Hi everybody! I hope you all had a happy and safe holiday weekend and that everybody is ready to get back to school. Some have already started (like my kids) and some are about to.
It was awfully sad for us to hear about the death of Steve Irwin. One of Emeline's favorite videos to watch is "Wiggly Safari" with Steve Irwin so he has been part of our everyday life for quite a while - actually we sometimes watch him SEVERAL times per day. Thank goodness Emeline is too little to understand about a loss like that. So far everyone that goes away in her life comes back again at some point. I can't stop thinking of his children ages 8 and 3 and how they'll miss their Daddy.
Rest in Peace Mr. Irwin - you have made a lot of people happy in your lifetime.
Our Daddy stayed home with us all day Saturday and Sunday - that was like a holiday for us! He usually works 6-7 days per week so having him with us for two days in a row without having to go out of town was so nice. He did work on Monday so it was kinda like any other day - just without mail. Sunday we took the girls to a park nearby. It was so so SO pretty out and a really nice temperature. Emeline didn't sit still long enough to get many pictures but Lila isn't running yet so I got a few of her.
As I've mentioned, Miss Margene has been a generous spinning enabler and fiber stash builder. A while back she sent some gorgeous EXTREMELY RED merino wool to practice with. There was 45g of it which when you're a new spinner seems like an endless supply of fiber. Whew it's pretty!! If you like red you would LOVE this stuff. I don't know this for certain but I think it's by Judy Jackson and is called Simply Red. Is that right Margene? So late last week - Thursday or Friday - I pulled out this fiber - oh, it was right after I spun that blue mohair that I showed a picture of. Anyway, at that time, I got the red merino out and started spinning it in a medium weight single. It seemed to go along so FAST! The spinning is very mesmerizing and before you know it.... Poof! The fiber is spun and on your spindle! Wow. I didn't want to ply this - I didn't want it to be barber poley - you know what I mean. I wanted it to be just as I saw it there on my spindle. And I swear I could hardly wait to dig some knitting needles into this stuff!! This yarn wanted to be a scarf!! Yeah. A scarf from 45g of fiber. Right. Like feeding 5000 with a few fish and a loaf of bread. Uh hum. So I immediately skeined and washed and dried this red yarn. And looked at it in my knitting basket in a little skeinette for about half a day before winding it into a center pull ball. 45g makes a good sized ball ya know! Sure there's enough yarn here for a scarf. Doesn't matter that every other scarf I've made was more like 200g or more. This one ball.... sure - a scarf. I cast on and knit until last night.... when it was gone - as in used up. When it was about half way through Emeline decided that whatever it was.... it belonged to her. No pictures, but I'm tellin you it was cute. So last night I used up the yarn and washed the scarf. And here it is.
Yarn: Judy Jackson "Simply Red" merino - Handspun by me - approximately sport weight
Pattern: Single Cable - no pattern - 16 stitches wide (6 stitch cable)
Needles: US6 bamboo
Dimensions: 3" wide x 48" long (Perfect size for 2yo)
And so that was the weekend. The only thing I haven't mentioned is that the girls and I are somehow.... sick. With some kind of cruddy coughy hacky crusty boogery runny nosey watery itchy eyes nastiness. It started with Lila Pearl having a fever on Thursday-Friday which I do think was a mild case of rubella - then Emeline and I also started feeling yucky. It might be allergies - maybe a cold. I don't know what it is but none of the medicine I've been giving the girls seems to be helping. No more fevers but I'm achey and generally feeling rotten. I've also thought that maybe we all three have rubella but I really don't know and we would just have to ride it out anyway.
Court Stuff (talked with attorney this morning): To our knowledge, X was not served on Friday. I'll know later today or tomorrow when he got the papers but I think he'll get them at work today - maybe. Possibly at home tonight (the building he works in is not very approachable if you don't work there). But I think he'll have them today.