The Australian Sheep & Wool Show

Today was a gloriously sunny winter day, perfect for getting out and about in, so we spent the afternoon at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show. We wandered about and admired all the different types of sheep. We swooned over the spools of cuddly yarn and piles of rainbow roving. We saw a fashion parade. We cuddled a cow, some alpacas, a goat and some chickens (please know that when Reuben was photographing me holding that little hen, she wasn’t nearly as miserable as she looks in the picture!) We ate baked potatoes. We watched a shearing competition and some sheep dog trials. We melted into puddles over the sheer cuteness of little lambs. And we thought about how wonderful and satisfying it would be to learn how to process fleece, dye and spin it, to make our very own yarn from scratch. Oh, one day…

What are getting up to this weekend? Whatever you are doing, I hope it’s lovely and sunny and full of happy things!

Katie x

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Katie is a tea drinking, jewellery making, op-shopping daydreamer. Katie likes vintage dresses, Pictionary, doilies and colourful tights.


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30 Responses to “The Australian Sheep & Wool Show”

  1. Chantille Fleur July 21, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

    We spent the day building the new vegie garden come chicken pen, and it was lovely and sunny, but boy was it cold! So nice to come in be able to warm the house with our wood stove!
    The Wool Show looks like it would have been great to go to! I love those yarns, they are gorgeous. The little lamb is sweet. Was there any Border Collies there with the other animals? {devoted Collie lover, and in a few weeks I will bring home my little Collie pup 🙂 }
    Sarah x

    • Katie
      Katie July 22, 2012 at 10:59 am #

      Oh, I am horribly jealous of your veg garden/chicken pen and wood stove! We dream of those things. There were a few Border Collies about and one very, very cute Border Collie pup! x

  2. Ida July 21, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

    hens! Oh, I want to have hens.. one day I will.. your day looks wonderful!

    Here in this part of Norway its raining, and its very chilly for this time of year, so I am inside, and not doing too much. Surfing Pinterest and Etsy, knitting a bit, reading a bit. Later today I will make pirogs for dinner, with a recipe I got from my dad. The pirogs tastes like childhood 🙂

    thank you for making me smile with all those cute animals. Have a nice weekend there down under! 🙂

    • Katie
      Katie July 22, 2012 at 11:02 am #

      Yes, we would very much like a little flock of hens too. We’ve just got to be patient! It sounds like you are having a lovely cozy, homey weekend Ida. Hope your Sunday is just as nice! 🙂

  3. Sarah July 21, 2012 at 9:06 pm #

    This is truly why the internet is so cool!! I get to see a sheep show in Australia from the comfort of my sofa!

    Thanks for giving me a glimpse into Aussie life!


    • Katie
      Katie July 22, 2012 at 11:04 am #

      The internet makes the world a smaller, friendlier place! I really like that 🙂

  4. Jordy July 21, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

    That Alpaca looks so sage and wise!!

    • Katie
      Katie July 22, 2012 at 11:05 am #

      Doesn’t he?! Alpacas always seem quite sage to me 🙂

  5. cb July 22, 2012 at 4:14 am #

    i want all the furry animals!!! especially the llama or is it a alpaca? i never know the difference. oh and some chickens too! i really really want chickens! what a fun show to have gone to. we have here but it is never that cool!

    • Katie
      Katie July 22, 2012 at 11:08 am #

      I want them all too! They are alpacas. Reuben is quite obsessed with alpacas and in our dream life we would have a little flock of them that we would use to make our own yarn. And some chickens for eggs of course! x

  6. Louise July 22, 2012 at 10:04 am #

    Love these photos.
    I hope you bought some real wool to make a rug or jumper. Wool bought as such places is better quality, has higher intrinsic value for you, and carries a wonderful story to the person who receives the knitted item. The pleasure lasts longer than the day you saw it.

    • Katie
      Katie July 22, 2012 at 11:15 am #

      You are so right about hand spun and dyed wool being better than mass produced stuff – it’s that same with just about everything. I love that handmade items are made with so much thought, love and care, and that they carry such interesting stories with them. And they are so much more beautiful than the things out of factories. Oh, I just love handmade! Unfortunately we didn’t buy any yarn this time as we are trying not to spent too much right now. Thankfully, the internet allows us to shop from makers at any time so we will definitely buying lovely handmade yarn in the future 🙂

  7. Heidi July 22, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

    Oh gosh I love the alpacas too. There is a property not too far from our place, near Mt Tamborine which is in the Gold Coast Hinterland and they own about 6 alpacas. Whenever we are up that way, I nag David to please stop the car by the side of the road so I can pat them, they are so cute and friendly – I just love their huge gorgeous eyes and long fluttery eyelashes.

    But oh my gosh the lambs and the hens are adorable too. Reminds me of me going nuts over all the baby farm animals at the Ekka last year in Brisvegas – I was in animal heaven with all those adorable little furry creatures.

    We have had a restful day just hanging out at home after a really busy week. So great to just chill out in jammies all day. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday x

  8. Nicole July 22, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    how wonderful! I wish that we had something like that where I live

  9. Julie July 22, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

    My sister has spun her own wool (from fleece that she was given) and then knitted a lovely pullover for her daughter. She made a seamless garment by knitting it on circular needles and then grafting the shoulders and sleeves.

  10. Felicia July 23, 2012 at 1:56 am #

    How fun! This sounds like a lovely afternoon! Katie, I love your outfit too 🙂

    • Katie
      Katie July 24, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

      Aw, thank you very much! <3

  11. Kelly July 23, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    i think I’m gonna have to take mum to this next year! looks like so much fun.
    lambs are just the cutest. x

  12. Sanaa July 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

    I am jealous this looks like so much fun! And that roving makes me drool a little….

  13. Christine July 23, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    Helloo! What lovely pics of the sheep show! You managed to see two of the things that I so wanted to but didn’t get to – the animal nursery and the fashions!

    I hopped up there on Friday and was blown away by how big it is. Looks like you both had a wonderful time. 🙂

  14. Brenda July 23, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

    You two are adorable, and your blog is lovely, so happy I found you!

    • Katie
      Katie July 24, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

      Oh, thank you so much Brenda! x

  15. Katie July 24, 2012 at 1:52 am #

    Oof those hand dyed merino rovings look AMAZINGLY delicious! I learnt how to spin my own yarn on a drop spindle, but ideally I’d like to have a spinning wheel to do it properly. Big outlay, but a project for the future 🙂 Certainly a good thing to learn – getting to the source of yarn production 🙂 I’d love to have a llama to look after, and borrow its fleece for yarn! Katie. xxx

  16. Lyndall July 24, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    That rainbow roving is so pretty! All that lovely wool makes me feel like knitting something now 🙂

  17. Meredith July 24, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

    Wowee!! Such beautiful colors! It looks like you had a lovely time at the show.

    I just love your sweater Katie. 🙂

    • Katie
      Katie July 24, 2012 at 8:38 pm #

      Thank you lovely! x

  18. Becc July 24, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

    what beautiful pictures! I love that you are immersing yourselves in your community and making the most of special days like this.And the roving…mmm…rainbow loveliness 🙂

  19. Cheryl July 26, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    I love those crocheted post caps at the old PO. I lived in Mackay and l remember the frogs in the toilet!

  20. allie August 2, 2012 at 3:27 am #

    these animals are melting my heart!! soooo cute!

  21. lisa August 2, 2012 at 3:34 am #

    Ahhh all of these animals are so cute. What a fun way to spend the day! And I love both of your sweaters 🙂

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