Friday, October 12, 2018

Gothic Fun in October


Gothic Bunny
Two weeks since the last show and somehow it seems a lot longer because so much has happened ! Blending and prepping of the black bunny which went on sale last update, lots and lots of custom orders spun and dyed and blended, the club fibres and yarns prepped and the art work done, I even took some time to do some drawing and inking for the Inktober challenge. Check it out on Instagram it is really awesome. I wish I had more time…as usual…but the deadline for my getting my taxes in is also looming (sincerely not my fav time of year…doing paperwork!) and doing all the financial book keeping and stock take, together with all the other administrative stuff that you have to do when you are a small business with one employee: me… You know, I am pretty happy being my own boss, but the part that I really struggle with is that it is not all creative, fun, fluffy stuff you have to get done; it is also heaps and heaps of administrative bookkeeping mayhem and you have to keep organized (not in my genetic make up much Im afraid..lol) and be not only the production but also the stock manager, PR and bookkeeper. Being your own boss means a lot of multi tasking for sure !



Inking for Inktober... the theme of the day was "poison" 
I used my favourite water colour paper Arches (fine grain, cold pressed) and 
Sennelier indian ink with the Sennelier watercolours.   
The inking itself takes a lot of precision and time to get it right but it's so much fun! 
When you want to have a go combining watercolours and ink please go for it,
just make sure you use indian ink and not writing ink. 
Writing ink will dissolve with your watercolours.
Drawing and inking are so totally different from pastel, which is more loose and ethereal. 
It's good to do both every now and again,
just to get the juices flowing and be as versatile as possible.  
Kind of like spinning lace yarns but also spin art yarns.

some fun with pastels, trying to capture a hungry lion, about to talk a bite




Just like last week, in the month of October, which is definitely my favourite time of the year with Halloween, I am offering you another Halloweeny blend: Gothic Bunny !

I better get on with it and not let you wait any longer ! Here is this weeks update ! Have lots of fun !


To order: email or message me on facebook or Instagram, quoting the colourway and the quantity you would like, together with your postal address and I will get right back to you with all the payment details.

Gothic Bunny Tops

Super fine Merino tops, Black silk, Cashmere and Angora Bunny

100 grams             $25



Gothic Bunny Tops Natural




Pumpkin Spice




Halloween




Velvet




Pumpkin Patch Party




Blood Roses




Creature of the Black Lagoon with Tutu




Dark Moon (dyed with Indigo)




Dracula at a Party




Gothic Peacock




Frankenstein




Gothic Rainbow




Zombies n Mermaids




Moonlight (dyed with woad)




Woad and True Indigo Dye seed packs

Only a few more packs available ! At the moment I have two dye seeds available: Woad and True Indigo. I hope to have madder and Japanese indigo as well as dyers chamomile and weld available soon! Please note that due to quarantine restrictions I have been advised not to ship to Western Australia, Tasmania or overseas.

Woad seed packs are $7 

True Indigo are $8 

both come with planting instructions and a recipe to make your own dye bath!



beautiful woad plants getting bigger !




True indigo

Thank you so much for reading my blog and supporting our little fibre farm! Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or requests: Always happy to answer any questions you have and also do custom dyeing and spinning.

I also stock Landscape dyes so if you want to dye your self, please message me the colour and I will get straight back to you with all the details. If you need some additional dye instructions or info : I am happy to help.

Anything goes !


 RABBIT ON !
((hugs))
Charly
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Friday, October 5, 2018

A Spooky start to October


Black bunny in her Gothic glory
The Wool and sheep field day at Pakenham last Sunday was awesome, busy and so great to see all my friends again ! It was lots of fun but also totally exhausting ! Setting up the stall at record speed early in the morning, talking lots and lots all day and then packing up everything at the end of the day, left me with no voice and sore muscles but , as always, with a big smile on my face. I do not often get the chance to socialize with like minded fibre and yarn enthusiasts, so I am always looking forward to these kind of gatherings ! I’d just like these events to be a bit longer so I can have a breather and chat a bit more , while doing some knitting or spinning ! But hey, it is over for another year and now it is all preparation for all the clubs and the shows coming up next year ! oh, and of course, every weekly update ! It takes a bit of the pressure off and I am “dyeing” to get on to new adventures and new designing! And, yes, also some time to reflect and develop more skills. 


It has been a loooong time  since I have offered you the blend I offer you today but, as with everything when you are a small farm, things take time. I am very happy to announce that I now have a fresh batch of Black bunny tops available !! Just in time for Halloween! Great timing!

 You may know, or not, but ever since I was little I absolutely loved this time of year: All Hallows or Halloween, with the ghost stories, the remembering of our ancestors and just spooky fun ! So the whole month of October I am looking forward to offering you some spooky and fun fibres !

This week : the Black Bunny tops and also Black bunny silk Batts ! You gotta feel these beauties to believe it ! This is the truest most intense black I have been able to achieve and it is amazing to spin and work with ! It's great to use it on its own or use as an accent or in colourwork ! Anyway, I better get on with it and not let you wait any longer ! Here is this weeks update !


