Friday, May 19, 2017

Shows and Hanging out



This Sunday a fabulous yarn and fiber show is happening at the Coburg Town Hall , organized by the Handknitters Guild of Victoria. As usual, I think I do not have enough stock and want to dye and spin as much as humanely possible and I think I MAY have outdone that this time.... again, staying up til 4 am in the morning dyeing and spinning , braiding and labelling. And still I think, I won’t have enough I want to do more ! Because, you know, you can never have enough yarn or fibre….Well, that’s my philosophy anyway. 

At one point though you have to say to yourself “okay, stop now because you are running out of time and space to dry the dyed yarns and fibres AND you are in danger of hurting yourself becoming a zombie and falling into the dyepot yourself!” I have one day left which will be spent with finishing up the last minute things, like packaging badges and yarns and braiding. Sometimes you have to say to yourself “this will just have to do”…. BUT I AM HAVING A HARD TIME SAYING IT AND ACT ON IT …lol so you may see a hot fluo pink haired zombie at the show …if I fall over at any point and time, just let me lie in a pile of yarn and fibre ….lol

Some of the yarns and fibres on offer on Sunday:

Yarns:

IxCHeL Sock yarn :  a fab collaboration effort with Bendigo Woollen Mills who have spun this exclusively for the IxCHeL Fibre farm. This yarn is a beauty of superfine merino, sillk and nylon.

IxCHeL Silver star sock yarn: superfine merino, cashmere, nylon and silver bling !

Handspun bunny mink yarn

Handspun Angora bunny yarn

Handspun Wallaby Bunny Yarn

Art Yarns

North Ronaldsay Sheep Yarns

Long repeat colour yarns in 4ply

Cashmerino Yarn in cobweb weight (excellent for plying and lace projects)

Ewe Bunny Yarns with angora bunny and merino in 4ply
 and lots more !

Fibres:

Lush bunny tops with pearlescent tencel

GaGa Bunny tops with Blue faced leicester and magic bling 

Bunny Bison Bliss tops

Tundra Qiviut tops

Cashmere Fling tops

Super hero tops with Stainless steel

Happy Bunny Tops with Hemp

Angel bunny tops with blue faced leicester and tencel

Silks

Gothic bunny tops with black silk !

Outlander tops with rare Soay sheep 

Shetland sheep tops

Magic Bunny tops with rainbow bling

Other fun stuff:

Lair of the Bearded dragon woodturned  Spindles, Bowls, needlecases, orifice hooks

Fifi's Stitch Markers

Badges

and more ! (I'm sure I forgot something.......lol)


So although there is a truckload (literally) of fluff and yarn ready for the show, I am afraid you will just have to come down and visit me at the show to get your hands on it this week. Next week there will be another "normal" update with extra special fluff to entice you ! 

C'mon ! Come hang out with me at the Handknitters Guild Show on Sunday ! You know you want to!




This blog update is filled with new club sign ups ! This is your chance to sign up for the sock or fibre or funky bunny batt clubs starting in July.



New IxCHeL Club sign ups are now open !


for the months : July, August and September 2017



(til quotas are reached or until June 30th)



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 July, August and September 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 #32 and receive your special hand dyed top :)) for three months (July, August and September) 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 #32 now. Numbers are strictly limited ! The July 2017 Club is going to be shipped out end of July. Payment via direct deposit or credit card or paypal. Just PM or email me your details

The IxCHeL Sock Yarn Clubs  July, August and September 2017


Every month for three months (July, August and September 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  July, August and September 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 July, August and September 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 July  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 fun !!!




Dates to put in your Calendar !!


May

Sunday May 21st 10am-3pm

Victorian Hand Knitters Guild Show Coburg Town Hall

THE extra ordinary super fluffy yarny event in Melbourne !!!
I will be there with lots of hand dyed tops for spinning and felting and happy rainbow yarn and sock yarn, some extra special art yarns and much much more!!!!
As well as some amazing Lair of the Bearded Dragon spindles and bowls that are pure magic to spin with !



.





July

Friday July 14th- Sunday 16th, 9am-5pm

(Spot the bunny !!! 💗😛  )

Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show
THE event of the year !!!! Not to be missed!! I will be there in the Flower (Power Bunny) Shed again with heaps of new goodies, hand dyed and hand spun, IxCHeL new blends and rare sheep breed adventures and much much more ! Including a world first of something AMAZING AND FUN!!!!! Shhh not telling ! but it is AWESOME !!!!


