yesterday i went up to sydney for a conference at which i was presenting a 10 minute paper. i just need to have a little whine about that. 10 minutes plus 5 minutes questions. have you ever tried to explain a 2 year multi-discipline project in 10 minutes? it was a bit of a debacle. i had a carefully planned presentation and i ended up having to whip through it and look really half arsed. there were 4 simultaneous streams, and i dont understand why you wouldnt just make that into a 2 day conference, so that everyone could go to more and have more time to talk and discuss.
3 hours travel for 10 minutes. and the train on the way up was packed,
and i had to sit on the stairs and try and knit (another tension square for saturdays workshop)
but the venue was nice
and there were other compensations. that is, the venue was kind of close to a rather famous street in newtown, which has a lot of attractions at the moment for the crafty minded person. first stop was the newly opening ‘granny square’:
which is going to be totally amazing when its fully stocked. i really like the thinking here, some good new stuff that you cant get easily elsewhere, and that caters to the more fussy yarn buyer amongst us, including some wonderful hand dyed yarns and cotton you can usually only buy online, as well as a great selection from the expanding morris and sons line. i was quite taken with the new ‘estate’ 8 ply but i didnt buy any. i did buy something, i’ll show you what a bit later. anyway, its a great space and i cant wait to see it again when its fully functioning.
lucky i knew what i was after, or i could have got seriously lost in there. then we repaired to lunch:
not me, largely because the yarn i did like was pear tree supersoft, which i had already picked up 10 skeins of in bendigo for less than half the price! i do have a bit of loot to show:
not bad for a 10 minute conference paper.
(photos are all from phone camera so apologies for dodgy quality!)