Friday, January 13, 2017

Plans and ...wet air


I had some really great plans for tonights update : a brand new blend and brand new colour ways ! Gothic bunny blend I call it. It is the most amazing soft , luxurious blend I have managed to make  and, in all my optimistic splendour, I was optimistic enough to start dyeing it early this week  andyep, it has been so humid here it simply is not dry enough to make it to this weeks update. It has a high proportion of silk in it and I blame the weather. Just humour me and agree..I normally would have dyed it on the weekend but I got so many custom orders to do that I was feeling optimistic and said to myself:" it is going to be great drying weather , I can dye later".  Hint: if you are living in a rainy humid valley like we do, NEVER EVER say that you can postpone dyeing and drying. I have lost all hope since today it has been bucketing down. But, hey! it wouldn;t be fun if there were never "surprises" so I always have a back up plan. I was planning on doing a special Icelandic update NEXT friday but the cute sheepies are now being pulled forward to come to my aid this friday :-)

 Adaptable as you have to be , living in a heavy wooded area  in the middle of nowhere and doing what  I do as a living, I decided to turn my hand on some manual blending of Icelandic multi-coloured fibres and ……breathe.

Here is an amazing video of Heida with her 500 icelandic sheep: She is amazing and reminds me of Lagertha in more ways  than one. Down to earth and also very gentle with her flock of exceptional sheep :




What I can offer you today is a beautiful “sorting hat” of natural coloured Icelandic tops that are amazing to handle and spin in all its natural glory !

A while ago I offered you a beautiful silver grey Autumn shearing and this week I am very proud to offer you a silver and black lightly blended autumn shearing and a mid grey Icelandic top that looks and feels awesome ! You can ofcourse overdye this top and believe me there is nothing better than dyeing a top with all different natural tonal variations of silver and grey and black. It makes the end product look amazing and magical !

There are not many wild or domesticated local animals in Iceland, but the wildlife and farm animals Iceland do have are very special. Did you know there are more Icelandic sheep in Iceland than people?! Some farmers own nearly a thousand sheep of their own. The extensive farm land around Iceland's coast is full of them, and every summer they roam the highlands and mountains freely. They're tough, sturdy little animals, and grow lots of fluffy wool that the Icelanders use to make all their woollen goods. Icelandic sheep are a breed that has remained virtually unchanged for over 1,000 years, maybe the oldest and most genetically pure sheep breed in the world. Modern Icelandic sheep descend from sheep ferried by Vikings to Iceland during the 8th and 9th Centuries. Attempts to “improve” the breed by outcrossing generally resulted in increased vulnerability to disease, and so raisers on this island nation decided to keep their selective breeding attempts confined within the breed.

The Icelandic sheep is an ancient North European breed, slightly smaller than modern varieties, whose double-layered coat is uniquely suited to cold and wet conditions.

A few weeks after the lambing in May, sheep are sent to run free and graze in mountain pastures until autumn, feeding on the rich and nourishing vegetation. Many farmers formerly allowed their sheep to graze in outlying pastures over the summer months, but as a result of the recent reduction in flocks, animals are increasingly kept on home pastures. Farmers gather their flocks in the autumn. Usually, the round-up is carried out on horseback with assistance of sheepdogs. The process can take up to a week. During this time, participants stay overnight in mountain huts located throughout the highlands. Each sheep farmer has his own earmark in order to identify his livestock. After the gathering, the sheep are all sorted into designated pens, according to earmarks. Many people, farmers or not, come to watch or take part in this event on the last day, which is usually followed by a big celebration the same night. This is a tradition cherished by Icelanders.

Icelandic sheep are a beautiful and eye-catching breed of sheep with incredible colour variations and seventeen possible combinations of colours and patterns. Known around the world for their fibre, the Icelandic sheep provides a soft, lustrous dual coated fleece. Icelandic sheep come in a range of natural colours and patterns which provide lovely wool that is very versatile and easy to spin, making this wool a handspinners dream.  There is heaps of information and even videos I put on my autumn shearing of the icelandic sheep on my blog  a while ago in case you want to have a look at the whole story and some more cute photos.(here's the linkie to the Icelandic Leadersheep blog I did. There is another adventure planned later in the year for these amazing sheep for which you can sign up)


Anyway, here I am, it is Friday again and update day and this week, filled again with Nordic Splendour (I’m obviously still in a Viking mood!..lol) . Here are some of the Icelandic Beauties responsible for this weeks fibery update :









Have a fun weekend and snaffle ! All the “ how to order details” are shown at the bottom of this blog. You can always contact me on facebook or ravelry and even if you do not see something here , ask me: I am always happy to enable !



Icelandic Black and Silver Tops

Icelandic Mid grey tops  and WHITE also available!



