Friday, February 16, 2018

A Hungarian Rhapsody Rare Sheep Breed Adventure !


This update is a special one, actually a request after I put the last rare sheep breed adventure up: Hungarian Racka sheep blended tops !

Racka Sheep are a very rare breed especially known for its unusual spiral shaped horns that are unlike any other domestic sheep horns and can grow to be 2 ft/0.61meters long ! The smallest standard size of the horns is about 51 cm for rams and 38cm for ewes. Whatever the size , you wouldn’t want to get caught on the end of one!

Lucky this breed of sheep is very gentle and very shy and not blood thirsty..lol.


HISTORY
The Racka Sheep originally come from Hungary and have existed at least since the 1800s when there was a first registry established.

Their history goes further back than that though : In South-West Asia have been found skulls and bones of Racka-like sheep dating from about 11.000 years ago. About 8.000 years ago, in Mesopotamia, the ancient Iraq, and in the ancient Egypt lived long-tailed sheep with the same drill-shaped horns as the Racka, as can be seen on wall-paintings found in local caves. Possibly, the Racka is originating from the wild Middle-Eastern sheep: the Ovis ammon arkal.

The Racka left his original area during the Great Migrations . The Avars, Petschenegs, Jazygs and Huns brought them to Central- and East-Europe. In 1750, half of the total flock of seven million Hungarian sheep were Rackas! Somewhere around that time, about 50.000 lambs and sheep were traded on the market near the Hortobâgy Bridge. Economically, in these days the Racka was very interesting: they managed to survive quite well on the open, dry and poor plains of Hungary, the Puszta. The fleece of 2-3 day old lambs were sold to make very fine bonnets and collars for the richer Hungarians.

The farmers used the fleece of the old sheep to make their coats. When the weather was dry, the coats were turned with the wool inside, when it was raining the coats were turned inside out, the water dripping from the wool. Clipped wool was used to make coats for the poorer people. The in the 18th century imported Merino, now 95% of the total Hungarian flock, almost drove the Racka to total extinction. In 1939 the Hungarian government had to interfere and centralized the lasting 4000 Rackasheep on a State farm in Hortobâgy, on the puszta east of Budapest.

Wrong methods of reproducing and far-going consanguinity made that during the Second World War, there were only 1450 Rackas left. In the 50's the flock was decimated till about 200 ewes! The state farm of Hortobâgy was ordered from the Hungarian government to save the Racka .

In 1973, the Hortobâgy area was installed asthe first National Park of Hungary and the Racka was saved; Now there are about 5000 ewes again. Other rare Puszta-breeds were also saved as the Grey Puszta cattle, the Noniusz and the Mezöhegyes horse, the Hungarian water buffalo, the Mangalica pig and the typical Hungarian sheepdogs: the Komondor, the Kuvasz, the Puli, and the Pumi. In 1983 the organisation of Hungarian Racka breeders was founded in Debrecen. Now the exceding part of Racka ewes may be exported again, though a number of minimum 750 ewes has to be kept in the National Park of Hortobâgy, thus creating a genetic bank for the Magyar Racka.

DESCRIPTION

The Racka is a relatively small sheep with large horns, a mixed fleece (hair/underwool = 1/2), a long body and fine bone-structure. The rams are circa 70cm and weigh about 50 Kg, the ewes are circa 65 cm and weigh 40 Kg. The horns of the rams are ± 52 cm long and have 3 windings. The distance between the points of the horns is almost 80 cm. Ewes have ± 25 cm long horns with 2 windings. The distance between the points of the horns should be 41 cm. The peculiar shape of these horns is the result of the interaction between the length-growth of the horn and the circular-growth.
If these two kinds of growth are in balance, then the sheep get horns like the Merino, the Drenthe Heath sheep, Dorset Horn, Black Welsh Mountain and the presumed ancestor of the Racka: the Argali. If the length-growth is much more important than the circular-growth, then we get the typical shape of a corkscrew as we see with the Racka.

The fleece can have two colours: black and white. In the Hortobâgy flock, ± of the sheep are black, with a black skin, the other half is cream-white with a light brown-yellow skin. Some sheep are white or have spots on head and legs. The wool is long and curly (staple-length 25-30 cm with a fibre diameter of 12-40 micron is not unusual). Legs and head are unwooled, except for a little tuff on the forehead. The position of the ears is almost horizontal, the shells downwards. The tail is very long with very long wool.

