Back from Down Under!

By Coralie, in News0 comments

After the craziness of the wedding in August, the very anticipated next step was the honeymoon. 🙂
And so in the beginning of September, we embarked on a 4 weeks long journey to Australia. From the green pastoral lands filled with kangaroos in the South, the vivid red landscape in the Center to the humid and luxurious forests in the North, it really feels we visited an entire continent!

It was truly an exceptional and memorable trip.

AustraliaMosaic

But rest assured, even though we didn’t have a lot of time, I still managed to get my hands on some fibre goodies! 😉

Before leaving, I was very lucky to get precious advice from a very nice Aussie Raveler. She gave me the names of a few craft shops to visit and I was very happy to do so.
That’s how I came to know about Spotlight and Lincraft which were conveniently located side to side in Adelaïde.
Let me say, I had a blast! They carry a huge selection of amazing fabric and have supplies for every craft possible. Although I had a sudden urge to bring home everything, I was quickly reminded by my husband of our luggage weight restriction! 😉
Still, I couldn’t resist this owl print. I don’t know quite yet what it’ll be, but it was definitively too cute to pass!

Owl print

In Alice Springs, we stumbled on a small quilt shop selling Aboriginal quilts and fabric, Country Bliss. They have a great selection of Australian fabric and making choices was hard. But in the end a few Aboriginal fat quarter came home with me.

Aboriginal fat quarter

My plan for those is to coordinate them with plain ones and make a quilt maybe from one of Elisabeth Hartmann’s patterns.

So many ideas, so little time, you know the feeling…

I also had a request from the hubby to make him a Kindle case with one of these, so watch out for it in the upcoming weeks!

Detail fabrics

In Geelong, not far from Melbourne, we visited the very informative National Wool Museum. There, I managed to get my hands on some beautiful handspun and hand dyed loveliness. Perfect TV knitting yarn, and perfect for a simple knit for this winter. I see an Outlander inspired cowl in the very near future…

Handspun detail

One of the most striking thing about Australia is its stunning colours. In the Grampians National park, in Halls Gap, we found the cutest art shop. This very popular place has a big yarn selection for such a small shop. From what we could gather from that, knitting seems to be a prominent hobby when camping.

Skeins bought

The choice wasn’t easy, all the yarns had colours inspired by Australia’s nature. But in the end, it’s a skein which made me think of the different colours Uluru is taking during the day and another inspired by the special green of the bush that won my heart.

Details

With all of these great places to see, I had little time to knit during the trip. But still I managed to start a lace shawl from the book New Vintage Lace in a beautiful green Malabrigo yarn. For the moment, there’s little progress to show as I had to frog half of it because I misread the chart… But I’m looking forward to finish this beauty, the yarn looks so comfy to wear.
I also started a secret project that I can’t wait to share with you! More on that soon…

Puifff, that was a busy month. I wish I could do it all the time. The upside is that now I’m super motivated for the end of this year. Lots of great things to come, stay tuned! 😉