Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Australian Sheep and Wool Show

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How do I write a blog post about something I've written about four times before?

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How can I explain the feelings of excitement and love and passion that come up for me when I am surrounded by so much of what I love?
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How can I describe in words that feeling of being overwhelmed with inspiration? Of so many plans and ideas and thoughts that start in my tummy and travel upwards until they makes me feel like I'm going to explode? Like I have to get started. Like I have to do all the things, all at once.

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How on earth can I explain an event that is a tactile and aromatic and visual explosion?

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How can I explain to you just how wonderful it feels to be surrounded by people who LOVE what you love and want to show you, and teach you, and talk to you about it for as long as you do?

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How can I make you feel the wonderful feelings that go with bumping into friends who love what I love, friends who open up their bags to share their purchases and stoke mine adoringly, friends who admire my knitted shawl and show off their own, friends who invite me to spinning club and gorgeous friends who go home and send me a ravelry pattern because I said I loved it and had queued it.

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IMG_0306How could I explain to you my surprise at unpacking farmer Bren's backpack at the end of the day to find everything I'd bought was navy blue or charcoal? How strange and not at all planned.

And how can I even remember to record all the different aspects of wool craft that I need to put on my to-do list from owning our own sheep all the way through to dyeing, spinning, weaving and knitting socks.

Apparently I can't. You can read my posts from the past few years here and here and here and here where for some reason I was more eloquent. Or, maybe, you could just close your eyes for a second and imagine yourself at a show that celebrates everything you love, in every detail, in all its glory.

What would that look like for you I wonder?


Go gently my friends, I hope your weekend is filled with your blessings.

Big love

xx


37 comments:

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    1. Yep, if it were about 15 degrees warmer, it just might be. x

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  2. Great pictures, such amazing colours, I don't think I could choose what to buy with so much choice!

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  3. It looks fabulous! I never was at a wool fair, hope to visit one some day.

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  4. Looks amazing Kate, I am heading up there tomorrow for the first time, I can't wait! So much gorgeous wooly stuff in one place, it's going to be ace! What are you going to make with your loot? Have a lovely week, Julie xx

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  5. That's it! Next year is the year I make it to the show, I've been wishing I could go for years and every year it rolls around and I haven't made it. Not again! Looks like you had a marvellous time, I love your passion for it all, and I totally get it!! Thanks for sharing and for inspiring me to make it happen!! x

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  6. Beautiful photos of what looks like an amazing show. I can't wait to see what you create with your loot. x

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  7. Oh i wish i was there, thank you for those gorgeous pictures.

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  8. I am so jealous Kate! I would love to go to a wool show! I thought I read somewhere that there was going to be a wool show in Canberra, but now I can't find it. If anyone knows about this could you please let me know. Happy weekend everyone. xxoo

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  9. It looks and sounds absolutely fantastic!!!

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  10. Thanks for this beautiful post (and all the other beautiful posts). I need to visit Australia! Sigh. If only you weren't so far away.

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  11. Thank you for sharing your experience in both words and photos. I love that shawl and faved both the pattern and the designer. I am making my first shawl this year. I just watched a PBS special on Australia...such a magnificent land and people. Isn't inspiration wonderful?!?!

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  12. My kind of heaven .... sigh ..... x

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  13. Every year I go to Wonderwool Wales, which is a similar event and it has a similar effect on me. I get inspired to make things by the stuff on sale, and have often not started them by the next show. One day though....

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  14. What gorgeous photos! Every year I say this year will be the one I get to go, but the quilt show was put on around the same time, and and and ....

    Maybe next year!

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  15. What an amazing burst of colour!!!

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  16. Nooo, really? Has it really been a whole year since the last year?? I love seeing your beautiful colourful wool posts Kate. Every time. Happy knitting lovely.

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  17. Well I think you described the feeling of walking around that gorgeous show beautifully... totally took me back to my trip there last year... chilly yarn filled goodness! Now wishing I had time to call in there yesterday but only managed to get to BWM on a little roadtrip out that way.

    A possible answer for the horse hair... my hubby Charlie uses 30cm lengths to plait the little crackers that go on the end of his stockwhips... that's the bit that breaks the sound barrier and makes the loud crack. Nowadays they use bailing twine too but traditionally, they were all made from horses hair.

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  18. love your photos I spent far too much especially down in the woolcraft sheds at the bottom, and like you unintentionally i bought everything in the same color range, mine was red orange,
    like you I love Bendigo now if only I can also get to Cranbourne my year will be made

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  19. I can totally feel the vibe of the show. I visited a few croft centres in scotland, and am all excited to get into some spinning when I'm home. I love it when experiences inspire and delight and ultimately lead to beautiful creations.

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  20. Gorgeous Kate, you love of this gathering positvely glows through your words and photos x

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  21. Wow. Looks fabulous. A friend of mine plaits and weaves horsehair into divine bracelets. All her horsey friends have them made from their own horses. Maybe that's what the horsehair is for...

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  22. I'm marveling at the kaleidoscope of colours in yarn. I wonder if the small packets of horse hair could be used for stuffing small toys.

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  23. wow i'm surprised you only came home with one bag stuffed full, it would be hard to resist all that lovely colour... just gorgeous

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  24. Who needs eloquent words when your photographs say so much on their own?
    Bendigo is a town I MUST visit for a multitude of reasons and having a wool show there is icing on the cake.
    Glad it lived up to its reputation this year too.

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  25. You don't have to explain anything, one look at your picture and I understand.....

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  26. Sounds and looks like an amazing time was had, photos are gorgeous

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  27. OH!! I really know that feeling and i love it! It's impossible to describe it with words
    nice pictures ;)

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  28. Your photographs are beautiful as usual :)

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  29. What amazing photographs, so much colour! We went up to the show too and had a great day! The sun was out and the weather was perfect! I'm new to crochet but even I was in awe at the yarns and beautiful works on display! The food marquee was a highlight too ;-) so many tasty things to taste and purchase! My girls loved watching the sheep dog trials as we have a kelpie at home! Happy crafting with your navy/charcoal treasures! x

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  30. I'm excited just looking at all the wool. I love wool sooooo much!

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  31. Oh my, my, my! The colors and textures are so beautiful. What a delightful day to enjoy :)

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