A modest sheep and wool show

Yesterday Matt, Mum, my sister and I went to the Australian Sheep and Wool Show held in Bendigo. It was absolutely freezing yesterday, even with Henry to keep my neck warm, so most of our time was spent in the sheds, with only a cursory glance at the sheepdog trials as we scurried from shed to shed. Like last year, there was a sea of Ravelry badges at the show, but this time I felt a little less intimidated. Perhaps 2011 is the year I’ll actually attend one of the events organised on Ravelry…

We didn’t get the camera out at the show, which is quite fortunate given the battery was pretty much dead when I took this post’s photos this afternoon. I apologise in advance for the photos — it’s a very dull and dreary day making natural light hard to come by.


Last year, I only bought one skein of yarn. This year, I also bought one skein of yarn. Funnily enough, it was Colinette Jitterbug, the same as last year, but this time in Vincent’s Apron. Vincent’s Apron was the colourway I became enamoured with at the show last year, but I didn’t buy it then because it didn’t fall within my yarn buying policy guidelines (only buy yarn when I know what I’m going to knit with it. It might not make sense, but I’m running with it). However, I could not stop thinking about it. Luckily, this scarf pattern came along, which I thought would look great in Vincent’s Apron. When I got to Sarah Durrant’s stand yesterday, I couldn’t find a skein of it anywhere, bringing on a cold sweat, but fortunately she had some in a tub at the back. So it only took a year of deliberation, but I finally bought the yarn I obsessed over at last year’s show.

circular case

In addition to the single skein of yarn, I purchased a Namaste Circular Case from Stranded in Oz. I wasn’t planning to buy one of these yesterday, but had been looking at them online for a little while. There’s an ongoing battle between me and my circular needles, and up to this point, the circulars have been winning. I’m hoping this piece of modern knitting organisational weaponry will help me overcome my circulars’ tangling and absconding ways.

woven scarf.jpg

The last of my purchases was completely on impulse, which is very unusual for me. I bought this beautiful woven scarf from the Bendigo Spinners Weavers and Handcrafts Group’s stand, for the princely sum of $25. It seems to be made from two different types of Bendigo Woollen Mills yarns — Rustic for the warp, and Mohair for the weft. It’s a bit prickly around my neck, so it’ll soon have a conditioner and wool wash bath which will hopefully soften it up. Besides that, I really love it. The colour is great and I like the herringbone weave a lot.

I feel a bit guilty for paying so little for it. Although I have absolutely no experience in weaving, I can’t imagine that $25 is sufficient compensation for the person who made it. Perhaps I should have offered to pay more? It’s quite a vexed issue.

So, there endeth my Sheep and Wool Show wrap up for this year. My purchases were pretty modest and pretty yellow, but I’m really happy with what I brought home.

5 Responses to “A modest sheep and wool show”

  1. Michelle Says:

    What wonderful finds! I do admit I have a skein of vincent’s apron which I fell totally in love with when I bought it but now have no idea what to do with it, so it’s been in my destash page for months. Your post has inspired me to look for a good pattern for it. It’s really my favourite colour out of all the jitterbugs, I think.

    Glad you had a good show. I’ll have to remember to check the results online to see how my BIL did with his merinos.

  2. Debs (rav: newdknit) Says:

    Absolutely gorgeous all items! I happen to see a common theme with the last thread…sunny and delightful!!

  3. bells Says:

    very modest! Wow. Although when I pulled my purchases out last night Sean was all ‘oh is that it? I expected way more.’

    What to pay is a vexed issue. I like to pay when I see there’s been a fair amount of work gone into something – high prices for quickly whipped up items (hello chunky hats!) is one of my pet peeves. Weaving is harder – I don’t really know how much effort goes into a scarf.

  4. Michelle Says:

    Oh! And I meant to add something about your costing quandary. It’s a tough one, and the spinners and weavers seems to be very guilty of low pricing, as do the quilters. When we went to Berry last year we visited the S&W Guild show, and bought the most ridiculously priced handspun yarns. Like $4 for 70 g of beautiful handdyed, handspun laceweight yarn. It would hardly buy you a coffee. Sometimes I suspect (and I’m guilty of it too) that people charge whatever they think people will be happy paying. The joy of making something beautiful is of more value to them than the monetary gain at the end of it.

    Don’t feel guilty not paying more for such a beautiful scarf – I suspect that the maker would be more than happy that you are joyfully wearing it!

  5. OzKnitter Says:

    Yay! Glad you were able to find it, it’s beautiful!

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