Friday, December 2, 2016

Fantastic Fibre Beasts and where to find them


First Friday of December !! So I thought that was worth a celebration and decided to put of a fibre and yarn feast filled with lots of yummies: A new batch of TUNDRA tops with the magnificent Musk Ox from Norway and a North Ronaldsay Seaweed eating sheep that is just awesome to knit with. Or as somebody said it felt “spongy” yep, that’s the seaweed sheep alright: their wool is extremely lofty and spongy. Must definitely have something to do with their diet of only seaweed !

It has been a super busy week with all the prep and dyeing of the very special December clubs and getting a huge amount of administrative tax stuff out of the way (phew!0 and doing an interview for the Yarra Valley FM, amongst other fun stuff , like, finally making it to the cinema to see “Fantastic Beasts and where to find them” . I mean, how could I possibly not be excited to see that movie being a total “Potter head” (sorted in Ravenclaw, Patronus is a Stag, and my wand is apparently a sycamore wand with a unicorn hair and of unbending flexibility ( I have asked Paul to make me one, but he is still looking for a unicorn hair..lol)) . The movie was awesome and funny with amazing effects and gorgeous fantastic beasts (my fav was the Niffler).

Talking about Fantastic beasts: I have two kind of fibres from two different fantastic rare beats on offer for you today: The North Ronaldsay Sheep yarn and the Musk ox from Norway..

As far as rare breeds are concerened and especially with the musk ox, they are being monitored by scientists to see what is happening with the herds and what their health is. A musk ox can be up to two metres long. The animal is characterised by a long and dense coat and wide hooves and drooping horns. Like domestic cows, musk oxen are ruminants, and allow their food to ferment in a separate stomach prior to digesting it. Musk ox are well protected against the cold Arctic winter. They have two layers of hair--a thick undercoat and heavy outer coat of long, dark hair. Musk ox are a key species in the Arctic, but populations are in decline. A new method is helping scientists to monitor these animals in often difficult to reach, remote locations.

A new method of hair analysis reveals what musk ox in the Arctic have been eating in recent years. The hair is sampled from the animals’ buttocks where it is longest and preserves a longer time series of the animals eating habits. Buttock hair also grows continuously throughout the year and so it gives the most representative picture of the animals’ yearly food intake. “Musk ox [are] a key species in the Arctic that we know surprisingly little about,” says lead author Jesper Bruun Mosbacher, a PhD student at the Arctic Research Centre, Aarhus University, Denmark. “We use a new method that has never been applied in this way before. And we can use it to monitor [musk ox] populations in locations where we otherwise wouldn’t visit very often,” says Mosbacher.

Musk ox are found throughout the Arctic, in Greenland, Canada, Alaska, Norway, and Russia. And some local populations are thriving. In west Greenland, populations have soared from just 27 in the early 1960s to around 25,000 estimated individuals today, says Mosbacher. But scientists still do not know where most musk ox are or how they are faring. "No one knows how many there are among the [unmanaged] population on the east coast [of Greenland]. The most recent estimate in 1990 was between 2,900 and 4,600 musk ox within the area of the Zackenberg research station," says Mosbacher.

"We know locally from Zackenberg, that the stock there increased throughout the 1990s, until 2007, after which it began to decline drastically. But we only have an overview in localised areas. For the vast majority we have no idea where large populations are, or how they are doing," he says. Mosbacher and his colleagues set out to learn more about these animals behaviour throughout the year, and this meant finding out what they had eaten.
Mosbacher and his colleagues analysed hair from ten Greenlandic musk ox and discovered that the animals’ diet is directly linked with their environmental surroundings and the number of calves born. Fewer calves were born during and after particularly snowy winters.

