Firstly, I finished my armwarmers :)
and they have kept me toasty on these crisp Melbourne mornings
The photo's a little dark, sorry, but the colours are beautiful and muted - you can see them better in the "unfinished" post.
I wanted to show off my Bendigo purchases in a little more detail, too.
I went a little silly on laceweight this year at Bendigo. Which would seem peculiar, given the lack of lace knitting I do, but I just fell in love with these skeins and they had to come home.
These beauties are Ixchel's cashmere/merino laceweight; colourways "Zen"(back) and "Mossy Forest". This size skein has about 350m, which I think is perfect for a couple of lovely, special cowls.
This piece of gorgeousness is my Stranded in Oz merino single laceweight; colourway "Jitterbug Perfume". I found Melissa's stall last year, but alas, a fraction too late. At that stage my credit card had melted and my cash has been stolen (or spent, depends on who I'm telling the story to!).
This year I arrived early and while chatting to Melissa, she handed me this skein to feel the softness. I remarked how seriously gorgeous it was and while we kept chatting, I found it had jumped into my bag, so naturally I felt obliged to pay for it.
I hadn't noticed the name of the colourway, but as soon as Melissa said it was "Jitterbug Perfume", I had a "moment"!
Jitterbug Perfume was the first novel of Tom Robbins I ever read. It was recommended to me by a housemate (himself actually rather divine, I must say!). I devoured it rather than read it, and it remains to this day one of my favourite novels. Melissa told me of meeting Tom Robbins at a book signing in Barnes & Noble and how fabulously mad he was. I cannot wait to find the absolutely right lace project for this one, even if it means writing my own pattern-tribute to the book! There's nearly 1000m of yarn in this skein, so the sky is the limit.
I just love the connections you find amongst wool and knitters :)