Sunday, March 30, 2008

What I did on my holiday (Part 1)

Goodness me! We got back yesterday and I’ve barely had a moment to breathe – what with the post holiday stuff! (Washing, tidying, shopping for food, organising stuff for school – you know!)

So this is only a half post – I’ll sprint from Tassie to Echuca and spend a little more leisurely time tomorrow in and around Canberra!

We went to Melbourne on the ferry and barely drew breath before speeding into Bendigo, and finding the rather well camouflaged woollen mill, where I sprinted for the Bargain room. I basically ignored all the stuff I can get at Bendi anytime a bad move as I later discovered – more anon – or at least in a day or so) and went into the back cave of treasures! Found that Bendi used to have sock yarn – called Miami – a wool/cotton/nylon mixture which seems to bear a bit of a resemblance to Socketta. Stocked up. A lot.

Then added some dark Purply- Blue aran (18 x 50gr balls at 2 dollars a ball) and 3 200gram skeins of colonial in a colour called Foxglove (think Jacaranda trees) for 7 dollars a skein! Caressed some sunflower yellow baby wool and some other bits and pieces, and managed to tear myself away.

Off to Echuca. My lord it was hot! 40 degrees –ish while we were there – lucky we had a pool, but hard to convince children to stay inside when they’re on holiday! (At least till the worst of the sun was off the pool – luckily we had packed DVDs!) Echuca meant Mandie from Ewe Give Me the Knits (one of the Greatest names in creation).

We had morning coffee and talked. And talked. And Talked – and since we could both talk for Australia, it was great fun! Mandie gave me some lovely gifts – Two beautiful rovings – one merino in colours called Turbulent 1

The other a merino/bamboo in the Blue Gum 1 colourway.

There were also some gorgeous skull stitch markers – but they are currently in service!

It was wonderful to meet yet another generous and funny blogger – and now I have to learn to spin – just to make something wonderful from such gorgeous rovings!


Michelle said...

O my lord. When you said you did Bendigo, you weren't kidding, were you!

And now I want to learn to spin so I too can use some of that lovely blue gym colourway.

So nice to meet you the other week!

Taphophile said...

Oooh score!

It was lovely to see you again. 'Fraid I won't be able to sample the delights of Tassie's op-shops anytime soon, as tempting as it is.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad that we caught up for a coffee (ok several) and a chat.
I really appreciate that you let me feel up your STR too ;-p
Talk soon xoxo

Rose Red said...

I've seen the stash additions on Ravelry - oh my lord. Is there anything left at Bendigo??!!

Raven said...

Sounds like a great holiday. What lovely stash enhancement.

MadMad said...

OMG, you are right - that IS the! And, um... I won't speak about your, um... lapses in stash management.

Georgie said...

Oh my, that merino/bamboo Blue Gum is beyond words. Im insane with jealousy. And thankyou for my lovely little Bendy gifty!

Donna Lee said...

Sounds like a great holiday. And you got souvenirs!!!

Alwen said...

More pretty yarn. All I got was a cold, boo!

Amy Lane said...

Wow--sock yarn gluttony--love it, love it, love it!!! And the rovings make me want to spin!!! So glad you're back on the net, though--I don't get to drive to Canberra :-(

catsmum said...

isn't Mandie just the BESTEST person? love her and the kidlets to bits... I scored rovings too when she wizzed through here one day