Thursday, August 9, 2012

A brilliant idea?

I have no clue as to where the idea came from, but I think it may have been that small window of let me rephrase that..of no moisture falling down upon us on Tuesday. That’s the day I thought: yes ! I will get started o the veggie garden, surprise Paul when he gets back and has a look on the weekend and then it will be all done! Raised garden beds, mulch, all my plants in and garlic planted and looking gorgeous waiting fro Spring…..
I mean, really, this just shows how much of a hopeless romantic –read FOOL- I am.. Today was THE day: spring out of bed and get digging. I will put your mind at rest right now: there was no digging, no garden bed making, no mulching no garden work…there was however a hailstorm, some snow and a huge amount of torrential rain falling on this little patch of dirt –read MUD- here in Gilderoy.

I know I can be quite determined and madly enthusiastic, but I did not feel like getting soaked to the bone and getting even more chilly and flu stricken than I already am, so I decided against the execution of that brilliant idea.

I baked a super delish fruit bread instead and the ultimate winter dish : Dutch Pea soup. I am pouring hot tea into me as if it is going out of fashion to stay warm and there is yet another brilliant idea brewing for tomorrow: sit near the blazing wood fire, spinning, reading a book and hoping that I can get water boiling on our wood stove faster tan I can drink it, since –Oh Joy!- the power company decided to make it yet another day without power and maintenance of the electricity supply here in tree filled country victoria. If I could find a way to get all that water that is tumbling down to generate power I will be very happy , since solar power is a no-no for obvious reasons….lots of trees and lots of rain means hardly any sun to fill a tea cup of nice solar power.
Anyway, since tomorrow is total green=No Emission day here at the farm , AND I remembered this time!, I am blogging today so you can all get your fibery fix and know whats going on here.
There have been some very naughty planning going on yesterday with some very nnice crafty fibery people in the city, so keep your calendar free from October 11th til October 16th ! Its all very exciting and lot sof fun will be had I can assure you! I also have a wonderful spin in /meet and bunny day coming up at the Templestowe and Doncaster Spinners and Weavers guild on Monday the 15th of October. So it’ll be busy busy busy ! and fun fun fun !

This week I have very special fibery tops on offer and some hand spun hand dyed weaving ! A shawl great for summer -yes I am sure it will come very soon.........- in lovely colours and cotton! Yes , I know! Cotton . I love cotton but it is so darn short and quite difficult to spin, especially when you want it to serve as a warp and still be soft enough for a weft. This woven shawl has a gorgeous drape and will even be soft enough for a baby….The trick with weaving these kind of things is to space out the warp threads or in technical; weaving terminology , dent it wider.
 The more space you allow , the softer and more drapey your woven fabric will be. It is ofcourse also important to carefully squeeze the weft onto the warp and not bash right into it like you would when you would weave rugs, which is an excellent exercise to enhance your biceps I might add or get rid of that bit of anger that’s been building up.
With weaving shawls or fabric to make garmets that need flow, you have to find that right medium between softness and everything holding together nicely and consistently.
I love weaving. It demands math skills, patience, balance and order; all skills that I would love to have in abundance, but seem to lack in a big…In that respect I am very much a sucker for punishment: Give me something that is hard and I am drawn to it like a red rag to a bull. Give me something that scares the hell out of me and I want to get closer to the edge even more. If you would like to find out more about denting and how to calculate it, I have uploaded a denting chart on my flickr photo stream right here:

On another note: Jazz has received her second injection this week and is still on her ongoing meds, but is doing much better. I have also invested in a so called thundershirt to calm her down when I need to go away or she needs to go in the car. I thought it definitely calmed her down a bit, but I there is still doubt in my mind whether I can leave her home with Bear alone and not come back to find that the couch has somehow moved in pieces to the studio, which has been transformed in a huge sunroom without walls. Jazz’s previous exercises in demolition will probably never be far out of my mind and I am not really game to try if she has somehow lost her Super Destructo Dog ability..

For this weeks blog I have some yummy blue faced Leicester Superwash Cashmere tops and ofcourse the hand spun, hand dyed and hand woven cotton wrap !

Have fun and Rabbit on !
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 !

Hand woven , hand spun and dyed Cotton Wrap

60 cms wide by 175cm long         AU$60
a close up of the weft and warp. The yarn used is a hand spun singles !
super soft and gorgeous to drape around you or your baby

Blue Faced Leicester Cashmere Superwash tops

blue faced leicester 95% cashmere 5%
100+ grams AU$24

Beautiful to spin and wear. Makes the most gorgeous sock yarn since it will not felt :  for all of you who are afraid their hand crafted socks will wind up in the washing machine and shrink a couple of sizes. Well, don’t be scared any longer !
Rust -sold-
Bite the apple –my absolute favourite colour combo at he moment !-sold-
Chit Chat
Party Bag-sold-
Bubble Gum-sold-
Parrot- how great does orange and bright blue go together eh? !-
Salmon Dream -reserved+

Dates to Remember:

Bunny Spin in at the Ixchel Fibre Farm (11am-4pm)
Every Third Saturday and every fourth Thursday of the month!
Saturday August 18th, 11am-4pm and
Thursday August 23rd,)   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

Monday , October 15th

Doncaster and Templestowe Spinners and Weavers

“Bunny Spin Day”


The Upper Hall at Templestowe Uniting Church, Woods street, Templestowe.
I will be doing a bunny talk and a very nice way to get information on angora bunnies, their care and their fibre . Also a demo on spinning funky bunny yarn.
You will also be able to get close and personal with an English angora rabbit that will get a haircut AND last but not least: there willl be heaps of fibres and yarns, batts and woosh’s for sale as well ! Don’t miss out and RSVP Janet Knoop of the Doncaster + Templestowe spinners and weavers asap.

Any questions or special requests?
Contact me on Ravelry where I am Ixchelbunny,
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1 comment:

DonnaC said...

hugs from Long Island!