Now that I’m living in central Victoria, Bendigo is just down the road. The Australian Sheep & Wool Show is on this weekend, so today we made a day of it. Here’s my haul:
We wandered through the woolcraft halls admiring some incredibly fine handiwork and extraordinary techniques. Predictably, there was a full range of styles and objects, some hideous and some just stunning.
After watching the sheep dog trials for a bit (amazing what those dogs can do), we found ourselves in a wood turning display. Not sure why that’s in with everything else, but I bought this beautiful little bowl, just because.
Later, this made more sense: it’s a nosterpinne. You use it to wind yarn into neat, centre-pull balls. Since I often need to do that on the fly, I reckon it was worth the $18 I paid.
We ran into an old school friend at the fashion parade; his two gorgeous little girls were in it (as the only two child models). I bought a lot of bargain-priced merino yarn, some 10 ply in soft grey:
And a rosy pink 8 ply:
One woman was selling vintage pattern books for $2 each, so I bought this one.
Here’s the page that sold it to me:
Imagine that lace pattern in a garment! I can’t wait to figure out how to do that.
And, for good measure, I bought a contemporary crochet book I’ve been resisting buying for ages.
Speaking of crochet, I found these lovely crochet beads.
Tired, hungry and having spent more than we probably should have, my friend and I agreed it had been a satisfyingly fun day.