The post-Bendigo post.

22 Jul

Apologies for the crappiness of some of the photos; I took them on my phone (which has been known to take good pics, but not when I was using it).

Not sure where to start: there was so much happening – the people, the shopping, the food, the fun, the knitting.

Highlights include:

  • The Hustler Street Posse: Donyale, Knightly Knitter, RoseRed, Tinkingbell and Zephyrama – If you ever get the chance to spend some time with any or all of these girls, don’t even hesitate!
  • Meeting the extraordinary FeistyWench (Rav-link), who organised all the Ravelry events over the weekend. She did a stellar job, and hopefully is now catching up on months of lost sleep.
  • The Friday Night Ravelry Baa at the Shamrock Hotel – a gorgeous old Victorian pub, where the upstairs dining room was full of talking, laughing, eating, drinking, meeting-up-with-bloggy-friend knitters!
  • Bendigo Woollen Mills and the legendary Back Room… so much woolly goodness!
  • The Ravelry Breakfast on Saturday morning: 140+ Ravellers all crammed into a Girl Guide hall, eating pancakes, drinking coffee, fondling knitwear and winning prizes – that’s how I came by my beautiful little Spinning Woodie spindle and the bag of Ixchel bunny-fluff.
  • Eating wood-fired pizza for lunch with the girls, while comparing shopping hauls.
  • Catching up with some old friends – EGMTK! Mandie, Suzi, IxchelFibres’ Charlie  and meeting some new ones – Dr Bones, K-GirlKnits, LoomMonkey (and her brand-new hubby, Dave – they came to Bendi on their honeymoon!), EcoKnitMama, Ms Gussetting (and her fabulous Fluevog boots – I am SO getting me a pair!). If I missed anybody, I apologise; so many people, so few brain cells…
  • Bendi Bingo – ’nuff said.
  • Dinner at the Hustler St house on Saturday night – we stayed in with a select few guests, and ate and drank and laughed and talked and knit.
  • Sunday brunch upstairs at a funky little cafe called T’Hooft – I ate way too much, but it was sooo good!

It’s a very good thing to be able to spend time with your people. Just 358 sleeps until it all starts again.

You can see better pics and more eloquent reportage at Donyale’s, Dr Bones’ and Knightly Knitter’s blogs.

Next time I’m taking the good camera.

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6 Responses to “The post-Bendigo post.”

  1. amy July 22, 2009 at 10:13 am #

    It all sounds wonderful!! I aspire to weekends away in a few years, too!!

  2. Tinkingbell July 22, 2009 at 12:36 pm #

    Such great fun – should I book the house for next year?

  3. Kylie July 23, 2009 at 7:35 am #

    was great to meet you too 🙂 can’t wait for next year (I say that every year!) love Bendi weekend!!

  4. Leonie July 23, 2009 at 2:11 pm #

    Great run down!
    Still have to figure out what to do with my Bingo card!

  5. Kate July 25, 2009 at 9:32 pm #

    Wasn’t it awesome?? Nice range of items in your haul there lovey. What are you starting with? I have to note though that the buttons are bone – I’m the one who bought the horn ones. (I know, it’s just the yarn fumes messing with your brain)

  6. becky c. July 28, 2009 at 12:16 am #

    That spindle is so pretty! So glad you had such a great time. Everyone should be able to restore their soul like that every now and then.

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