Have I mentioned yet that Bala Brass is going to Banff for two weeks? There's a big arts center up there. We were invited to participate in their brass ensemble residency, and we've been hustling since December to figure out how to get ourselves there. I won't begin to discuss the hurdles and hoops we've jumped through to make this possible, but now we're going. For sure. Tomorrow. This trip has always been some huge dream off in the distance, and it's kind of surreal that it's actually happening. (I wonder if our wedding will feel the same way?)
As soon as we made the decision to go I started working on this scarf. First I thought I'd want something light enough for summer but useful for when it gets chilly on the airplane. Since then I've learned that the average overnight low in Banff is in the low 40s right now, and this scarf might see a lot of use in these next two weeks. Man, I love heading north in the summer! The pattern is available as a free download. She suggests doubling the yarn, although I wanted to be sure it was really light so I didn't. Now I think the lace pattern is obscured a bit because the whole thing is so open, but whatever. It's lovely and I'm glad I got it done in time. And let me tell you, blocking lace is so rewarding.
I'm so, so grateful for this opportunity we have. Sure, I did music festivals and "band camps" well through college. That's a standard part of our culture in the music field. But to be invited to something like this one, to be invited as an ensemble, and for all 5 of us to be able to drop everything and go for two weeks, that's all pretty amazing. It's hard enough getting our schedules to mesh on a weekly basis for a rehearsal or two. I can't wait to work with the faculty they're bringing in, but I'm excited to just be spending two solid weeks with the guys. And now, back to packing!
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