One of the great aspects of knitting for me is the buying of yarn. The internet has become a shop window on the world in this respect.
Here in Australia we produce great wool, but fall down on the value added component. Much of the clip is sent overseas for other countries to spin, to colour, to make it wonderful. We have some local mills, but I don't find myself as excited by their offerings as I am by many overseas spinners/dyers.
The attached photo is a very small part of my stash that I want to share with fellow MWK. The cranberry cone is Australian laceweight wool, the blue is Brown Sheep Cotton Fine for a T-shirt for me, the multi-coloured skein is Blue Moon Socks That Rock shade Fluorite, and my latest acquisition is Jaggerspun Zephyr laceweight silk/merino 50/50, shade is cassis.
Mike, thanks for your lace tutorial, I am relatively new to lace knitting but my partner, Clive, has been knitting Shetland cobweb lace shawls for years. If the garment design and colour is appropriate, I don't see why men shouldn't wear it.
This winter I have knitted myself a lacy design scarf which was very comforting around my neck on cold, windy days, and one of my many WIP is a lace design by Sharon Miller from Heirloom Knitting in a wool yarn by Margaret Stove, the New Zealand lace guru.
Last night my partner and I went to the Sydney Opera House to see the US singer Dianne Reeves in a tribute to Sarah Vaughan. As well as her own trio of musicians, she was accompanied by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. What a fabulous night. She sang in the film "Good Night, and Good Luck" which I didn't see.
Here are some socks I was working on recently, the top one is yarn from Cabin Cove (Dave) Mercantile...he does some great colours.
..to the kind welcome to MWK. To any of the Sydney knitters, there is a group of knitters, mostly women but occasionally another guy besides me, who meet at a cafe in Newtown. Details are at http://shwest.typepad.com/ssk/ and you would be most welcocme.
Just to introduce myself as new to MWK. One day I'll be PC literate enough to move a photo to my details page LOL