If you love fibre arts, and you ever get a chance to see a Back to Back challenge? I advise STRONGLY that you do!
We went to one of the NSW Challenges at the Turpentine Tree in Kurrajong Heights, and had a thoroughly marvelous morning! Live sheep (to be shorn), lots of spinners, weavers, knitters and smooshy things to buy!
I was a VERY good girl, however, and didn’t spend a fortune on fibre. I could have, though. There were raw fleeces and LOTS of carded fibre! I bought 220g of cinnamon coloured Cria alpaca fleece, and 185g of BLACK alpaca fleece.. VERY smooshy! I also scored a mini niddy-noddy for when i spin silks, or small amounts of fibre. I also bought tickets in 2 raffles, one for a small basket of fibre, and one for a handcrafted rosewood spinning wheel. And that’s it. I didn’t buy the $25 black merinoxcorrie fleece, nor the $14 worth of morritx carded fibre (which I’m kinda kicking myself for), nor the $57 1.75kg of carded merinoxcorrie fibre that was the most intriguing grey/brown mottled colour.
So.. I’m quietly proud of myself 😀
Mum bought a beautiful alpaca beanie, and some merino/glitz fibre for me to blend and spin for her to knit a scarf/wrap for herself 😀 I met up with a friend of Ravelry, Rell. She is LOVELY.. and well, I’m allowed to blame the purchase of the black alpaca on her 😉 hehehehhe
Bub got to pat sheepies, and watch lots of women spin, knit & weave… but he preferred to pat the sheepies.
I can’t wait until the Bendigo show now. But I will be enjoying that one sans husband/son, they’re having a blokey weekend 😀