Friday, August 10, 2018

Swiss Cuteness and New Clubs!


Cute and Beautiful: Valais Blacknose Sheep
I have a very soft spot for rare breeds, as you know. Today the focus is on a cute rare sheep breed with it’s origins in Switzerland but is slowly but surely taking over the world with its cuteness overload.
There are now herds and breeding programs that have been started in Scotland and the Netherlands. I would love to introduce this breed to Australia, but unless I win the lottery to deal with the import, quarantine etc, that is not going to happen. Instead I have been working to get this cute overload to you in another way in the shape of another one of my rare sheep breed adventures.

Tonight you will be able to get your hands on natural or hand dyed tops , but more on this later in this blog.

It just seems the July clubs have just been shipped out and before you know it, the August clubs are well on their way to get ready and shipped next week! Which means that we are almost near the end of the current club period and the exciting start of the next ! So, sign ups for the next club months starting in October ! The last Club sign ups for the year 2018!!! Can you believe it?? Time flies when you are having fun that is for sure ! lol


Alpine Silver Tops

This new adventure is all about the Swiss cutest sheep : the Valais Blacknose!

These Valais Blacknose Sheep hail from Switzerland and I have combined their fibre with some lovely super soft fibres. Their fleece is not normally close to skin wear, but you know what I am going to say: blending a coarser fleece with angora and cashmere and doing some of my blending magic: it will be soft enough to wear close to skin!! Of course a high micron sheep’s fleece will not compare to super fine 13 micron merino or pure cashmere or angora, but every fibre has its purpose and every fibre can be blended to change the overall use. Everything has value, everything can be used and loved and cuddled.

The Valais Blacknose sheep originate in the Valais region of Switzerland. They are a dual-purpose breed, raised for meat and wool. The black patches on its nose, eyes, ears, knees, hocks and feet and otherwise light woolly coats make them quite unmistakable. They are a heritage breed, well-suited to living in the extreme climatic conditions of the high mountains. They are good at grazing steep, rocky slopes. Both sexes are horned. The earliest mention of the breed dates back to 1400 A.D., but they were first recognized as a separate breed in 1962.

Here are some photos of the lovelies in their natural habitat:
























Valais Blacknose
Eco merino
Silver Angelina
Angora
Cashmere


Tops 100+ grams: $25



Blue Monday


Cherry Bomb



Distant Sky





First Cut is the Deepest





Harley Quinn Makeover





Hearts don’t break around here





Into my Arms





Magneto





Natural





Sexy Weatherman





Show time !





Stranded





Stranger than Kindness





Surf City Sunset





Tattooed in Reverse





Threats of Romance



Where the Wild Roses Grow


IxCHeL  Club Sign ups are open now !

Here is a photo compilation of the previous club  months January to July to give you an idea what the "Art Journey" Theme of this years clubs has been all about : The interpretation of art into fibre.




IxCHeL Fibre Club October, November, December 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 #37 and receive your special hand dyed top :)) for three months (October, November, December 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 #37 now. Numbers are strictly limited ! The October 2018 Club is going to be shipped out end of October, the November club mid November and the December club Early December. Payment via direct deposit or credit card or paypal. Just PM or email me your details. 

 The IxCHeL Sock Yarn Clubs October, November, December 2018


 Every month for three months (October, November, December 2018) you will receive: enough hand dyed luscious yummy yarn to make a pair of socks or a lush shawl or scarf of course! (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 October 2018 Club is going to be shipped out end of October, the November club mid November and the December club Early December. 

 IxCHeL Funky Bunny Batt Clubs October, November, December 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 170grams 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 July, August and September 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 October 2018 Club is going to be shipped out end of October, the November club mid November and the December club Early December. Payment via direct deposit or credit card or paypal. Just PM or email me 

 Have a fun week Creating your Dreams!



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


Sunday September 30th


Sheep and Woolcraft Field day
Pakenham Hall
Corner Henry and John Street , Pakenham
9.30 - 3.00pm

This awesome event is hosted by the Black & Coloured Sheep Breeders of South East Victoria
There will be craft demos, wonderful fleeces, a petting farm from the Elisabeth Murdoch College, Raffle prizes and of course a huge amount of stall holders offering fantastic fluffy fibres and yarns.

I will be there again as well of course (would not miss it for the world) and I will have some new products again that could not be ready for the Bendigo Show like, natural dyes, plant seeds to grow your own dye garden, natural dye kits, new yarn and design kits as well as my usual range of super fluffy yarns and blends.

I will give you a nice overview closer to the date to help you prepare your shopping list  ;-)



 RABBIT ON !
((hugs))
Charly
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Friday, August 3, 2018

Pearls, Shells and Bunnies



The responses after the Bendigo show of two weeks have been heart warming. I keep on getting messages and emails saying how everybody had such an amazing good time and enjoyed wool diving at my stall and then there is always a sentence as an intro saying: "I hope you have recovered".., which always puts a big smile on my face because, as you know, there's no recovery, just a dive back into the studio, dyeing up clubs and orders and new plans to make into reality.  And then of course there is the fact that this bunny has a very hard time stopping at all. But you all knew that already didn't you?   All the clubs were shipped last week and soon teaser photos will be posted on both my instagram  (@ixchelbunny) and the IxCHeL fibre and yarns facebook pages.  This week was all about dyeing the sexy scientist range yarns and I am happy to announce that parcels for those of you who have signed up, will be shipped out next week. 

So yeah, I have been a very busy bunny !  and...apart from taking it a bit slower in the next couple of months to regroup, re-allign my body and mind, I am looking forward to taking you on more fibre, craft and art journeys.

