Quite a few people have asked us why we moved back to Australia during the southern hemisphere winter. Truthfully, it's just the way it worked out. However, in addition to the Norah Gaughan class at Sunspun, another great woolly reason to return home in winter is the Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show.
Alternatively called 'Bendi' or 'Spendigo', the Sheep and Wool Show is really the highlight of a fibre enthusiast's calendar in Australia. There are a few other events in Australia, but Bendi is the biggest and brightest.
Half farm show, half wool festival, Bendi brings wool lovers from all over Australia. There are sheds, barns and marquees with indie yarn dyers, designers, bag and tool makers and this year I noticed quite few wool millls in attendane - Adagio Mills, Nundle Mill and Great Ocean Road Mill.
As well as the wool products there are lots of sheep to look at (and book for a stud service if you needed that), fashion shows, and a very impressive sheep shearing demonstration. Not to mention the delicious food - so much amazing lamb to eat.
I bought a few things - wool, fudge, jam and chutney, and was sorely tempted by all the lovely yarns and had a lovely day out with some knitting friends.