Friday, September 16, 2011

Bunny vs Wild: The Adventures of Bunny Bear Grylls and more...

It was promising to be an eventful week: Millie should normally be delivering on Monday the 12th, Tuesday I had to go into hospital for the regular poking and prodding sessions for my cancer check ups and the studio had to get ready for the first bunny spin in after the whole disaster that happened to us with the mutated calici outbreak end of May , start of June.
Millie was getting less and less grumpy and made almost no attempt to make a nest. We opened the nestbox and put heaps of hay and straw and now it was up to Millie to make the bed. Meaning , insulate the nest with some of her fur and sculpt the bed so her babies would sleep comfortably and stay warm.

Millie proved to be a very chaotic mum to be: instead of using the nestbox, she dragged almost all the hay and straw out and made two piles in her cage. None of them showed any promise. And everytime we started the grand design of nest building, in half an hour Millie had destroyed the nest, thinking she could obviously do it better. All that time she hardly pulled any fur out to put in her nest either. Monday the 12th went and nothing happened. Typical…and on the Tuesday I had to go to hospital. Typical. We prepped everything as best as we could and would just have to hope for the best.

Safe to say, I was ill at ease going to hospital and did not really want to be there at all. Homecoming was chaotic at best: Millie had managed to deliver 6 babies, but all were dead. It is devastating to see that happening. Millie was obviously agitated but seemed to be healthy. I immediately cleaned the cage area out and examined Millie to see if there were any problems, obstructions. She seemed fine and immediately started munching on fresh broccoli and parsley. I think Millie is one of those bunny mums you need to keep an eye on at all times, so in the future when we mate Millie, I will put her in the studio and keep vigil at all times. The 6 babies looked like 3 dark and three light coloured ones and it is such a shame ! After I got home all the attention had gone to Millie and the cleaning up, I did not even go into the studio to check up on Tawnee and her babies.

I immediately knew there was something wrong when I looked through the door window: Tawnee was agitated and …..ALL BY HERSELF! I quickly unlocked the door, looked in Tawnees’run and yes, I did not imagine it..they were ....GONE!

I saw that somehow Trixie, Tilda or TicTac had managed to move the run and the barricade a bit and that the little ones could have slipped through the tiny opening. I immediately looked if I had closed the door to the kitchen…..OPEN!….carefully stumbled to the living room…..door to the bedroom..OPEN!…they could have hopped anywhere! They could have gotten under the couch, under bookcases, behind the fridge, under the cooker, under the bed ..anywhere!
I checked again and they definitely were not in Tawnees cage. I looked in the cage of Tilda, Trixie and TicTac and could not see them either …but wait!

I checked again and there I could just see a little foot peeping out of the playtunnel…..could it be? And yes! There was the tiny goldy fawn coloured baby sleeping in the playtunnel and just a bit further its sibling was happily dozing off at the other end of the tunnel.. phew ! what a relief……! Two found one to go..the dark brown one, who has lovingly been named Bear Grylls (Thank you Sheridan for the suggestion after its first escapade, it truly deserved an adventurous name and apparently the bunny is totally living up to it!) Now we normally do not name baby bunnies this early, (we give them their name after about 8 weeks), but Bear deserved its name way ahead of time.

Unfortunately Bear does not respond to its name…. Bunnies seldom come when called, even when they are older and have been housetrained and know the lay of the land. Not Bear! Bear obviously decided it was time to test survival rates and showed No Fear! Me on the other hand was slowly falling apart, after a not so pleasant poking and prodding session at the hospital, dealing with Millies disastrous miscarriage and now looking frantically for tiny baby bunnies. It was Tuesday the THIRTEENTH alright! “Bear!, Bear!”, I chanted almost continuously, while fending off Jazz the bunny dog who obviously was not intending to be of any bunny sniffing use to me, “Bear! Beee-aa-rr?! Bear! Bear????!!! BEAR!!”.