The one new blend I was especially enthusiastic about for the Bendigo show was my Pearl Bunny or Boticelli Bunny tops with an amazing new and strange fibre: Chitin. I had an extremely fun time saying to customers at the show "hey, did you feel that fibre with Chitin ?" While pronouncing it as "Shit-in" not "Ky-tin" as it should have been pronounced. LOL  Anyhoo, Chitin is one of those elements that I always am on the look out for , just like the stainless steel blend fro years ago I unleashed on all of you.  I am always looking outside of the box to combine either technology, science, bizarness, call it what you like, into my special blends. This one took a bit of doing and literally years of combining science with the craft of blending different fibres together.  But, let me start by explaining what exactly brought me to add shitin  ..eh..i mean..Chitin... to my fibre blends ready for handspinning :


Chitin was discovered by the French chemist and pharmacist Henri Braconnot in 1811 and, after cellulose, it's the most important biopolymer in nature.  In fact, it is made of  the exoskeleton of insects, shellfish and  Shells, many fungi.  
Chitin is a polysaccharide. Chemically speaking it looks like a  long-chain in which pearls are molecules of N-acetylglucosamine. The N-glucosamine is a very important substance for the human organism, in fact, it is the precursor of hyaluronic acid and it is used in therapies for the functional recovery of the joints. Chitin is also widely used in the medical world to make suture wires because it can be degraded by enzymes present in human tissue. It is also used as wound dressing, enormously important to treat burn victims.  Chitin has a remarkable strength and it accelerates the healing of wounds.  (want to delve deeper into some research? Here are some publications in the international journal of Niological Macromolecules:  www.brommarin.com/blog-en/blog-posts/publications%20chitin%20scaffolds%20tissue%20engineering.php)

As a medical anthropologist, the medical application of a fibre always peaks my interest and so I did some more research. So wait , there is more ! Obviously I will not tell you to eat the Pearl bunny tops, but Chitin has many other applications than medical suture wires and wound dressing. It is also extensively used in  food and pharmaceutical products. It is often used as a food thickener and stabilizer, and it can also form edible films. Chitin is also  used in supplements to manage healthy cholesterol levels and body weight. Additional uses of chitin include the support of kidney function.  Some early research shows that Chitin supports the body’s natural ability to heal skin damage and nerve regrowth.


Now something that really alerted me to the oddity of this fibre is based on , well, is it a protein or cellulose fibre? The chemical answer to that question is , well, interesting to say the least. 

Chitin, being derived from shells, made me think it was more like a protein than a cellulose fibre since there is obviously no cellulose in a crab.  So I looked deeper into the chemical structure of  Chitin and here it is:




Chitin is a “polymerized N-acetylglucosamine.”  The only thing you need to remember from that extremely  long a word is “glucos”  and “Amine” which opens a whole other box of contradictions, because Glucose is a cellulose and Amine is a Protein. Could it be the best of both worlds then? And the short answer of it is : YES!  

In my top notch dye laboratory (please note the sarcasm) I tested this odd fibre with both fibre reactive and acid dyes ! Bingo ! The fibre  takes both acid dyes and fibre reactive dyes! Very odd isn’t it?   

In the chemical structure of the Chitin you can see the OH (hydroxide) Highlighted in pink , which is helpful in reactive dyeing , and the NH and NH2 , which are necessary for acid dyeing. So there you go:  chitin is  one of those bizarre fibres  that will bind with both acid and reactive dyes.  However, when you closely look at the structure you can see that there are way more hydroxide “binding sites” (just look at  how many OH’s there are for short ). So after all that research I have to admit it’s like a cellulose/plant fibre that loves acting like a protein/animal fibre…  I hope I satisfied your inner bio chemist  and can't wait to do some of your own research..eh .. spinning..

The blend spins up like a dream! It is a bit cool to t he touch, has a gorgeous drape, feels very silky. Totally different from any blend with bamboo  or soy  or seacell (seaweed) or even tencel. I love working with it and it will make an excellent jumper as well (or socks) since the tensile strength is huge and it also has excellent anti bacterial properties (read that as : it is great for combating sweaty feet and armpits).

So, here they are: Pearl Bunny Tops (I thought that was a better name than calling it Bunny Crabs....let's not go there LOL)

Pearl Bunny Tops

A blend of Superfine Merino, Angora Bunny, Cashmere, Chitin
100g    AU$25

(This was an extremely popular blend at the bendigo Show so I only have a very limited supply left ! I will try and blend more in the near future but  that will probably be only available end of 2018, start of 2019.)

Natural  SOLD

Pebbles SOLD


Sexy Weatherman SOLD

Velvet -SOLD-

Unicorn Narwhal  -2 left--

Zombies and Mermaids -2left-


Parrot Fish -SOLD-


Have a fun week Creating your Dreams!




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


Sunday September 30th


Sheep and Woolcraft Field day
Pakenham Hall
Corner Henry and John Street , Pakenham
9.30 - 3.00pm

This awesome event is hosted by the Black & Coloured Sheep Breeders of South East Victoria
There will be craft demos, wonderful fleeces, a petting farm from the Elisabeth Murdoch College, Raffle prizes and of course a huge amount of stall holders offering fantastic fluffy fibres and yarns.

I will be there again as well of course (would not miss it for the world) and I will have some new products again that could not be ready for the Bendigo Show like, natural dyes, plant seeds to grow your own dye garden, natural dye kits, new yarn and design kits as well as my usual range of super fluffy yarns and blends.

I will give you a nice overview closer to the date to help you prepare your shopping list  ;-)



 RABBIT ON !
((hugs))
Charly
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