The horns of white and cream animals are yellow, sometimes with black stripes, the horns of the black are black. Lambs of the cream variety are born with a yellowish to darkbrown fleece, getting lighter with growing. When cross-breeding with white and black animals, the white is dominant, but in the F-1 generation can appear also white sheep with dark brown or black spots.

PROPERTIES

The Racka is a relatively shy and very resistant breed, that can have a reasonably production under harsh climatological conditions. The flock-instinct is extremely developed, they are grazing as if they are tied shoulder to shoulder, they can live on dry hay, and remind us a little bit of deer.

What's typical is the somewhat over-developed hind-quarters, the equal standing under and upper jaw, And the deep laying and relatively few muscles in the neck, so the sheep can lift his head very high to watch out on the plains. Fertility is low: about 100%, twins birth is 5 to 15%. Some of the ewes don't reproduce for one or maybe more years. The average weight of the lambs is 10 Kg after 30 days, 14 Kg after 60 days. Wool production is 3 to 4 Kg for the rams, 2-3 Kg for the ewes. The wool was used to make traditional coats, carpets and the typical Cserge blankets.

Ewes produce 50 to 70 l of milk during 100 days of lactation (producing about 10 Kg of cheese). The Racka was mainly kept for as well the meat, the milk and the wool.

VARIETIES

The Racka belongs to the large group of Zackel-sheep, living in South and East-Europe, as the Vlach in Greece, the Karakachan in Bulgary, the Pramenkain Yugoslavia, Walachian in Czechia and Slovakia, the Volochian in Russia and so on. The large group of Zackel -sheep can be divided in breeds of the plains and the mountains, possessing all a mixed fleece, a long body, a fine bone-structure, and straight horns for the rams.

With the Turcana, the Transsylvanian Racka of Roumania, only the rams have horns. They are mainly light brown skinned with a white fleece. The Moldavian Racka has not V-shaped horns, but these grow somewhat more to the exterior, the spiral growth is not so strict .

Other Racka varieties are the Walaschka, the Zigaja, the Zikta and the Zurcana. It is a very tough breed and use for milking, meat and WOOL!

Their wool is long with a gentle lock definition and is similar in handle to other longwool breeds. The staple length can be 12”/20cms and can vary from 12micron to 40 micron. The long locks have some really nice luster. I found it to be nice and crispy. And that , my friends, Is where I always take the challenge on:  First there is a selection of the best and softest fleeces and then it is all about preparation and blending.
Blending it with bunny and cashmere fibres in a special blending process, makes it that this rare breed Racka sheep , in my humble opinion, close to skin wear.
I loved the feel and airiness of it in the blend. I find the lustre amazing and most of all, I felt very privileged to be able to put together a blend with this magical fleece.

This Hungarian Racka Adventure has the following ingredients: Hungarian Racka (Black and White) Mulberry Silk Cashmere Angora bunny Tencel.
This blend has a beautiful, exceptional  handle and drape, is excellent for next to skin wear without it retaining its’ strength.
 I am offering this Hungarian Rhapsody adventure as I call it in two different preparations:
Batts and Tops !  AND in three different colour combinations.
 You can choose the Natural look,
The Transylvanian Colour Combination or
the Fairytale Colour Combination. More on that in the Order section.

Also, please note that you can sign in for this Hungarian Rhapsody Blend Adventure without having to become a club member. IxCHeL club membership in the yarn, fibre and batt club stands totally alone from any weekly updates or the rare sheep breed adventures you can sign up for. Please let me know if you have any questions okay? Always happy to enable !

Here you can see some photos of the herd, their cute behaviour,    their fleeces    and ...
  their magical horns ;-) Enjoy !