No Bear…….nowhere….I looked everywhere and just when I wanted to crawl on my hands and knees for the umpteenth time, Paul comes home, calm as a cucumber, while I try to explain I have been trying to find Bear now for 2 hours. We were standing in the studio and then, just then, out of the corner of my eye, I see this teeny tiny shadow peeping around one of the huge orange rug yarn cones: “BEAR!” and ofcourse by the time I can get to Bear, it decides to quickly slip back the way it came: in the dangerous crevices of the Yarn Himalayas in the studio.
Now we know where Bear is, all we have to do is wait til Bear makes a move and then get Bear back to safety with its mum….It doesn’t take that long before the Brave Bear comes out again, tries to quickly pass us and unfortunately for the intrepid bunny adventurer, moves into a corner where we can easily and gently pick Bear up…. What a day !

Some more photos and there is also a video !! see the end of todays'blog:

just leaning


snoozing baby angora sandwich

Tawnee “Kid, you ‘re sitting in MY foodbowl!“

Tilda:"no grooming until I get more food!"

There are heaps of new photos of the baby bunnies to be seen on my flickr account by the way and I just add all the time: just go to and click on the set Angora bunnies. You can now also find me on YouTube where I have a channel called Ixchelbunny1 with heaps of bunny vids and more to come ! Enjoy !

Todays offering is Glitz Bunny Tops and Cashmere Fling tops ! The Glitz bunny is amazing super blingy and the cashmere fling has been compared to spinning butter but better ;)

Also some hardware on sale this time: the Tara Wheel has been sold but the super fantastic 8 shaft table loom is still waiting for a new home! C’mon: don’t be shy. Weaving is amazing and with this baby you will be able to create amazing stuff !!!

You can email me on ixchel at rabbit dot com dot au or message me on facebook or ravelry where I am Ixchelbunny. 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 !

Glitz Bunny Tops
(Angora, Tencel and Glitz) 100g /AU$20

Glitz Bunny tops have a gorgeous sheen and lustre and quirky Glitz fibre that is heaven to spin and felt. An absolutely awesome blend and exclusive to the IxCHeL Fibre farm !
Plethora (2 available)

Tussie Mussie (sold)

Gadgeteer(2 available)

Welch Rabbit

(=I found this explanation in the Grose 1811 Dictionary: [i. e. a Welch rare-bit] Bread and cheese toasted. The Welch are said to be so remarkably fond of cheese, that in cases of difficulty their midwives apply a piece of toasted cheese to the you know what to attract and entice the young “Taffy”, who on smelling it makes most vigorous efforts to come forth. …I just thought that was too hilarious and had to share)

Hubble Bubble -sold-

It’s a Daisy -sold-


Hand dyed Cashmere Fling Tops (5% Cashmere, 40%tencel, 40% glitz, 15%bamboo)
100+grams /AU$22

another Unique IxCHeL hand dyed top you can spin beautifully and feels butter soft..YUM! Very fine, super soft with a fabulous shine.

Fiddle Faddle


Steampunk -sold-

Moonshine -sold-

(absolutely LOVE the 3 D effect dyeing in this colour combo!)



Hubbub -sold-

(really amazing 3D effect dyeing process created these effects. Great fun)


Twiddle Diddle

IxChel Fibre Club #11 Sign up October-November-December 2011
Sign ups for the IxCHeL Fibre club #11 is OPEN!
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$20 , and as all of you past members know you get tops that are usually around $24 ! so it is a great deal!

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 #11 and receive your special hand dyed top :)) for three months is AU$60 + postage (parcel post or airmail). AND double and triple serves are available !!! So in short:

For Australia :
single serve $60+$18 postage (parcel post)
double serve $120+$24
triple serve $160+$33
For USA + Canada:
single serve AU$60+AU$35 (Airmail)
double serve AU$120+AU$60
For UK,Europe, rest of the world:
Single serve AU$60+AU$38 (airmail)
Double serve AU$120+AU$58
For Asia:
Single serve AU$60+AU$28 (airmail)
Double serve AU$120+AU$39
If you want to receive a fibre surprise every month then join the IXCHEL FIBRE CLUB #11 now. Numbers are strictly limited ! Deadline for signing up for fibre club #11 is SEPTEMBER 30th ! And the first installment is going to be shipped out mid October :)