OCTOBER

date and venue info to follow soon.


Black n Coloured Sheep FIELD DAY  in Pakenham!




Landscape dyes 

 100g tubs   AU$11 
250 g tubs AU$26


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, May 12, 2017

National Splurge Weekend !



saying it is all happening is not enough anymore…. There are so many things I’m doing at the same time it’s a wonder my brain can cope…Saying that.. I am now at a point Paul looks at me and says “but…but.. you saw that !” or “ We talked about it yesterday!” … I’m sure it is nothing sinister going on and the immense pressure I put myself under is taking it’s toll. The evidence to prove this was the simple fact I was absolutely certain I had not seen a Doctor Who episode of two weeks ago ! I mean, I am a Doctor Who fanatic! How could I have possibly forgotten the Thames frozen over episode??? But…yes…I think I did…probably because I was doing “stuff” at the same time? I mean, How could I??? I normally give the Doctor my total attention. Not that time apparently. Paul accommodated me saying “NO! I have NOT seen that episode” by watching it …..again….with me…poor diddums.

Anyway, It is mayhem here as you can imagine: not only because of the May club AND Seamonster adventure dyeing and preparing but also because ethe handknitters guild show is on the 21st of May which is only a WEEEK away ! a WEEEEK! I know !!! It’s CRAZYYYY! So many yarns still to prepare and get ready! So many fibres to get ready to dye and prep! And label! If at any time you think: why is Charly not hanging around on Social media that much???? What’s happened??? Well, that is because I am locked in my dyeroom and my studio getting a gargantuan amount of work done. I wish I could do more things at the same time but I really thing that tackling 20.000 things at the time is my limit..lol

After the Handknitters guild it is all things GO! For the Bendigo Sheep and Wool show and the Black n Coloured Sheep show so I am not expecting to have some breathing time til …eh…….November. The pile of books I want to read are piling up ! In the meantime I am keeping up with the amazing world news and apparent reruns of “Nixonian times of will democracy survive? Episodes” paired with hopefully the best comedy and investigative journalism since the 70s. I am hopeful and keeping everything crossed….

You may or may not know that I am childless…childless not by choice but through cancer. I dread mothers day announcements and celebrations after going through 9 miscarriages and then uterine cancer with all the yummy treatments that entailed, winding up as a childless life entity. Safe to say I have no reason to celebrate on Sunday. 
I am over the moon for all of you who are mothers and grandmothers. I totally get it. But....I also want to make a statement that there are soooooo many women who do not have children, had miscarriages or stilbirths. 

So to all of us, childless women AND childfilled women, I am proclaiming the 2nd weekend of May the 


National SPLURGE YOURSELF DAY!!! 


To celebrate I am offering you a yarn SPLURGE SURPRISE PACK !!! This pack will contain two yarns together with a yummy surprise for the price of $45 plus postage! That’s a huge saving and a SPLURGE at the same time! Just message or email me SPLURGE PACK and I will let you know all the details !


So, This week’s update is all about a big yummy yarn SPLURGE and a special hand dyed IxCHeL Fibre blend to put a big smile on your face : HAPPY BUNNY TOPS. Happy Bunny tops are a blend of Hemp, Muga Silk, Eco Merino (non mulesed and organically reared merino), angora, Llama and cashmere !


Have a fun weekend with lots of Fun and "Splurgings" !!




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 fun !!!





Happy Bunny Tops
A fabulous blend of amazing fibres


Superfine Eco Merino, Hemp, Muga Silk, Angora bunny, Cashmere, Llama

100grams (+/-3.5Oz); AU$25  





Speed of Life ..SOLD..






Rose Tinted Glasses






QuickSand






Smoking Gun..SOLD..






Queen Bitch..SOLD..






Oh You pretty things..SOLD..






Natural






Kooks ..sold






Fill your Heart ..SOLD..







Changes





Dates to put in your Calendar !!




May

Sunday May 21st 10am-3pm

Victorian Hand Knitters Guild Show Coburg Town Hall

THE extra ordinary super fluffy yarny event in Melbourne !!!
I will be there with lots of hand dyed tops for spinning and felting and happy rainbow yarn and sock yarn, some extra special art yarns and much much more!!!!
As well as some amazing Lair of the Bearded Dragon spindles and bowls that are pure magic to spin with !



.





