Friday, April 15, 2011
So much rain fell that the little yarra river exploded over its banks and almost teamed up with the dam !
Apart from all the downpour and the sheer impossible task to try and get any fibre dry quickly, I came to the realisation of something bizarre: I Like waltzes ! I know it sounds ancient and outdated to say a thing like that.….waltzes not being exactly in the top20 top of the pops list at the moment...
on the other hand: I have come to recognise that life itself is 3/4: filled with drama, flowing strongly and faster ever faster, making you dizzy with choices and things to do! And so many dreams and so many hopes and so much pain and so much love.
You will exactly know what I mean when listening to Camille Sain Sans Danse Macabre ( you know the theme of the Jonathan Creek series..) , the amazingly intense waltz in Gladiator by Hans Zimmer or even, how could I possibly forget, the opening theme of Pirates of the Caribbean.
Magic, strong enough to take you everywhere and anywhere; a maelstrom, spinning its sounds around you like it was yarn. It’s great to spin along with the music , it makes a very nice yarn ! By the way , waltzes, just like Reggae is amazingly nice to spin to. I always use that when spinning my super thick and thin yarns, called "nip'n'tuck"yarns :-)
In weaving , using music brings another magical thing to light: you can actually transpose the music into weaving graphs ! You can have any song and weave it too !
Try it : it is really fun and will make a unique piece! Just determine that a c note is shed 1 for example and d notes are shed 2 etc. it’s like creating your own weaving code by music !
My Hellbunny dress with petticoat :) ready to do some rock n roll spinning !! I think the hellbunny dress will def go well with my eyeball yarns too... lol
On my group in Ravelry I have a monthly competition going where everybody is free to enter their finished yarns or shawl or socks, anything made with IxCHeL fibres or yarns. The winner receives a very nice present. One of the winners was Shevi who spun up the baby camel bunny and sillk tops I sent her as a prize and she made this amazing lace shawl with it!
"For a good friend" she mentioned , as she put it on the group thread “show your IxCheL projects” it was stunning work and I said her friend would be over the moon !!!!
and what do you know? Yesterday afternoon I received this parcel with a happy easter bunny card and inside this gorgeous handspun and handknitted magical lace shawl! Wow! Amazing! I will cherish it forever Shevi! I am over the moon indeed !! Thank you so so much!
Easter bunny parcel! !
close up of the gorgeous shawl handspun from camel bunny silk by Shevi (evil-mcweevil) ! Pattern is the fallen leaf : http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fallen-leaf-frilled-triangular-scarflette . More of Shevis' amazing work on her blog: http://evilmcweevil.blogspot.com/
This week I have prepared some very nice fluffy and soft tops for you: Angorino , organic and 18micron! And some Wensleydale tops as well !
Here’s this weeks update . Email me , message me on Rav or on FB. Enjoy Life, enjoy spinning and most of all : Have a ball !
Hand dyed Angorino (95% organic 18micron merino+5% angora rabbit)
Super soft and a luxury to spin! A unique IxCHeL blend ! A fabulous sensuous amazingly soft top that not only gives you a super softness but also is an easy spin!
Deus ex machina
On the grid!
Hand dyed Wensleydale Tops
shiny, soft and lustrous. Amazing crimp and so easy to spin !
In this months Spin Off Magazine features a wensleydale shawl and more information on this gorgeous sheep breed !
Vogue (only 1 left)
Email me on Ixchelbunny@yahoo.com.au if you want to adopt any of these babies or message me on Ravelry or facebook where I am Ixchelbunny !
Very excited about the special spin in bunny day at the Handspinners and knitters guild on Monday the 18th !!!
If you have a chance to come and visit , please do! It is going to be FUN!!!! (for all the details see below)
Dates to Remember:
Bunny Spin in at the Ixchel Fibre Farm:
Saturday MAY 21,
Thursday MAY 26
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, please let me now beforehand by email or message that you would like to come and visit so I can prepare the infrastructure and cake ofcourse ! Contact me on Ravelry where I am Ixchelbunny, message me on facebook there or email me on Ixchelbunny@yahoo.com.au
Monday , April 18th
Doncaster and Templestowe Spinners & Weavers Spin in Day
“Celebrate the year of the Rabbit”
10am-2pm The Upper Hall at Templestowe Uniting Church, Woods street, Templestowe. I will be doing a bunny talk and a very nice way to get information on angora bunnies, their care and their fibre. You will also be able to get close and personal with an English angora rabbit that will get a haircut AND last but not least: there willl be heaps of fibres and yarns and Batts for sale as well ! Don’t miss out
Monday 23rd of May
Gembrook Craft group Spin in !!!
It’s a bi-annual event so come and visit this year! Gembrook Community Hall, 9-3pm Saturday
28th of May
Brunswick Town Hall Handknitters Guild of Victoria Wool show
An absolute MUST for every Yarn and fibre fan ! I am working my fingers to the bone spinning some new awesome yarns up that will be on show there ! so don't miss it and visit me at the Handknitters Guild Show!
Saturday 11th of June
International Yarn Bomb Day !
Want to get involved in a public Yarn Bombing avction in the Yarra Valley? Come to a bunny spin in to discuss a plan of action , call me or email me or message me on RAV or FB ;-) Start preparing your yarn bomb products people ! and remember : it can be anything: knitting, crochet, weaving, YARN! Tags will be supplied by yours truly ! Join the Guerrilla Yarn Bunny Bombers (GYBBies for short) and if you cannot make it to Yarra Junction, Lilydale or Healesville (we will end at the WHITE RABBIT brewery ) on that day, please make the international yarn bomb day a special one by yarn bombing where you live ! Help make International Yarn Bombing Day happen! The Knitting Ninja is promoting June 11th as a day where all things should be knit. Join the facebook group and find out more: http://www.facebook.com/pages/International-Yarn-Bombing-Day-June-11th-2011/104441312968198
There also a Ravelry page (you must also be signed in to join this): http://www.ravelry.com/groups/international-yarn-bombing-day.
The BENDI PARTY is ON! 15-16-17th of July !
Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show (with a big dash of Rabbit from yours truly) see website ; www.sheepshow.com
Woolcraft entries close june 10th. Contact Dot Vallence at the Woolcraft committee for more info or come to one of the Bunny Spin ins to g et your copy oif the woolcraft schedule book. Bendigo Sheep & Wool Show is NOT to miss in this year of the rabbit ! Lots of special goodies on offer, prizes to be won and a super competition of “Bunny dress up”again this year! Make a a statement ! This year there’s a “Rock-a-Billy Bunny-dress up competition”and win a super duper Bunny Spin or Yarn bunny Prize! C’mon be a rockin”Fibre Bunny! You know you want to J All the preperations are already on their way to make this years Bendi show an amazingly FUN FIBRE EVENT !!!!!
RABBIT ON !