"In winters with lots of snow, the animals starved and burned their layer of body fat. Musk ox live in such extreme areas and they are very dependent on sufficient body resources both to survive and to be able to produce calves," says Mosbacher. The scientists analysed the stable isotope composition of the hair, which indicates the type of food that the animals ate in recent years. An isotope is a specific version of an element and every element has several different isotopes. A stable isotope means that it is not radioactive and does not change into another isotope by radioactive decay.
The analytical tool is useful when predicting future population trends in the face of climate change, says Mosbacher. “Our study tries to understand how climate influences the musk ox’s diet, in a region where [climate] is changing twice as fast as in other ecosystems and where populations [of musk ox] are declining,” he says.

“Understanding the connection between the environment and food is important, because then we can begin to understand what will happen as the climate changes." The muskox project is a collaboration between Arctic Research Centre in the Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, the Copenhagen Zoo, the Department of Biology and Centre for Permafrost at the University of Copenhagen, and the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research.

Musk ox fibres or Qiviut fibres are a down fibre which means it is the undercoat : no buttocks hair for you all !! LOL

The great thing about working with these fibres is that they spin like magic and they are amazingly warm as well. You only need 10% to make a difference in a blend. I have added 25% in the TUNDRA blend and it is AWESOME!!


So, here’s my first December fluff offereing for you to you: a huge thank you to all of you who support our little fibre farm and support rare breeds and research to save our planet with heart : Big Fluffy Hugs to all ! And, Happy Creating !!!!


Please let me know if you have any questions okay? If you like to order some of what you see here on tonight’s blog, just message me on ravelry or facebook or send me an email. I will get right back to you with all the details. Happy Snaffling !!!!



Special IxCHeL Gift Vouchers 



Want to give somebody something special and still let them pick out their fav colour or fibre blend? Well, search no more: I offer an IxCHeL gift voucher package that is so hard to resist you even want to buy one for yourself ..lol   The Giftvouchere will be emailed to you or your friend with a unique number to quote when buying from my updates or at any of my markets. The Vouchers are valid for 1 year.     Here’s the deal:

AU$25 Personalised Christmas giftvoucher Pack
A personalised Christmas giftvoucher, free post for the receivers first order in Australia (for overseas customers you can deduct AU$9 off your shipping cost!) and a badge

AU$50 Personalised Christmas giftvoucher Pack
Comes with a personalised Christmas giftvoucher, free post for the receiver's first order in Australia(for overseas customers you can deduct AU&9 off your shipping cost!) , a badge, a bunny $photo and last but not least some amazing fluffy stuff in a gift pack

AU$100 Personalised Christmas giftvoucher Pack
Comes with a personalised Christmas giftvoucher, free post for the receivers first order in Australia (for overseas customers you can deduct AU$9 off your shipping cost!), a badge, a bunny photo and last but not least some amazing fluffy stuff and yarn in a gift pack!

Just let me know what giftvoucher pack you would like to gift to a friend or yourself! And I will send you all the details.


TUNDRA Tops

50g /AU $ 25

25% Musk Ox, Angora Bunny, Cashmere, Silk, Tencel, eco merino

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North Ronaldsay Seaweed Eating Sheep Yarn

100g /AU $ 26

Hand dyed and natural available as well. 3 to 4 ply yarn, 550meters/100g

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Natural ( special price for the natural yarn only $18 !!!) Grab a couple while you can. There are not many left.



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New IxCHeL Club sign ups are open !

for the months : January, February and March 2017 

(til quotas are reached or until December 28th)

For all our international club fans there is a possibility to ship all three clubs together to save on postage if you want :-) Just pm me and enquire about the options available.

IxCHeL Fibre Club January, February, March 2017

The subscription is for a period of three months and you will receive one special hand dyed top/roving per month to the value of AU$24 or more
All the tops will be hand dyed and will be especially made for the members of Ixchel Fibre Club ! Price to join the IxCHel Fibre Club #31 and receive your special hand dyed top :)) for three months (January, February and March 2017) is AU$72 + postage (parcel post or airmail). AND there are good value double serves available !!!