Payment via direct deposit or credit card. Just PM or email me your details :))

IxChel Sock it to me Yarn Club October-November-December 2011


What is the deal? hmmm it is sooo good and fun and sockaliscious you just will HAVE to join :)
Here are the details:
Every month for three months (october-november-december 2011) you will receive:

enough hand dyed luscious yummy yarn to make a pair of socks; (the hand dyed yarn will be exclusive for the Ixchelbunny SOCK-IT-TO-ME Yarn CLUB and will range from a sockweight yarn or a 3ply or a 4 ply);

Every month a new 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 :)

Here is the nitty gritty:
For Australia : single serve $78+$18 postage (parcel post)
double serve $130 (= one skein FREE!!!) +$24
For USA + Canada: single serve AU$78+AU$35 (Airmail)
double serve $130 (= one skein FREE!!!) +AU$49
For UK,Europe, rest of the world:
Single serve AU$78+AU$38 (airmail)
Double serve $130 (= one skein FREE!!!) +AU$57
For Asia: Single serve AU$78+AU$28 (airmail)
Double serve $130 (= one skein FREE!!!) +AU$42

Numbers are strictly limited ! Deadline for signing up for the Ixchelbunny SOCK-IT-TO-ME Yarn CLUB! is September 30th ! And the first installment is going to be shipped out mid October 2011 :)

Payment via direct deposit or credit card. 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 :)

IxCHeL Funky Bunny Batt Club #11
sign up for the funky bunny batt club #11 (October-November-December 2011) is now officially OPEN :)

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$32 or more . The batts will range in weight from 100grams to 150grams with luxury fibres like camel , angora, cashmere, silk, yak, llama even MINK this time !

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 the last three months of 2011 !

Price to join the Ixchel Funky bunny #11 :)) for three months is :

For Australia : $96+$18 postage (parcel post)

For USA + Canada: AU$96+AU$35 (Airmail)

For UK,Europe, rest of the world: AU$96+AU$38 (airmail)

For Asia: AU$96+AU$28 (airmail)

If you want to receive a fibre surprise every month then join the IXCHEL FUNKY BUNNY Batt CLUB#11 now.
Numbers are strictly limited !
Deadline for signing up for the funky bunny batt club #11 is September 30th! And the first installment is going to be shipped out mid October 2011 :)

Payment via direct deposit or credit card. Just PM or email me

8 shaft Table loom AU$400 ono
This table loom is amazing! It is foldable and so easy to transport. Has a huge amount of heddles that are easy to thread. The 12 inch dent is in immaculate condition. Easy to warp up. I will give the lucky buyer extra shedsticks and heaps of yarn as well. Pick up preferred or courier can be arranged. It is also a double wide one so you can make extra wide cloth on it and even wider when you do double weaving ofcourse : width +/- 80 cm !!! , height 44cm, depth 74cm

If you are new to weaving this is an excellent easy loom to master . If you want, you can even purchase my beginners course for weaving on a 4 and 8 shaft loom for $20 which explains everything from warping to designing and understanding all different weaving patterns and even making your own ! I am working on a digital version of my Weaving Manual which will be available shortly !

8 Shaft table loom

8 shaft table loom top view

8 shaft table loom side view

the 12/inch dent

easy to thread heddles

all folded up and ready to go to its new home

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
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 ! Bunny food like cabbage, bok choi or broccoli is always welcome: the bunnies will cuddle you more for it ;D

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!

Gippsland spinners Group Visit Sunday October 16th
I will bring heaps of new yarns and fibres ! Don’t miss out! Contact the Gippsland Group on RAVelry for more info. I will add more info closer to the date as well.

Little Yarra Steiner School Fair & Open Day
Sunday, October 23rd
A very special family fun day : I will be there with heaps of handspun and hand dyed yarns, art yarns, tops, soaps and tea ! no to be missed !

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


and here's what you 've been waiting for:another bunny video starring the amazing killer leaf eating ......Bear Grylls !!!! YeaHhHHh!!!(this is me doing a Kermit the frog impersonation...)

1 comment:

Kelli said...

My angora bunny had four babies on the cement! Even though she had a perfectly good nest!