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Ribbons! And other exciting things…

Well, I went to the Royal Adelaide Show on the weekend to see what I could see.  So many people!  Such weird food!  So many rides!  So much award winning fleece!  I could only wish there was a way to buy one.  But the show is not set up to facilitate this.

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I discovered what happens when you approach a creature as curious as an alpaca quietly and rest your camera on the edge of the enclosure.

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A very warm and gentle whuffling….

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There were many glorious animals…

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There was a big exhibit called “Women of Empire” with Australian women from World War one represented by a banner about their lives and a period costume.  I was delighted to find Vida Goldstein (suffragist, pacifist, parliamentarian) represented.

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Not only is she campaigning against war and conscription here–look at that lapel!

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And her rather fine tie and button.

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Far from being a pacifist, next  I discovered a woman who wanted to be a soldier so badly that she impersonated one, more than once.  Maud Butler.  Here she is dressed as a boy.

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And here is something like what she would have worn, including the women’s shoes that gave her away.  She didn’t get her wish.

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Somehow this made it all the more funny when five minutes later I was hailed by some firefighters who were selling one of those fundraising calendars with lots of partially clad men in it.  ‘I know it wouldn’t be for you, sir…’!

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My quilt was hanging among many extremely splendiferous examples of the art.  Here is one of the major prize winners:

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Just look at that stitching!

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The cookery and craft sections were full of all kinds of outrageous… I always find the egg artistry section a thing of amazement.  Here are the tea cosies!  I had a lovely chat with an award winning knitter in the over 80 category who happened to be wandering about knitting a sock and admiring the view.  One of my species, I thought. I showed her my sock too.

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Of course, there were also a lot of examples of elegance.  Here is one of the winning entries in the apiary categories:

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I had a lot of trouble capturing decent images of anything indoors and behind glass, but I had a very fine time tracking down the entries of my friends and guildmates.

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In the foreground, the glorious spinning perfection entry of one of my friends, and in the background, mine.  And below, here’s the newspaper yarn, in the ‘best in show’ cabinet!

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Filed under Leaf prints, Sewing, Spinning

Off to the Royal Show

This week the Royal Show started.  The neighbourhood is full of cheerful people and cars.  One strand of my bunting is gone… it looks for all the world as if someone decided to souvenir the best part!  It has been completely removed.  So I’d better make some more.

I spent some hours on my Guild’s stall, selling things made by members and showing people what spinning looks like.  I took my spindle and some roving dyed with eucalyptus bark, but in the end when I was demonstrating I was on the Guild’s wheel spinning greasy fleece from a bag of locks.  It was interesting to see how many people had some idea what was being done and wanted to show their children.  It is always obvious that people from some parts of the world are much closer to a tradition of spinning in their country of origin than many Anglo-Australians.  I had a great conversation about spinning in India with a couple of people who were surprised I knew what a Charka was… and I am in awe of anyone who can draft with one hand!  Last year, someone took my picture drop spindling because he thought there was no way his mother in Iran would ever believe a white woman in Australia could do this, without a picture.  I heard lots of stories of mothers and grandmothers who were/are spinners, and we joined up a few new members, too.

And, I decided to begin on my tea cosy project.  I have spun a lot of art yarn in the last year and some of it is very bulky.  I think tea cosies would be perfect and I’ve already knit one, which went home with a visitor who thought it was too cute!  That is the kind of home knitting should go to…  I have four teapots I’ve bought second hand.  I decided to start with the smallest one and work up!  This tea cosy bears some relationship to the Fun and Fast tea cozy by Funhouse Fibers, but I’ll have to claim responsibility for its defects as, while I’ve used the central concept… I haven’t exactly followed the pattern… there just wasn’t enough yarn in my smallest skein, and this teapot is a tiddler.  The yarn is corespun, and contains merino I dyed with Earth Palette dyes, tencel and mohair locks.


Filed under Eucalypts, Knitting, Natural dyeing, Spinning