Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween and Attack of the Zombie Bunnies !

Bear has grown so much ! still standing on his hind legs AND sniffing as if to say "you lookin at me?! Huh!?” and, what's more:…did you see his red eyes!? ..hmmmmmmm

There was a very strange message on my answering machine this week and I could not quite figure out who it was or even what it was about. It wasn’t so much as a message but a series of sounds that could best be described as a mix of anguish, surprise and laughter? It was eerie and haunting: the only thing that I could make out was a kind of yell in the middle: “Charly !!!!!”.

A friend in LA did tell me that she thought there were some very strange things happening lately involving bunnies. Maybe that was her???
Apparently, in the last couple of weeks, her bunnies, had totally changed their behaviour and in a very strange way, started to stand up on their hind legs more. She had contacted me immediately after she read my blog update about the bunny meerkat phenomenon, because she was worried.

“Charly! What you call the bunny meerkat phenomenon is just the beginning!”, she said at the top of her voice.
“But it’s so cute! What could possibly be wrong with that?”, I replied. There was a silence on the other end and I could just pick up her whispering “They are not what they appear to be …..shhhhh”.

Her phonecall had me totally intrigued. I just thought that Bear and the new surprise bunnies were extra intelligent and cute and cuddly. Natalie insured me it was not and here starts her story that filled me with absolute terror:
Natalie and her friends have a large amount of rabbits in the high desert in LA. It is a beautiful place and remote: hours away from LA itself, but close to the mountains, where it is cooler and very quiet.
She started noticing something strange happening a couple of weeks ago with one of her 8 week old babies, just the same as I had noticed with our surprise babies: What I called “the meerkat phenomenon” in earlier blog entries. It took her a week to realise that something was going very wrong.
The bunnies displaying this Bunny Meerkat behavious, were also showing an extremely high intelligence and what can best be described as a heightened empathy or , how should I explain this? , well, it was almost like they were communicating with you on a higher level. Almost mesmerizingly so.
Natalie said that the baby bunnies also were growing much much faster! In a weeks time, 8 week old babies were already the size of their mum! This was bizar!
The next morning when she checked on them again, they had grown so much she had to take them into a bigger cage and separate them from their mum. Up to that point it was all pretty okay but what was really bothering her was that these bunnies just did not act like bunnies anymore: they stopped hopping and doing binkies even, all they wanted to do, was stand on their hind legs and look you in the eye and sniff! Sniff! SNIFF!
She called me again in the middle of the week saying that she had to put most of her baby bunnies in dog pens because they just couldn’t fit in their cages anymore, especially because they wanted to stand up all the time. Her partner tried to force them to “act like bunnies” and hop around like normal, but all he got was a scratch and a bite on the hand. He figured just to let it be and that they would grow out of it. Little did he know that on Thursday night things would get a lot worse.

The scratch and the bite he got on Wednesday was not a huge pain but it did started to hurt a bit so he drove off to see the doctor and get it looked at, just to be on the safe side. That left Natalie alone Thursday, but she figured “what could possibly go wrong?” Just like me she loves bunnies : they are cute and cuddly. Yes, cute and cuddly………until they start standing on their hind legs, look you in the eye and ….and…..sigh….sorry , it’s getting a bit too much for me…

That’s when I got the phonecall late on Thursday. The bloodcurdling screaming of my name and there was nothing I could do!

I tried calling back but all I got was a dead line. I called friends that lived a hours drive away from Natalie and asked them to check on her. They did…and what they found was horrifying !

They could not find Natalie immediately……there was blood….cage doors broken and bent like match sticks, huge footprints of “things” walking and running out towards the farm gate ….their flashlights showed no sign of cougars (which they thought were the cause of all this mayhem) but there, in the shadows, at eyelevel, were huge eyes staring at them and they could hear sniffing sounds coming from all around them. They ran to their car, locked the door and in an instant something was hammering on the doors and the bonnet: no cougar or mountain lions, no wild boars…..they were huge! Enormous! Their eyes wide open and ears moving like wild snakes around their heads and all the while, their noses constantly sniffing and white, big teeth ! Oh ! those teeth ! Wait! Is that blood? OH NO!!!!!
Wait! What was that?! Can you see that?! Can you hear something? Oh no!!!!!!! It’s the attack of the KILLER ZOMBIE BUNNIES !!!!!!

Soon invading a city near you………….

(names and events are fictional and no bunnies or humans were hurt while making up this story. Happy Halloween !)

Ofcourse its fiction…or is it? ……..

Bubbles thinking up evil attack plans…..waahaa haa ha……

This week I have some art yarns for sale which I could only have made with the help of a fabulous Fibre artist and friend: Siobhan Colley or evil-mcweevil. Here’s her blog: Please check her stuff out : what she does is amazing !

Here is a OOAK bunny head going through the Majacraft Spinning wheel orifice : or should I say "Zombie bunny attacking Majacraft wheel?"

My good friend Chantelle, owner of the wonderful Fiberific ! and an amazing crochet artist made me this amazing top: I hand dyed the silk yarn and she crochet the top : it’s a Jenny King design “Mooloolaba shells” It drapes amazing and is a joy to wear ! Thanks so much Chantelle ! I finally got Paul to take a photo of me wearing it yesterday at the Spin In ;)

The IxCHeL Bunny Foster Sponsoring Programme or BunFoSP for short , is still open and there are still bunnies waiting for a wonderful foster parent. For more information on the foster program please visit my blog of last week or email me for information!

Bear, our cute chocolate angora bunny, has now been adopted by his loving Foster mum Sheridan :) Thank you !

Tribble, our gold fawn angora bunny, has been adopted by a loving foster mum Koren :) Thank you !

For photos of all our bunnies and our little fibre farm please visit my flickr photostream: and go to the set Ixchel farm or angora bunnies.

This weeks fibre and yarn update is here: Zombie Bunny Art Yarn and Camelbunny Silk Tops ! Get ready to Stalk and Snaffle !

How To Order:
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 !

Zombie Bunny Art Yarn
Slubby Spun yarn with great yardage and amazing needlefelted OOAK Bunnies !

Pink Zombie bunnies spun in a slubby yarn with angora, merino, tencel, cashmere and novelty threads. +/- 120 meters , +/- 110-120 grams. In two colours: blue/brown or Morticia black /grey AU$55. Each zombie bunny is needlefelted and a OOAK! A work of art in its own right!

Bear Blue Zombie Bunnies art yarn -SOLD-

Bear Blue Zombie Bunny Art yarn close up

Morticia Black Zombie Bunnies art yarn -SOLD-

Green Zombie bunnies spun in a slubby yarn with angora, Blue faced leicester, glitz, cashmere and novelty threads. +/- 100 meters , +/- 110-120 grams. In two colours: Rainbow or red/purple/yellow/orange AU$55. Each zombie bunny is needlefelted and a OOAK! A work of art in its own right!

Sunset Zombie Art Yarn

Happy Zombie Art yarn -SOLD-

Happy Zombie Art Yarn Close up -SOLD-

Camelbunny Silk hand dyed tops

50+ grams AU$19


Blood moon

Witch Bunny Mountain

Bunnies at Dusk

Happy Zombie Bunnies

Bunny Bear Witch Project

Beware of Pink Bunnies !

Happy Halloween !

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

There will be BUNNY SPIN INS again in November !! Yeah!

Saturday November 19th

Thursday November 24th
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

December 3rd, Saturday
Victorian felt Makers , melbourne
I will be doing a bunny talk , showcasing angora fibres and yarns AND also launching a new IxCHeL product that will blow your mind ! More info on times and location next week.

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


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