Belated… and hats

So I never really finished uploading all my Sydney pictures and regaling you all with tales of my trip. I was exhausted in the last few days, and then when I got home I was so sad I was home that I didn’t even upload my last pictures :O but today I finally picked up my camera cord and uploaded some of my pictures…

3 Monkeys Pub
This was a pub a little down the way from me. Totally awesome!

Double decker train
A double decker train! These were so awesome. So fun…

Harbour Bridge
The harbour bridge!

Opera House
And of course… the Sydney Opera house. Always lovely.

LOOTS :D
And my Harry Potter exhibition loot!

Ok, ok… I admit. That is not all of my Harry Potter loot. I got a wand, bag, 2 chocolate frogs, bertie botts every flavour beans, time turner, scarf, bookmark, program and marauders map.
The exhibition was really fantastic! In the first part, you get escorted in after the sorting onto platform 9 3/4… there’s mist, and someone yelling, “First years!” … it was magic. Then all the props. Oh my the props! They were so wonderful. I just stood before them, and thought about how that particular actor had been wearing those very same clothes! Though I wasn’t allowed to touch, haha. It was really fantastic. I got to sit in Hagrid’s hut, throw quaffles, pull mandrakes… it was a really full experience. Then at the end, I was like – buy ALL the merchandise!! šŸ˜€ Well, not all, I admit. But I did buy quite a bit… and imagine my joy as the first chocolate frog card I pulled out of my packet was Dumbledore himself. Absolutely priceless.
Unfortunately we weren’t allowed to take pictures, so that picture up there of some of my loot is really all I can give you. But I can say that it was absolutely worth it. Worth every penny of flying down to Sydney just to be there.

Otherwise, lately I’ve been well. I’ve been reading A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin… and loving it. I’m up to the last book, and I’m kind of drawing it out a bit now because I don’t want to run out of the series… šŸ˜¦ so sad!! Sigh, but it has to end soon… I have to know what happens next.
I have also been knitting again šŸ™‚ I’ve started on Ysolda Teague’s “Snapdragon Tam” – here’s my project page here… I’m almost finished, but I just ran out of yarn. I went through a whole skein already and it’s rather surprising, but at the same time not so surprising at all since it is a rather large hat…

Snapdragon Tam #1
Here it is starting out

Snapdragon Tam #2
… and here it is now.

Do pardon the lighting in the last picture. I had to take it in rather questionable lighting, since this shall be my last opportunity to take a picture before I finish it off. I’ll be going to buy some more yarn today, and I’m only 10 rows off finishing. That means all I need to do is to block it – I believe you have to block it over a dinner plate… though that does sound rather large… but we shall see. Speaking of blocking, I have finally blocked my shawl, though tragically… it seems a moth got to it before I did. I have a bit of a hole šŸ˜¦ Which I shall mend… but… it is still really horrible. That’s why I’ve not yet graced you all with pictures of me wearing it proudly šŸ˜¦ Other than the hole though, it looks perfect. I’m pretty happy with it šŸ™‚ I might make another one in handspun next.

Well that’s all for now. Until next time šŸ™‚

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