Friday, July 11, 2014

Hectic Schedules and rainbows

Hectic: Adjective
  1. 1.
    full of incessant or frantic activity.
    "a hectic  schedule"
    frantic, frenetic, frenzied, feverish, manic, restless, very busy, very active, fast and furious;
    lively, brisk, bustling, buzzing, vibrant, crowded



Yes, all of this applies to me at the moment.. the studio is more than crowded, I am frantically running here there and everywhere from dye pot to painting stool to printing to packing to ..aaaargh!And once again I am confronted with the devil on my shoulder: its always this way.No matter what I do or where I go or what show I do I start with these "brilliant" ideas, actually put them in place, make it, do it and then look at it and say to myself " I don't have enough!, or Will they love it? or well, generally just doubting your self..for just about anything. It is like running a marathon!!!

Well, Bendigo show if almost there. I leave on Wednesday to be ready to set up on Thursday..i still have badges to make, batts to do and lots and lots of packaging, labelling and little things. I have not had time to breathe, dye my hair or take even remotely good care of myself or relax. Saying that , I honestly believe I am not the relaxing kind.
If you tell me to relax I will do just the opposite just to spite you. If you tell me  "take it easy!? You will have to hit me over the head with a take it easy hammer ..before I will get the meaning.  I tried. Even when I was sick  , I could not take it easy..there is this energiser bunny in me that just does not stop.  I blame my brain. Its my brain that gives me these mad ideas and it just does not stop. Anything ranging from  a new recipe, to a new fantastic idea for a spindle (read Timey wimey police box spindles) to workshops plans in gorgeous Tasmania  to well...anything really.. I don't stop. Apparently I have no "off switch" ...somebody somewhere forgot to add that to me. I am sure that an=t onbe point this will back fire and I will have a total system failure and will spend a large amount of time in "switch off" mode trying to fix the dilemma...until then ..I am and always will be your energiser bunny.
Mind you, Im sure it drives people absolutely mad. I am always "ON" never "OFF" people adhering to a 9-5 regime this is totally maddening and slightly  terrifying. Me? well, I just GO! all the why really. Mind you I have been doing this for quite some time now. It is not like I just discovered it or just realised it. My system has been on "GO!" for practically all my life...and its not like I am 18...not anymore ...

Bendigo SHow is almost upon us. I will be setting up next Thursday and I still have a truckload of things to do. Yes, I know, I am afraid I will not have enough to please you all..and then , come Wednesday , when it is time to pack the Tardis, I will have to come to the conclusion I need a second tardis coz I can't fit it all in...that's life..well, my life...a strange and magical place, wedged in between a mount Everest of Fluff and the desire to enable as many people as I possibly can..

For this weeks update some new freshly dyed long colour repeat yarns:

The shawls you see above is called a Citron shawl and the pattern is free and available on Ravelry. I only used 140grams of the 4ply yarn in Rainbow and it is truly Huge ! I knitted it on needles 4, but I would knit it on 5mm next time to make it even bigger and a bit more open.

Or you could knit these amazingly cute mitts with the rainbow 4ply , just starting from the opposite scale of the colour spectrum when doing the intarsia !
So, this week it is all going to be focussed on yarn…the looong repeat yarns and my handspun bunny mink in three different colourways: a natural, a white and an absolute superb grey tone..YUMMM!

I have not had time to dye my handspun pure 8 ply angora  or the 3ply bunny mink (yet) but I didn’t want to deprive you , so I will offer it in virginesque white and naturals this week.

If you are not particularly fond of naturals, well, just ask and I can dye it for you in any colour or colourcombo you want. I will be spending all weekend at the dyepots, not only for all the clubs and shows but also for custom orders.

All the dates and information for the shows and events to come are at the bottom of this weeks “Dates to put in your Calendar!” - bit. There is lots of new exciting stuff planned.

Have a fun weekend and happy spinning, knitting, weaving and crocheting !

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 !!!


Long Colour Repeat Yarns   

100% pure wool 
4 ply comes in skeins of 140-160grams , 400m/100g, suggested needles 3-4.5mm …. AU$35

Lace yarn comes in skeins of +/-290-310grams That is enough to make a gorgeous huge lace shawl !, 700meters/100g !! suggested needles 3mm AU$60
Long Colour Repeat Lace Yarn Rainbow  290-310grams AU$60
4 skeins available
Long Colour repeat 4ply yarn Rainbow
140-160grams  AU$35
Long Colour repeat 4ply Yarn Heather
140-160grams  AU$35


Lanesplitter skirt (sunset and heather combined)
Long Colour Repeat Lace yarn Sunset
250-270 grams AU$50
3 skeins available

Long Colour Repeat 4 ply Yarn Sunset
140-160grams  AU$35
Knee high socks made with Sunset 4ply

Pure Angora Handspun yarn

Pure white from our Angora bunnies Fifi, Uhura, Spock and Kirk
appr 8ply
50 gram skeins   AU$25
Pure Angora Bunny natural white handspun yarn

Handspun Bunny Mink 3ply Yarn 

Naturals Colour Range (Grey-beige and ivory-
+/- 50 gram skeins  +/- 300m/50grams!   AU$25 
The three naturals of the Bunny Mink 3ply handspun yarn together

bunny mink 3ply yarn in grey and beige close ups

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!

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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