewe sheep-covered big bag

Yarns: Polka Dot Creek Classic Sock 3-skein set ("Purple Pop", "Circus", and "Turquoise" colourways), Sea Turtle Fiber Arts Ridley Sock 6-miniskein set ("Fire Station" colourway), 2 skeins of Boss Lady Yarn Co. Miss Independent ("Laura's Emerald" colourway), Fibre Goddess handspun 75% bluefaced leicester wool/25% tussah silk ("Modern Mandarin" colourway), and 3 skeins of Fibre Goddess Cash ("Lady in Red", "Love Is A Battlefield", and "Off With Their Heads" colourways.

Also: Coco Knits stitch markers bought at the Sea Turtle Fiber Arts booth (brown cylindrical container), 2 Flock Fibre Studio clip-on stitch markers, and 2 sets of Creek Gardens Crafts beaded stitch markers bought at the Polka Dot Creek booth. I was on a mission to find tiny stitch markers because the big companies don't manufacture them ... the smallest commercial size is too large for the needle sizes I use the most.

Now I have to start saving for the next local fibre event, which is happening about a month from now ...



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How I'm feeling: excited excited

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... to knit all the things!!! Yep, that is my Pinterest page of ALL the knits (and a few crochets) that I'd like to make, up-to-date as of today. Every one of 'em links back to the pattern if you want to check those out to see more pictures.

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How I'm feeling: contemplative contemplative

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I've posted a new booklist over at catdesk ... enjoy!!!

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