Matt and I took a trip to Cannon Beach, Oregon this past week, something that we had been dying to do for a while but really had to plan carefully -- I've been in crunch working on Monday Night Combat and didn't know exactly when we'd be out of that time period when all of us would be needed nearly 24/7, and he was going to be starting a new job on June 28th. The cabin we wanted would also only be available for so long and we knew that once he started work the chances of us being able to take a vacation so soon after that during the summer would vanish. We knew the timing would be dicey but we managed to squeeze it in this past week without too much havoc, so off we went on Monday. After we got to our beautiful little cabin right on the beach we decided to walk out toward Haystack Rock even though it was late in the day and a bit windy and cloudy. For those of you who are our age you already know Haystack Rock -- it's the huge rock that One-Eyed Willie's ship sails away from at the end of The Goonies. We picked a spot on some driftwood trees and just sat taking in the view with a little chit chat. All of a sudden, Matt got down on one knee and took out a ring, and he asked me to marry him.

So, yeah, our trip was pretty freakin' awesome.

The ring is one that Matt designed himself and had made at a Seattle jeweler -- he couldn't find anything, he said, that fit his definition of The Right Ring, something that he knew was totally me. So, being that he's an artist himself he decided to design it. The jewelers apparently balked at first but he said, "just trust me, guys, this'll work." Apparently at the end of the process they were suitably impressed and loved the ring so much that they took photos of it for their portfolios. It's definitely gorgeous.

My ring

There was a yarn shop in Cannon Beach, Coastal Yarns, that of course I stopped in. They had this huge hank of locally-produced 100% silk yarn in what I thought was a beautiful sea-ish color, a light, airy blue that really stuck out to me. I thought, hey, I could knit a shawl with this. Then I thought, hey, I can knit a wedding shawl with this -- it's not only knit from yarn bought on the trip where Matt proposed and is the color of the sea, reminding me of where we were, but it's also blue, an essential component of any wedding assemblage!

silk yarn

I spent a day wondering if instead I should spin the yarn that I would knit a wedding shawl out of, in order for it to be more personal. Eventually I decided that, no, occasionally it's perfectly acceptable to use yarn you didn't spin yourself to knit a very personal item when that yarn has a bunch of other factors that mean something to you -- in this case that it practically shouted at me in the store as being perfect in every aspect, from the fiber content to the yardage, from the color to the place and circumstances under which it was bought.

We're more excited than I can convey in a mere blog post and we have some planning to do because we don't feel the need to wait long. We still have people to update and things to plan. Exciting!