Friday, August 16, 2019

Heart Dropping Stitches and other knitting



I know I have been saying that it’s a roller coaster ride here most of the time but this time it’s like a roller coaster gone overdrive….

I have come out this morning on my facebook and insta already but I am just going to quickly put it out here as well to all of you who are not into that whole social media stuff:

About 9 years ago I had cancer...it was very tough but I got “knitted back together again...” 🐰🧢🐰

Then, about 5 years ago I started falling...out of the blue .. into a black void. No reason...just fainting and falling. Slowly but surely I got tired and more tired until tired became exhausted, but..I always had an excuse for that: I worked too hard, worked too long, stress, lots of reasons....but apparently...it was my heart; my heart was slowly dropping stitches.. .. . . .. . . .

After lots of tests and seeing lots of specialists now I’m getting my heart “knitted together again” : my operation will be next week. I’m both relieved and nervous but hopeful...and of course looking forward to being an energiser bunny again or a bionic one if you like 😜

I will have to heal and I’ll have to take it easy for at least 4 weeks after the operation.

The August clubs will be shipped on Monday πŸ˜ƒ and I have already started the dyeing of the September clubs πŸ˜ƒ so to all club members :there’s no need to worry πŸ˜‰

I will keep you all posted and of course there will still be my weekly blogs, although next week Friday a blog might be a bit impossible 😜

I think I’m going to knit a few colourful hearts to stay calm ❤️🐰❤️ will you join me? ❤️

Pattern: Doreen Blask ❤️ https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/knit-hearts-to-be-my-valentine


I did prepare an update for you for tonight : some gorgeous Valais Blacknose blend tops from those cute little sheep from Switzerland I put a video up of on my facebook page this week ;-)  Here is some information about these cute little teddy bears...eh...sheep



so fluffyyyy !!!!! ( Valais Blacknose Sheep)

The 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:
























Again, I do not have a lot of stock of this blend. Do not wait too long to pounce on this week’s update. Also, the club sign ups are NOW open: Don't wait too long to join for the new clubs starting in October !


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 weeks blog entry. Have fun !!!


Alpine Silver Tops

Swiss Valais Blacknose sheep
Eco merino
Silver Angelina
Angora
Cashmere




Tops 100+ grams: $26




Indigo Frost


Sexy Weatherman


Phoenix


Rains of Castomere


Ain’t no Mountain High Enough



Little Wonder



Boggarts



House of Fun



Tequila Sunrise



Starry Night



Natural




IxCHeL Club Sign ups for the LAST trimester of 2019 are OPEN!!! 

 Here is the overview of all the clubs shipped out to all the members in 2018 and most of 2019. 

Teasers of the latest clubs are always be posted on my Instagram, Facebook and Twitter !

 If you would like to join for the next round just PM me.


Here is a photo compilation of the 2018/2019 clubs to give you an idea what the "Art Journey" Theme has been all about : The interpretation of art into fibre.







IxCHeL Clubs 2019






March Yarn Club


March Fibre Club


March Batt Club


IxCHeL Fibre Club October, November and December 2019


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$25 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 #41 and receive your special hand dyed top :)) for three months (October, November and December 2019) is AU$75 + postage (parcel post or airmail). AND there are good value double serves available !!! 

 For Australia : single serve $75+$29 postage (parcel post), double serve $142+$29 (save $8) or triple serves $214 (save $11!) + postage 

For USA + Canada: single serve AU$75+AU$57 (Airmail) double serve AU$142+AU$57; triple serve $214 (save $11) + postage

 For UK,Europe, rest of the world: Single serve AU$72+AU$69 (airmail) Double serve AU$136+AU$69; triple serve $214 (save $11) + postage

 For Asia: Single serve AU$72+AU$50 (airmail) Double serve AU$136+AU$50; triple serves $214 (save $11) + postage 

If you want to receive a fibre surprise every month then join the IXCHEL FIBRE CLUB #41 now. Numbers are strictly limited ! The October 2019 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 Yarn Clubs October, November and December 2019


 Every month for three months (October, November and December 2019) 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 or scarf 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 or scarves extra long ! 

