Monday 20 June 2016

Baaa in Australia means Merino !! :)

Thank you for your comments on my cross stitch and trip photos !! :) I have been adding my WIP progress along with the vacation pics but I don't have anything to show today .

I have just one more set of trip photos left which I will share later . Right now , I will share some crafty shopping adventures . I had dedicated the last day of vacation for my crafty shopping after collecting a mountain of souvenirs for our extended family and friends .

Baaa......Australian Merino sheep 
Saw lots of these while passing by villages towards Great Ocean road from Melbourne city

My shopping had me visit three places in Melbourne - Lincraft Store , Wondoflex Yarn center and Cando Books . My blogger friends , Lavina and Pam shared information on various shopping destinations and touring places in Sydney and Melbourne . Lavina also gave feedback about Indian restaurants as she had stayed there for years . Thanks Lavina and Pam .

About my yarn shopping , I got information from SnB Melbourne group on Ravelry and they promptly shared info on the stores based on my specific yarn choices . And this blog post on many craft stores in Melbourne also helped a lot .

Lincraft Store

Lots of threads

fabric...not much of choice 

DMC and Sullivan threads 

Lots of yarn and they were having 50% off on many brands on the day I visited

jewelry crafts section 

and this is what I got from there ......

Aida fabric, some random DMC and Sullivans threads, a white aida fabric band and a wooden lap frame . I have no idea if there are any more attachments needed with this frame . I just bought it and need to learn how to use .

random things --- those pebble shaped sticky notes and the thimble were bought from some other place . The 'make- a- zipper' roll is a new thing for me  

Got some bamboo batting for small projects , some more random zippers and flannel fabrics

Lincraft local cotton yarn and Paton's Sorrento synthetic yarn 

Made in Australia Pure wool yarn - Cleckheaton country 8 ply

I will make something for either me or Anshita

Shepherd baby merino wool 4 ply . I hope to make a short jacket for Anshita

A visit to Wondoflex Yarn center 

Lots of yummy yarns :))))

and this is what I got from there ......
Australian Superfine merino 8 ply by Cleckheaton. 
These were a bit expensive , 65gm ball @ 12 . 50 AUD . I guess I can make a short top for me with 3/4th sleeves .

Touch 2 ply pure merino was from Newzealand, very costly, so I got only one skein . 

Made in Australia Heirloom 100% cotton on left and Paton's cotton blend on right .

I was surprised to find that there were many yarns which were made in India and some in China too . There were European yarns also but those I can purchase from Deramores . I wanted to buy Australian yarns mostly made in Australia . My mother sponsored my shopping, looks like my 40th Birthday celebration got extended :)

Last weekend we went to New Delhi to get an award for Anshita :) She got 3rd prize in an International English Olympiad conducted by an organization among schools of south east and middle east Asian countries. Also , I had to visit two of my cousins family there so the three of us had gone .

Hope you had a lovely virtual shopping time with me :)  In next post, I will share about the craft books and magazines I purchased .

Have a great day!


  1. Loved your post, Preeti! Looks like you had a great time adding to your stash. And please tell Anshita "Congratulations!" What an achievement!

  2. Wow!! What fantastic shops and lovely purchases too. Made even better by them being gifts. Huge congratulations for Anshita, wow!!

  3. You had a great time shopping the yarn and threads. So sweet of your mother. Congrats to anshita.

  4. Love all your new stash Preeti.


  5. Wow, Preeti, it's beautiful!
    I'd been in that shop all day!
    And very hard I would have levied :-)

  6. Oh! Preeti.....dreamland or should I say yarnland!!! Give me this instead of Disneyland anyday. Leave me alone there and I would be a happy happy gal!!! I envy you!!

    keep well

    Amanda xx

  7. I did enjoy the shopping trip. So many wonderful kinds of yarn! Very impressive. Have a wonderful time planning your projects.

  8. Oh the yarns are just yummy...I'm afraid I may start liking the yarn more than floss one
    Thank you for the info on stores..always good to know where you can shop when visiting a new country.
    Congrats to Anshita. Looking fwd to second part of stash party.

  9. Wow, what wonderful shops!
    Congratulations to Anshita

  10. Great stores !!!!
    Hopefully we don't have those store's better for my wallet...
    Great purchases !
    Congrats to your daughter !

  11. Fabulous shops and great new stash Preeti!

  12. Such wonderful things you purchased, Preeti (and how nice to be treated by your dear mother!)... Great job on your daughter's finish--congratulations to her. You must be so proud :)

  13. A great way to finish off a holiday, Preeti, especially if someone else is paying. Thanks for the link back.

  14. Shops look amazing! Great new stash....enjoy! Congrats to your daughter too.

  15. Shops look amazing! Great new stash....enjoy! Congrats to your daughter too.

  16. Oh my, all of that gorgeous yarn! And so sweet of your mother to treat you for your birthday. Thank you for sharing all of these wonderful pictures! And congratulations to Anshita - I know you must be very proud of her! : )

  17. Oooh, you must've been like a kid in a toy store, admit you spent hours in those, so many colorful choices! Congrats to Anshita, she's a gem:)

  18. Great stash! Thanks for sharing.

  19. Oh wow that yarn shop looks fantastic! My mum would love it. X

  20. Good to know that you had good time shopping. For me that would b impossible on our tight trip schedule. Congrats to Anshitha. It's really great achievement.

  21. Catching up on blog posts! Looks like you had a great holiday and some wonderful shopping time too.

  22. Aren't yarn shops fun! :D My first trip into one was enlightening -- who knew it could be So Expensive! Glad your mom could treat you to so many wonderful goodies~ And congrats to your daughter for her academic achievements!

  23. Preeti: Wow what a great trip you had and stash enhancement on top of it all, 50% off well worth the trip.
    I love the sheep photo so sweet.
    I look forward to seeing the progress on your stitching and knitting.
    Congratulations to Anshita what a wonderful honor.


  24. Wow, what a big shops. And great stash

  25. Adding to my stash when traveling abroad is something I truly love. And always do, lol.
    Great new purchases!

  26. Congratulations to Anshita! what a fantastic shopping trip that would have been the highlight of the whole holiday for me, I love your new stash have a great Sunday. :) x

  27. wow...that was really a shopping trip to Australia...really worth the trip Preeti..:)

  28. What a gorgeous array of yarns, threads, etc. Must have been a wonderful trip.

  29. Goodness Preeti! I had to wipe the drool from my laptop when I saw all that lovely yarn!! You certainly were very disciplined in your shopping! I would have needed an additional suitcase for all my purchases :D

  30. Oh yes, Preeti, a fantastic virtual shopping indeed, thanks for sharing!! A feast for the eyes ♥. I'm happy with you about the great finds, enjoy! And congrats to Anshita, she's a clever little lady! Sunny greetings, Nata

  31. WOW! So many yarns! Ya , fabric very less options. For fabric India is the best :)
    Congratulations Anshita

  32. What an amazing selection! You must have been in heaven.

  33. Gosh, what an amazing shop and so much gorgeous yarn and thread, I would have spent the day there. great new stash.

  34. How wonderful to buy craft stuff on Vacation! You lucky girl!!!

  35. i envy you now.. whattta shopping. I do most online so no one doesnt know how much i buy. and congrats to anshita!


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