Saturday, October 17, 2009

Wool, washers & (w)apple doll.

Yesterday we drove to Bendigo and I paid my first visit to the Bendigo Woollen Mills. Bren came in with me, did a quick circuit and then went and sat in the car to read his seed catalogues.

Did you know they have a back room called 'The Bargain Room' full of discounted, not quite right yarn?

Needless to say I spent most of my time in there with the not accurate weights, not perfect die lots and the discontinued lines.

The pile above is from this room. I know it would be a better photo without the plastic wrappers but without the labels I'll have no hope of identifying what's what.

With summer fast approaching (?), the cottons were what I was really after. I came home with these eight huge 200gram balls. While I was a bit disappointed at the time with their lack of colour range, when I got them home and put them on display I was only excited.

Yesterday my washer swap parcel arrived from the lovely Anita. The cream angel washer was quickly snatched up by Jazzy the fairy/angel lover and the coffee cup is just perfect for me and Bren with our coffee obsession. As for the lettuce seeds, let's just say in bio dynamics it will be a leaf day next Tuesday and Bren is excited about another variety to plant. Thanks so much Anita.

Thanks Jodie for organising another great swap.

I thought I'd leave you with a photo of Jazzy's apple doll that was uncovered last weekend when they dug all the old sand out of the sandpit at the local kinder. I can't believe how good she looks considering the fact that she has been buried for close to a year. It's funny that her hair and top survived, while her skirt and pants didn't.

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

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  1. Wow - a year in the sandpit! I agree she's looking pretty good. She might need some therapy after that trauma though!!!
    Love the cottons - were you hoping for stronger colours? There is something very peaceful about the colours that you have.
    Good to see you got some great bargains too!

  2. Oh you discovered the back room, isnt that a treasure trove. You got some really nice bargains in there by the looks of it. I love the Bendigo cottons too and the colors you got are so nice. I have some of the red and the brown, which knits up beautifully for a 4 ply, and I got some 8 ply a while ago too. Your dishcloths look beautiful, I love them both and the lettuce looks yummy on the packet. Was your daughter excited to have her doll back. I suppose the hair is that nylon stuff isnt it so maybe it doesnt deteriorate!

  3. Yay for the woollen mills - aren't they great! I love how huge the balls are - they are divine!
    Check out my post about my trip to the woollen mills a few months ago....

    Yay for the doll surving too! But.... she kinda looks like a zombie doll!

  4. That is one cute doll! What a great excuse to get sewing and make the poor little dolly some new clothes :)

  5. Looks like I have to make a trip to Bendigo under the guise of "Why don't we visit some wineries honey?"

    I just bought a pile of synthetic yarn from Kmart - it's a little embarrassing!

    What an amazing find in the sand pit! It's a very cute doll and will now always have a special place cos it's such a great story!

  6. Look at all the yummy yarn! Look forward to seeing what is made. Love it sitting up in the bowl like that. Great way of looking at it while you wait to use it xox

  7. I agree, their colours are lovely, but it would be great if they had more. I brought a couple of balls online, but I am super jealous that you got to go there. Must have been fantastic to have a peek in the seconds room too! Bargain yarn, fantastic. :)

  8. What a great place...
    Love the colours...great for summer...
    I love a bargain!!!

  9. Come on Mrs, fess up, what are you up to with all that lovely yarn?

    Some one make that apple doll a skirt! She deserves some TLC after a year in the sand...

  10. Don't you just love a bargin. I used to go to the woollen mills in Bendigo when I used to live there.

  11. I am jealous of all of that beautiful yarn. They look lovely out there on display. Cant wait to see what you create with it all. Peta

  12. You're very welcome Kate. I'm glad you like your washcloths and seeds. I originally knitted an "apple" design washcloth for you in the dark red - but then I visited your blog and saw that you'd knitted the exact same pattern on the same day as me! We must have similar taste :) Anita. xxx

  13. Thanks for sharing your Bendigo stash Kate. Amazing about Apple buried for a year!

  14. Wow! I bet you had a ball at the mill!!! great buys!

  15. Wow, I really must get to that BWM some time soon... If only it wasn't so far away... I love all of the goodies you picked up...
    Great swap goodies too, I'm so glad that you had a ball the 2nd time round...
    That's awesome about the dolly, a whole year in the sand pit, who would of thought... LOL!!!

    Take Care
    Jodie :)

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