I love that quote. Don't you just love that quote?
Sunday night rolls around once again and despite some food poisoning (mild) over the weekend, I am in a stellar mood. We have decided to go to Belgium this spring.
We spent our honeymoon in Paris and loved every minute of it and have been meaning to go back to Europe for a few years but life kept getting in the way. This year we only own one home(such an odd statement, but such a huge one!), we are living where we want to live, we are both employed AND we will both have enough vacation time to make it work.
Combine that with a fellow we met during Beer Week last year, he does these fabulous sounding tours in Belgium, sort of a behind the scenes tour of breweries and some of the monasteries that still brew beer. The other part that appeals to us is that the whole tour isn't extremely structured, there is a lot of independent time with time to visit museums or just relax in whatever town we happen to be in. Also combine the whole not having to plan a trip and find decent places to stay on our own - all that is decided for us! - and we are IN.
We had been talking about it for a while and today in the ride home we ended up on a 'you only live once' note. We don't want to be those people who keep putting off vacations like this because it's not the right time and end up with a life full of 'I wish I had...'
So assuming we can both get the time off approved from work, we are GONE BABY GONE. In nine months.
If you are interested in reading about the craziness, here's a link to the website, we will be doing the Ardennes tour. And as it happens, our anniversary will fall while we are there. Darn the luck, eh?
Now then, what do I immediately start thinking about? What to knit to bring with me, of course! I have 9 months to do it, so I think I should be able to manage to finish a Pi Shawl, and this seems like a good motivator to make the Pi Shawl, it will serve as an impromptu blanket for traveling as well as a cozy wrap in the chill mountain air.
LOL - I'm totally romanticizing it already, I have no idea if the mountain air will be chill, but it should be, even if it isn't.
Will you help me decide while yarn to use? I have two fabulous choices. One that I originally picked out with the intent of doing the Pi Shawl and one that DH bought me this year on our anniv and it would seem fitting.
Choice number 1, Whorled Peace in a lavender to gray color 2500 yards/8 oz.
Choice number 2, Blue Moon Fiber Arts Laci in Valkyrie, a black/purpleyredish/grey colorway 1750 yards/8oz
A few things to think about. I am going to make the Firmaments Pi Shawl Version
Which, of course, does look lovely in a solid color, that is a consideration here as well.
This calls for 1700 yards, the Blue Moon is 1750 - that makes me a tad bit nervous, but the Blue Moon is also quite a bit heavier than the Whorled Peace, so the shawl will be more substantial, while the Whorled Peace shawl would be lacier and more featherweight.
I am also a tad worried about the color variations in the Whorled Peace, the grey being such a different tone than the lavender, I realllly don't want to end up with a stripy shawl.
Given that, I am open to suggestions, should I use one of the two above or should I choose a solid color in another yarn entirely so I don't lose the the gorgeous pattern?
Please vote and help me decide what to bring with me to Belgium! Did I mention I'm excited???Click Here to take survey
(Didn't you used to be able to put the survey in a blog post? Did I miss something here?)