Sunday, May 18, 2014

Ipso Facto...SMILE !

(digital art Kaman William)

What a week it has been!: from manically getting fluffy stuff spun, dry and skeined and labelled to the outside reality of budget talks and politics…all of that makes me dive into surreal fun things with a listening to audio books by Douglas Adams (Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy and Restaurant at the End of the Universe).

Reading (or listening) to books like that just helps to keep the reality around us in perspective I feel. And, ofcourse , by doing that, ipso facto, puts a big smile on your face, which in turn, means you can battle that reality with way more vigour than before. See it as ammunition.

Smiling and treating things in a bizarre kind of humorous way and not getting all doom and gloom about it, is not a way of pushing things under the carpet./ On the contrary, I feel it is a way to step back, look at things that are , more often than not, utterly heartbreaking and , let’s face it, unjust. I am not a believer in “if you can’t beat them , join them”- theory. Midnight Oils singer tried that by joining politics and became way more ineffective in his social and political criticism for example.

Douglas Adams wrote in his Restaurant at the End of the Universe book "It's a well-known fact, that those people who most want to rule people, are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. To summarise the summary, anyone who is capable of getting himself made President (prime minister), should on no account, be allowed to do the job".
Which ofcourse leaves us with THE political leadership problem of the ages…The best thing to do, as is with everything, stay critical with a high dose of surreality and humour , ready to be vocal and stand up for ones rights. Complain with a smile , if you want to call it that.

Smiling helps. It is my religion if you want to call it that. I will give you an example: Have you ever been in traffic, being tailgated by an angry motorist, and then , finally when he can get passed, blasts you with all kinds of angry blasphemous shouts? Sure you have! You know what I do? I smile even more brightly at him than I would normally do (see 1950s housewife advertisements) and ..wave …and SMILE !... There is NOTHING in the world that pisses off an angry person than a reaction they have not been anticipating. It is more effective than the giving him the finger or shouting back, or, chasing him down the road and giving him a bit of his own medicine. See? The “ if you cant beat them, join them”- theory just leads to YOU having to change and not have the situation changed for the better of mankind…I rest my case.

Smiling even helps getting better when you are feeling down, smiling helps combat depression, get over a heartbreak and so much more. Believe me, a smile a day keeps the doctor away. Forget the apple, but never ever forget to smile. It has to become part of your daily diet. That and reading or watching absurd comedy.

Now, before I forget, I have some yummy things on offer on todays update ! Also, please, if you could make it to the Coburg Town Hall tomorrow between 10am-3pm that would be awesome. That way, you can hug all the yarns and tops and other fluffy stuff I have been frantically (and lovingly) preparing in the last months. I would say DROP EVERYTHING (except your stitches !

Please don't hesitate to contact me at any time if you have any questions okay? Always happy to enable. All my contact details are to be found at the end of this weeks blog entry. Have fun !!!

IxCHeL Luxury Nr5 Tops  

A blend of bison, angora bunny, cashmere, tencel and yak
50grams+ (+/-1.75oz) …. AU$22
Absolute heaven to spin on your spport spindle and wheel ! like butter! And we all know that everything is better with butter
Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Tops Great Hyperlobic Omnicognate Neutron Wrangler-sold-
Deep Thought-sold-

IxCHeL Funky Bunny Batts  

Hand dyed and hand carded luxury fibres: angora, stainless steel, eco merino, suri, tencel, qiviut, bamboo, hemp, cashmere, yak, glitz and Angelina.
75+ (+/-2.7oz) …. AU$18

I know I said the Luxury top was absolute heaven…but I actually think this is heaven to spin as well..with bling !

But then I like bling and I am biased…lol and yes, my minion Stuart has helped me in todays’ photoshoot holding the funky bunny batt up with one hand and holding a glindle in the other. He is so good at multitasking and not seeing a thing ! Yeah to Stuart ;-P
Improbability drive-sold-
Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz-sold-

How To Order:

1. You can email me on ixchel at rabbit dot com dot au or ixchelbunny at yahoo dot com dot au
2. 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? Any custom orders for yarn or dyeing fibre? Please don’t hesitate to ask! Always happy to enable.
Thank you so much for your help and support !

IxCHeL Events to put in your Calendar!

 Hand knitters Guild Mini Wool show
Saturday May 17th
Coburg Town Hall, 90 Bell Street, Coburg
The AMAZING handknitters Guild Victoria is putting on their annual Yarn & Craft Show again ! Yeah ! This market is one of my favourite events of the year and s set in the epic , recently restored Coburg Town hall.
The date to put in your calendar is May 17th 2014, 10am-15pm!!! I will be there with bells on (and ears..ofcourse!) and will have a NEW range of handspun angora, mink, yak, alpaca, bison! and loooooong repeat lace yarns and sock yarns !!!
for the yarn spinners: all the IxCHeL blended tops will be at the party as well! Ranging from my Angorino to the epic Bunny bison bliss! It is going to be an AMAZING day !!!
Address to be on May the 17th is: Coburg Town Hall (pictured) located at 90 Bell Street, Coburg, about 500 metres from Sydney Road. Entry is free. the Hand knitters’ guild 2014 Raffle Rug made by Guild members with luxury yarn from the Bendigo Wool Mill will be on display and $2 tickets will be available for purchase.

Lang Lang Wool Show Day

May 25th , 10-3pm Lang Lang Town Hall IxCHeL Fibres & Yarns and spindle heaven with Emma Gerring from Spun Out !! Friday 18th July-Sunday 20th of July
Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show
Bendigo Show Grounds
Flower Power Bunny Shed
THE event of the year with heaps of fun and super special fibre happenings!!
Exciting news !!!!!! more info on that later in the year !!!

Friday 15th of August-Sunday 17th of August
39th Annual Country Conference
Camp Manyung Sunnyside Rd,
Mount Eliza
Im doing a talk there about the Navajo Churro Sheep project, Navajo Rug making, Navajo style spinning and more !
Lots of extremely special and hard to find fibres and yarns and SPINDLES will be available there !
Not to be missed!
There will also be a Special Navajo rug display and I will also have a stall there with lots of fluffy stuff to hug..enabling galore!!
To participate in the Country Conference please contact : Dot Vallence , email:





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