The Ardennes are also well know for the Ardennes offensive by General Patton, when in WWII the American soldiers tried (successfully) to liberate us from occupying Germans. It is known as 'the battle of the Bulge'.
|the hills of the Ardennes|
|From Oostende to Arlon is about 350 km|
In my part of Belgium (called Flanders) we speak Flemish, a language very similar to Dutch. The other half of my country is called Wallonië, and people there speak French. Our capital city Brussels is right in the middle.
Flanders is a flat country, Jacques Brel made such a beautiful song about it : Mon plat pays.
|My flat country...|
Wallonië has forests, hills, little villages, and a more relaxed way of living. Ideal for a holiday.
In Virton, a quiet sleepy village far away in the forests, there is a yarn shop. Not just an ordinary yarn shop, but a hidden cave of gems.
It is called 'la Compgnie des Laines'. They have a website and webshop HERE.
My husband sat quietly waiting for me - I had to choose among so many awesome yarns. And they had a great collection of needles (hyahya !) bags, pins to put on a scarf...
There were still a bit of sales too.... like 4 euros for a 100 gr skein of Kauni....
Books Books Books.....
|that one was still missing from my collection....|
Some very very nice knit scarfs too. I bought 2 patterns and the yarn to knit both scarves : the loop-stich Frida by Hiroko Fukatsu and the beautiful Tamdou by Melanie Berg - one of my favorite scarf designers.
|Tamdou by Melanie Berg|
For the Tamdou I could choose among the many colours available of their own label.
|sooo much to choose from|
For the Frida I might use the Kauni. And I still have some silk from Bart&Francis at home that may turn into one of these scarves....
I bought a kit to knit wrist warmers with a pattern of rocailles knit into them.
and last but not least a kit with everything in it to make myself some Sanquehar gloves.... with needles 0.7 mm..... How adventurous is that ?
|Back at the hotel, I enjoyed just looking at it.|
and now for some time to make all these beauties.....