While the first post about Bendigo covered the experience of being there, meeting friends, experiencing the town, this post is more specifically about the show itself and what i bought there.
I’m pretty pleased with how it played out. I didn’t go crazy. I bought a couple of gifts which I can’t show, but the rest was good stuff for me.
On Thursday morning, DrK and I went to Bendigo Woollen Mills. Lovely, lovely experience. I know some people were a bit disappointed by what they did or didn’t find in the sale room out the back but I did well. I got stuff I plan to use for specific projects.
This discontinued colour, Cayenne, in the Rustic 8ply will be a Hemlock Ring blanket, or some such.
This is another discontinued colour, Inferno, the one I used to make Alice’s Helena cardigan. I snapped up some for me and some for RoseRed. Amazingly it’s the same dyelot as the leftovers from Alice’s cardigan.
I bought some of the amazing Melody which is part cashmere, part merino, part microfibre. At $4 a ball it was a bargain and I began knitting it up that afternoon into a Garter Yoke cardigan for Alice.
Then there was the show itself. Early on I saw a kit for a delicate crocheted scarf. I never got over it. It was expensive and so was my main purchase for the day. I’m not allowed to start it until I’ve finished my Babette blanket. There, I’ve said it. Such lovely muted colours. I think it’ll be a good summer project.
From Pear Tree yarns I bought some 8ply alpaca which is deliciously soft. It was very cheap and last night Sean put it against his throat and asked if he was getting a scarf out of it. Maybe. Cheeky bugger.
DrK bought some Polwarth Silk in 5ply for me as a birthday gift. We all love this stuff and I think it’ll be a shawl for next winter. Look at the sheen!
And that was basically it. I got some gifts which will be mailed off in due course. It can take a bit of time at a show to look for just the right thing for gifts. That kept me busy.
On our way back to Melbourne, we stopped at a little town called Kyneton where we found a gorgeous wool and fabric shop. By then I felt I’d gorged myself on yarn and so focused on fabric instead. I’m still rather enthralled with fabric bundles. They make me happy.
Speaking of fabric, I’ve spent today making another couple of project bags. The first one is quite special. It was made from fabric that was given to me by the lovely Jen. When I said I was starting to sew, Jan said she had some fabric she would love to give me. I was thrilled when I saw it was Russian doll fabric. I made a bag today, with the yellow fabric Jan also included. I just love it. Thank you, Jan.
If you’d like to win the sunflower bag pictured below, all you need to do is leave a comment between now and Friday night. I’ve made a few now so feel confident they’re good enough to give away. I hope so anyway!