this weekend Bendigo hosts the Australian Sheep and Wool show, an annual event. We closed the shop for the day and took a mini bus up yesterday. It was a lovely day.
It was cold when we got there so my first purchase was a pair of fingerless gloves made from the softest alpaca. So nice! (I forgot to take my nice long rainbow ones). We then spent an hour wandering around before going into the ladies lunch hosted by Deborah Hutton with guest speakers Quentin Bryce (Governor-General) and comedienne Rachel Burger.
After a nice lunch with lots of laughs courtesy of Rachel, we wandered around for a bit longer and then got back on the bus to come home. There was lots of lovely wools to look at, and hold. I did manage to buy wool, not sure why as i do happn to work in a WOOL SHOP!!! but I found some lovely sock wool, a blend of bamboo, merino and nylon. It is so soft I am thinking of making a shawl. My head is full of shawls at the minute and I am dying to make one. Actually, if I were being honest here, I am dying to wear one but am not sure I will stick at knitting a whole shawl!!!
Anyway, this is what i came home with:
The only disappointing thing about the day was there was no-one selling knitting needles, row counters, circular needles; any of the tools actually required to knit with. So you could buy plenty of lovely wools, but nothing to use them with. Such a shame. I only saw two stands with shawl pins; I really was on the look out for something quite special. These are very nice and I am happy with them but they were really the only ones. I believe it is a relatively new sho, and is growing bigger by the year so hopefully nect year there will be a stand with tools for knitters, and crocheters, on it.
Anyway, it was a lovely day and I had such fun. I have promised myself I will finish the little baby singlet I am halfway through before I pick up any stitches to start a shawl. (it isn't the only thing I have on the go, it is just the smallest and at least i will have finished something before starting something else!!)