Friday, April 20, 2018

Doubt is Wisdom but Creativity is Better


Max, Smoke grey English angora


Thanks for your patience! Todays internet connection was so slow and it took every single ounce of me not to throw our router out of the window....IMaybe today was my friday the 13th of last week..LOL Last Friday the 13th went by without a glitch (phew) , life has gone on without major catastrophes here and , dare I say it, filled with getting lots of fibres and yarns dyed, spinning up a storm to get as many fluffy bunny and other handspun yarns done before the biggest yarn event of the year in May. It is one of those times that I am both filled with happy anticipation and a complete fear and dread. Hear me out.

A wise person once told me that doubt is wisdom. Never be too sure of yourself or become a know it all, never become so confident that what ever you do, thee is no consequence of your action because hey, everything is going to be great anyway, so why bother. If you become too over confident, I always think that there is less care, everything becomes dreary and automatic…and you lose interest until the next best thing comes along and then the whole scenario starts again. I’ve seen it happen to a lot of people in a lot of different scenarios. Safe to say, I have no problem at all with under estimating anything and doubt is a major part of my daily existence. It has been for a long time.

As an outsider from the moment I arrived, I never had the luxury to feel part of a group, be popular or was able to identify with a club. I was never part of a club at school or at University. As Groucho Marx once said “I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member”…I never had to refuse but it sounds good…lol Anyway, I digress.
What I am trying to say as an “intro” to this weeks update is, that a bit of doubt is good to make decisions and find your way.; A lot of doubt is not. Recently I have had a lot of doubt. Not necessarily because of what I do, but because of the , let’s just call it “rewards”, meaning the wage I earn. As a craft business/artist/designer/whatever , it may come as a big surprise to you, but the pay is lousy. The reward dealing with people can be amazing though and doing what you want to do is out of this world. However, bills need to be paid and , believe it or not, creating everything and trying to sell it , is not earning me a big “wage”. Paul and I have not had a holiday for over 13 years (unless you count 2 days away in Gippsland twice)..lol I do not indulge in buying anything much at all and we are trying to be as self sustainable as possible. In short, we do not spend a lot. Which makes it easy when sales are slow and you have to survive on half the minimum wage or less. The work load has not diminished though. It has increased lots. Part of it is that I am putting myself under a lot of pressure and not having price increases since I started. (I am so not a smart business person LOL) . Trying to get new fibre blends together, new rare sheep breeds together and new yarn line collaborations up and running takes a lot of investment and a lot of time. I have fun doing that but with every decision comes that doubt creeping in “Will people want it? What colours do people want? How do I compete with the gazillion of others out there? It is a tough world no matter what business you are in. The main problem I have had in the last few years is that I started to look at it in a business kind of way. Meaning, market studies, seeing what others were doing, comparing, social media,…honestly it was doing my head in. I was getting tired. Very tired. IAnd even now, I am often on the brink of exhaustion. If I wasn;’t that stubborn, I probably would have stopped My attitude had to change so start of this year I changed my perspective. Until this year. I have stopped comparing. I felt it was putting so much pressure and even more doubt into my actions than was necessary. I started what I was doing because I was passionate about it. I loved dyeing and painting. My enthusiasm and creativity were boundless. Comparisons are useless. All these market studies that I am seeing on social media, all those people trying to look for information out there to make sure they are making the right decision are in themselves fabulous in a micro sense of a way but in the end you have to be led by one thing and one thing alone: Being yourself ! That means that you will have a unique product: You. It means that it will have your way of looking and creating on it, your stamp so to speak. Being creative does not mean that you have to compare yourself to others. Being creative means you are different. And being different means that you are not someone else or can be compared to anybody else. You can doubt your decisions or, to say it differently, be critical about what you do, but that is an action that is internal: it is between you and yourself, not you and others. So, what I am trying to say I guess is : Be creative, Have fun and do it your way.



I have been dyeing up a storm again, and I started to see my yarns (because I am preparing for te handknitters guild day in May) as a canvas and started to layer colours on my yarns as if I was working with water colours. It takes a LOT of work but I so like the look of it. More on that in next weeks blog


For tonight’s update there are Cashmere fling tops on offer ! A super soft blend that spins like butter I always say and has a drape that is out of this world! Have fun snaffling up some of tonight’s offers and remember: Every time you buy from a small business or a farm you are not only getting something unique and hand made but you are supporting so much more !


IxCHeL Cashmere Fling Tops

100 grams AU$23

Cashmere, Bamboo, nylon glitz, tencel








Autumn in a twist






Gothic Cherry Blossom









Berry Pink







Heather






Indigo Shibori




Indigo Velvet




Lichen on a Tin Roof





Love and Cuddles




Pastel Petals




Purple People Eater






Sage and Savvy









Unicorn Milk







Peacock






Pink Panther




Pink Rebel




Velvet





Water Dragon




Winter Garden




Zen




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 also to be found at the end of this week’s blog entry.