July

Friday July 14th- Sunday 16th, 9am-5pm

(Spot the bunny !!! 💗😛  )

Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show
THE event of the year !!!! Not to be missed!! I will be there in the Flower (Power Bunny) Shed again with heaps of new goodies, hand dyed and hand spun, IxCHeL new blends and rare sheep breed adventures and much much more ! Including a world first of something AMAZING AND FUN!!!!! Shhh not telling ! but it is AWESOME !!!!


OCTOBER

date and venue info to follow soon.


Black n Coloured Sheep FIELD DAY  in Pakenham!




Landscape dyes 

 100g tubs   AU$11 
250 g tubs AU$26


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, May 5, 2017

Create and Keep Swimming



It’s All happening …well, I guess there’s always things happening, but this week it just seemed it was all happening at once or rather, I made it happen at once…lol :   May club prep, new sock dyeing, new blending preparations, rare sheep breed adventures and all the huge organization that needs and new yarn blends and yarn weights being thought up, planned out and organized. This …is….huge! well, for me it is… 

Every decision, every plan, every spark of imagination or should I say the “vulcanic idea eruptions” that I have, however creative and exciting, they  have to be assessed and thought about because of the super limited funds available. Running a small fibre farm and a small craft business is just that: an almost impossible – or should I say implausible..lol- clash between chaotic anarchistic creativity with the need of an almost scientific calculations of risk/ non existant availability of funds…. Safe to say: I go with my gut feelings and take it from there, dive in and then ……. After incessantly working almost 24/7 …..  fear sets in …soon replaced by my motto of “keep swimming!” or “if you go through hell, keep going!” attitude. So yeah, a pretty standard normal week…LOL

There are heaps of dyeing sessions for the clubs, the upcoming shipping of the Seamonster adventure and the updates planned. With the handknitters guild show coming up on May 21st it is always a frenzy to get lots of yarns spun and dyed and labelled. While at the same time I have to make sure that every week there is an exciting update as well. This time of year it is like running a marathon!
Tomorrow I am doing a talk at the Healesville spinners and taking my fluffy stuff and then on Sunday I have a day off (who would have thought  that possible !!!???? LOL)  : going to the book festival in Clunes ! I have never been but heard so many good things about it and being an absolute book fanatic I’m looking forward to it very much !


This week’s update is all about the new Silver Star Sock yarn blend AND a rare sheep breed.

So what rare sheep breed is on offer tonight? : It is the Manx Loaghtan !
The Manx Loaghtan conjures up images of the movie “Hell Boy” but these sheep are the epitome of gentle awesomeness ! Here are photos illustrating the flow from little lamb to adult heroism:


















The origins of these primitive sheep are not fully understood but their ancestors are thought to go back to the Iron Age.
They share many characteristics with other primitive sheep and are part of the Northern Short Tail group of sheep.
These related primitive sheep were spread round Scandinavia, Iceland, the Scottish Islands and the Isle of Man by the Vikings.
The Manx Loaghtan is still one of the rarest of breeds in the British Isles and since 1973 the Rare Breeds Survival Trust has helped promote these wonderful sheep.
Up to the 18th century these sheep covered the Manx hills in their thousands. Gradually they were replaced by modern sheep that mature quicker and are heavier. Obviously modern economics are far from romantic..lol
In the last 120 years the Manx Loaghtan came close to extinction 3 times and was only saved by the dedication and foresight of a few people.
In the 1950s numbers were down to less than a 100!!!
Happily today there are just over a thousand and their future seems much brighter as people have come again to appreciate the wool which is naturally a dark tan colour, soft, light yet very warm.

The first thing that you notice about Manx Loaghtan sheep is their impressive set of horns. Both sexes have 2, 4 or even 6 horns!

As the name suggests, the Manx Loaghtan originated on the Isle Of Man. It is a small, ancient hill breed. Originally white with some grey and black sheep but few of the reddish-brown colour we see today (the word 'Loaghtan' comes from the Manx for 'mouse brown').

Like many other heritage breeds, the Loaghtan was once popular but declined in the early 20th century. The breed was rescued by enthusiasts both on the Isle of Man and in Scotland (where I got these beauties from) , and is now popular as a conservation grazer that will eat almost anything!

The breed is considered 'at risk' by the Rare Breed Survival Trust, with fewer than 1,500 registered breeding ewes.

Most Loaghtans have a medium staple length fleece, which in varying shades of brown getting paler with age, although they bleach to cream in the sun. The lambs are born black and generally achieve their particular shade of brown during the first year.

