There were many things I liked a lot about my four days in Bendigo. I’ll show you. Some with photos, some with words.
Going to Bendigo Woollen Mills felt a bit like a pilgrimage. I loved it. A very welcome, buzzing little shop with the famed ‘back room’ where the sales are. I’ll do a separate post on the shopping.
I liked stumbling upon a giant ball of yarn at the Women of Wool display in the middle of town in the afternoon DrK and I spent exploring.
I liked finding my friends at the show all wearing fabulous handknitted hats.
I loved the fabulous architecture of this large regional town, with its roots in the Gold Rush era. DrK and I spent a few hours knitting and drinking very happily in that building, the Shamrock Hotel.
I liked hanging out with friends all day at the show, meeting up with people I’d longed to meet in person and generally having a very happy time connecting. Above, left to right at back, DrK, Random Knits, HoneybeeMine. Front, me and Knitabulous. It wasn’t very muddy at the show, thankfully. My feet stayed dry and warm all day!
I liked the Melbourne-style lane ways. In this one we found the best cafe/bar called The Dispensary. A place that does coffee, breakfast and cocktails all equally well is a real find!
Here’s a pic DrK took of me knitting there. Great venue. Loved it.
I loved meeting people, like the each utterly lovely Kgirl and Catsmum. Sometimes, the online/real life crossover is easy as pie. Both of these meetings, as well as many others, were just seamless and lovely.
I really loved the cathedral that sits up high on a hill over the town, a truly impressive and imposing building. At night the spire is a shining image from all over Bendigo.
I loved sticking my hand into the damp, warm and heavy wool on the back of a very handsome ram.
I loved sitting around and knitting for hours when there was a chance.
And I loved buying new yarn, but that’ll be saved for another post when I can take some photos of my delicious additions.
I loved the Bendigo Sheep and Wool show. I think I don’t feel the need to go every year and I feel glad that I’ve been. When I post about what I bought, I’ll talk more about what the show was like in more detail.
I’m also loving being home.