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Hungarian Rhapsody Adventure with Racka Rare Sheep sheep, Mulberry Silk, Cashmere, Angora Bunny, Tencel

TOPS Option: 100g of Hungarian Racka sheep blend tops are available in Natural, Fairytale Colourway or Transylvanian Colourway 
100 gram tops AU$25


Batt Option: +/- 150+ gram Batts are also available for AU$36
 in the following options: 
Undyed with Angelina 
Undyed Without Angelina 

Fairytale Colourway with Angelina 
Fairytale Colourway without Angelina 

Transylvania Colourway with Angelina 
Transylvania colourway without Angelina

Only a very limited quantity available so do not wait too long to be part of this new adventure! Here are the Colourways you can choose from and also a view of the natural Hungarian Rhapsody Racka Blend tops:

Fairytale Colourway : 
based on the work of Hungarian Painter Marta Mantonfi Benke.
The colours used will be an array of sky blues, pinks, greens and berry purples

Transylvania Colourway: autumnal forest colours

Or the natural colours of the blend: greys and whites in a balanced harmony.




The Hungarian Rhapsody Racka Adventure Blend in tops and batts will be shipped out mid to end of March

Lots of blending and dyeing still need to be done and I will only have enough for those who signed up. You will have to tell me how many you would like, in batts or tops and in what colourway. Just email or message me, mentioning the quantity and your colourway wish, together with your full name and address so I can send you all the payment details. 

The next IxCHeL Club sign ups are now OPEN as well (this is totally separate from the Rare sheep breed adventure I put up above!) 

Get a monthly fibre and yarn surprise !

Always great blends and colourways 

only hand dyed for those who are club members !



April, May and June 2018


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 April, May and June 2018


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 #35 and receive your special hand dyed top :)) for three months (April, May and June 2018) is AU$72 + postage (parcel post or airmail). AND there are good value double serves available !!!



For Australia : single serve $72+$29 postage (parcel post), double serve $136+$29 (save $8) or triple serves $204 (save $12!) + postage


For USA + Canada: single serve AU$72+AU$57 (Airmail) double serve AU$136+AU$57


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 #35 now. Numbers are strictly limited ! The April 2018 Club is going to be shipped out end of April, the May club mid May and the June club mid June. Payment via direct deposit or credit card or paypal. Just PM or email me your details.


The IxCHeL Sock Yarn Clubs  April, May and June 2018


Every month for three months (April, May and June 2018) 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 (a 4ply/fingering weight yarn) or an 8ply / DK weight enough to make a pair of socks ; Every month a 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 $87+$29 postage (parcel post) double serve $146(= one skein FREE!!!) +$29


For USA + Canada: single serve AU$87+AU$57 (Airmail) double serve $146 (= one skein FREE!!!) +AU$57


For UK,Europe, rest of the world: Single serve AU$87+AU$69 (airmail) Double serve $145 (= one skein FREE!!!) +AU$69


For Asia: Single serve AU$87+AU$50 (airmail) Double serve $145 (= one skein FREE!!!) +AU$50


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 . The April 2018 Club is going to be shipped out end of April, the May club mid May and the June club Mid June.


IxCHeL Funky Bunny Batt Clubs  April, May and June 2018

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 wallaby 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 April, May and June 2018.

Price to join the IxCHeL Funky bunny for three months is :

For Australia : $114+$29 postage (parcel post)

For USA + Canada: AU$114+AU$57 (Airmail)

For UK,Europe, rest of the world: AU$114+AU$69 (airmail)

For Asia: AU$114+AU$50 (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 April 2018 club is going to be shipped out end of April, the May club mid May and the June club mid June 2018. Payment via direct deposit or credit card or paypal. Just PM or email me



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 to be found at the end of this week’s blog entry. 
Have a fun weekend !!!



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 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.
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

MONDAY MARCH 19TH 10AM – 3PM 

GRANDVALLEY SPINNERS AND WEAVERS GUILD SPIN IN AND SHOW
LILYDALE LAKE COMMUNITY ROOM
LILYDALE
Melways ref 38 G7
There will be lots of goodies available and I will be there INSIDE the Community Centre Room. Also inside will be Janet Day from “My Spin on Things”
Outside will be a variety of traders with lots of goodies as well. Hope to see you there !


Thank you so much for your help and support !


