Another exciting week here at the farm with so many things happening it is hard to know where to start….First of all : the super fantastic new tops I have been working were ready to be picked up at the mill (thank you Trish, Stuart and Ian !!!! you are the best !) and it was decided to call them Happy Tigerbunny tops ! It is looking AWESOME! Working on designing the label now and preparing the dyebaths and pigments for them so they look fabulous when they go on their first outing at the Black and Coloured Sheep Show next week Sunday! (see all the details for that fun event further down in this blog) …
Then ofcourse it was a full on week with getting all the IxCHeL fibre, yarn , mini skein and funky bunny batt clubs ready and labelled and parcelled up ! It was a week without much sleep but I loved every minute of it ! Everything was posted out yesterday and today ! Yeah! Somewhere there is a full truck of fluffy goodies driving to the depot and hopefully they will knock on the doors of all my loyal club members very very soon. Post is a conundrum though I have to say: I found out that a parcel to New York got there faster than a parcel to Western Australia..I mean ..Australia is BIG but you would think that national post is a bit faster than international…obviously not…oh well. Then something very exciting happened. here's the full "coming out"story :
It wasn’t that long ago that I said to a friend of mine: “I love spinning on a wheel and I LOVE dropspindles but I don’t think I will ever get into support spindling!” ..yeah right…you can start laughing and rolling on the floor right now, because I am coming out : I AM A SUPPORT SPINDLE ADDICT!
Last year the gorgeous Emma Gerring from Spun Out gifted me an osage orange Tibetan support spindle made by Malcolm Fielding…(so Emma, it's YOUR fault! lol) .....it spins like a dream and safe to say I adore osage orange so I was hooked immediately ! It spins fine, fast , is easy to handle and is balanced as …it seemed to me that support spindling was actually a lot easier than you think and much much easier on the body : slouching on the couch while reading or watching telly , support spindling away is easy as ! it’s fun and then..
Then at this Bendigo I decided I was going to gift myself a support spindle from Spun Out made by John Leslie from Canada: a Gorgeous Russian type spindle with gold inlaid burl….so luxuriously beautiful !!! So then I had two…
And out of the blue this parcel arrived from my friend Tara who sent me the most magical spindle I had ever laid my eyes on: A Bristlecone glindle. I kid you not! :: as soon as I held it there were little chills going down my spine…it is pure magic…!! (check out the Bristlecone group on Ravelry or spindle candy on ravelry and you will see what I am talking about!) ..... so then I had three support spindles....
As if that was not enough, I "had" to look at spindle stash at a friends house and I just had to buy a Russian spindle (another Malcolm one) made from dyed lacquer wood….this addiction is getting ridiculous! Four support spindles…thsi is getting serious!...
I am very happy to say that what came next was a total and utter surprise but just goes to show you have to go with your gut feeling and not over analyse or anything: sometimes it is just best to just GO FOR IT! I was earburnt on ravelry a month and a bit ago to participate in a read a long of the Diana Gabaldon books and if I could dye fibre for it: Course I can! I LOVE her books (talking about another addiction there ! lol)
So I did my thing and shared the love of fibre and spinning with a passion as you do, and this week this amazing parcel arrives : A gorgeous snow white magic Glindle Im calling Ghostbuster and a walnut Medicine Dancer Goddess Phang from Bristlecone.
Again, there are spindles that are special and if I can say anything about the Bristlecones it is not only that they are special and well made with care and love, but also that they definitely have a high proportion of MAGIC in them: they are ..well…magical.
So now I am the custodian of 6 spindles……oh and since another friend of mine Monica from Just Ducky in the States makes these gorgeous spindles and bowls, I ordered one from her in canary wood…see…? I am totally in love with support spindling …but I guess there are worst addictions ..lol
And now: drumroll!!!!
NEW!!!!! Hand dyed IxCHeL Alpaca Bunny Tops100+grams AU$23
a blend of Superfine Australian grown Alpaca and Angora Bunny
super soft to spin and wear !
IxCHeL Club sign ups are still Open !
THE LAST CLUBS OF 2013 !!!! but hurry..only a few spots left and the sign ups end October the 8th !!!
IxCHeL Fibre Club October, November and December 2013
The IxCHeL Sock Yarn Club October, November and December 2013
IxCHeL Mini skein Club October, November and December 2013
IxCHeL Funky Bunny Batt Club October, November and December 2013
Sunday 29th-September 2013 from 9.30am to 3 pm