Nearly every time we take the babies for a walk we go across the street and down the sidewalk to visit a cute little pair of dogs that Emeline likes to converse with. Every time we go that way we pass the lovely home of Mr. and Mrs. W. Mr. W stays very busy in his retirement keeping a garden, lots of beautiful flowers, and generally enjoys being outdoors working in his yard.
This morning after the babies went down for a nap I popped in for a visit with Mr. W to get permission to photograph his pear tree. A truly pleasurable part of our walks to visit the dogs includes passing the pear tree. I really should have taken a photo of Mr. W with his pear tree but I'll save that for when I get lessons on propagating his antique roses. He had about ten new rose bushes at the side of his driveway that he has been growing from others that he has had in yard which he states "you just can't buy 'em any more." I would love to learn the skill and patience (it takes about two years to get them started!) of propagating roses from Mr. W and have antique roses growing next to my own driveway. He says "they're just so fragrant" with a big smile. :)
So back to the pears. Mr. W chuckled when I asked if I could photograph his pear tree and said "well, they're not very good pears. You can have 'em if you want 'em." I insisted that I didn't come to ask for his pears but just to photograph his tree. But then I couldn't resist shaking a branch and collecting a few of the pears to take home and see what becomes of them after sitting on the counter for a day or so.
No babies for ECF today - they're napping! Maybe a bonus during the weekend. :)
In other news, the KnitPicks Palette Fair Isle Cardigan Knitalong blog is up and running! Yay! WHEW it's a lot of work starting a blog for a knitalong! All the things to think about - details you want to include in the sidebars, etc. I just ordered the last few skeins of Palette yarn I need for the sweater and it should be here about the time we're out of town in Texas next week. Working on the blog made me get the pattern out and read through it again. The needles I need for the majority of the knitting are in my Memory Blanket right now so I have to figure out something else for the Memory Blanket (need a longer one anyway for that).
So - on the heels of starting a knitalong featuring patterns and yarn exclusive to KnitPicks...
I've heard great reviews of the new KnitPicks knitting needles but ya know... they don't have bamboo circulars. And they don't have wooden or bamboo DPNs. Nor do they have a wide range of sizes in the DPNs they do offer. And do you realize they don't have a 40" circular in sizes appropriate for sock knitting? I've heard their cables are flexible but there will be no Magic Loop socks on KnitPicks "classic circular" or "options" needles for me because their cables aren't long enough and the "options" line doesn't offer tips small enough to knit socks. And to top it off..... they stopped selling Addi Turbos, Addi Naturas, and Clover brand needles as well. This is incredibly disappointing to me because I was buying all of my knitting needles from KnitPicks. Unless they widen their range of sizes and selection I probably won't be buying any of my knitting needles from KnitPicks. Sad. Sad. Sad. No place else could possibly be as convenient. KnitPicks - I'm very disappointed in this change!!!! I think I need to write them a letter. Surely someone else already has. I think it's great that they have their own line of knitting needles now but their selection is now so narrow that I can't seem to actually find what I want/need there any more. If I have to go somewhere else for knitting needles.... and that other place offers free shipping on orders over $XX.00, I'll be buying yarn there too. Less need for me to buy KnitPicks yarn too.
Moving on to court news. The hearing date is rapidly approaching. So far X hasn't acknowledged to the children that he is aware of anything going on, and his attorney hasn't contacted my attorney. Somewhat odd - I have no clue (and neither does my attorney) as to what their reason would be for not contacting him but whatever. Because there has been no contact, more papers are being served because the children will need to be taken to the courthouse to speak with the judge. They will not be with me so I can't be the one taking them - so each of the children are being subpoenaed and X is being subpoenaed to bring them. A lot of extra trouble just because for some reason "they" aren't acknowledging that any of this is even going on.
My travel knitting next week will be the moss green alpaca Branching Out Scarf. I'm looking forward to it. In the mean time I must get Katie's sweater finished and resist stringing the Memory Blanket onto a piece of yarn so I can cast on for the Palette Fair Isle Cardigan. When I get back I want that scarf and Katie's sweater to be finished because I have a feeling it will be Fair Isle Cardigan knitting all the time - I won't want to put it down! Well... of course I'll put it down sometimes... like when I'm getting the kids up in the morning for school, taking them to school, picking them up from school, taking them to ball practice and gymnastics and piano lessons and picking them up from.... I might never get a chance to knit again! heh
Have a great weekend everybody!! :)