Tuesday 22 July 2008

Home again

A twelve hour trip in the rain - I won't be doing that again in a hurry!! A lowlight of the trip: approximately 6am, dark [sunrise was 7.30], raining, slick road, right bend, huge kangaroo, braking, car sliding, stopping about 60cm from kangaroo! 'Roo hasn't moved, stares at me as if to say: "what do you think you're doing?" and bounds off. DD and I take deep breath and slowly drive off into the dark! Thank God we didn't hit anything! No more excitement for the trip. The motorway was long, boring, monotonous and very crowded the closer we got to Sydney.

Stopped for a late lunch in Goulburn. Took a photo for Delighted Hands - we have several such icons in Australia. I've seen the Big Banana [Coffs Harbour], the Big Pineapple [Nambour], the Big Crayfish [Robe], the Big Oyster [Taree], the Golden Guitar [Tamworth], the Big Potato [Robertson - where they filmed Babe] and the big Chook [chicken - Kemps Creek]. Here, for your viewing delight, is The Big Merino. [That's DD walking towards it]. Believe it or not, this monster was moved last year. Read about it here. See photos of the big event here.

Anyway, for your further viewing pleasure, here are photos of yarn bought on our trip.

  • all the yarn from Australian Country Spinners [ACS]; to give scale, the yarn in front is four 50g skeins of sock yarn

  • acrylic; mostly 8ply but the light blue is 5ply

  • two photos of baby yarn: the first is Patons Feathersoft 4ply, the second is Baby Lustre; don't know what happened to the colour of the second photo - it's mauve and baby blue not green!

  • sock yarn

  • Fiddle DeDee cotton

  • all the yarn from Bendigo woollen mill: left - 2kg of 8ply wool [in 200g balls], right [in plastic bags] scraps - at $1.00 per bag they were a bargain; though DD may not think so as she has been splicing all the white yarn together!!

  • Bendigo sock yarn

Not shown: more acrylic yarn from ACS and the wool blends from ACS!


  1. Glad to hear you made it back safe and sound, what a wonderful trip and haul!

  2. Oh, what a wonderful trip journal-thank you. The yarn is incredible-Christmas in July is a happy thing!
    The big Merino is ancient and imposing-my wow for the day-thanks! Glad you are home safe and sound1

  3. WOW! That is a HUGE merino!
    I'm glad you had a safe trip. The near run in with the kangaroo was frightening to just read about. I can't imagine living it.

  4. Excellent yarn haul! And I'm so glad that you missed that 'roo :)

  5. I have just caught up on your travels. Thank goodness you had your wits about you on the drive! Scary!

    You made some lovely purchases! Now, what are you going to do with it all?

  6. BTW, bloglines says you posted again, but I can't get to it. Alas...


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