Yes, it is all about superlatives because let’s face it: Bendigo Show is a Super Show! I remember when I first had a stall there over 10 years ago and look at it now filled to the brim with craft and woolly fluffy fibery goodness, that is totally celebrating the colourful diversity of Australian Wool Craft!!
I know I do not necessarily get a lot of sleep this time of year (if ever in fact..lol and doubted my sanity to say the least : I was also extremely surprised !!! ..well no....this is actually THE understatement of the century because I actually fell off my chair and could not utter a word for about half an hour while I schlepped myself to Paul holding my phone and uttering “eh//eh! Eh!!! Here! Look !! here! Look! “ while he looked at me in amazement as if I had totally and finally lost my brain (not far off that..lol)
at the Bendigo show
wearing my usual bunny ears and outfit
in the right hand bottom corner
It has been a dream of mine after last years Vicuna blend to get my hands on the wonderful and supersoft Guanaco and here it is: I concocted a blend that is literally so soft it cannot be described other than “orgasmic” ..yes, really. Lots of careful blending nd calculating and trials have brought this blend to you comprising of 60% guanaco, Luscious Muga silk, Amazing cashmere and the ever lovely Angora bunny!
So what is Guanaco and where does it come from?
Guanaco fibre is particularly prized for its soft, warm feel and is found in luxury fabric. The guanaco's soft wool is valued second only to that of the vicuña. The guanaco is double-coated with coarse guard hairs and a soft undercoat, which is about 16-18 µ in diameter and comparable to the best cashmere. Only the super soft undercoat is used in this blend and it is amazing !
The guanaco is an animal native to the arid, mountainous regions of South America. They are found in the altiplano of Peru, Bolivia and Chile . In Argentina, they are more numerous in Patagonian regions, as well as in places such as the Torres del Paine National Park, and Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego. In these areas, they have more robust populations, since grazing competition from livestock is limited. Estimates, as of 2011, place their numbers at 400,000 to 600,000. A small introduced population exists on Staats Island in the Falkland Islands, with a population of around 400 as of 2003. Guanacos live in herds composed of females, their young, and a dominant male. Bachelor males form separate herds. While female groups tend to remain small, often containing no more than 10 adults, bachelor herds may contain as many as 50 males. When they feel threatened, guanacos alert the herd to flee with a high-pitched, bleating call. The male usually runs behind the herd to defend them. They can run at 56 km (35 mi) per hour, often over steep and rocky terrain. They are also excellent swimmers!! A guanaco's typical lifespan is 20 to 25 years. Guanacos are one of the largest wild mammal species found in South America (along with the manatee, the tapir, and the jaguar). Natural predators include cougars, jaguars, and foxes. Guanacos often spit when threatened, same as their alpaca and llama counterparts! To protect its neck from harm, the guanaco has developed thicker skin on its neck, a trait still found in its domestic counterpart, the llama, and its relatives, the wild vicuña and domesticated alpaca.
Mating season occurs between November and February, during which males often fight violently to establish dominance and breeding rights. Eleven-and-a-half months later, a single chulengo, or baby Guanaco, is born. Chulengos are able to walk immediately after birth. Male chulengos are chased off from the herd around one year of age.
Although the species is still considered wild, around 300 guanacos are in US zoos and around 200 are registered in private herds.
Another titbit of information: Guanacos are often found at high altitudes, up to 4,000 meters above sea level, except in Patagonia, where the southerly latitude means ice covers the vegetation at these altitudes. For guanacos to survive in the low oxygen levels found at these high altitudes, their blood is rich in red blood cells. A teaspoon of guanaco blood contains about 68 billion red blood cells – four times that of a human !
Some guanacos live in the Atacama Desert, where in some areas it has not rained for over 50 years! A coastline running parallel to the desert enables them to survive. Where the cool water touches the hot land, the air above the desert is cooled, creating a fog and thus, water vapour. Winds carry the fog across the desert, where cacti catch the water droplets and lichens that cling to the cacti soak it in like a sponge. When the guanacos eat the cacti flowers and the lichens, the water is transferred to them. So when they eat the cactus flowers they basically get a drink at the same time.
I have dyed a very very few of this guanaco blend just for this update and I do not have lots of stock right now. I will have more at the Bendigo show though!!!! Working day and night (literally..lol) to get it all happening !) In the meantime, please do not forget to sign up for the clubs! Time is running out to get a yummy parcel filled with IxCHeL fluffy stuff in the mail every month ! Have a fun weekend !!!
New IxCHeL Club sign ups are open!
for the months : July, August and September 2016
(til quotas are reached or until June 30th)
IxCHeL Fibre Club July, August and September 2016
The IxCHeL Sock Yarn Clubs July, August, September 2016
IxCHeL Funky Bunny Batt Clubs July, August and September 2016
Guanaco Blend Tops
60% Guanaco, 25% Muga Sillk, 12% Cashmere, 3% English Angora Bunny 50grams AU$45
Dates to put in your Calendar !!
Friday July 15th- Sunday 17th, 9am-5pm
2nd of October
Black n Coloured Sheep FIELD DAY in Cranbourne!
Just contact me with the name of the colour you are after and I will get right back to you.
How To Order:
2. Message me on facebook or
3. Message me on www.ravelry.com where I am Ixchelbunny.
I will email you right back with all your order details and payment methods.
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