I've got a bit of a crush on Bendigo yarns just now.
I'm knitting a version of Jared Flood's 'Tweed Baby Blanket' in Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury 4 ply in a soft greyish-white colour called 'ghost'. I've also bought some 'iris mist' for the feather-and-fan edging. The pattern is written for a thicker yarn (double knitting) so I'm having to adapt the number of stitches and rows for the finer fabric. Jen said she's used algebra to work out the variations for her version of the shawl, but I think that's a bit challenging, so I'm using a combination of arithmetic and fudging to calculate mine.
I've been trying to think what it is I like so much about Bendigo yarns. I've decided they're very honest yarns. They don't pretend to be anything other than what they are - a mass-produced 100% merino yarn. Very everyday. Very practical. It helps that they're relatively inexpensive, come in a wide range of colours, and are wound into satisfyingly hefty 200 gram balls. And Bendigo Woollen Mills' great customer service (sending shade cards, swift response, free postage over a very minimal amount of yarn) is another significant advantage.
I knitted on the baby blanket over the Easter weekend. I seemed to knit for ages and I'm still not even mid-way through the central section of the blanket. But it is grey, and it is garter stitch, and it is Bendigo yarn, so I'm happy to keep plodding along.