|Cute and Beautiful: Valais Blacknose Sheep|
There are now herds and breeding programs that have been started in Scotland and the Netherlands. I would love to introduce this breed to Australia, but unless I win the lottery to deal with the import, quarantine etc, that is not going to happen. Instead I have been working to get this cute overload to you in another way in the shape of another one of my rare sheep breed adventures.
Tonight you will be able to sign up for either tops of batts and there will be options for undyed or several dye options. But more on this later in this blog.
In the meantime there are some pretty stressfull times happening here at the IxCHeL bunny farm: a new Calici vaccine has been released all over Australia without a vaccine being made. The old vaccine is not covering the new dreaded virus that has been released by the government agencies. I have been protesting over and over together with so many others, but to no avail. Every morning I open the door to the Bunny run I hold my breath, hoping that everybody is still okay. Our biosecurity was already very high but now even more so. It is terrifying that humanity can allow this kind of bio warfare to happen I’m sure this would not be the case if it appears to kill race horses, dogs or cats. Unfortunately, not all animals are “worth” the same. This day and age truly is a carbon copy of Orwell’s’ Animal Farm. In my humble opinion it is NEVER a good idea to release a virus if you do not have an adequate vaccine in place, but hey, who am I and also, I would never ever think bio warfare is a good solution to anything. The powers that be have other ideas. Democracy nowadays looks more like a dicatorship in that respect, but I digress. So before I get into the idiotic world political issues that resemble an episode of Fawlty Towers gone wrong, I will get onto what this blog is all about: CUTENESS OVERLOAD!!!
I have blended up some amazing Valais blacknose together with amazing super soft fibres to make it next to skin wearable and an absolute amazing experience to work with. The only downside of it all is, that I only have a very very VERY limited supply. You can sign up for tops or batts (or both undyed or dyed (see the info on the colours later in the blog) and it is as it has always been: first come first serve. So please do not wait too long to jump in. Contact me by email or message me on facebook, Instagram, email or ravelry. All the details are to be found at the end of this blog entry.
New Rare Sheep Breed Adventure Sign UPThis new adventure is all about the Swiss cutest sheep : the Valais Blacknose!
This adventure sign up is for all of you who want to desperately cuddle some of those cute sheep in fibre form. I will offer you tops and batts.
These lovelies hail from Switzerland and I have combined their fibre with some lovely super soft fibres. Their fleece is not normally close to skin wear, but as I keep telling people, blending a coarser fleece with angora and cashmere and doing some of my blending magic: it will be soft enough to wear close to skin!! Ofcourse a high micron sheeps fleece will not compare to super fine 13 micron merino or pure cashmere or angora, but every fibre has its purpose and every fibre can be blended to change the overall use. Everything has value, everything can be used and loved and cuddled.
Here are some photos and inspiration mood board pictures on which the dyeing process will be based. You can also opt for the natural tops if you like.
The colour inspirations for this adventure came from the beautiful country side the Valais Blacknose sheep hail from.Here are some photos of the lovelies in their natural habitat:
Sign up Options:
The blend will consist of:
Sign ups are for Tops or Batts:
Tops (dyed or undyed) , 100+ grams: $25
Batt +/- 150grams : $38
The Rare Sheep Breed Adventure tops and batts will be shipped out Start of April and on my ravelry/facebook/Instagram group it will be part of the Magical Spin A Long for the April, May and June! It is going to be awesome FUN and there will be prizes!!!
Sign ups start today and because there is only a very limited amount I can blend and prepare there is a limit to the quantity.
All I can say is that the last rare sheep breed adventure sold out in about 2 hours….
You can choose to receive tops or batts in their natural beauty:
|natural Alpine Glitz Tops|
you can choose to receive tops or batts in this variegated colourway which has combined the colours of the Swiss countryside: Deep greens and sky blues.
|this is the Magical Creatures colourway shown on a different base. It is a combo of deep greens and blues.|
you can choose to order tops or batts in a light to dark colourway, dyed with natural dyes:
Woad: a Mediterranean pastel blue
Japanese Indigo: a beautiful jeans blue with purple grey undertones
Mushrooms; A sweet pale pink
Oak Galls: Beautiful Classy grey tones
Walnut: a beautiful warm brown
|this photo captured the oak galls dyed fibres in the fore ground and the walnut dyed fibres in the background|
New IxCHeL Club sign ups are now open !
for the months : April, May and June 2017
(til quotas are reached or until march 31st)
IxCHeL Fibre Club April, May and June 2017
The IxCHeL Sock Yarn Clubs April, May and June 2017
IxCHeL Funky Bunny Batt Clubs April, May and June 2017
Dates to put in your Calendar !!
THE MAD HATTERS TEA PART SPIN IN 2017
Saturday May 6th 10am-3pm
Healesville Spinners and Weavers Guild Chat, Spin and Shop
I will be doing a talk about the IxCHeLbunny farm, fibres and yarns and lots more !!! There will be fibres to cuddle (and buy) and also spindles of all shapes and sizes.
The event is open to all but everybody is asked to bring a plate of food to share with the others to make it even more fun. The Hall opens at 11am with a group meeting and my talk will start around 12. After the talk there will be ample opportunity to browse, shop and mingle.
V.C. Mullett Hall (Badger Creek Hall), 358 Badger Creek Road, Badger Creek.
The hall is located next to the Badger Creek C.F.A. Station and opposite the Badger Creek Primary School. There is off road parking.
Sunday May 21st 10am-3pm
Victorian Hand Knitters Guild Show Coburg Town Hall
I will be there with lots of hand dyed tops for spinning and felting and happy rainbow yarn and sock yarn, some extra special art yarns and much much more!!!!
As well as some amazing Lair of the Bearded Dragon spindles and bowls that are pure magic to spin with !
Friday July 14th- Sunday 16th, 9am-5pm
date and venue info to follow soon.
Black n Coloured Sheep FIELD DAY in Pakenham!
250 g tubs AU$26
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.
Any questions? Any custom orders for yarn or dyeing fibre? : Please don’t hesitate to ask! Always happy to enable.