Friday, February 17, 2012

Chaos theory, black matter and a bit of magic

Magical Bunny Dreams

Apparently there is no empty space..anywhere. If you thought space was empty, scientist now have proven that wrong because the whole universe is filled , or should I say cluttered, with matter. Black matter, whatever that may be. So maybe, the universe likes to collect and stuff things away just like we do. Anybody who has a crafty bone in their body, can relate to that. As soon as you have a hobby, it takes over your universe and fills up every possible gap in your existence. And I don’t just mean that on a metaphysical level, no, I mean that in an absolute way…like, love yarn, see yarn, get yarn and although you know there is no more room in your yarn basket, a lightbulb flashes in your brain and presto: gone is the empty space that was screaming at you in the empty space under your bed and done : it’s now filled with luscious, fluffy, adorable magic.

While we are all spinning away at the Eat & Spin restaurant in Lilydale where a group of mad spinners meet up every third Thursday of the month, we got some interested looks from people having their dinners there. They were mesmerised how the process went, from fluff to tops to yarn and the spinning wheel turns and busy hands manipulate loose matter into organised string theory. From chaos , comes order so it seems. They were amazed at how long the process took though and seeing what we were doing , they finally got an understanding that a jumper , a good one, does not happen over night. So next time they go into a clothing store and they can get a jumper for $5 they will know that somewhere along the line, things got totally and utterly illogically wrong.
What was really great was that we all were in total agreement: although spinning and knitting, or making anything by hand for that matter, is extremely time consuming, it is an utter sense of accomplishment of having made something by hand , your own hands. In every piece there is an amazing amount of love, time, knowledge and passion. So, dark matter (read “stash”) is good : the craft universe agrees !

This week on offer: some very special rare breed Manx Loghtan tops and some Magic Bunny tops (superfine 18m merino 70% 5% angora and 25% hand dyed glitz) and ofcourse lots of very soft hand spun and hand dyed yarns! As you may have noticed this shop blog has gone LIVE! A lot earlier than usual. This is because the electricity provider deceided it was time (again) to do some work on the overhead powerlines for a WHOLE DAY! So no electricity for me tomorrow, update day and no internet. (very sad face)…please order like you always do although I might not be able to respond until late on Friday night: I always look at the time stamps on each order message, so first come , first serve. I will email you your order reference nr and all the payment details asap! Happy snaffling ! Enjoy the fibre and yarn offerings of this week !

Manx Loghtan Tops
+/-100 grams AU$19

wonderful to spin and felt with

Manx Loghtan tops in a lush caramel brown colour

The Manx Loghtan Sheep are a sturdy and rugged breed with a long ancestry on the Isle of Man. “Loghtan”is derived from the Manx words for mouse and brown and refers to the breeds light brown caramel coloured fleece. The manx Loghtan is a rare breed and belongs to a group of sheep known as the northern Short tails, other members of this group are the Hebridean and the Soay. They can have 4 horns or even 6 ! Stunning looking animals !

a Manx Loghtan ram in a sexy photo shoot (taken from the fabulous book “beautiful sheep”)

New Blend!
Magic Bunny Tops
70% superfine merino, 5% angora, 25% glitz

100+ grams AU$22

Black Bunny Magic , like a black raven with amazing mesmerising shine and glitz. Looks absolutely stunning ! with copper and blue and gold accents that will light up any project !

close up of the black bunny magic tops

White Bunny Magic Tops, an alabaster base with hand dyed glittery accents that are bedazzling !

Close up of the White Bunny Magic tops..

hand spun Angora yarn, 4 ply , hand dyed

+/- 120meters / 50 grams AU$25

Amazingly soft yarn from 100% pure angora bunny fibres. It will bloom in your hands while knitting and when brushed up gently after knitting, it will have a magical halo !



Boy Blue


Purple Cyclamen

Black Purl

hand spun CamelBunny yarn, 4 ply , hand dyed

+/- 110meters / 50 grams AU$25
very soft and light yarn from baby camel and pure angora bunny fibres. It will bloom in your hands, is extremely soft and is even lighter than the pure angora 4 ply. When brushed up gently after knitting, it will have a magical halo as well !

I have dyed both types of yarn in almost the same colourways, so you can combine both of them in a project together !



Walnut Rose

Black Purl

(here is an excellent example how Baby camel takes the dye better than pure angora.)

Purple Cyclamen

Boy Blue

hand spun Bunny Mink yarn, 3 ply , hand dyed

+/- 300meters !!! / 50 grams AU$23 ndls 3.25-4mm 70% long dehaired mink, 30% angora
very soft and light yarn that is extremely soft and warm and totally luxurious! I am totally in luuurv with this yarn blend and I am sure you will too!





Autumn blush


Purple Cyclamen

Dates to Remember:

Bunny Spin in at the Ixchel Fibre Farm (11am-4pm)

There will be BUNNY SPIN INS again in February 2012 !! Yeah!
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 as well ! : the bunnies will cuddle you more for it ;D

Thursday February 23rd 11am-4pm

April 9th, Sydney Royal Show
THE Angora Bunny Event of the year!!
Back to Back Bunny World Record
Join the fun and what better way to do it than visit all the Easter bunnies at the Royal Easter Show! Promoting the angora rabbits in Australia for the very first time ! and how ! More information on the Royal Syndey show website and here later !

April 16th
Flower Power Spin in
Grand Valley Spinner s & Weavers
Tapscott-Milbourne centre, Cambridge road, Motrose (melways ref 52 C5)
It is going to be heaps of fun with lots of new fibres and yarns !!! and lot sof spinning

April 28th
Mini Wool Show of the Hand knitters Guild
Time and place to be confirmed later.
I am preparing heaps of new yarns for that event that will be amazing !!!!!

The Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show 2012
Friday 20th-Sunday 22nd of July
I will be in the Flower (bunny) shed again this year with heaps of new fluffy stuff and in full bunny regalia J
This year it is even going to BIGGER and more HUGE than ever !!!
Join me in the fun !
The woolcraft schedule is published and the IxCHeL Fibre farm is sponsoring a catergory this year in the handspun yarn classes in Natural Animal Fibres class 23 and 24 !!! We feel it is very important to get the word out . Angora fibre and cashmere and mohair and alpaca and baby camel is amazing to spin, felt, weave, embellish and crochet with! Start planning and working on your entry for the show and get your art work out there for everybody tot admire and win prizes !! yeah ! What could be better eh?
Check out the website here for more details : and for questions relating to the woolcraft schedule and ore contact Dot Vallence at Dotv5 at optusnet dot com dot au
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 !


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