Friday, October 20, 2017

Magic and more




Last week has flashed by..not flown…it was gone in the blink of an eye. At least that’s what it felt like for me…I managed to dye about 30 kilos just for all the clubs and the adventures and then , for good measure, an added couple for custom orders and this update. My timing was excellent becauyse the sun was out, we had no rain and the conditions were perfect for getting my dyepots going with woad and indigo and other natural dye pigments. It was magic. At the same time though my days quickly turned into nights and the nights quickly turned into dawn…I had a week of 4am let’s go to bed now then and up again to keep going. Natural dyeing and prepping everything does take time. If you do not take the time to let it steep and cure and mature, the magic will not happen. Some things just cannot be rushed.

So, for tonight I have a few extra special natural dye yarns on offer , all handdyed here at the farm and spun in Victoria especially for me and I could not be happier how the yarn has turned out. I am working on new very special yarns to come as well ! Bot in 4 and 8 ply and maybe, just maybe, even small batches of rare sheep breed blend yarns : it is all happening but as always with everything sustainable and in the way of “slow fashion” it is not something that can be finalized over night so bear with me. Your patience will be rewarded : more magical things will be happening. For now there are some very special woad dyed combos on offer as well as a gorgeous spring combo dyed with dyer’s chamomile and pear tree bark !

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

IxCHeL Sock yarn   

Superfine Australian Merino, Silk, Nylon (75/5/20) 
 410m/448yards 
 100grams/3.53oz 
 AU$28

Handdyed with Love




Woad Trio from light to dark in three skeins. 
You can also purchase the skeins separately ofcourse, just mention you wish Light, Medium or Dark



Springtime Trio
the silver is dyed with a very diluted Oak gall pigment, the purple is from fermented pear bark and the buttercup yellow is dyed with Dyer’s chamomile. They Look amazing together don’t you think? You can purchase the combo or you can purchase the skeins separately.




Silver (oak galls diluted pigment dye)







Lilac (dyed with Pear bark, fermented and then dried and dried into pigment)








Buttercup (dyed with Dyers Chamomile)





/>Another combo that looks so good together this time with a special speckle dye skein “Lallybroch in Spring” Combo








Lallybroch (Close up)





Oogie Boogie (Could not resist doing some Halloween inspired dyes )




Halloween Town




Deep Purple




Vengeance is mine




Dates to put in your Calendar !!

EXCITING NEW DATES COMING SOON !






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.



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, October 13, 2017

Friday the 13th !!


Hellraiser bunny 
by Diana Levin 
(check out her art on etsy, she is amazing !)



Yeah ! It’s Friday the 13th ! in October ! What more can we ask for LOL..you may know that October is my favourite time of the year , Halloween is my fav holiday and yes, I do like pumpkins and everything gothic and a bit ghoulish and fun…I’m weird in a nice way

So, for tonight I have a special Gothic update: Gothic Bunny! Since I am running out of time (again!!!) I did not have time to edit and upload my “eyeball tutorial BUT no worries: I will add that little titbit of eyeball information up next week 😊 Let’s get on with the Gothic bunny Friday the 13th update of today and just for you, when you order the Naked Gothic Bunny you will get it at a very special Friday the 13th price of $20 !!!!! How good is that ! Only today til midnight and til stocks last ! 😊

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

Gothic BunnyTops   

Superfine Australian Merino, Angora bunny, Cashmere goat, Black Silk

100+gram tops AU$24 for the dyed tops, 
SPECIAL !! :   $20 for the naked Gothic only on Friday the 13th  !!!

Amazing to spin and not frightening at all !



Zombie Sharks-sold-



Heeeere’s Johnny !-sold-




Psycho







Gothic Naked








Hounds of the Baskervilles-2 left-





Hellraiser-2left-






Clown Monster-sold-





Cabin in the Woods-2 left-




Bride of Frankenstein-2 left-




Dates to put in your Calendar !!
EXCITING NEW DATES COMING SOON !






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.



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, October 6, 2017

Pixies to make you Smile


Gorgeous Kerry Hill Lamb welcoming Spring
Photo Courtesy of Peter Bond


Time for a new blend to get out in the world of spinning !   This time it is all about Kerry Hill sheep who are as cute as a button and have the added bonus of having great fleece to spin as well !

The Kerry Hill breed (or in Welsh: Dafad Bryniau Ceri) is from Powys, on the English/Welsh borders, and it derives its name from the village of Kerry, near Newtown. There are records of this distinctive breed in this area dating back to 1809, and the first Flock Book was published in 1899. Registered Kerry Hill Sheep can be found throughout the British Isles, Ireland, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands. It is a cute sheep, with a black nose and sharply defined black and white markings on the head and legs. The fleece handles very well and is amongst the softest of the British wools. The breed crosses well with Hill and Long wool breeds to make crossbred ewes. Though still not very numerous, the breed was removed from the records of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust watchlist in 2006.

The Kerry Hill is a medium-sized breed of sturdy build, an average ewe weighing about 55 to 65 kg (121 to 143 lb) and a ram a little more.. The face is white with black markings on the nose and around the eyes, with black, wool-less ears set high on the head. The legs are white with black markings. The fleece is fine and white, with a Bradford count of 54 to 56 and a staple length of 10 cm (4 in). An average fleece weighs about 2.75 kg (6.1 lb).

The fleece has been used in cottage industry spinning for a long time and due its fineness and easy handle. In short: it spins like a dream and has great stitch definition when knitted up. The fleece is exceptionally white and lofty.

The locks are pretty dense but they separate very easily. When you spin the yarn worsted it will have a subtle shine, good loft and excellent insulating properties.
Woolen style will produce a more matte yarn with even a greater air trapping quality, which equals to a fabulous insulating yarn. Kerry Hill is great for everyday garments from sweaters, socks to hats and blankets.

 This particular Kerry Hill “harvest” is about 26micron BUT because of the added angora bunny and cashmere together with a lush pearly tencel it feels much softer and close to skin wear, like a 19 to 20 micron.

And how can you possibly resist these cute little lambs???? !!!!







A proud Kerry Hill ewe with her babies












I have blended the Pixie blend, yes that’s the name I called it…couldn’t resist. Although the origin of the Kerry Hill Sheep are in the gorgeous Welsh Countryside, the Pixie blend Kerry Hill Sheep are from Ireland so I HAD TO call it PIXIE. Well, better let you see what I have been up to with the dye pots. I wish you could feel the tops through your screen ! Pm me if you would like to give some of these tops a good home. Enjoy looking and 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 to be found at the end of this week’s blog entry. 

Pixie Tops   

Kerry Hill Sheep, Angora bunny, Cashmere, Tencel

100+gram tops AU$24

Amazing to spin.



the natural Pixie tops in all their yumminess



Dr Finkelstein




Wolf man -2left-







Undersea Gal-sold-








Shock





Sally






Rose Quartz





Pumpkin Jack




Oogie Boogie-sold-




Mrs Plum




Mr Hyde-sold-




Mayor of Halloween Town




Lock




Harlequin Demon-2left-







Creature Under The Stairs



Clown with the Tear Away Face



Behemoth-SOLD-



Bat Kid



Barrel-sold-




Acorn-sold-






Dates to put in your Calendar !!

EXCITING NEW DATES COMING SOON !






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.



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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