Friday, August 19, 2011

Grazing bunnies, exciting fibre news and New Art Teas !

my guess is that Trixie can see with her ears !

Before I start with the bunny and other news I have to set the record straight about the Tawny frogmouth I showed you last week: I received an email from Karyll, saying: “Just for what it's worth, they aren't waiting for prey. During the day, they try to camouflage themselves so that they don't get harassed by day birds like Noisy Miners and so on. If they are found, these other birds make a hell of a racket and attract other birds to join in the disturbance and try to force the frogmouth to move on, as they see this night bird as a predator. It isn't, of course, as it only eats moths and insects, but other night birds such as owls certainly will eat birds. At night they never have to pretend that they are sticks, since the day birds are all asleep. At that time, they just sit normally on a branch or post waiting to jump out and catch an insect.” Thanks Karyll !

Tawny frogmouth “smile!”

The new bunnies from Rivkah Rabbitry that arrived at the IxCHeL fibre farm last week, are doing absolutely terrific! Millie, in her luxurioius condo with attached nest box is getting grumpier and more hungry by the day (good sig that the pregnancy is kicking


Tawnee and her three kits Tilda, Trixie and TicTac are happily hopping around in their big bunny run in the studio. It’s fantastic to have them close so I can see all their antics and bunny binkies.

it is also a very good way to socialise them : getting them used to Jazz the bunny dog, music and ofcourse people. The little ones are getting a little grooming session every day so they can get used to handling. Saying that, the moment I put them back in their run, they have straw and hay all over them again from playing around. TicTac, the tiniest angora bunny of the litter, is the champ: I call her the vacuum cleaner of the family, because however small she is , she seems to pick up everything she comes across with her fur. She also does most of the binkies, hopping around and generally having fun!

Trixie, the chocolate one is so much like her mum: very docile and spending her days either grazing or sleeping with the occasional binkie thrown in the mix.

Trixie “looking with her ears”for something to munch on

Trixie munching away

This weeks blog update has some very soft hand dyed tops that are amazing to spin and felt and some sock yarn as well. The new harvest of Buddhas Tears tea has also arrived and some amazing blooming art tea: it tastes as good as it looks and is amazing to watch as well ! I also have relisted the badges ! So, get your snaffling boots on: here are this weeks offerings:

You can email me on ixchel at rabbit dot com dot au or message me on facebook or ravelry where I am Ixchelbunny. Just let me know what you would like and how many and I will email you right back with all your order details and payment methods. Any questions? Please don’t hesitate to ask! Always happy to enable.

Thank you so much for your help and support !

Blue Faced Leicester Bunny Yarn 4ply spun and hand dyed +/- 320-340meters /100g AU$26 per skein of 100grams

1 skein is enough for a pair of socks but if you want longer socks or want to incorporate cables I suggest two skeins. It is absolutely fabulous to knit a scarf or a shawl with this yarn as well ! Super soft !

happiness is a ball of yarn -2 left-

blue lagoon -sold-

black pearl (great for colourwork!) -only 2 left-

Happy Zen -2left-

mermaids strike again -2left-

Barbiedoll revenge -3 left-

Hand dyed Blue Faced Leicester Bunny and Kid mohair tops

-Blue faced Leicester 65%, kid mohair 30%, angora 5%- AU$21/100+grams

Kodachrome Dalek -5left-


Tesla Magic

Implosion -sold-

Lewis Carroll’s looking glass-sold-

Buddhas tears tea NEW HARVEST AU$15 50+grams

Handrolled green jasmine pearl tea

Add 3 or 4 pearls into hot water, watch the pearls unfold and drink pure or with a dash of honey for an amazing tea!

NEW ! Blooming Art Tea: Amaranth flowers and green tea

6 pods for AU$15 or 12 pods for AU$25

a close up of the globe amaranth flower, sitting on a nest of green tea

Amaranth Flowering Art Tea in a glass tea pot: stunning to look at and fabulous to drink.

Amaranth Blooming Flower Tea
Ingredient: green tea 78%, Globe amaranth flower 22%

This finely picked blooming tea pod has been masterfully tied together by hand and lightly dried shortly after cultivation. Once the blooming flower tea pod is steeped in near-boiling water it blooms like a real flower.

It unfolds into a high-rising of globe amaranth sitting on a tray of green tea leaves.

The combination of the flowers' captivating scent and the fresh tea leaves produces a wonderful and balanced aroma.

Green tea is an excellent anti oxidant and the globe amaranth is a perfect liver cleanser, great for skin conditions, is said to improve vision and is great fighting headaches !

Preparation Method:

1. Put one blooming flower tea pod into a glass.
2. Pour into glass 150ml 85°C water.
3. Brew for 3-5 minutes until the blooming flower tea pod sinks down and fully unfolds. The blooming flower tea does not get bitter as fast as regular tea, so it is safe to add time to the steeping.
4. you can brew Amaranth flowering tea up to four times!
Flavour : Mellow, floral.

you can serve the Flowering Art tea in a high tea glass as well and just add water.

you can steep the same tea several times and enjoy the art tea all day

IxCHeL Badges 35mm AU$2 6 badges for $11 or 10 badges for $18.

Photos of the badges per type can be seen on my photostream in the badges section on
Just quote the nr that is on the lower righthand corner of the badge when you order. You can order anything you like, multiples of one type of badge or different ones: anything goes !

Badges nr1 to 20

Badges 21 to 40

Badges 41 to 59

Email me on or if you want to adopt any of these badges! or fibres : message me on Ravelry or facebook where I am Ixchelbunny !

Dates to Remember:
Bunny Spin in at the Ixchel Fibre Farm (11am-5pm)

There will be BUNNY SPIN INS again in September!! Yeah!
Saturday September 17th –filling up very fast !-
Thursday September 22nd
Bring a plate to share your wheel or spindle, knitting or crochet, yourself and a smile and have a fun day out amongst bunnies and friends ! Please contact me to secure a spot !

Grand Valley Spinners Guild hall, Montrose
Monday 26th of September, +/- 10am til 3pm

A bunny presentation and a chance to cuddle a bunny and some new fibres and yarns!

Yarra Steiner School Fair and Open day, Yarra Junction

Sunday October 23rd, 10am

a great day out ! Im at the fair selling new funky yarns and fibres, soaps, badges and teas !

Contact me on Ravelry where I am Ixchelbunny, message me on facebook there or email me on


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