 RABBIT ON !
((hugs))
Charly
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Friday, February 9, 2018

Perspective


Crystal catching the last sunlight on our verandah


I am often asked what I have been up to ..and every single time I am lost for words. I have no idea wether to say “oh you know work”, because I feel what I do is not exactly work but in a way it is and also passion and love for what I do and all that kind of stuff. But yeah, “work’..and them they ask..well what else? And again, I am lost for words…because, well, apart from that thing I have to call work (because it puts food on the table) I don’t really do anything else. Boring right? I mean, I don’t go on nights on the town, or party , or go to the movies (unless it’s my birthday..lol) or generally ..I don’t really go out much. Like I said…boring! ..but then again I look at my life from another perspective. What I do or did never really fit into a box or a definition. Which made me think: I must not be the only one! Or well, maybe I am.

I think one of the reasons why I get asked “how do you get so much “work”done ??? comes from the misconception that my life consists of normal segmented parts of time: it doesn’t. I have 24 hours like everybody else, but what I fill them with is totally and almost exclusively filled with what you would call “work”. I don’t see it that way though. Again, it’s all perspective. I think, however way you look at it, I am different: I am an introvert, I am not a social butterfly, live in the middle of nowhere and I’m my own boss. I don’t feel bad or missing out of something. If I need something I can get it or call somebody. So yeah, I may not fit a mold. Even when I get asked “so what do you do ?” you know like put a label on myself…I have a hard time getting that one right. I am (and we all are) so many things! We are not our job title, we are not the one specific thing that we do, we are many. We are us. So In a way “profession” in our passports should really be obliterated and just replaced by our names: we are all who we are and we can fill it with anything we find useful, fulfilling and part of us. We can be a writer, a designer, a knitter, a weaver, an accountant, a dancer, a painter, a singer, musician, a collector, a botanist, a gardener, an astronomer, we can be all of those things and more. Let’s put it all in perspective and not put just one label on ourselves, because, you know, we are so much more than just one thing.

Talking about what we are: well I am desperately trying to get ready for a talk and a show tomorrow at the Victorian Feltmakers guild. As always, My time management was off, because, like the chaotic person I am without any perception of time whatsoever, I thought it was actually a week from now, and no, it is tomorrow. So there, I luckily checked on Tuesday, panicked, dyed a lot of pre felts and fibres and thought “OMG! I really need to get organized and get my act together!!!” But then again, I have been like me for the last century why change now? LOL
So, yeah, the Lady of the Unicorn inspired February clubs have all been dyed too! Which means I have spent about 3 full days in the dye room and then a bit more to get all the prefelts ready. Paul chuckled …I know! Evil right? But he knows me by now …still trying to get me to be more organized bit at the same tine realizing “it’s no use”..energiser bunny is at it again…lol For tonight I have some very Lush tops for you to cuddle up to (virtually) or snaffle so you can hug them in person ! Just so you know: All the tops I put up on this blog are available! I have received lots of questions this week from people asking if they could buy the tops even though they were not a member of the clubs: YES YOU CAN ! these weekly update are not part f the clubs they are available for everybody ! There is a limited supply though! All are handdyed and I do not have more than myself to help me dye the fibres. Just email me or message me and I will really get back to you personally and answer all your questions. Anything to enable you !


Here are all the offerings for tonight and the sign ups are open for the next fibre, yarn and batt club starting in April 2018!


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




IxCHeL Lush Bunny Tops 

100 grams AU$24

Superfine Merino, Tencel Angora, Cashmere, Suri Alpaca, silk



Amazing to spin and so easy to draft too with a wonderful drape!




ZOMBIE AND MERMAIDS-sold-








VELVET-sold-






FOURTH DOCTOR






ROSE







ROSE VELVET




ROSE GARDEN -sold-














VAMPIRES OF VENICE











UTOPIA-sold-








PLANET OF THE oOD









LOVE AND MONSTERS





GRIDLOCK




EXPLODING TARDIS




BE MY VALENTINE




ARMY OF GHOSTS




Spinner’s Control, Yarn Gauge and Ply angle card

a great way to gauge the thickness of your yarn and plying. A nice tool with an info sheet to hang on your spinning wheel or carry wit you anywhere you go.

$5



The New IxCHeL Club sign ups are now OPEN ! 

Get a monthly fibre and yarn surprise !

Always great blends and colourways 

only hand dyed for those who are club members !