For Australia : single serve $87+$29 postage (parcel post) double serve $150( save $24!!) +$29 postage For USA + Canada: single serve AU$87+AU$57 (Airmail) double serve $150 (Save $24!!) +AU$57 

For UK,Europe, rest of the world: Single serve AU$87+AU$69 (airmail) Double serve $150 (Save $24!!) +AU$69 

For Asia: Single serve AU$87+AU$50 (airmail) Double serve $150 (= Save $24!!!) +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 2019 Club is going to be shipped out end of October, the November club mid November and the December club ealty December.

IxCHeL Funky Bunny Batt Clubs October, November and December 2019


Here are all the details. 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 October, November and December 2019

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 2019 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 

To become a member just email me on ixchel at rabbit dot com dot au or message me on facebook or Instagram. More on how to order the clubs and anything from this update later in the blog in the section “how to order”





More and more people are telling me they absolutely love working with the IxCHeL Tweed yarns. There will be lots of photos next week.

If you want to see more photos please go to my facebook or Instagram pages.


IxCHeL Tweed fingering weight yarn

Super soft lambswool 70% and Kid Mohair 30%

Spun singles, fingering or sock weight yarn

+/- 200meters/218yards

50grams      1.76oz

AU$16



Wattle
(A beautiful sunshine yellow that goes so well with the kookaburra the silver grey)


Kata Tjuta
(an intense pure red that goes well with the Kookaburra and the Wattle and the Amethyst colourway and soooooomany others)




Amethyst
(a bright purple colourway with bright red flecks)




Kookaburra
(a beautiful silver grey with ochre accents that complement the dingo colourway)


Dingo
( A beautiful warm honey ochre with pops of royal bluebell, kingfisher and kangaroo paw)



Grevillea
(a gorgeous raspberry base with pops of royal bluebell, flowering gum, grey and daintree)




Flowering Gum
( a gorgeous medieval warm red with bright red, kookaburra and fern forest accents)





Fern Forest
( a deep forest green with accents of bright red, dusky purple and daintree) )







Jacarandah 
( a fabulous deep purple with accents of royal bluebell, daintree, grevillea and kingfisher )





Wombat
( a fabulous deep walnut brown with accents of dingo and kookaburra)




Kangaroo Paw 
( a fabulous warm orange with accents of fern forest, royal bluebell and grevillea and dingo )



isn’t it gorgeous how the Kangaroo paw knits up?! )






Royal Bluebell 
( a deep blue with accents of flowering gum, kookaburra and fern forest )




Wallaby
( a warm light brown with accents of soft blue and kookaburra)





Daintree ( a soft green with accents of fern forest and dingo)





Kingfisher 
( a fabulous Turquoise blue with accents of fern forest, kangaroo paw, Jacaranda and Grevillea)




Pm me if you would like to give some of these amazing new IxCHeL Tweed yarns or the Buddhas tears tea a good home or if you want to sign up for the IxCHeL Clubs ! 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 Buddhas tears tea

carefully packed and presented in a special organza gift bag

50g/ AU$19

Two organically grown superior green tea leaves and a jasmine bud are plucked from the best quality tea bushes and mixed with delicately smelling jasmine blossoms, then sieved and hand rolled on bamboo trays, into small balls while the leaves are not quite dry. 

The leaf captures the fine jasmine aroma and releases it during brewing, giving a champagne coloured cup. 

 Brewing: 1-3 minutes 75-80degC , 

 4 pearls/cup, 

you can reinfuse 3-4 times so those 4 pearls last a looong time



Carefully handrolled tea



Enjoy the tea over and over again, by adding hot water again and again



All my contact details are here:





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 a fun weekend !!!

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


Pakenham Black n Coloured Sheep and Wool Show

September 29th at the Pakenham Library     10 -3pm 

Get ready for lots of new goodies that are planned !!!
I will be there with an amazing amount of new exclusive wool blends and yarns, batts, felt and landscape and botanical natural dyes and so much more !!!
I will also have spindles by the amazing Bearded Dragon and lots of fibre tools as well from darning mushrooms to noste pinne, Turkish spindles, Navajo and Mayan spindles, Turkish spindles and needle cases to distaffs, and something amazing  for spinners and knitters.

Get ready for a fabulous Sunday filled with lots of craft and fun !!!

 RABBIT ON !
((hugs))
Charly
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