For Australia : single serve $72+$28 postage (parcel post), double serve $136+$28 (save $8) or triple serves $204 (save $12!) + postage
For USA + Canada: single serve AU$72+AU$56 (Airmail) double serve AU$136+AU$56
For UK,Europe, rest of the world: Single serve AU$72+AU$69 (airmail) Double serve AU$136+AU$69
For Asia: Single serve AU$72+AU$50 (airmail) Double serve AU$136+AU$50
If you want to receive a fibre surprise every month then join the IXCHEL FIBRE CLUB #31 now. Numbers are strictly limited ! The January 2017 Club is going to be shipped out end of January. Payment via direct deposit or credit card or paypal. Just PM or email me your details

The IxCHeL Sock Yarn Clubs January, February, March 2017


Every month for three months (January, February and March 2017) you will receive: enough hand dyed luscious yummy yarn to make a pair of socks or a lush shawl or scarf ofcourse! (the hand dyed yarn will be exclusive for the Ixchelbunny SOCK-IT-TO-ME Yarn CLUB and will range from a sockweight yarn or a 3ply or a 4 ply); Every month a new sock pattern, tips and instructions ! Now is that GOOD or is that GOOD ??!



I will even offer a double serve for those of you who like their socks extra long !





For Australia : single serve $78+$28 postage (parcel post) double serve $130 (= one skein FREE!!!) +$28


For USA + Canada: single serve AU$78+AU$56 (Airmail) double serve $130 (= one skein FREE!!!) +AU$56


For UK,Europe, rest of the world: Single serve AU$78+AU$69 (airmail) Double serve $130 (= one skein FREE!!!) +AU$69


For Asia: Single serve AU$78+AU$45 (airmail) Double serve $130 (= one skein FREE!!!) +AU$45




Numbers are strictly limited ! 
Payment via direct deposit or credit card or paypal . Just PM or email me your details 
  By the way: you don’t HAVE to knit socks if you don’t want to.. the hand dyed yarn is amazingly nice for scarves, cowls, beanies and even tops ! Anything goes .

IxCHeL Funky Bunny Batt Clubs January, February, March 2017

Here are all the details and just pm me when you have any questions or want to be part of the funky bunny batt club Movement ;-) Welcome to the blingy dark side ;-D
The subscription is for a period of three months and you will receive one special hand dyed funky bunny batt per month to the value of AU$40 or more .
The batts will range in weight from 140grams to 180grams with luxury fibres like camel , angora, cashmere, silk, yak, llama even wolf and bison and rare sheep breeds !!!! All the batts will be hand dyed and will be especially made for the members of Ixchel funky bunny Club ! Every month you will receive a HUGE luxury funky bunny batt !
Sign up now and you will receive an Ixchel Hand dyed , super luxurious funky bunny batt for January, February and March 2017.

Price to join the Ixchel Funky bunny for three months is :
For Australia : $108+$28 postage (parcel post)
For USA + Canada: AU$108+AU$56 (Airmail)
For UK,Europe, rest of the world: AU$108+AU$69 (airmail)
For Asia: AU$108+AU$45 (airmail)
If you want to receive a fibre surprise every month then join the IXCHEL FUNKY BUNNY BATT CLUB now. Numbers are strictly limited ! The first installment is going to be shipped out end of January  Payment via direct deposit or credit card or paypal. Just PM or email me


Landscape dyes 

 100g tubs   AU$11 
250g tubs    AU$25


Want to dye your own with easy to use acid dyes? I have been selling these Landscape dyes at my workshops and shows for a long time :  They are extremely easy to use and come in great shades.
Just contact me with the name of the colour you are after and I will get right back to you.


Have a creative week!
Please don't hesitate to contact me at any time if you have any questions okay? : Always happy to enable.

All my contact details are here:


How To Order:

1. You can email me on ixchel at rabbit dot com dot au or ixchelbunny at yahoo dot com dot au
2. Message me on facebook or 
3. Message me on www.ravelry.com  where I am Ixchelbunny.

I will email you right back with all your order details and payment methods.


Any questions? Any custom orders for yarn or dyeing fibre? : Please don’t hesitate to ask! Always happy to enable.


Thank you so much for your help and support !


