It is finally ready ! The long awaited MINK! And yes..it is true : I believe the SOFTEST fibre and yarn in the whole wide world! And NO ANIMAL WAS HURT WHILE HARVESTING IT! If you would google MINK almost the first thing you will see is their use for producing fur coats and ofcourse the animal activists groups like PETA that have freed minks from the fur farms. Since I believe in animal friendly fibres and yarns I would never offer you anything that would have only been possible after killing the animal in question. That’s why I offer you peace silk (harvested after the silk moth has already escaped the cocoon) and I do not offer you possum ( whose fur is harvested after killing the new Zealand Possum). The yarn I am offering you is EXCLUSIVE! Handspun and you can knit and wear your MINK with a clear conscience! Here is some basic information about the mink:
The mink moults twice a year and is combed . They are shorn once a year. It is from these combings that the yarn is handspun and then hand dyed by myself. The Mink have been bred in captivity and are not hunted. They are bred for their fibre and this Mink comes from Mongolia. The mink are still bred for their fur in the USA and China by the way but also in the Netherlands, Finland, Russia and the Baltic States.
The mink breed in March and produce three to 13 kits in May. Their lifespan is about 8 years (the same as rabbits ).
The yarn is hand spun with love and care and then hand dyed with natural dyes to enhance the natural beauty of the gorgeous yarn. The natural dyes used are walnut, indigo, eucalypt, cochineal and lichen. All colours go great together because of the dyeing process I used and is amazing to work with ! This is a yarn to be treasured and loved !
Here are some photos of cute mink
So without keeping you on the edge of your seats: get ready to drool and snaffle! There is only a small supply of everything so please contact me by email (email@example.com) or on www.ravelry.com where I am Ixchelbunny or even message me on www.flickr.com where I am also known as Ixchelbunny. Drum roll !!!!!!!!!! here is this weeks fibre update !!!!!
Have a great week and chat soon !
Hand spun animal 8ply and animal friendly !
Super SOFT ! appr. 110-150meters per 50grams
AU$27 per 50grams of super luxurious exclusive luxury!
Hand dyed Twinkle Bunny tops
Exclusive IxCHeL blend!
Super fine merino, angora (10%) and Tencel (20%)
100 grams AU$24
Thanks heaps for your support and have fun!
Dates to Remember:
Bunny Spin in at the Ixchel Fibre Farm:
Saturday 20th of November and Thursday the 25th of November
Bring your wheel, spindle, knitting, crocheting and a plate to share with everybody. There is cake and coffee and tea and a lovely bunny to cuddle and lots of fibres and yarn!) very important ! Please let me know beforehand by email or message that you would like to come and visit so I can prepare the infrastructure and cake ofcourse !