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July 21, 2008


What a week. Where do I start?

We drove down to Melbourne last Tuesday, leaving the first time at 5.20am. About fifteen minutes after we left, I asked David if he was sure he'd turned off the grill.

He wasn't sure, so we turned around and came home. Of course, he'd turned it off. So at 5.45am, we headed off again. Had a great run down, and the fibre-y goodness started later that afternoon after we crossed into Victoria. We stopped in at the Australian Country Spinners Mill Store.

Lots of good stuff inside. I was very well behaved, though!

Those were the best bargains. Boxes of end runs and stuff, bagged up, unlabeled and tossed in a box for sale at $27.50 a kilogram. That's less than $1.40 per 50g ball. If you know what you're looking at, and you know what you want, it's awesome.

Alas, I had no specific plans in mind, so all I grabbed were two bags of the sadly discontinued Cleckheaton Merino Supreme, a total of 1.1kg, costing me $31.75. Yay me!

We spent the next couple of days in Melbourne staying with some very good friends, and visiting the Melbourne Zoo and the Melbourne Museum, both of which were great fun.

Then, last Friday, Meaghan from Yarns Online picked me up and we headed off to Bendigo to the Australian Sheep and Wool Show.

Heaven is in Bendigo, but it's colder than I imagined.

Friday night we had a get together with some of the ravellers in attendance that was just awesome fun! I didn't take the camera out unfortunately, but it was a great night - great company, great wine and knitting. The food service was horrendously slow, but they do a fantastic cheese platter at The Wine Bank.

Saturday morning bright and early, (and super cold!) we headed off to the ACS sponsored BBQ Brekky. I am not a morning person by any means, but it was well worth getting out of bed for. I got to meet so many of the Ravellers I've spoken to, and put names to faces. Lots of old friends, and new.

Unfortunately, my hands were too cold to take many pictures. There was bacon and eggs for breakfast, some cool prizes to be won and great company.

We then headed over to the show itself. There were cute sheep and alpacas.

And there was yarn. Lots of gorgeous yarn. Again, no pictures. I blame the yarn fumes.

I did bring home a pretty haul.

Lace weight and fingering weight from Waratah Fibres, Dyes and some Artisan Gossamer from Virginia Farm Woolworks, yarn with silk from Shiloh Wool, lace weight from Pear Tree Yarns, and some other bits and pieces. The Pear Tree Yarn stall was just gorgeous! I went back several times, but didn't end up buying anything, purely because I couldn't make up my mind, and I couldn't buy everything. The yarn was just heavenly soft, and dyed in the most beautiful muted shades you could possibly imagine.

I can't wait for next year!

There was some knitting happening, but not an awful lot. I was working on a sock on Friday night, and I ended up having to rip out everything I did, due to too much wine and too much talking.

I will be off line for at least a few days, because my laptop is having some problems, so it's going in for a service. Yes, the one I bought just seven months ago. They tell me it'll be gone for five days, but I'm not holding my breath. I'm trying to look on the bright side - limited internet tine should mean more knitting time, right? I'll be able to use Em's crappy laptop sometimes, so I'll be about at least a little bit.

Next time, I'll flash my beautiful new lace, which should be coming along very well, seeing as I'll have plenty of time to work on it!

Posted by Donna at July 21, 2008 11:35 PM


Wow, nice stuff. The colors are great. Glad you had a good time.

Hope your computer gets fixed fast.

Posted by: Suzanne at July 22, 2008 11:00 AM

Oh your purchases look wonderful. Glad that you had a great time and yes the weather has been very very cold here the last few weeks. Time to wear all the winter woollies.

Posted by: sue at July 22, 2008 11:00 AM

What a gorgeous haul! And those alpacas -- too cute!

Posted by: Sarah at July 22, 2008 02:23 PM

SO envious!!

Posted by: Rose Red at July 22, 2008 02:44 PM

looks like you had a great time there, the sheep and alpacas look cute, I wish I had some of my own.

Posted by: Anne at July 22, 2008 05:28 PM

Sounds like you had such a great time, despite it being very cold.
What a wonderful haul!

Posted by: angie at July 22, 2008 08:34 PM

For just a minute I thought the first wool picture was what you had bought!! Hope the laptop gets well soon.

Posted by: 2paw at July 22, 2008 09:28 PM

Well, we could almost have crossed paths in Wangaratta too! I was at ACS on Tuesday and couldn't make up my mind! Having seen what was there, I could go back to my air-conditioned cabin, think about it and make my purchases the next day!! :-)

Was good to see you in Bendigo - it was very cold but worth it to meet so many knitters and see so much knitting in one place that wasn't in a showcase!

Posted by: Lynne at July 22, 2008 10:21 PM

Ha ha Cindy - I can so imagine her thinking the first shot was what you bought! Sigh!! It looks like u had a fab time! :-) Shaz

Posted by: thestripeytiger at July 22, 2008 11:14 PM

Sounds like fun & you did great with those lovely yarn purchases. I hope to be able to attend one of these shows some day - nothing like this in WA.

Posted by: Ann at July 23, 2008 12:43 PM

That certainly is a pretty haul. I have just said to my Spunk - "Let's go to Bendigo sheep and wool next year". He said "Ok!" We'll see!!

Posted by: amandaj at July 26, 2008 11:02 AM

aloha donna! it's been a while since i've commented - some things have kept me away, but i've finally caught up a little - still absent from my blog though....i love your goodies! also, as i've looked over your blog, i've seen one very cute hedgehog, beautiful kitri socks, and i like the extra repeat on the fetching! take care - oh, and happy belated birthday and blog anniversary!

Posted by: debbie at July 26, 2008 07:16 PM

Oh wow - what a perfect holiday!! Just breath-taking (if chilly!).

Posted by: Jejune at July 27, 2008 11:49 AM