 RABBIT ON !
((hugs))
Charly
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Friday, November 25, 2016

Peculiar stuff


The local little rural postoffice almost filled up to the brim, when I deposited all the club parcels and now I am straight into the prep work for all the December clubs which I hope will all get done and shipped in the first week of December so they can knock on your door before Christmas ! So yes, another full on week and the “weather forecast” is not looking any different for the weeks to come with custom orders and lots of dyeing of new blends. I put some teasers of new labels I made for these blends up on social media this week and the responses I got of “when can I get some?” and “ I need some now please !” were overwhelmingly positive. I will do my utmost to get these new blends dyed very soon ! With all the December clubs I have not had the time yet though, so please I hope you can be a tiny bit patient. Hopefully I will have a new blend all dyed and ready for shipping by mid to late December just ready for Santa Bunny !

Do not worry though: I do have some tops that I have prepared earlier for this update so you definitely need not go without any fibery offerings on this last Friday of November. Yes! The LAST Friday of November!!! Honestly, I cannot believe how the time this year has just flown by at the speed of light (Check out the names of the tops on offer today: all have something to do with either Time travel of going back in time of just weird Time things). Anyway, not only is it a very strange , quick , super fast, speedy year; it also has confronted me with a kinda weird worldly holiday sensation.

Having spent quite some time in the States, growing up there, I was used to holidays like Thanksgiving and Halloween and Valentines Day. I am extremely happy Halloween got “adopted” almost worldwide but honestly, Thanksgiving and it’s “baby”: Black Friday, seems to me to be going a wee bit too far. Thanksgiving is obviously geographically confined to the United States, like our Australia Day is confined to Australia, however, this year the sales are coming out like it is going out of fashion for the first time I can remember. I mean: Black Friday (equivalent of the Boxing day sales)??? Here in Australia ?? I was almost going to say something that required a “pardon my French” but please! Why? Honestly, even the discounts paraded all over the internet like the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade,  not only by international companies and big conglomerates, but now we see it happening with small businesses as well all over the world?  Maybe it has everything to do with global consumerism? I don’t know. It’s a mystery. Why not adopt the Indian Holi festival throwing colour pigments on one another ? (sounds like a lot of fun so book this date in for next year: March 13th).

I have nothing against discounts or sales, although I am not one to head out for Boxing day sales or buy stuff just because the ticket says that it is 40% off. One reason for that is that I have always been “out of the loop” living in the middle of nowhere and not really close to shops that do sales. If I needed something I buy it if I can afford it. If not, well, too bad. Or , I try to get it at op shops or second or third hand. Sales have always been a sign to me of something big companies do:  1. Either they wanted to get rid of stuff because they have too much stock, or 2. Their prices have been inflated in the first place so they can afford to give you 40 or 60% off … I know, I am a conspiracy theorist, a spooky Mulder, call me weird. Call me "Peculiar" or  “Different”.

So yeah, I guess, I have never ever really dabbled in the discount/sale/40 + % off idea when “running my very small fibre business. Whatever I do when it comes to living my life or running my business for that matter, is that I like to handle everybody as how I would like to be treated myself or what I would like. I could never dye or make or create anything that I would not agree with. At the same time it brings me to another dilemma that I have been facing since day 1:

1: I do not have a huge amount of stock in the first place: everything I offer/create/dye/spin/make goes through my hands. I can only do so much and therefore I do not have a huge amount of stock. Which is of course a blessing and a curse at the same time, because I have to say “no sorry sold out” lots of times, but at the same time it gives me a brilliant opportunity to create things that are fresh, new and I am always there to adapt to your wishes (or mine..lol).
 I guess that is the choice I have always made and what I stand for: personal, intuitive, loving and innovative and new.
 This of course also means: restrictions! Restrictions on how much a business can grow. From the start I always chose to stay “small”. This goes totally against the grain of commercialism and business. Capitalism teaches us that when you do not grow as a business you go backwards. Well, not in a sustainable sense I believe, Not when you are trying to run a sustainable fibre farm and it is just you. Not when you want to adhere to a personal service. Not when you consider all of your customers special and offer them something special or custom orders. And you know what? I am very very happy that after starting, 12 years ago, I still have these principles and still smile whenever I can enable somebody and help them find something special. Because you know what? That is the strength of being small and being sustainable.

