I am sure I have enough ready, but there are always these little devils sitting on my shoulder , whispering in my ear “hey! Why don’t you do this and this and that as well? And hey! How about getting more of this blend ready or paint some more spindles while you are at it?” lol Yep, I am my own worst enemy: always balancing between enthusiastic passionate hopping around and total exhaustion.. It seems it’s always feast or famine..and..never a dull moment here that ‘s for sure.
I love its silkyness, its drape, its shine, its ease to spin and felt and its strength as well. And tell me, who could not fall in love with this funky looking sheep with its long dreadlocks !
The Wensleydale is a large long wool sheep with a distinctive grey black face, ears and legs. The ears are slightly elongated and stand upright. They are naturally polled and have a tuft of long wool on top of the head which is not typically sheered (for aesthetic purposes). Wool from this breed is acknowledged as the finest lustre long wool in the world. The fleece from a purebred sheep is considered kemp free and curled or purled on out to the end.
As with all the other rare sheep breeds I have been telling you about lately, it is imperative that we make sure that these gorgeous animals do not go extinct. The only way to ensure this is not to succumb to the lure of mono culture spinning as I call it. Sure, Super fine merino is amazing to spin and soft and I totally love it in my blends. However, I also feel very strongly about a very diverse pool of animals to enrich our lives as handspinners and fibre artists. So, how can we help? Well easy! Spinning and working with rare breed fleeces will ensure the future of these animals and also support small fibre farming and a happy spinning adventure for a long time !
Membership will give you access to very special blends only released to club members in one of a kind colourways ! deadline for sign ups for all clubs is October 8th !
New IxCHeL Club sign ups Open now !
October, November and December 2014!!
IxCHeL Fibre Club October, November and December 2014
The IxCHeL Sock Yarn Club October, November and December 2014
IxCHeL Mini skein Club October, November and December 2014
IxCHeL Funky Bunny Batt Club October, November and December 2014
Rare Sheep breed Tops
100grams (+/-3.5Oz); AU$21
IxCHeL Events to put in your Calendar!
Sunday September 28th, 9:30-3pm
Sheep and Woolcraft Day (with bunny fibres, blends and funky batts as well ofcourse !)
October 7th, 10am-2:30pm
PASCOE VALE SPIN IN
How To Order:
2. message me on facebook or ravelry 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.