The fleece is very nice and soft witjh a staple length of between 70mm-100mm with around 22-28micron. It is great to spin for close to skin wear or for outerwear as well. I love this sheep. It has such an old world feel to it and so ancient in a way and ofcourse the fleece itself is just magic to spin up.

Please understand that I do not have a lot of stock of this exceptional rare breed fibre. Do not wait too long to pounce on this week’s update to avoid disappointment. I am offering you this all scoured and cleaned and pulled into luscious tops ready to spin in its natural colour. I will always be tempted to overdye grey fleeces (like you will see in later updates with the grey merino and silk blend I am working on as well) but there is no way I am tempted to overdye this luscious honey brown caramel coloured Manx Loughtan fibre. It is amazing just the way it is !


Not only these wicked Manx Loaghtan tops are on offer on this week’s blog but also some very super soft Silver Star Sock weight yarn!

Have a fun weekend with lots of giggles!!


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 fun !!!


So for todays update I have the new Silver Star IxCHeL Sock yarn! treat yourself to some Sparkles !




Manx Loughtan
Rare Sheep breed Tops 


A rare sheep breed that is a magical addition to your stash !

100grams (+/-3.5Oz); AU$22  




Manx Loaghtan top




IxCHeL Silver Star Sock yarn 4 ply Fingering Weight


Super soft sparkly yarn with a high twist: great for socks a swell as shawls or hey, a sparkly jumper! 

Great yarn with fab stitch definition and drape. 

All hand dyed and labelled on the IxCHeL Fibre farm with Love by me  in the Yarra Valley !


+/- 431 meters / 470 yards per 100g




Merino 75% Cashmere 5% Nylon 15% Silver Angelina 5%
100+gram skeins     
AU$ $30




There are some great colour combos to play with ! Like this one with  
“make it rain”, “Black Star” and “Sing!”


or why not this combo 
 of “Rose” “Velvet touch” “illuminati” “Pinot Noir” and “Rose”



or

This combination of “Castle on the Hill” speckled yarn with “Rose Petals”



or make your own amazing colour combination choosing from the many colour ways below:



Castle on the Hill





Black Star-sold-





Coal-sold-





Silver-sold-





I See Fire








BB-8





Sing !





Make it Rain





Hearts don’t Break here-sold-





Orange Crush








PopArt





Pinot Noir





Illuminati





Velvet Touch





Rose








Rose Petal (dark)





Rose Petal (light)







Dates to put in your Calendar !!

May

Saturday May 6th   10am-3pm

Healesville Spinners and Weavers Guild AGM and talk and shop (it is a general meeting and after 12am I will give a talk and there will be fluff for sale. It will be just me there though: not a spin in as such. So Please contact the Healesville spinners and bring a plate to celebrate !)


Please join me with the Healesville Spinners and Weavers on Saturday for their annual meeting and celebration.
I will be doing a talk about the IxCHeLbunny farm, fibres and yarns and lots more !!! There will be fibres to cuddle (and buy) and also spindles of all shapes and sizes.

The event is open to all but everybody is asked to bring a plate of food to share with the others to make it even more fun. The Hall opens at 11am with a group meeting and my little talk will start around 12. After the talk there will be ample opportunity to browse, shop and mingle.


V.C. Mullett Hall (Badger Creek Hall), 358 Badger Creek Road, Badger Creek.

The hall is located next to the Badger Creek C.F.A. Station and opposite the Badger Creek Primary School. There is off road parking.

Sunday May 21st 10am-3pm

Victorian Hand Knitters Guild Show Coburg Town Hall

THE extra ordinary super fluffy yarny event in Melbourne !!!
I will be there with lots of hand dyed tops for spinning and felting and happy rainbow yarn and sock yarn, some extra special art yarns and much much more!!!!
As well as some amazing Lair of the Bearded Dragon spindles and bowls that are pure magic to spin with !



.





July

Friday July 14th- Sunday 16th, 9am-5pm


Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show
THE event of the year !!!! Not to be missed!! I will be there in the Flower (Power Bunny) Shed again with heaps of new goodies, hand dyed and hand spun, IxCHeL new blends and rare sheep breed adventures and much much more ! Including a world first of something AMAZING AND FUN!!!!! Shhh not telling ! but it is AWESOME !!!!


OCTOBER

date and venue info to follow soon.


Black n Coloured Sheep FIELD DAY  in Pakenham!




Landscape dyes 

 100g tubs   AU$11 
250 g tubs AU$26


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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