2. pricing: What about pricing? I know my animal stock feed has gone up, vet bills have gone up, but I have never really put my prices up for my tops or handspun yarns. I always tried to achieve a fair fibre wage for our farm and what we produce. I probably should have but I haven’t. And I won’t until it breaches the “unsustainability” factor. I feel very strongly about art and craft and sustainable farms. I try to do my bit and by offering you what I make at the prices I have, is exactly that: the bottomline. To make handmade affordable for lots of people.

Conclusion: that is why I never really run “sales”. That’s why I feel it is important that every time you order I am there for you and you are given something special: a bit of my heart n soul and something I add to your parcel for free as a gift, throughout the year.

So in short, Sorry….no “USA Black Friday” sales here, but, I can , and always will, offer you a piece of my heart every time you buy something off me. That’s why I always close off all my messages with hugs. Because by contacting me and buying from our sustainable fibre farm, you are part of our fibre friends, our family.
So, here’s my "thanksgiving" to you: a huge thank you to all of you who support our little fibre farm with heart : Big Fluffy Hugs to all ! And, Happy Creating !!!!


Please let me know if you have any questions okay? If you like to order some of what you see here on tonight’s blog, just message me on ravelry or facebook or send me an email. I will get right back to you with all the details. Happy Snaffling !!!!



Special IxCHeL Gift Vouchers 



Want to give somebody something special and still let them pick out their fav colour or fibre blend? Well, search no more: I offer an IxCHeL gift voucher package that is so hard to resist you even want to buy one for yourself ..lol   The Giftvouchere will be emailed to you or your friend with a unique number to quote when buying from my updates or at any of my markets. The Vouchers are valid for 1 year.     Here’s the deal:

AU$25 Personalised Christmas giftvoucher Pack
A personalised Christmas giftvoucher, free post for the receivers first order in Australia (for overseas customers you can deduct AU$9 off your shipping cost!) and a badge

AU$50 Personalised Christmas giftvoucher Pack
Comes with a personalised Christmas giftvoucher, free post for the receiver's first order in Australia(for overseas customers you can deduct AU&9 off your shipping cost!) , a badge, a bunny $photo and last but not least some amazing fluffy stuff in a gift pack

AU$100 Personalised Christmas giftvoucher Pack
Comes with a personalised Christmas giftvoucher, free post for the receivers first order in Australia (for overseas customers you can deduct AU$9 off your shipping cost!), a badge, a bunny photo and last but not least some amazing fluffy stuff and yarn in a gift pack!

Just let me know what giftvoucher pack you would like to gift to a friend or yourself! And I will send you all the details.


Magic Bunny Tops

100g /AU $ 24

Organic Super Fine Merino, Cashmere, Angora Bunny and Rainbow Glitz( creates magic little rainbows of colour in the sunlight!)

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New IxCHeL Club sign ups are open !

for the months : January, February and March 2017 

(til quotas are reached or until December 28th)

For all our international club fans there is a possibility to ship all three clubs together to save on postage if you want :-) Just pm me and enquire about the options available.

IxCHeL Fibre Club January, February, March 2017

The subscription is for a period of three months and you will receive one special hand dyed top/roving per month to the value of AU$24 or more
All the tops will be hand dyed and will be especially made for the members of Ixchel Fibre Club ! Price to join the IxCHel Fibre Club #31 and receive your special hand dyed top :)) for three months (January, February and March 2017) is AU$72 + postage (parcel post or airmail). AND there are good value double serves available !!!

