Friday, July 15, 2011


Yesterday was the first day of the Bendigo Sheep and Wool show: the very highlight of my fibre year. The lovely Julie gave me, Sonia, Ursula and Melanie a lift. This was the first year I haven't caught the train up, and it was pure luxury, and also so much fun.

I bought lots of stuff. I won't bore you with a full list, but I bought everything that was on my list, and very little that wasn't. One impulse buy was wrist distaff, and I'm using and loving already. I bought pretty braids of wool, sock yarn with silver thread in it, an alpaca AND a merino fleece. The buying stuff was fun, but it was the generosity of everyone there that made my day. Like Richard Ashford, who gave me a lesson on how to use a drum carder , even though I told him I had received one from a different company the day before. Like the Majacraft people, who seemed content to have us sit and spin, and rather pressured Ursula into staying until the they had taught her to spin.

It was a fun, exhausting day, filled with sheep fumes and friends. I probably now have enough yarn and fibre to last me until next Bendigo. Still when I reflect back on the day, it's not what I bought that will last in my mind, its the fun that I had with my fibre friends.


  1. It was a fantastic day of friendship and fibre, thanks for sharing.

  2. I love the before and after photo, it's quite telling!

    I had a wonderful day with my fibre friends who understand me :) Best Show EVER!

    that before and after loot photo cracks me up!
    given i'm awake at 2.30 and need to be at rehearsals at 5pm tomorrow i doubt i'll make bendi this year. probably best for my bank account!