Re: The camera cable. My dear, lovely, darling husband decided to use the camera - which I have no problem with - but for some reason he put the camera back on my desk while leaving the cable attached to his computer in another room. I saw the camera on my desk foolishly assumed the cable would be nearby - probably buried somewhere under all the yarn and hats in my room. At least it enforced a bit of a tidy up.
Re: The Magic Yarn Ball and other Australian-based swaps - if you are on Ravelry, hop along to here Australian swappers
If you are not on Ravelry and are a knitter or crocheter, you have no idea what you are missing out on. Go and sign up for an invite - it now takes only a few days to be let into the secret lair; I spent MONTHS on the waiting list. It's free - although all the temptation inevitably leads to more expenditute on stash, needles, etc.