For Australia : single serve $72+$28 postage (parcel post), double serve $136+$28 (save $8) or triple serves $204 (save $12!) + postage
For USA + Canada: single serve AU$72+AU$56 (Airmail) double serve AU$136+AU$56
For UK,Europe, rest of the world: Single serve AU$72+AU$69 (airmail) Double serve AU$136+AU$69
For Asia: Single serve AU$72+AU$50 (airmail) Double serve AU$136+AU$50
If you want to receive a fibre surprise every month then join the IXCHEL FIBRE CLUB #31 now. Numbers are strictly limited ! The January 2017 Club is going to be shipped out end of January. Payment via direct deposit or credit card or paypal. Just PM or email me your details

The IxCHeL Sock Yarn Clubs January, February, March 2017


Every month for three months (January, February and March 2017) you will receive: enough hand dyed luscious yummy yarn to make a pair of socks or a lush shawl or scarf ofcourse! (the hand dyed yarn will be exclusive for the Ixchelbunny SOCK-IT-TO-ME Yarn CLUB and will range from a sockweight yarn or a 3ply or a 4 ply); Every month a new sock pattern, tips and instructions ! Now is that GOOD or is that GOOD ??!



I will even offer a double serve for those of you who like their socks extra long !





For Australia : single serve $78+$28 postage (parcel post) double serve $130 (= one skein FREE!!!) +$28


For USA + Canada: single serve AU$78+AU$56 (Airmail) double serve $130 (= one skein FREE!!!) +AU$56


For UK,Europe, rest of the world: Single serve AU$78+AU$69 (airmail) Double serve $130 (= one skein FREE!!!) +AU$69


For Asia: Single serve AU$78+AU$45 (airmail) Double serve $130 (= one skein FREE!!!) +AU$45




Numbers are strictly limited ! 
Payment via direct deposit or credit card or paypal . Just PM or email me your details 
  By the way: you don’t HAVE to knit socks if you don’t want to.. the hand dyed yarn is amazingly nice for scarves, cowls, beanies and even tops ! Anything goes .

IxCHeL Funky Bunny Batt Clubs January, February, March 2017

Here are all the details and just pm me when you have any questions or want to be part of the funky bunny batt club Movement ;-) Welcome to the blingy dark side ;-D
The subscription is for a period of three months and you will receive one special hand dyed funky bunny batt per month to the value of AU$40 or more .
The batts will range in weight from 140grams to 180grams with luxury fibres like camel , angora, cashmere, silk, yak, llama even wolf and bison and rare sheep breeds !!!! All the batts will be hand dyed and will be especially made for the members of Ixchel funky bunny Club ! Every month you will receive a HUGE luxury funky bunny batt !
Sign up now and you will receive an Ixchel Hand dyed , super luxurious funky bunny batt for January, February and March 2017.

Price to join the Ixchel Funky bunny for three months is :
For Australia : $108+$28 postage (parcel post)
For USA + Canada: AU$108+AU$56 (Airmail)
For UK,Europe, rest of the world: AU$108+AU$69 (airmail)
For Asia: AU$108+AU$45 (airmail)
If you want to receive a fibre surprise every month then join the IXCHEL FUNKY BUNNY BATT CLUB now. Numbers are strictly limited ! The first installment is going to be shipped out end of January  Payment via direct deposit or credit card or paypal. Just PM or email me


Landscape dyes 

 100g tubs   AU$11 
250g tubs    AU$25


Want to dye your own with easy to use acid dyes? I have been selling these Landscape dyes at my workshops and shows for a long time :  They are extremely easy to use and come in great shades.
Just contact me with the name of the colour you are after and I will get right back to you.


Have a creative week!
Please don't hesitate to contact me at any time if you have any questions okay? : Always happy to enable.

All my contact details are here:


How To Order:

1. You can email me on ixchel at rabbit dot com dot au or ixchelbunny at yahoo dot com dot au
2. Message me on facebook or 
3. Message me on www.ravelry.com  where I am Ixchelbunny.

I will email you right back with all your order details and payment methods.


Any questions? Any custom orders for yarn or dyeing fibre? : Please don’t hesitate to ask! Always happy to enable.


Thank you so much for your help and support !


 RABBIT ON !
((hugs))
Charly
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