Knitting up a storm

P1020898I had the pleasure of previewing this yarn and the minute I got it, I fell in love and had to cast on straightaway!

The colour has such a “stormy” feel to it, but is buttery soft yet substantial. You have to feel it to understand.

I am using this lovely Gotland yarn in Charcoal for my Alice top. A lacy stunning vest which I plan to wear with a shirt to layer on in winter.

Knitting like a maniac to finish this soon so I can wear it!

Gotland sheep are originally from Scandinavia, but Cheryl has started her own herd here in Australia and processed her fibres and yarns in Australia. I have been a fIrm supporter of Australian made and processed, so have managed to score most of the small production from the farm for this year.

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Since autumn is here and heralds the coming cooler season, I am announcing a sale on  the favourite yarns of EcoOrganic CottonTreliske Organic Wool  and Organic Cotton Flamme for 2 weeks starting 4th May.

Last, but not least, have you seen Rhonda’s blog? Down To Earth Blog is such an inspiration to me. Her ethos and management of her home are something to aspire to. I have tried her techniques and tricks with great success. Check it out!

Visiting the Sydney Royal Easter Show 2013

This post is dedicated to all the farmers, primary producers and supporting industries that supply us with our basic need : FOOD.

On Easter Monday, we visited the Sydney Royal Easter Show. I love this spectacular display of the strong agricultural basis of the state. I grow veggies at home and own some chickens, so thinking about all the growing that occurs on the huge commercial scale is just incredible. Australia is an amazing place to be able to produce so much produce and of such high quality.

Up at 6am, caught 7am train to Homebush, dived into the show and got lost amongst the chickens, alpacas, horses and other animals. The male turkeys gave us a display which made us all laugh. They spread their tails, strutted around the cage, lowered their snood, and gave us a “gobble, goobble, gloobbley GOOP” !

My favourite display is always in the Art and Craft Pavilion. Some other favourites that I have not included pictures of include the Giant Food Art displays, the Pig Diving, the Grand Parade, the Dog Shows, the Sheep Shearing. There is so much more to see and do, so the next time I visit, I think I might get a 2 day pass so I actually get to see everything.

Are you looking at me?
Are you looking at me?
Hi I am an alpaca. The sheep are in the next shed.
Hi I am an alpaca. The sheep are in the next shed.
A face only a mother could love.
A face only a mother could love
Amazing! Where's my cup of tea?
Amazing! Where’s my cup of tea?
First Prize winner SREA2013 Wedding Cake. Just Incredible.
First Prize winner SREA2013 Wedding Cake. Just Incredible.
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First Prize Showcase SRES2013
Ferris Wheel Sydney Royal Easter Show 2013
Ferris Wheel Sydney Royal Easter Show 2013
Rides, rides and more rides!
Rides, rides and more rides!
Last stop : kids got home happy.
Last stop : kids got home happy.