Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Bendigo Tales

  I had a fabulous long weekend with a great bunch of girls from one of the Ravelry groups!  I left on Thursday morning taking my time heading over to where we were going to be staying and making sure I made a stop over at the Bendigo Woollen Mills!  I've been wanting to make a nice big afghan/blanket for our queen sized bed and had planned on getting the 200gr balls of yarn from here........... I ended up with these colours,
3 of each one

and looking to crochet the Chunky Comfort Afghan by Lion Brand.  It's a free download available on line.

This being my first time to the Bendigo Wool Mills I was pretty excited to see the huge area with all the lovely yarns....... and then there is the "back room" with specials......... hmmmm, what can I say except there were some that just couldn't resist jumping into my overflowing basket to come home with me.............

There may have been others that tagged along, but they are staying out of site for now....sshhh
Onwards to Carisbrook, to the big farmhouse, Lochinver,  where the 12 of us were staying!  It fit us in nicely (3 bathrooms helps plus a couple of small cottages right beside the big house for overflow rooms lol). 

The reason for the gathering, which has become an annual event now (since last year apparently), was to visit the Bendigo Wool Show with all its woolly goodies and likeminded people with an appreciation for yarns and handmade items.  I was not disappointed!!  I managed to make a lot of purchases, picking up all the items that I had written on my list, plus a few lovelies that were not on the list lol.

Learning how to use my new Swift and Ball Winder...Ta Dah!

I hadn't actually met any of these ladies in person before, but I couldn't have asked or planned for a better time!  We all brought food to share and everyone shared meal prep, cleaning up, stoking of fires and car trips. 
Angora Rabbit Yarn purchased at Bendi
In the Vintage Button Shop at Castlemain
Merino and Mulberry Silk...... purchased from Castlemaine on our Saturday outing.

A fantastic time that I plan to be popping in my calendar for next year!!
I now have so many projects lined up waiting to be made its going to be interesting to see which ones make it to the hook or needles first!! ......... and yes, I did also get quite a nice bit of my knitting done........ almost the entire front of dh's stripey jumper!!  He was pretty happy when he saw that................. now to get the sleeves done.

Have a fabulous day
Hugs Sharm


Christine M said...

Glad to hear you had a great time, Sharm. Lovely colour of the wool. Fancy those balls jumping into your bag! Looking forward to seeing what you are going to make.

Helen said...

Sounds like a perfect break with a lovely group of ladies. Beautiful wool and I love the colours :)

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Wow, these photos made me feel excited and happy for you. What a wonderful, relaxing and fun time you had, meeting kindred spirits. You got some wonderful goodies too.

Happy Creating ~ FlowerLady

Jo said...

Wow. You seemed to have a great time. Glad you enjoyed it

Mistea said...

Lovely purchases you made.
That blanket will be beautiful.
Knitting with bunny, what a treat,