April, May and June 2018





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 April, May and June 2018


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 #35 and receive your special hand dyed top :)) for three months (April, May and June 2018) is AU$72 + postage (parcel post or airmail). AND there are good value double serves available !!!



For Australia : single serve $72+$29 postage (parcel post), double serve $136+$29 (save $8) or triple serves $204 (save $12!) + postage


For USA + Canada: single serve AU$72+AU$57 (Airmail) double serve AU$136+AU$57


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 #35 now. Numbers are strictly limited ! The April 2018 Club is going to be shipped out end of April, the May club mid May and the June club mid June. Payment via direct deposit or credit card or paypal. Just PM or email me your details.


The IxCHeL Sock Yarn Clubs  April, May and June 2018


Every month for three months (April, May and June 2018) 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 (a 4ply/fingering weight yarn) or an 8ply / DK weight enough to make a pair of socks ; Every month a 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 $87+$29 postage (parcel post) double serve $146(= one skein FREE!!!) +$29


For USA + Canada: single serve AU$87+AU$57 (Airmail) double serve $146 (= one skein FREE!!!) +AU$57


For UK,Europe, rest of the world: Single serve AU$87+AU$69 (airmail) Double serve $145 (= one skein FREE!!!) +AU$69


For Asia: Single serve AU$87+AU$50 (airmail) Double serve $145 (= one skein FREE!!!) +AU$50


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 . The April 2018 Club is going to be shipped out end of April, the May club mid May and the June club Mid June.


IxCHeL Funky Bunny Batt Clubs  April, May and June 2018

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 wallaby 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 April, May and June 2018.

Price to join the IxCHeL Funky bunny for three months is :

For Australia : $114+$29 postage (parcel post)

For USA + Canada: AU$114+AU$57 (Airmail)

For UK,Europe, rest of the world: AU$114+AU$69 (airmail)

For Asia: AU$114+AU$50 (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 April 2018 club is going to be shipped out end of April, the May club mid May and the June club mid June 2018. Payment via direct deposit or credit card or paypal. Just PM or email me



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 to be found at the end of this week’s blog entry. 
Have a fun weekend !!!



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 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.
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.


Thank you so much for your help and support !


 RABBIT ON !
((hugs))
Charly
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Friday, February 2, 2018

Blossom !


Blossoming Bunnies (by Kozyndan)


Another whirlwind of a week ! All the January clubs have been labelled, packed and shipped off on Tuesday, The orders went the day before and immediately I was back into dyeing mode with this update, custom orders and spinning and it was also bunny hairclip time so yeah, I was pretty ..eh..let’s say… energizer bunny..not only because of the workload but also because of some other ..let’s just call it “negativity stuff from the periphery” blurring reality.

I am still trying to get a grip on why ( or rather "what??!")   but I can tell you something that really helped me relax: after going to the post office to ship the gazillion parcels for the clubs, for the first time since we moved here (over 10 year ago now !!!) we visited the Blue Lotus Garden nursery and garden in Yarra Junction. http://www.bluelotusfarm.com.au/ We walked around, looked at all the gorgeous plants and yes, I saw a bunny ! (how could I not? I see bunnies everywhere..lol) and I felt so relaxed ! I am definitely going back there at least once a week to calm down and ..to paint and draw. What an inspiration !

BUt yeah, It is not easy to relax, but it helps not being so negative and instead immersing yourself with things you love doing! It makes such a difference to see the good rather than the bad things, although , I have to say, it’s a tough one sometimes..lol
 But, in the end, it makes a difference when you do anything, whether it be knitting or spinning or doing anything really! When you feel happy, your spinning or knitting will look different than when you are totally stressed out. Also, when you start knitting or spinning and you are not feeling well, how many of you have found that after a while you are starting to relax and you see that it makes a difference in your spinning or knitting? I would love to know!
This weekend I am dyeing the February clubs and it is going to be a lot of work getting the pigments just right ! here is the inspiration for the February Clubs: not a painting this time but the most amazing tapestry collection today: the Lady and the Unicorn ! The photo is the Tapestry with the Lady and the Unicorn “Sight”. Please read the mesmerizing novel by Tracey Chevalier about the Lady and the Unicorn, if you want to delve deeper into the history behind these beautiful pieces of work. Here’s the link to her book on book depository : https://www.bookdepository.com/Lady-Unicorn-Tracy-Chevalier/9780452285453 She has also written a book about the girl with the pearl earring of the painter Johannes Vermeer btw which was made into a movie with Scarlett Johansson


"Sight"  Part of the Lady and the Unicorn Tapestries
(a series of six tapestries woven in Flanders from wool and silk, 
from designs drawn in Paris around 1500. 
The set, on display in the Musée national du Moyen Âge 
(former Musée de Cluny) in Paris, 
is often considered one of the greatest works of art 
of the Middle Ages in Europe.)




