Friday, January 11, 2013

Exciting Plans and Bunny Cloud Wishes

a Bunny Cloud

The new year started off with a bang ! Or should I say a heatwave and unfortunately for a lot of people a time of bushfire threat. To all of you in Tasmania and New South Wales where the fires are still raging through tinder dry forests and bush or grass lands ; please stay safe ! Let’s hope a cool change with rain will come soon ! Let’s hope for lost of bunny clouds ! We had our rain and cool change which has definitely made it easier to stand over the dyepost and prepare pigments ! preparing blends and spinning yarns in 42C heat was no picnic either so I am very grateful it is a bit cooler .

On another note:
At the start of the New year I do what everybody does: looking at the calendar and see whats planned for the year to come. Well people, it is going to be a HUGE year this year ! My calendar is filling up fast with shows, markets, spin ins, work shops and more! I have added new dates to the “dates to remember”section at the end of this blog for you. Synchronise calendars ! lol

Exciting news break : I AM GOING TO BOTHWELL! I already signed up last year but I can tell you now: I am going with my Tardis packed to the brim!
Preparations for the Bothwell spin in are in full swing: new blends prepped, ready for the dyepot new yarns being spun, batts and woosh fibres are slowly but surely being organised , mini skeins and sock yarns are next. The Bothwell Spin in is an awesome bi-annual event in Bothwell Tasmania. This year they are celebrating their 35th year reunion and it is going to be HUGE FUN! There is so much on it would be hard to put it all in this blog so I will give you the link to have a look at right here:

There is ofcourse the ;longest thread competition (the one who spins the longest plied thread from 10grams of fleece!), there is even a yarn bombing event organised !, there are demonstrators and ofcourse lost of fabulous fibres and yarns to be cuddled and adopted into a good home ! It is going to be fun ! So, don’t delay, book your tickets for a fun journey to a magical island Tasmania !

But whats happening now! I hear you say: Well, I have dyed some more of my new IxCHeL blend Angel Bunny Tops : since they were so popular last week ! This week I have dyed them variegated and the colours have come up so beautiful. it is hard for me to stay away and not immediately put them on my spinningwheel Also some Glitz tops , great for creating some bling in your yarn, just add a tiny bit to your batts or tops while you are spinning them and Tada! You will light up in the dark so to speak. You can make it as LOUD or subtle as you want, but I love the way that this Glitz, or trilobal nylon which its also called just adds a bit of extra interest to yarns and batts.

The Angel Bunny Blend is a wonderful mix of blue faced Leicester tops with angora bunny, Cashmere and Tencel. Tencel is a plant fibre. It’s made out of wood pulp and it makes a wonderful fibre to spin and wear. It shines like silk, is soft, strong and very purlescent. It adds a wonderful element to the softness of the cashmere and bunny and strengthens the shine of the blue faced Leicester wool. All in all : it is another IxCHeL blend I am extremely over the moon about. I have also redyed some of the long colour repeats and semi solids of last week, so have a look at last weeks blog and don’t hesitate to order from last weeks offering as well.  

How To Order from this Shop blog
 until the website is up and running –which will be sooooon-ish!-yeah yeah start laughing will ya.....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.
Payment : direct bank deposit, card or paypal ! easy !


A wonderful magical blend of Superfine Blue faced Leicester, Angora Bunny, Cashmere, Tencel

100grams+    for  AU$24


(my favourite wizard in the Hobbit movie with his chariot of bunnies and I must admit these woodland greens and that dash of rusty orange is just gorgeous as well !)

Misty Mountain

Thorin Oakenshield

Elven King

Bilbos Birthday Party


A great fibre to add to your batts or directly to your spinning to add that little bit of pezazzz! And bling ! Glitz is a man made fibre also called triloabel nylon, it adds strength to your handspun (so great for blingy socks!) and it reflects the light in such a way that it resembles spinning in little diamonds into your fibre. A little bit of diamond glitzz will go a long way ! 

50grams+    for  AU$12

lonely mountain

Royal Blue

Elven Magic

Thranduil (will make your yarn look like

Lavender fields – a wonderful purple going into a dusky blue ! yum!

Dates to Remember:

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

Saturday JANUARY 2013 19th, 11am-4pm
Thursday JANUARY 2013 24th, 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  !


THE FAMOUS BOTHWELL SPIN IN, Bothwell, Tasmania   
Friday March 1st, Saturday March 2nd and Sunday March 3rd.

I will be there with as much fibres and yarns and batts and tops and wooshes and badges and more as I can pack into my Tardis ! I will also have some very special spindles with me and some exquisite Fiberific! Nostepinne and ChiaGoo knitting needle sets and Fiberific! stitch markers : they are so cuuuute ! , not to mention Art Yarns , pre felts, needle felting, angelina and much much more ! There are still spots on the ferry and Im sure that you can jump on a plane as well, although I wouldn’t recommend swimming: it gets a bit cold in the Bass strait…

McClelland Spinnes and Weavers Show 
Wednesday March 13th, from 10 til 3pm

with a Peter Rabbit theme this year!
The McClelland Spinners and weavers are located in the most exquisite of places: in the McClelland sculpture park near Frankston (McClelland drive, Langwarrin, in the craft cottages on the grounds. The park is a great place for a wonderful lunch , walking around enjoying all the sculptures and visiting the gallery) .

I will be there supporting their wonderful group and the Peter Rabbit theme ofcourse ! and bringing heaps of fibres, yarns and goodies !
For any questions contact Betty Dyer the secretary of the McClelland Spinners and weavers or me
Hand knitters guild Mini Wool Show
Date and place to be announced soon ! This is a not to miss fibre fun opportunity!

Friday 19th of July, Saturday 20th of July and Sunday 21st of July
This is the Ultimate Fibre and fun mix of them all! There will be lots of new things on offer at my IxCHeL stall ofcourse, with prizes to be won and lots of fun to be had!
This is the place to support farmers, fibre producers and independant "Indie" dyers and crafters and have some great fun discovering new things and even win prizes !
In the flower Power Bunny Shed there will be some extra surprises and new things happening as well, including …this is so exciting!!!!: you can see and try out new spinning wheels from a wonderful new fibre fanatic fiberific! vendor ! Don’t miss seeing these new beauties! And ofcourse there will be lots more demos and wheels and spindles on offer as well in the flower power Bunny shed !
There is a woolcraft schedule available at the farm or you can email Dot : Entries for your fiber art closes on June 14th and there are lots of prizes to be won! Our little IxCHeL fibre farm is sponsoring sections 24 and 25 so get started on your entry to win some very yummy stuff !

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