My life revolves around Ivories and Yarn but somehow, I've found lots of topics lately that remotely refer to them. C'est la vie!
And today will probably be one of them:
In my travels of the past week, I carted 3 bottles of champagne across the ocean to a country that taxes alcohol so highly that it was definitely worth the risk of filling my suitcase with liquid and having my clothing soaked. After all, there would be a washing machine at the other end of my journey!
Upon recommendation and tasting, we have come to enjoy a certain Blanc de blanc, and have convinced ourselves that it truly is champagne without the name. (And it tastes better, too.) When C decided to have a few friends over after her wedding ceremony, and toast them with champagne, I said I would bring it. I had original packing materials from the case, so I threw carefully placed the packaging and 3 bottles (legally, 5 liter limit) into my hard sided suitcase, and the hardest part of schlepping the bag was the final 4 city blocks to her apartment. It was a success!
I'm sure you have already guessed my conundrum! What to do with the empty space in my returning baggage. No? Well, it wouldn't have been a problem if I hadn't decided to return with ONE bottle of PIMS, without all of the packaging materials. Of course the obvious option would be yarn... and I did my best! I didn't want to purchase yarn because I'm good with my yarn diet. C presented me with various projects that she doesn't see in her future which included a huge bag of sheep New Zealand wool that was once a pullover. We bought it in NZ in '98 for her, she's kept it all of these years, and, upon my encouragement, frogged the whole thing. It was nastier than I had anticipated since it was either cut and sewn at the side seams, or C cut the seams herself... In any case, it looks like this:
It definitely helped take up space, but the last day I purchased the perfect filler:
I love Norwegian toilet paper! They have lovely patterns of color on them. I wonder why USA can't do that? TP is so boring... And before you ask, I don't know why the packaging is in English. It's not made in England... In small print on the back, all of the EU countries have a translation of "made in..." address. Now I'm not so sure it is genuinely Norwegian, but it is definitely Scandinavian.
Soft, and sturdy!
What a successful trip!