Husby and I went to the Sydney Royal Easter Show yesterday - a good, but oh so tiring day. So many people! Gah! But has to be done, especially if I want to see the knitting and crochet, and have these:
Mmmmm, CWA scones, fresh and hot straight from the oven, delivered to the counter wrapped in a teatowel (but of course!). This was the first thing we did when we arrived, after collecting Kylie on the way to the tearooms. Very good way to start the day.
Then off to the knitting and crochet. I really do think the work displayed this year was better than last year - not necessarily better quality knitting, but I thought there was a larger number of modern garments, and more quality yarns used.
There seemed to be more lace, and not all the baby jackets were pastels!
But of course the way the garments and items were displayed was atrocious - mostly suspended from the ceiling using fishing wire and paper clips.
This champion cobweb (1ply) lace wedding shawl was suspended using 3 paperclips. Oh my. I'm amazed the knitting holds up - at least it proves how strong a fabric knitting produces!
Nor does it display the lace, in particular, to its full advantage - glorious lace scrunched up and the patterning barely visible. Such a shame given the work that goes into them.
We watched a lot of woodchopping as well - I do love the axemen. It's not their fine phsysiques (because they mostly don't have them!!), but it's more to do with the white trousers and dunlop volley tennis shoes, and the handicap system (the more experienced guys start well after the others, and quite often catch up and overtake them!), and the skill involved.
And that the older guys are often far better than the youngsters - one of the few physical sports where this is the case. (sorry about the mosaic being cut off - no idea why this happens or how to fix it. Sigh...)
And we ended up looking at the district displays - these are made by representatives of each of 5 districts in NSW (and SE Qld), using pretty much entirely fruit and vegetables, and other regional produce like fleeces, seeds and grains, preserved fruits and wines and oils.
This one was my favourite - a fish, made of apples! And the waves were either (or both) fleece and cotton! Very cool!
More pictures of everything in my Easter Show flickr set, if you are interested.
We got home very tired and collapsed on the lounge - didn't even get any knitting done! But I have managed, now, finally, to catch up on all my blogreading from being away last week!