Friday, March 2, 2012

Living with Code: Art imitating Life

Food imitating Bear

Everything is code. Everything is some kind of language we can define ourselves by or make clear what we want or do or make. It can explain so much very clearly , like mathematics or even knitting comes in codes like k2tog or yo. Even us crafters live and breathe in code. Codes are fun, it can be a total mystery to people who do not know the code at all , kind of like a secret language. Now, how much fun is that!
So today I thought, like I promised last week, to add a new code to your craft library : that of the QR code. You see QR codes all over the place, like tags on posters, at the supermarket, on adds, everywhere. They look like little pieces of artwork and in a sense they are, but at the same time these little specks of black and white, organised in a specific pattern, gives information for a huge amount of data.

QR code , an abbreviation for quick response code, is a type of matrix barcode first designed for the automotive industry. It has become very popular because it can be read fast and has a huge storage capacity compared to other barcodes. In China QR codes have been printed on train tickets since 2009 for example ! Now QR codes are being tested for “virtual store” formats especially in South Korea and Argentina.
If you want to read more on QR codes please go to:

When you knit your QR code , make sure you use two contrasting colours, crochet also works ofcourse, just make your stitches very defined so your phone can read the code clearly ! Have FUN !

QR code of the text RABBITS RULE! it's almost as if tere is a little rabbit jumping up in the corner in this QR

the QR code of this website you can see at the bottom of this weeks blog. Scan it with your phone and it will take you directly to so in a way you can create this as a tag on anything you want and ofcourse you can make your own qr code with texts, phone nrs, website address anything right here: try it ! it is fun !

QR Code pillow

knitted space invader with QR code scarf ! call me a geek but I love it !

or how about these awesome knitted QR code gloves !

To make your own qr code just go to the qr code generator listed above and type in whatever information you want to be in the qr code, then you transpose it onto a grid and presto! There you have your own qr code knitting chart and you are ready to intarsia yourself some code !

Tag your yarnbombing with your own qr code !

or better still: make the QR code the yarn bomb artwork !

This week has been filled with lots of dyeing and knitting. For no real apparent reason my right knee decided to give up on me and dislocated on me, so I have to take it a bit easy on the spinning side of things…which is really hard when you are addicted to spinning ! I do have some lovely soft yarns for you on offer today: a blend of mink, angora, merino and silk! It is a 3ply with amazing meterage/yardage and so soft ! and then there is the new blend I call Bunny Magic Tops: angorino (= 70% superfine merino and 5% angora) with magical glitz(25%)! It spins up like a dream and has a fabulous three dimensional magical depth and glow to it ! So have fun snaffling and creating ! Enjoy!

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 !

Magic Bunny Tops 100+grams AU$22
Ingredients: Superfine merino 70% , 5% angora, 25% glitz
Hand dyed glitz, blended with supersoft angorino to create a magical effect and then specialy hand dyed again to add a special depth and richness to it. Great to spin or felt with! Enjoy !


Alabaster close up



Amathyst close up



Happy go lucky

happy go lucky close up

Highland mist

Mink Yarn

70% American mink (harvested animal friendly!), 5% angora, 15% superfine merino, 10% silk
+/- 190meters/50 grams AU$18 per +/- 50gram hand dyed skein

amazingly soft yarn with heaps of meterage. Does not shed !

Plum (dyed with Madder on a grey base)

Indigo (naturally dyed with american and Indonesian indigo

Olive (hand dyed with eucalypt leaves and bark pigments)


Dates to Remember:
Bunny Spin in at the Ixchel Fibre Farm (11am-4pm)
Every Third Saturday and every fourth Thursday of the month!

Saturday March 17th, 11am-4pm
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 March 22nd, 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 & 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
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

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