In the last two days I think I only got about 4 hours of sleep but it is all worth it ! I finished all the custom orders and shipped them off today ! Didn’t think it would happen, but this foreign idea of me taking “time off” for the last two weeks of December has somehow got me extremely excited !
Obviously it is not because I do not love what I do but there are a LOT of things that have taken the back seat, like spending time of finishing some embroidery projects, some knitting design ideas and patterns, some much needed cooking and baking AND, last but not least READING! My reading list ( I misspelt it as “lust” but in my case that is pretty much the same thing..reading list-reading lust…lol)
So, What have I got on my To Read list in the next few weeks?
I gathered the pile of books on my desk and I THINK I may be a bit ambitious but hey, better to try and fail than never to try at all I always say ..lol
I thought it might be fun to share the book list with you , so here they are- in no particular order-:
1. Knitting Fresh Brioche by Nancy Marchant I am really looking forward to sinking my teeth into this magical technique and Nancy is the Queen Of Brioche so I am in good hands 😉
2. Alter Knit: Stitch Dictionary by Andrea Rangel If you are in love with intarsia work as much as I am , this book is a must read with heaps of fun charts and ideas
3. And talking about colourwork: How can I possibly NOT read and knit some Balls !!! 55 Christmas Balls to knit by Arne and Carlos After I get enough balls to fill the house, I will keep going with their latest fun book : Field Guide to Knitted Birds. If you do not know Arne and Carlos, please look them up and watch their YouTube tutorials and videos. They are an absolute treasure trove and adorable as well.
4. I am debating starting to dissect this book first and foremost since I have a huge love for all things Japanese, including Japanese knitting. I LOVE ‘Knitted socks East and West by Judy Summer, so when I saw that there was a Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible by Hitomi Shida coming out in November 2017 I immediately bought it. Safe to say I have not had time to try any stitches out but I glanced at the charts and the ideas and this book is awesome !!!
5. As a lover of rare breeds and especially those hailing from Scotland, there is a book on my list that combines both: “Patterns for North Ronaldsay yarn by Elizabeth Lovick and Elly Doyle. There are some awesome patterns in there that are just right for my handspun North Ronaldsay yarn so I am going to dive right in !
6. Connected to Scotland for sure is something not really knitting related but close….I have two books here that I have not had a chance to read yet by the one and only Diana Gabaldon: “Virgins” about a young Jamie Fraser and Ian Murray ! and “seven stones to stand or fall” (a collection of outlander short stories). It’s a good thing I am a fast reader because I am itching to start reading these two bookd and hope that her next novel is not far away !
7. This brings me to my other love: history and embroidery combined : “18th century embroidery techniques” by Gail Marsh. So much to learn and lust after (see , there is that word again…lust…lol) This book is an absolute treasure by the way! I keep going back to this even when I combine my weaving commissions with the request of embroidery. Great techniques and so much more to explore.
8. Another love: Sashiko embroidery. I want to explore more templates and make my own patterns up on my hand dyed indigo fabrics. If you would like to get started with Sashiko, which is the most amazing meditative embroidery of all in my humble opinion, please read “the Ultimate Sashiko Sourcebook” by Susan Briscoe.
9. An Amigurumi project I NEED to finish ! Paul the toadstool by Lalylala. If you love crochet and amigurumi and super cute things, please have a look at this awesome designer. She also has a bunny addition to the dolls !
On my political/philosophical keeping up to date and to read list are also some other must reads like:
Science in the Soul-writings of a passionate Rationalist - by Richard Dawkins
What happened by Hillary Clinton and
Our Revolution by Bernie Sanders, maybe followed by the new tome by Keith Olbermann “Trump is a F ….” But I will only include these three books when my stress thermometer is so low it needs a bit of igniting….lol
I have not even included the magazines I am so far behind with it’s not funny like Vav magasinet (my favourite weaving magazine) and Inspirations (an embroidery mag). No spinning mags, I have pretty much kept up to date with them.
