We went to Melbourne for the first weekend of the school holidays. Don’t be deluded by the photos – it was actually very warm (about 18-20°C). Having inaccurately predicted a bitterly cold winter’s weekend, I finished off a hat the night prior to departure.
I was determined to wear my hat and overcoat despite the unseasonably warm weather. The next day we went to the McClelland Gallery, which is about 45 minutes out of Melbourne. If you like sculpture a little (or a lot), then this sculpture park is for you. There is an exhibition of current Australian sculpture on at the moment that was seriously mind expanding, which finishes on the 17th of July 2011. Even once the current exhibition ends, there are lots of works in the permanent collection that I really, really liked.
The sculpture in the picture above is by Ken Unsworth, and is the sibling of a much loved similar work that used to be on display at the Art Gallery of NSW. I’ll admit, the hat only came out for the photos – the weather was much too warm to need it! The drive to and from the Sculpture Park is also accompanied by freeway art.It is hard to take photos of the sculptures as you are barrelling down a freeway! This one is by Callum Morton, and when I first saw it, I commented to the Fireman that it seemed like the world’s worst location for a hotel. It was only on a closer view that I realised that it was a sculpture!
The hat even came with me to the footy at the MCG, but it still wasn’t really cold enough to need to wear it (and yes, it appears as though I really am that pale!). Pattern: The Amanda Hat, a free pattern. No alterations, although I used a lot more yarn than specified.
Needles: Inox fixed 5.5 mm 80 cm long.
Yarn: Bouton D’Or Legende in Fantasia (colour 1147). I like this yarn a lot, I lovely soft wool/alpaca blend. I had purchased 2 skeins from Lil Weasel, and ran out of yarn. I emailed them, and they were able to send me another skein in the same dyelot. As I said before, a fantastic yarn shop.