To order: email or message me on facebook or Instagram, quoting the colourway and the quantity you would like, together with your postal address and I will get right back to you with all the payment details.

Black Bunny Tops

Super fine Merino tops, Black silk and Black angora bunny

100 grams             $25



Black Bunny Tops




Black Bunny Tops close up



Woad and True Indigo Dye seed packs

I did not have quite enough seeds with me to the show on Sunday but I have since packed a few more ! At the moment I have two dye seeds available: Woad and True Indigo. I hope to have madder and Japanese indigo as well as dyers chamomile and weld available soon! Please note that due to quarantine restrictions I have been advised not to ship to Western Australia, Tasmania or overseas.

Woad seed packs are $7 

True Indigo are $8 

both come with planting instructions and a recipe to make your own dye bath!



beautiful woad plants getting bigger !




True indigo


IxCHeL Black Bunny and Recycled colourful silk Batts 

(Made to Order)

A blend of superfine merino, Black silk, Recycled colourful silk, colourful threads, gold Angelina, Cashmere


150grams         AU$38




Black bunny batt




If you prefer to work from tops 
I can also pull the black bunny batt into tops for you ! 
Make sure you mention you mention that when you order !



Thank you so much for reading my blog and supporting our little fibre farm! Please do not hesitate to contact nme if you have any questions or requests: Always happy to answer any questions you have and also do custom dyeing and spinning and I also stock Landscape dyes for you.
Anything goes !


 RABBIT ON !
((hugs))
Charly
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Friday, September 28, 2018

Footy Season Finals and Moon Magic


IxCHeL Yarn for an IxCHeL Jumper by Catherine Clark
Today is a public holiday in Victoria, probably because almost everybody here is bitten by the AFL footy bug. The AFL final is on tomorrow and I am actually off to a presentation this evening together with Paul, because the Seville reserve team won the premiership and he, as assistant Coach, wants to celebrate with the boys. So, that means I will not be updating this blog at 8pm but as soon as soon as I finish getting this all organized so I can get out of my work clothes and desperately try and find something to wear. Please do not hesitate to contact me for ordering or questions, but please know that I will be out tonight. I will get back to you tomorrow or later tonight. You can also find me at the Pakenham Wool and field day at the Pakenham library on Sunday ! Pleae come and say hello and fondle some fibres and yarns and try some spindles from the Lair of the Beareded Dragon ! You can even pat a lamb or two !

Now, on with the show!

PomPom magazines latest Moon issue, has some pretty awesome patterns and I was totally “over the moon” (pardon the pun) by the IxCHeL jumper pattern by Catherine Clark. You can get the pattern or the issue through Ravelry here: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ixchel

To make a long story short I decided to dye up some yarn to make the jumper and maybe even a hat using the pattern, but you can make the most awesome shawl as well by simply adapting the pattern. Anything goes I always say ! For the jumper you need appr 3 or 4 indigo dyed yarns which are called “Empty sky” and one or 2 of the "gold star"  yarn. If you would like to make yourself a beanie 1 skein of each will do and you will have left over to make yourself a scarf as well.

Here are some photos for inspiration:


The IxCHeL jumper in progress


A lot more to go but the moons are there in all their glory !


or, why not make a beanie?  






you can also choose a sock weight yarn without silver angelina of course ! A superfine merino with silk and a tiny bit of nylon is the best non bling option !


You can order the yarn in a 4 ply on 2 bases : 

a superfine merino with cashmere and nylon and silver angelina , my silver star yarn , 423meters /100g/$32 ; 

or my IxcHeL sock yarn with superfine merino, silk and nylon $410meters/100g/$29 

or lace weight: a superfine merino with over 700meters/100g/$30.

Just let me know how many skeins you are after and I will let you know all the details.


The other yarn I offer you today is a very special handspun yarn I have just finished spinning this week from our angora bunnies and wallaby fibre. It is amazingly soft with a fantastic halo and very precious.

Club sign ups for the next round are still open UNTIL MONDAY ! Do not wait to re-sign if you are a current member or if you are thinking of joining for the first time! Lots of fantastic art is waiting to be “translated” into fibre colours again ! Have a fun week creating and cuddling some fluffy yarns and fibres !

To order: email or message me on facebook or Instagram, quoting the colourway and the quantity you would like, together with your postal address and I will get right back to you with all the payment details.

Angora Bunny and Wallaby handspun yarn

50grams handspun +/- 100meters per skein $35




English Angora Bunny tops 25grams $15




Pure white English Angora Bunny


our bunnies are groomed every two days
and are given a haircut every 3 months, the wallaby fibre is sourced locally and it takes a long time to find, but especially in mating season the wallabies tend to fight with each other and you can find bits of fibre here and there. That means I do not have lots but it does make it extra special.






IxCHeL  Club Sign ups are still open until September 30th !

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 yarns and tops as well as my usual range of super fluffy yarns and blends.




 RABBIT ON !
((hugs))
Charly
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