Have a Creative and Fun week!

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.
4. message me on Instagram 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.



Dates to put in your Calendar

SUNDAY MAY 13TH 10AM – 3PM 

HANDKNITTERS GUILD OF VICTORIA YARN AND FIBRE SHOW
COBURG TOWN HALL
BELL STREET , COBURG, 3058
 A fabulous day filled with lots of yarn and fibre goodies and spindles, bowls and lots more !
An amazing day out !
Hope to see you there !
You can find the IxCHeL Stall and wall of colourful yarns and fibre at stall nr 1 and 2 at the front entrance. You can’t miss us !

Friday July 20th to Sunday July 22nd ;

Australian Sheep and Wool Show, Bendigo.
Go to http://www.sheepshow.com to see what is happening and book your tickets. The Bendigo Sheep and Wool show is the biggest wool show in Australia ! with an amazing amount of woolcraft, indie dyers, a huge amount of tops, yarn, craft, felt and spindles, spinning wheels and anything you need for your knitting,crocheting and crafting.
 I will be there with an amazing amount of new exclusive wool blends and yarns, batts, felt and landscape and botanical natural dyes and so much more !!!
I will also have spindles by the amazing Bearded Dragon and lots of fibre tools as well from darning mushrooms to noste pinne and needle cases to distaffs. And, there will also be Turkish spindles from my friend Scott Snyder of offer again !

Get ready for a fabulous weekend filled with lots of craft and fun !!!








 RABBIT ON !
((hugs))
Charly
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Friday, April 13, 2018

Friday the 13th Superstitions and fluff


Friday the 13th Bunnies -art work by Diana Levin


Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day in Western superstition. It occurs when the 13th day of the month in the Gregorian calendar falls on a Friday, which happens at least once every year but can occur up to three times in the same year. In 2017, it occurred twice, on January 13 and October 13. In 2018, it will also occur twice on April 13 and July 13. There will be two Friday the 13ths every year until 2020, where 2021 and 2022 will have just one , in August and May. 

 The fear of the number 13 has been given a scientific name: "triskaidekaphobia" (try saying that 13th times in a row eh!) ; and on analogy to this the fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskevidekatriaphobia, from the Greek words Paraskeví (Παρασκευή, meaning "Friday"), and dekatreís (δεκατρείς, meaning "thirteen").

The superstition surrounding this day may have started in the Middle Ages, "originating from the story of Jesus' last supper and crucifixion" in which there were 13 individuals present in the Upper Room on the 13th of Nisan Maundy Thursday, the night before his death on Good Friday.  While there is evidence of both Friday and the number 13 being considered unlucky, there is no record of the two things being referred to as especially unlucky together before the 19th century when Rossini (the composer ..died on a friday the 13th so I  wonder if it was started by that unfortunate event?)

However, it is not all over the world that this Friday the 13th superstition exists: In Spanish-speaking countries, instead of Friday, Tuesday the 13th (martes trece) is considered a day of bad luck. The Greeks also consider Tuesday (and especially the 13th) an unlucky day. Tuesday is considered dominated by the influence of Ares, the god of war (Mars in Roman mythology). The fall of Constantinople to the Fourth Crusade occurred on Tuesday, April 13, 1204, and the Fall of Constantinople to the Ottomans happened on Tuesday, 29 May 1453, events that strengthen the superstition about Tuesday. In addition, in Greek the name of the day is Triti (Τρίτη) meaning the third (day of the week), adding weight to the superstition, since bad luck is said to "come in threes". Tuesday the 13th occurs on a month starting on Thursday.

In Italian popular culture, Friday the 17th (and not the 13th !) is considered a day of bad luck. The origin of this belief could be traced in the writing of number 17, in Roman numerals: XVII. By shuffling the digits of the number one can easily get the word VIXI ("I have lived", implying death in the present), an omen of bad luck. In fact, in Italy, 13 is generally considered a lucky number.

However, due to Americanization and pop culture like the horror movies Friday the 13th, nowadays people consider Friday the 13th unlucky as well. Don’t overdo it ! Before you know it every day will be an unlucky one ..LOL The 2000 parody film Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth was released in Italy with the title Shriek – Hai impegni per venerdì 17? ("Shriek – Do You Have Something to Do on Friday the 17th?"). Friday the 17th occurs on a month starting on Wednesday by the way.

