Friday, January 18, 2013

You harvest what you sow...

It is still hot…yesterday it was in its 40Cs again and you know you are in trouble when you start fantasising about penguins and visiting Antarctica, while standing in front of the freezer grabbing that last icy popsicle with “emergency”written on it. Still, I have been spinning angora….I wish I could have spun it in the freezer but alas, we couldn’t fit… The big push to get ready for Bothwell Spin in March 1-3 is on! There is so much to dye and spin, so heatwave or not, the show must go on! When its this hot here , living close to the forest can be dangerous: everything is tinderbox dry and it only takes a tiny spark to have everything light up like a Christmas tree. It is amazing how many bushfires destroy hectares and hectares and it can be quite scary especially when you see is inching up closer and closer. We have been very lucky this year but the season is far from over. Lots of energy and water has been poured over the vegetable garden that is going great apart from some kales that now have been decimated by green caterpillars unfortunately..but I do not spray chemicals on my veggies …instead I handpick the green monsters off and ….yes I know it is cruel..feed them to the chickens….. Since I started the vegetable garden and planted heaps of seedlings, started plants from seeds, saved seeds and replanted is magical to see things grow and its alos amazing how much we have actually saved shoppingwise ! We need a lot of greens for our bunnies and growing it yourself, knowing that there are no chemicals used is so rewarding. Even if you do not have a large plot , even a balcony can provide you with an opportunity to grow some of your own food and yes, it does taste better I guarantee it ! I have made huge pots of pesto from my abundant crop of basil and there will be tastings ofcourse tomorrow at the bunny spin in. I have to admit I added more garlic , our herb infused oil and our own chillies as well to give it that extra bite :Yum! Here’s the recipe for those who want to give it a go: 1 cup of packed basil leaves freshly picked (preferably in the morning. I always pick everything in the morning herb wise because the heat has not yet evaporated any essential oils ); ¼ cup of pine nuts, ½ cup of olive oil, sea salt, 60 grams of grated parmesan cheese, chillie flakes( for the adventurers)…. Blend it all together in your foodprocessor or, if you don’t have one like me, use a stick blender.. Mine almost burnt out though but then again I did do a lot and it was HOT! Lol Once you make your own pesto you will never touch the supermarket stuff again ! Great on toast, as a pizza base and on pasta…well on everything really ! Enjoy!

Basil Harvest

This week I offer you a very special blend: bunny bison bliss! A blend of Bison, angora, cashmere, superfine merino and tencel. It is super soft and makes an amazingly beautiful special yarn. Also some very nice 3ply angora yarn with a stunning 400meters per 50 grams ! yum!

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 Bison, Superfine Merino, Angora Bunny, Cashmere, Tencel

50grams+    for  AU$17

Fire Dragon-sold-



Dream state

Prairy Poem

Bushland sunshine-sold-


Bumblebee party

Flutter -sold-

Monets garden

Pure Angora yarn 3ply

An amazingly soft pure angora hand dyed 3ply yarn with 400meters per 50grams! ! feels super soft and does not leave any fluff on your clothes !

50grams+ AU$22
Mad Hatter

Blue Caterpillar

Alice in Wonderland

Flamingo Dance

Dates to Remember:

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…

Kingston Spinners Tasmania Spin in!

Tuesday March 5th, Kingston Spin In.  9.30am-13
Uniting Church  42 Jindabyne Road, Kingston beach, Tasmania
A fun bunny get together and I am planning something special :)
It is going to be FUN!

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

IxCHeL Fibre Farm Spin in  with the Lara Group Spinners

Saturday March 16th.  11am-16
IxCHeL fibre farm , Gilderoy


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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