Lyn lives in Redfern, a diverse and colourful inner city suburb in an apartment that mine wants to be when it grows up, surrounded by books, beautiful and interesting objects, comfy sofas and the evidence of a lively, intelligent and creative mind.
No sooner had I put my bags down and she had whisked me off to a ballet at the opera house. Yes, the Sydney Opera House, most iconic of iconic buildings and I've been inside it! I have to admit that I was very excited.There are few urban views more spectacular than Sydney harbour with its bridge and opera house and ferries buzzing backwards and forwards. I was well and truly smitten.
The next couple of days were a whirl of good food, good company and knitters! On Saturday we went to a meeting of the Inner City branch of the Knitters Guild which was inspiring to me on many levels. Firstly, the number and variety of ages and skill levels of the knitters gathered in a small room at the central library. Secondly, the way that it was skillfully run with a very light but firm touch. There was a brief amount of business, an interesting and accessible tutorial, a very inclusive show and tell and of course tea and cakes! It certainly made me reflect on the UK Knitting and Crochet Guild and how much more vibrant and relevant this group feels to the organisation we currently have here which, to the general member feels very inward looking currently.
The other highlight of the trip was an invitation to Rose Red's baby shower. It was so lovely to be surrounded by warm, friendly knitters that I have known through their blogs for some time now and can at last put faces to the names. Of course there were so many people there my head was a bit of a whirl but it was particularly good to meet Miss Fee, DrK, and Bells knits as well as Rose Red and her impending arrival.
As a tribute to these lovely knitters who made me so welcome I wanted to find a way to show them to you on the blog without embarrassment as I know that not everybody likes to have their face on the Internet so, with their kind permission I have some images of knitters with their knitting.
People may recognise themselves....
And of course, the reason why I needed to abandon work on my shawl and do some speed knitting becomes obvious.