Friday, August 31, 2012

Home again

I've walked the beach, dealt with the washing, restocked the pantry, made yoghurt, been poked and stretched at physio and am now more than ready to explore fibrey things, if the frozen shoulder will allow.

We had a super holiday catching up with relies and friends in Perth (West Australia) and Melbourne and doing quite a bit of site seeing each day (if you rent a car you have to use it - no relaxing around here).  It wasn't warm like the Queensland coast but "light jumper and shoes" warm.  No rain but a storm was forecast for each day and then delayed and delayed until the morning we drove to Perth airport from Bunbury (two hours) and the heavens opened delaying our plane's take off by nearly two hours which meant arriving in Melbourne quite late.

I had a lovely time visiting with Tony Bennett, machine knitter, and when he realised I was interested in the garments in the shop he started bring out boxes with outfits he had entered into fashion parades.  The inspiration was priceless.  Also found Treetops Silk in Perth and came home with some lovely slivers which I can't touch until the shoulder is better.
New stash
In Melbourne I was taken by my dear cousin to ZiguZagu, a Japanese based store and did more spending although the stencils were too fine for what I wanted to do on handwoven fabric so reluctantly left them for someone else.  Beautiful Silks was on the itinerary and we were there so long I was given a cup of tea and more damage to the "plastic" just happened.  Melbourne Spinners and Weavers Guild have a large premises not far from where we were staying so I spent some time there browsing their wonderful shop and they had an exhibition featuring natural dyeing displayed.

We had a few days in Auckland on the way home to see the kids and I was Selector for the Auckland Spinners and Weavers Guild exhibition on Sunday morning.  An interesting selection of work so if in Devonport between 1 and 13 September go see it.

Great to travel but always good to be in ones own bed.

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