Beautifully slightly blended black and silver grey Icelandic Autumn Shearing tops
100+gram tops AU$23





The natural silver and black Icelandic autumn shearing tops.
 When I took this photo I all of a sudden realised it looked
like the “sorting hat” of the Harry Potter movies….
or maybe my imagination is to blame and
 I am “seeing things” lol





mid grey Icelandic tops




Dates to put in your Calendar !!


May

Saturday May 6th   10am-3pm

Healesville Spinners and Weavers Guild Chat, Spin and Shop


Please join me with the Healesville Spinners and Weavers on Saturday for their annual 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 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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Friday, January 6, 2017

A new Year with new Adventures


Happy new year !!!! it is 2017 and if some sources can be believed : it is the year of new beginnings, hope and adventure. I sincerely hope so and I am all for new beginnings and hope and adventure. So I thought that was the great way to start the new year: with an adventure! A viking one, with heaps of exciting nordic rare sheep breeds and lots of colourways !

I do hope you all had or still haev a brilliant end of year and start of the new year celebration. I was , as always totally ill prepared and spent the "seaoson" working and having a flu: multi taskingto the end..LOL

I probably will be pencilling in some kind of "relaxation" sometime but for now I am really too excited: so many ideas and new adventures happening!!!! yes, it is awesome and ...a bit overwhelming, BIT totally fun! I love trying to push boundaries, find new and exciting things to play with and I think 2017 is going to be full on in that respect: the things I have lined up are truly amazing including a unique vampire deer blend top that will surely knock your socks off and so many more new blends and yarn adventures it is crazy! I am taking my vitamins to keep up! LOL

Did I say it is going to be amazing? I am working on a website: yeah right! do not fall down laughing your head off.. no,, i is true ... I am not sure how much it will add to the lure of the ixchelbunny blog because i will still be blogging and posting the new exciting stuff on this "gateway" but hey, it is a new adventure and hopefully it will be easier for some to get in touch with me or have a feel of what fluff I can provide. I am really excited to announce a brilliant relationship with a unique Victorian spinning company to give you a wonderful new and unique fingering weight/sock weight yarn for a super exciting new adventure. You may not knwo this but I do dye and make yarn, whether it be handspu or dyeing it: I do all kinds. And this year, 2017, is defenitely going to be ----hopefully--- a more yarny year with all kinds of exciting new angles and twists to it all : I cannot wait to bring you the first batches in a couple op months time !




Here is the first blog offering of this year: a very special unique blend of my VIKING tops: a wonderful blend of super special Spaelsau sheep (from Normway), Faroe island sheep(from the faroe islands) , Gra Troender (from Norway), Gutefar (Sweden) and Icelandic sheep blended with some magical angora bunny, cashmere and glitz !


If you have totally forgotten to give somebody a gift and it is too late to go to the shops or send anything physically to  them: you can still get out of the "naughty" corner and give somebody a giftvoucher which I can email to you.

Again a huge thank you to all of you who support our little fibre farm dedicated to sustainability, creativity and sharing : Big Fluffy Hugs to all !

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 !!!!

A very happy End of 2016: STAY SAFE (2016 can hit you over the head without warning!) and get ready for a fantastic 2017! New Beginnings they say: Let's hope it is going to be amazing ! Make it so!


Special IxCHeL Gift Vouchers 

It's not too late to send a giftvoucher to that special someone: I will email you or the person you want to gift it to the voucher ! Easy ! 


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  giftvoucher Pack
A personalised  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  Pack
Comes with a personalised 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  giftvoucher Pack
Comes with a personalised 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.



VIKING  Tops

An adventurous Passionate blend

100g /AU $ 24

Spaelsau sheep (norway), Faroe island sheep (faroe), Gra Troender sheep (Norway), Gutefar sheep (Sweden) and Icelandic sheep (Iceland), Angora Bunny, Cashmere, Glitz




Thor-sold-




The Seer-sold-




Siggy-sold-




Rollo-sold-




Ragnarok (dyed with Indigo)-sold-




Ragnar-sold-




Lagertha-3left-



Freya-sold-



Floki-1left-


Eostre-sold-




Bjorn Ironside-sold-



Athelstan-sold-



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, December 30, 2016

Singing in the Rain, Drowned in Moonlight


Thank you to each and everyone of you who have messaged me, emailed, sent postcards and wished me a fun Christmas and a happy birthday. What an amazing feeling to have so many people thinking about you. I am totally humbled by the love you have shown me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am ever so grateful. You are the reason that I am still here spluttering out my thoughts and my fibe adventures on this blog. You are the reason why I still have hope for humanity. Hold on! that comes across as a bit "heavy" but ......it's true.

Over these last months, there have been so many moments  filled with dread about the things to come with so many people expressing hate; either for politics, refugees or other human beings for being different than they are, so much misunderstanding and fear and anger. I think that is what scares me the most. This 1930s kind of tsunami of fear and hate being almost legitimised by the fact that the person who spoke freely and unabashed about violence and hate is going to be the president of the so called "free " world......

