We won't mention THAT airline who c-a-n-c-e-l-l-e-d my flight on Friday morning, which left me scrambling to get another (and they were all sold out Friday and flights on Saturday would have arrived too late for y classes). So I shelled out $350 odd dollars to fly on a reputable airline to get down there late Friday night and missed my first class. I heard of other women hiring cars and driving 6 hours to get there... and this afternoon I was overweight with my hand luggage, but in their words "we've had a horrible few days, so will let you go"... I informed them that they had cancelled my first flight, so a few kilos overweight was not going to bother me...
It was a wonderful, wonderful weekend, meeting up with someone I didn't know particularly well (I used to frequent a wool shop she worked at years ago) and hanging out with crazy for knitting/yarn buyers just like me (man, I truly think we are like a tribe in how we dress etc too!).
I did a tour of New Zealand's LAST woollen mill - what a fascinating experience! I was totally blown away by the entire process and never knew how much went into producing a ball of wool!! Staggering. They produce most of the brands in the entire country - I thought a job in the labelling room would be fab! I'll show photos another time - I really cannot remember the process but realise even more how important it is to buy New Zealand produced yarn as much as possible. (I do anyway m-o-s-t of the time).
Tonight I'll leave you with my purchases - I have never seen Malabrigo wool before in my life and it is so divine. The rest is all New Zealand producers/independent dyers.