So without letting you wait longer than necessary for this weeks scrumptiousness: here it is: Blossom tops with fabulous lofty drape and super softness! AND , don’t forget , I have opened up the sign ups for the next IxCHeL Clubs! As you know this year it is all about ART Journey! February, the inspiration is the Lady and the Unicorn tapestry !



Here are all the offerings for tonight and the sign ups are open for the next fibre, yarn and batt club starting in April 2018!


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




IxCHeL Blossom Bunny Tops 

100 grams AU$24

Superfine Merino, Silk, Angora, Cashmere, Rose Fibres



Amazing to spin and so easy to draft too !




ABSINTHE FAERIE-2left-








ALWAYS HALLOWEEN-sold-






IANTO AND JACK






INDIGO GLOW-1left-







NIGHT WATCH-sold-




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SPRING BLOSSOM-sold-











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UNICORN FARTS






VALENTINE WITH A TWIST





VELVET




ZOMBIES AND MERMAIDS




Spinner’s Control, Yarn Gauge and Ply angle card

a great way to gauge the thickness of your yarn and plying. A nice tool with an info sheet to hang on your spinning wheel or carry wit you anywhere you go.

$5



The New IxCHeL Club sign ups are now OPEN ! 

Get a monthly fibre and yarn surprise !

Always great blends and colourways 

only hand dyed for those who are club members !



April, May and June 2018





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 April, May and June 2018


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 #35 and receive your special hand dyed top :)) for three months (April, May and June 2018) is AU$72 + postage (parcel post or airmail). AND there are good value double serves available !!!



For Australia : single serve $72+$29 postage (parcel post), double serve $136+$29 (save $8) or triple serves $204 (save $12!) + postage


For USA + Canada: single serve AU$72+AU$57 (Airmail) double serve AU$136+AU$57


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 #35 now. Numbers are strictly limited ! The April 2018 Club is going to be shipped out end of April, the May club mid May and the June club mid June. Payment via direct deposit or credit card or paypal. Just PM or email me your details.


The IxCHeL Sock Yarn Clubs  April, May and June 2018


Every month for three months (April, May and June 2018) 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 (a 4ply/fingering weight yarn) or an 8ply / DK weight enough to make a pair of socks ; Every month a 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 $87+$29 postage (parcel post) double serve $146(= one skein FREE!!!) +$29


For USA + Canada: single serve AU$87+AU$57 (Airmail) double serve $146 (= one skein FREE!!!) +AU$57


For UK,Europe, rest of the world: Single serve AU$87+AU$69 (airmail) Double serve $145 (= one skein FREE!!!) +AU$69


For Asia: Single serve AU$87+AU$50 (airmail) Double serve $145 (= one skein FREE!!!) +AU$50


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 . The April 2018 Club is going to be shipped out end of April, the May club mid May and the June club Mid June.


IxCHeL Funky Bunny Batt Clubs  April, May and June 2018

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 wallaby 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 April, May and June 2018.

Price to join the IxCHeL Funky bunny for three months is :

For Australia : $114+$29 postage (parcel post)

For USA + Canada: AU$114+AU$57 (Airmail)

For UK,Europe, rest of the world: AU$114+AU$69 (airmail)

For Asia: AU$114+AU$50 (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 April 2018 club is going to be shipped out end of April, the May club mid May and the June club mid June 2018. Payment via direct deposit or credit card or paypal. Just PM or email me



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 to be found at the end of this week’s blog entry. 
Have a fun weekend !!!



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 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.
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.


Thank you so much for your help and support !


 RABBIT ON !
((hugs))
Charly
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