Friday, April 13, 2012

Back to Back Bunny World Record !!! a Frabjous day it was !

Still a fluffy bunny but not for long ! the soon the get naked bunny Mobeau for the world record Back to Back bunny adventure
The preparations were done, my Tardis car packed, hotel booked, all I had to do is drive to Sydney ! Which , by the way, is lots closer than driving to Queensland, as my Canadian uncle would put it ït’s just around the corner”. Well a days drive around the corner anyway. Setting up at the Sydney Showground and actually getting there was the hardest bit, especially since the sky decided to open up and dump bucketloads of water on us just when we had to unpack the car and get all the goods into the Wynne pavilion..but with the help of amazing friends, it all went great! And super fast! Emma , thank you so much for your super setting up ! I think everybody was getting more and more excited by the minute for the big day: Monday the 9th of April: the day that we would set the world record. The Back to Back Bunny team with team members: Emma Brien (who also is the first ever official judge to judge the angora fleece competition at the Royal Show!), Siobhan Colley of Soulcrafting, Sheridan Femia, Christina Heaphy from Rivkah Stud, Louise Stephens and me. The bunnies that were going to get naked at the show were Gumnut, Hermione, Larrikin and MoBeau !

Just as I was setting up and getting all the stuff ready and showing the team where to set up their wheels, I was tackled by Channel 9 news (whose cameraman actually was very interested in the angora and yarn ! so I gave him and the interviewer a badge saying “real men love bunnies” and “I love Bunnies” lol

Channel 9 interviewing MoBeau and me

Bunny Talk ?

The interview took quite a while and when you see the actual footage that has been aired by Channel 9 we are on air for about 5 seconds…lost of fluff obviously ended up on the editing floor…lol

the Sydney Royal Show team did a fantastic job and actually filmed the whole process and then edited it on fast speed so you get a great idea about the whole event in 53seconds. Mind you, in real life the Back to Back Bunny world record attempt was done in 2 hours, 26minutes and 55 seconds !

Sydney Royal camera crew interviewing Elisheba, who is responsible for all the gorgeous photos you see here! Thank you Elisheba!

It took 2 hours, 26mins and 55 secs for Louise, Christina and me , to clip the four bunnies, then all that wonderful fibre was carded or spun immediately as is and then knitted into a scarf by the rest of the team and me. The scarf measures 3.6meters and weighs 195 grams ! It could possibly have weighed and measured a bit more but in our enthusiasm, heavy breathing (thank heavens the fans were not on!) a lot of fine angora fleece drifted up in the air and stuck to our clothes instead of our wheel…lol

The Back to Back bunny scarf shows the amazingly soft texture and all the different colours of the bunnies: it is a very exclusive, wonderful garment that will keep somebody very warm and looks absolutely stunning ! You will see the difference in texture and spinning and knitting ofcourse and that all adds to the super special quality of this piece.
The World Record Back to Back Bunny Scarf will be auctioned off on Friday the 20th of April and all proceeds will go to the Cancer Council Australia. World Record Angora Fluff for a Cure !

Here are some photos of the day, but you can see more on

Cmon Mobeau this is your spot to get naked

cárding , spinning and clipping its all happening !

Look at al that gorgeous angora waiting to be spun!

Siobhan and me spinning like mad women and having fun

the team spinning and knitting with lots of people in the background looking at what wonderful things bunnies can produce ! Hi Harriet (was great meeting you at the show) !!!

Emma plying the last bit and Sheridan knitting fast!

Gumnut seems to be very interested in MoBeaus bits and totally ignores the crowd

knitting from both ends ! Siobhan Colley and Sheridan Femia

somebody (ahem ahem cough cough) forgot their darning needle so Sheridan did a magical three needle bind off !

the Back to back bunny team with the world record angora scarf !

a table full of world record back to back bunny scarf ! waiting to be auctioned off next Friday!

I drove back to Melbourne with a huge smile on my face and was so happy to have been able to do this wonderful feat with an amazing bunch of people! Thank you so so much everybody in the Back to Back Bunny Team for your awesomeness, the organisers of the Sydney Royal Show and the Australian Show Rabbit Association (thank you Gen Hughes for this opportunity to showcase bunnies in all their beautiful and different facets!), thank you Channel 9 and the Sydney Royal Camera Team for your time and effort to showcase our back to back bunny world record adventure !

Here is this weeks update! Enjoy! Next week the World Record Scarf will be auctioned off so stay tuned ! It’s for a very good cause: the Cancer Council Australia, so dig deep and let the fluff help find a cure for this awful, devastating disease!

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 !

IxCHeL Black Bunny Tops 100+grams AU$21
60% Blue faced Leicester, 10% angora, 10% cashmere, 20% black “gold”bamboo
(this bamboo has not been stretched out of recognition and processed to death, meaning it will spin very nicely together with all the other fibres in this blend!)
Excellent for spinning the most luscious yarns and felts beautifully!


(according to Lewis Caroll this is an extinct Parrot

with an upturned beak, professed to make nests under sundials) SOLD Unicorn

I have more Black bunny tops in the making but I ran out of time…I will have a full Tardis car filled to the brim with new tops and yarns again when I go to the Montrose spinners Flower Power Spin in on Monday the 16th of April (see Dates to remember secion in this blog for more information )

IxCHeL merino/silk 4 ply , 100+grams +/- 425meters !!! AU$28
An amazing hand dyed yarn with a huge amount of meterage, super soft , with a nice shine!
1 skein will do a a scarf or a lush pair of socks ! There are more than one skeins per colour available !

Through the Looking glass

Queen of Hearts




Dodo Magic

Dormouse Teaparty

Humpty Dumpty

Cheshire Cat in the tree

Twinkle Twinkle Little Bat

Lobster Quadrille

Alice in Wonderland

Mad Hatter


Rocking Horse Butterfly

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

Saturday April 21st, 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 April 26th, 11am – 4pm

April 16th, 10am-4pm
Flower Power Spin in
Grand Valley Spinner & Weavers
Tapscott-Milbourne centre, Cambridge road, Montrose (melways ref 52 C5)
It is going to be heaps of fun with lots of new fibres and yarns !!! and lot s of spinning

April 28th
Mini Wool Show of the Hand knitters Guild
Brunswick Town Hall !
I am preparing heaps of new yarns for that event that will be amazing !!!!! a NOT TO BE MISSED EVENT !!!

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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