So yeah, pretty excited about doing other things than commission spinning and weaving and dyeing for the last few weeks of the year. There are still some dyeing days ahead of me next week but that is it! I can’t believe I am actually going to do this… but , I think I need to take a breather, recharge the batteries and slow down, before I go loopy or fall on my face, whichever option comes first.
What also got me thinking was the fact that my immediate genepool is not particularly fantastic. Both my parents died when they were not even close to hitting 70. My grandpa died when he was 42, but that doesn’t count because I am sure that German Death camps are not genetic; my grandma lived until she was 88. So I hope I take after her.
Whatever happens, I am now more than halfway the age my parents were when they left this planet. I know this sounds a bit morbid, but that kind of realisation does make you think. Also, I still want to do so much and ..remember my reading list/lust?, so much to read and learn! So, I think it’s time. Time to make some time for the extra stuff that makes the fabric of life knit together. Less stress, more adventure. That doesn’t mean you have to travel to get it (although that is nice and amazing but a bit out of reach since we can hardly take our fluffy animals with us – unless we build an Ark....lol).
But, most of all , on this weeks update, I want to thank all of you who have been reading my blog; who have been watching what I do and supporting our little fibre farm; sending their love and encouragement throughout the year (which in all truth has been a difficult one) and who have stood by me and have taken the time to keep in touch. I am a terrible person at keeping in touch because all my breathing and living time per day seems to be taken up by doing fibre, craft and business stuff. So , thank you so much for your understanding of my inner introverted fluffy hermit life. Thank you for putting up with me. Thank you all for being you and following my adventures.
So, What better way to thank you is a Christmas/Hanukah Special from me to you? So here it is: special Holiday packages on offer only this weekend ! Order this weekend and I will post it first thing on Monday so you will get it in time (hopefully) – unless you are far away from Australia ofcourse but in any case it will be something to look forward to in a couple of weeks ! in the first week of 2018 at the latest (see! I am already practicing ! lol)
So without letting you wait longer than necessary for this weeks scrumptiousness. Oh before I forget, I will do a blog update next week, just no offerings, but hopefully some follow ups on my reading lust and things I have been up to 😉 which includes finishing a gift for a very special friend (so I won;t say anything here..yet) ...
Special IxCHeL Gift Vouchers
Christmas Special Offer just for you !
You can choose a fibre (top) pack or
a Yarn pack or..a combination of both!
In each Christmas Surprise Parcel will be TWO items worth a LOT MORE!!! from Santa Bunny as a big thank you !
The yarn pack can contain anything: angora yarns or sock yarns or art yarns!
The fibre surprise pack can be anything from rare fibres to IxCHeL blends ! You will not be disappointed !
C’mon! Make your Christmas extra special with a Xmas Surprise parcel !
Here are the three different options to choose from:
2 yarns in a xmas parcel $45 (normally that would be anywhere from $56 to $64) plus postage
2 tops in a xmas parcel $40 (normally they would be $46 to $50) plus postage
A mixed bag: 1 top and 1 yarn for $42 (normally that would be a worth of $52 to $57) plus postage
Spinner’s Control, Yarn Gauge and Ply angle card
a great way to gauge the thickness of your yarn and plying. A nice tool with an info sheet to hang on your spinning wheel or carry wit you anywhere you go.
The New IxCHeL Club sign ups are now OPEN !
Get a monthly fibre and yarn surprise !
Always great blends and colourways
only hand dyed for those who are club members !
January, February and March 2018
IxCHeL Fibre Club January, February and March 2018
The IxCHeL Sock Yarn Clubs January, February and March 2018
IxCHeL Funky Bunny Batt Clubs January, February and March 2018
Numbers are strictly limited ! The January 2018 club is going to be shipped out end of January, the Feb club mid feb and the March club mid March 2018. Payment via direct deposit or credit card or paypal. Just PM or email me
Have a fun weekend !!!
How To Order:
2. Message me on facebook or
3. Message me on www.ravelry.com where I am ixchelbunny.
4. message me on Instagram 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.