Last friday I went to the Australian Sheep and Wool Show. To the best of my knowledge (and by no means do I claim for it to be exhaustive!!) it is the only show of its kind in Australia. On this issue I absolutely am jealous and envious of my American and British Isles cousins and the number of shows I read about going on in the USA and Britain.
The weather was absolutely awful – raining and very cold (Australian cold that is!). Therefore, I didn’t visit with the sheep and alpacas as I would have liked to and usually would have but there were plenty of inside things to keep me more than happy.
Before showing off the yarn I purchased I thought I would share some of the other things that caught my eye.
This is a drum carder and is part of the spinning world. Carding is a mechanical process that disentangles, cleans and intermixes fibres to produce a continuous web of yarn suitable for subsequent processing. It breaks up locks and unorganised clumps of fibre and then aligns the individual fibres to be parallel with each other. Spinning is on my ‘one day’ list. I would love to ‘grow’ my own yarn, card, spin and knit/crochet with it. Hopefully, more than just a dream!! Isn’t it a lovely machine – mind you, I could see it being used as a medieval torture devise too!!!
Still on the spinning theme – these are beautifully made and crafted drop spindles. They are made from Australian timber and handmade and polished. I wish I could claim to be competent at this type of spinning – alas not so. I have tried it a couple of times and clearly am not a natural!! Many more hours of practice required.
Garment sewing is my latest ‘crush’ and so it was wonderful to see Maria Martin Designs at the show. Of course, woollen clothing is lovely to wear and Maria has a system of drafting sewing pattern based on your own body measurements. I spoke to Maria extensively and am very excited about the product she has to offer. Stirred your curosity?? More on this in future posts.
Now to yarn.
These hanks of natural alpaca yarn grabbed my attention. Don’t they look so lovely hanging there?!?! There is so much colour at the show but sometimes it is the understated that ‘stands out from the crowd’. Just beautiful!
Of course, you can’t ignore all that glorious colour. One of my ‘colour picks’ was The Purl Box. They had a small selection of beautiful yarns in all the colours of the rainbow. They will soon open an online store and I am looking forward to this.
Now what did I purchase??
Well, I succumbed to some Scrumptious (and it certainly is!!) 4ply/sport weight superwash 45%/55% Silk/Superwash Merino by Fyberspates. Can I tell you it is sooooo soft and I am a ‘softness snob’. Am the silk component gives it such a lovely sheen.
My colour of the moment is teal.
I have already given my electric ball winder a work out and now my yarn is already to go. And what am I making? A knitted birthday cowl for my buddy Sonya (of Sago on Tuesdays fame and my show companion for the day) and a crocheted cowl for my own self!
Sadly, I have to wait for another whole year for another yarn show. Makes you really, really appreciate your day out when it comes around.
Until next time, happy quilting, knitting, sewing, crocheting and crafting ….
Until next time, happy sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting and crafting ....