Looking back on this year with only a day to go, the one thing that stands out to me is the loss of so many friends..too many: friends I have known personally and some who I am still grieving for, others who I may not have known personally but have been part of my childhood growing up, or they were part of my cultural dna so to speak. I know I am not the only one feeling this kind of loss. And then there are the people who totally deny everything like that being of any importance. Brushing things like that off and to get on with it. I am an empath, Say that to me and alarm bells go off..lol
I know I feel compassion for each and every living being, which does not make life easier sometimes, but the alternative is being a rock in the ocean with the waves of time, sorrow and happiness flowing over you , not budging at all. I'd rather be moved. I know I would not be "me" without feeling these things and expressing them. I would not be able to create.     What is the use of being human if we exclude others from our lives, or only allow ourselves to feel if it is limited to an exclusive bunch of people?  I believe limiting our compassion is dangerous. It is as dangerous as living in a bubble and excluding each and everyone who disagrees with us.   I think it is time we are able to have a healthy debate again on whatever subject: whether it is politics, human decency, knitting patterns or the type of spinning you like to do. I have read so many people say that when they put a photo up of their knitting or spinning project, they get comments that they are doing it wrong, or it is not right, or it is bad, sometimes  they even get nasty comments or bullied. I have seen creative people get totally stiffled by this kind of behaviour. Think before you post something, think about how you would feel getting that particular comment. If  you are just commenting negativity: hold yourself back and tell yourself that if you cannot say anything constructive, to not comment at all.

If I could wish for anything at all in the new year, it would be for a more compassionate way of thinking for everybody, Respect and defenitely a sense of humour combined with an explosion of creativity.

Which brings me directly to what all of the previous was brought on by: yes the amazing, hilarious, witty, awesome force of nature that was Carrie Fisher.  Too young  when she was drowned in Moonlight and strangled by her own bra, as she once mentioned she liked her obituary to read. I met her twice: The first time in the early 80s at the time that Empire Strikes back was just released when I was in the States lucky enough to meet the cast , second time was at a booksigning where I had the pleasure not only to be "glittered and sparkled" (You have to know she was very into glitz and glitter: she left a trail of it  everywhere she went. )  while receiving my autograph and a hilarious remark about my "I'm not fat I'm fluffy" badge which I gave to her. (she was very into the most ridiculously funny stuff. What can I say, we connected).

I still can't believe this force of nature has left us so soon only to be followed by her mum, Debbie Reynolds,  the day after. It is such a tragedy and loss. My heart goes out to her brother Todd, her daughter Billie and her beloved Gary. I will always cherish her immense sense of humour, glitter and what she meant to advocating help for mental illness , particularly Bipolar disorder.






Mark Hamill was totally hilarious btw!
He tends to not only sign but adds a little story to the whole thing.


So yeah, Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sticking with me, reading my blog, being so enthusiastic about all the fluffy stuff happening here, for all the love and creativity you have shared; for all of that I am immensely grateful !Thank you!!!


So, here’s my 5th December fluff offering for you: freshly dyed special IxCHeL Diva Tops with a nice bit of bling  in them,  for this time of year! Diva! tops are a  luxurious spin and cuddle with 15 micron merino, Angora bunny and cashmere , suri , silk with an added bonus of some nice bling accents.
If you have totally forgotten to give somebody a gift and it is too late to go to the shops or send anything physically to  them: you can still get out of the "naughty" corner and give somebody a giftvoucher which I can email to you.

Again a huge thank you to all of you who support our little fibre farm dedicated to sustainability, creativity and sharing : Big Fluffy Hugs to all !

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 !!!!

A very happy End of 2016: STAY SAFE (2016 can hit you over the head without warning!) and get ready for a fantastic 2017! New Beginnings they say: Let's hope it is going to be amazing ! Make it so!


Special IxCHeL Gift Vouchers 

It's not too late to send a giftvoucher to that special someone: I will email you or the person you want to gift it to the voucher ! Easy ! 


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  giftvoucher Pack
A personalised  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  Pack
Comes with a personalised 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  giftvoucher Pack
Comes with a personalised 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.



Diva  Tops

a 24 carrot glamour blend

100g /AU $ 24

15micron merino , Angora Bunny, Cashmere, Glitz, Suri, Silk




Battle of Endor-sold-




BB-8 and a new hope-sold-




Binary Sunset-sold-




Cantina-sold-




Cloud City-sold-




Destruction of Alderaan-sold-




Ewok Feast-sold-



Han Solo-sold-



Jabba's Den-sold-


Leia-sold-




Obi Wan-1 left-



Singing in the Rain-sold-



Tatooine-sold-



Wookie-sold-



Wampa's Lair-sold-



Yoda-sold-



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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