According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina, an estimated 17 to 21 million people in the United States are affected by a fear of this day, making it the most feared day and date in history. Some people are so paralyzed by fear that they avoid their normal routines in doing business, taking flights or even getting out of bed. "It's been estimated that [US]$800 or $900 million is lost in business on this day". In Finland, a consortium of governmental and nongovernmental organizations led by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health promotes the National Accident Day (kansallinen tapaturmapäivä) to raise awareness about automotive safety, which always falls on a Friday the 13th. The event is coordinated by the Finnish Red Cross and has been held since 1995.

A study in the British Medical Journal, published in 1993, concluded that "'the risk of hospital admission as a result of a transport accident may be increased by as much as 52 percent' on the 13th." However, the Dutch Centre for Insurance Statistics on 12 June 2008 stated that "fewer accidents and reports of fire and theft occur when the 13th of the month falls on a Friday than on other Fridays, because people are preventatively more careful or just stay home. Statistically speaking, driving is slightly safer on Friday the 13th, at least in the Netherlands; in the last two years, Dutch insurers received reports of an average 7,800 traffic accidents each Friday; but the average figure when the 13th fell on a Friday was just 7,500. So, there’s hope for us yet. If we are careful, wrap ourselves in fluff , Friday the 13th may not be that bad after all !

I don’t believe I am particularly MORE prone to accidents on Friday the 13th , mainly because I’m extremely prone to accidents at all times no matter what day or date it is…I am one of those people who can fall UP stairs, trip over air or get a deadly coughing fit just by breathing. I know! It’s a skill. Not one I am extremely proud of or advertise, but it does mean, there are very limited chances that you will see me successfully skiing off slopes or running hurdles.

The only place where I feel safe and comfortable is when I am diving or swimming. Nothing…so far…fingers crossed…has ever happened while I was underwater, but I am not tempting fate today. Would be a bit hard since we live in the mountains and a bit far away from any stretch of ocean unless you count a murky and very low on water dam at the moment and there is absolutely no way of me diving in that unless the forest around us is on fire.

I have been dyeing up a storm in the last week with a lot of lace weight yarns and my home spun bunny mink yarns in preparation for the Handknitters Guild Show in May (see Dates to put in your calendar at the end of this blog).

Next on my list are two exceptional..no THREE…sock weight yarns: IxCHeL Silver Star yarn with cashmere and silver, Rapunzel Gold Yarn with (yes you guessed it : Gold specks of bliss) and an amazing home grown and Victorian spun IxCHeL sockweight/4 ply/fingering yarn. I also have been experimenting a LOT  with shapes and textures and dyes. It is so much fun, especially when there is an unexpected perk of texture and shapes : see  a Barnacle Shawl in the making below. I am planning one in Indio shibor dyed sock yarn and trying hard to come up with a technique that does not involve weaving in a gazillion ends... let's see if I get there in the next blogs to come !




For tonights update there are DIVA tops on offer in all their glory ! A super soft blend with SUpersoft merino, Cashmere, Silk, Angora bunny and some glitz to add that extra bit of bling! Have fun snaffling up some of tonight’s offers !


IxCHeL Diva Tops 

100 grams AU$24

SuperFine Merino, Cashmere, Silk, Angora Bunny, Glitz












Velvet






Rose Velvet









Cheese and Heather







Silver and Gold






Woad Me…




Indigo Go Go




Captain Jack and Ianto





Peacock Party




Unicorn Farts




Teen Exorcist




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 also to be found at the end of this week’s blog entry.



Have a Creative and Fun week!

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.
4. message me on Instagram 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.



Dates to put in your Calendar

SUNDAY MAY 13TH 10AM – 3PM 

HANDKNITTERS GUILD OF VICTORIA YARN AND FIBRE SHOW
COBURG TOWN HALL
BELL STREET , COBURG, 3058
 A fabulous day filled with lots of yarn and fibre goodies and spindles, bowls and lots more !
An amazing day out !
Hope to see you there !
You can find the IxCHeL Stall and wall of colourful yarns and fibre at stall nr 1 and 2 at the front entrance. You can’t miss us !

Friday July 20th to Sunday July 22nd ;

Australian Sheep and Wool Show, Bendigo.
Go to http://www.sheepshow.com to see what is happening and book your tickets. The Bendigo Sheep and Wool show is the biggest wool show in Australia ! with an amazing amount of woolcraft, indie dyers, a huge amount of tops, yarn, craft, felt and spindles, spinning wheels and anything you need for your knitting,crocheting and crafting.
 I will be there with an amazing amount of new exclusive wool blends and yarns, batts, felt and landscape and botanical natural dyes and so much more !!!
I will also have spindles by the amazing Bearded Dragon and lots of fibre tools as well from darning mushrooms to noste pinne and needle cases to distaffs. And, there will also be Turkish spindles from my friend Scott Snyder of offer again !

Get ready for a fabulous weekend filled with lots of craft and fun !!!








 RABBIT ON !
((hugs))
Charly
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