On Friday I caught the train to the Bendigo Sheep and Wool show, the country's largest celebration and exhibition of all things sheepy and woolly.
I had fun from the moment I got the Southern Cross Station. Joining me on the hideously early 7.10am train were Sonia, Susan, Debs, Patricia and Sophie - who we hadn't met before, but she lives just around the corner.
The first thing I saw when I got there (after the coloured sheep!) was the people who make Majacraft wheels - not the people who sell them, the people who actually make them. I had a chance to spin on the Little Gem, and fell in love. I nearly spent the rest of the day sitting there spinning... But I'm glad I didn't. I bought fibre, and yarn and only three balls of sock wool. Everything I bought was on my list of things to buy, and I bought everything on the list, except a Turkish spindle, and that was option.
Sonia, Deb and Patricia bought spindles, so I may have companions in the spinning obsessions soon.
We had lamb burgers for lunch and looked at sheep, goats and alpacas.
Fibre on the hoof! Sheep don't like being stroked, but alpacas like it when you rub them under the chin.
At the end of the day, I picked up my wheel, my overlarge, over full hand bag, and my three bags of purchases and with the generous assistance of my knitting friends made my way back to the train, and so to Melbourne.
Now I am off to see my new niece. I knit a wee jumper and hat in Ixchel Angora/Merino in purple. Super pretty.