The destination of my trip South was Geelong, where my aunt Lynda and grandparents live. We were there for my Grandad’s 90th birthday. My great uncle Robin and great aunt Jeanette had travelled from Christchurch and my brother Tim and Jenny B had also come down from Sydney.
Apart from seeing the rellies, I managed to persuade my parents that a few yarn shops needed visiting (my Mother didn’t need much convincing!). We were staying at Marcus Hill on the Bellerine Peninsula, so we were handy to Point Lonsdale. Our first stop on Friday was Wild Purl in Point Lonsdale, which was an interesting shop with a small range of high quality yarns (and some really different walking sticks, noticed by my Mother). I was interested in the Pear Tree yarn, but they only had one colour, so I decided to pass in the hope of picking up some elsewhere.
Second stop was Twisted Threads in the main street of Geelong. This is a really lovely yarn shop with a great range of yarns, books and accessories. I bought a ball of Noro Silk Garden Sock (I already have one, but this was in a colourway I hadn’t seen before), another Zauberball in a different colour to the blue ones I already have and a shawl pin. They had just received the Zauberballs and had some “flying saucers” (I think that’s what they were called) which were two strands of yarn wound together and dyed in a disc so that two identical socks could be knitted. Jenny B liked my Noro and later visited Twisted Threads too and bought one of the flying saucers as well as some Noro. I think I’ve created another sock knitter…
At Twisted Threads I was told that Pear Tree Yarns are no more (*sob*) so Twisted Threads didn’t have any. So on Saturday morning we went back to Wild Purl and I bought a skein of Pear Tree 4ply wool/alpaca blend.
On Sunday my parents and I visited the National Wool Museum. The Collectors program was filming Gordon Brown in the wool museum, so it will be interesting to see what they were looking at when it airs on the ABC. The carpet weaving loom demonstration was interesting, as were all the displays. But I had real fun in the museum shop where I found they were selling Tarndwarncoort Polwarth wool blended with mulberry silk spinning fibre. I didn’t hesitate in grabbing two 100 gram bags. I also bought a woven wool stole (I thought it was Australian, but I’ve just found a “made in India” label).
We left Geelong on Monday morning, and after a stop in Wodonga overnight, arrived home yesterday. The Noro sock I started last week is finished and I’m ready to cast on the second one.