I have always been famous , or infamous, depending on what your opinions are on the matter, for being uncontrollable in my energy : it’s either feast or famine as they say..most of the time feast though with hardly any famine (holidays or down time) .
Working long hours (til 5.30 or 4 am in the morning) finally took its’ toll a couple of days ago, when I was on my way to the bedroom just about to turn in for the night feeling a bit woozy ..”I’m tired, it’s normal, I’ve been working too late and too hard again” ..I had to hold on to the couch to catch my breath and the next thing I remember was me wondering why on earth there was a dog tail hitting me on the face and a naked man towering over me shouting “wake up!”, or “ “you okay!?”, which obviously I wasn’t because I had fallen head first on the ground, just missing the fireplace on my way down.
I had absolutely no idea I was out for the count. I had no recollection of me starting to fall down or the falling part all together. And, in that first blissful moment just before being woken up by a whincing dog and a naked man, I was happy and resting and did not have a care in the world. Oh boy, did I have an amount of pain afterwards though: my back hurt, my knee hurt, my head felt numb and I was dizzy: concussed. So, to make a long story short(er): I have a curfew now, not allowed to work ridiculous hours anymore..Bendigo or no Bendigo.
I did promise you two rare sheep breeds on this blog..alas, I can only offer you one, for obvious reasons. But it is a VERY rare breed and I thought that will just have to do this time.
Remember the Norwegian Qiviut from a while back? Well, although this is not a woolly mammoth it is a very rare woolly sheep, also from Norway, and there are only 80 of them at this time. In my book, that is super rare! Luckily, when I was chatting to the Qiviut people, they offered me some amazing wool as well and voila! Here is it is for you all to enjoy!
The sheep are called the Grå trøndersau or the Norwegian Grey Troendersheep. The Norwegian Grey Troender is a very rare breed of domesticated sheep that originated from crossbreeding native landrace sheep with the now extinct Tautra sheep in the late 19th century. There are currently approximately 80 animals all happily grazing in Norway. Yes, they are super cute as well (insert smiley face here…lol).
The wool was traditionally used for handicrafts and the pelts were used for woolskin rugs. The adult live weight of ewes is between 70 and 80 kg. The mean litter size is 1.8 lambs born per year. The present population numbers only around 80 sheep but it’s increasing. In 1998, the Committee on Farm Animal Genetic Resources established a project for collecting and freezing semen from Grey Troender sheep rams in an effort to revive the breed.
The fibre is very lofty and resembles the Shetland wool but with a bit more weight to it. It has a wonderful spring and vibrancy and luster to it and it spins up beautifully. I only have a very limited supply for obvious reasons, so if you want to try and get a taste of spinning this very rare breed , please hop on board and email or message me.
100+grams (+/-3.5Oz) AU$20
(very hard to photograph but the most amazing purple blue red /aubergine I have ever seen)
(Hylda, Skogsrå or Skogfru (Forest wife/woman) is a dangerous Seductress who lives in the forest according to Norwegian Mythology)
IxCHeL Club sign ups starting in July 2014 are Open !!
For all our international club fans there is a possibility to ship all three clubs together to save on postage if you want :-) Just pm me to enquire about the options.
IxCHeL Fibre Club July, August and September 2014
The IxCHeL Sock Yarn Club July , August and September 2014
IxCHeL Mini skein Club July, August and September 2014
IxCHeL Funky Bunny Batt Club July, August and September 2014
IxCHeL Events to put in your Calendar!
Friday 18th July-Sunday 20th of July
BUT...it is going to be HUGE !!!!!!!
How To Order:
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.
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