Friday, May 13, 2022

Good Omens






Happy Friday again to everybody ! Yes, yes, it is Friday the 13th but that’s no reason to despair On the contrary: more reason to have fun ! And, what better way than to celebrate with a rare sheep breed adventure !! The strange thing is (insert eerie theme song music of the “Twilight Zone”) the last time I had a blog update featuring this breed it was on…brace yourselves: Friday the 13th, November 2020 !! How bizarre is that?!

In other exciting news I can tell you that ALL the May clubs have been shipped out today ! You can see the teaser video on my Instagram page and a bit later on in this blog ! So, if you thought “she’s a bit quiet!” that’s the reason right there…LOL Apart from bending, dyeing, braiding and carding the clubs, I have also dyed some more rare breed blends for next weeks update (I have to think ahead) , been spinning lots and lots in preparation for the handknitters guild show which is on at the Coburg Town Hall on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th of May. I am going to post the poster with all the information again, because it did change a few weeks ago and I am still trying to inform as many people as I can. I sincerely hope that there won’t be anybody knocking on the Coburg Town hall this weekend because the guild and all the stallholders won’t be there. Please make sure you tell your friends and family!

Here's the NEW poster  : 


Tell your friends, tell your family ! and please, please share the poster around so lots and lots of people know! I have posted on facebook and Instagram and I would be very grateful if you could share it on your pages. Every bit of help is appreciated to let the new dates be known to as many crafty fans as possible ! 
You can book your ticket for both days or just the Saturday or the Sunday at the trybooking dot com site (see poster)


Here is the teaser video of the May batt club. The yarn and fibre club photos and that of the batts in more detail, will be shown on Instagram and facebook later in the month.




So yeah !, it is a fun and exciting update tonight !

 


Also on this update : the Valais Blacknose !!!

Another rare sheep breed. I was lucky enough to blend the last kilos of Valais Blacknose I had, into something absolutely luscious. Now, there is another thing you have to know about me (if you already know I am sorry to repeat myself) but: I am stubborn and I have me own rebellious kind of way to process and blend fibres. I like rare sheep breeds. I like their ancient history, the stories they tell, the importance of survival for the communities who relied on them. In a lot of cases though, to our sensitive and over cultured skin, their qualities of strength (good for long wearing items like socks and jumpers ad coats). So, to adapt to the luxury of next to skin wear it has been a goal to change the perception of strong wools, like the Valais Blacknose sheep fleece, on our sensitive skin, by adding the ultimate luxury softness of Cashmere and angora bunny fibres and silk. I have been made fun of often in the past even trying to attempt this, but when you feel the result of the careful blending and the scientific, mathematical blending , you will be amazed and fall in love. But hey, I am biased…lol I have a very soft spot for rare breeds, as you know. Today the focus is on a cute rare sheep breed with it’s origins in Switzerland but is slowly but surely taking over the world with its cuteness overload.
There are now herds and breeding programs that have been started in Scotland, Ireland, new Zealand 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 get your hands on natural or hand dyed tops , but more on this later in this blog.

New club sign ups are open as well and you can see all the details later on in this blog.


Alpine Silk Tops

This new adventure is all about the Swiss cutest sheep : the Valais Blacknose!

Cute and Beautiful: Valais Blacknose Sheep

These Valais Blacknose Sheep 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 you know what I am going to say: 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!! Of course a high micron sheep’s 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.

The Valais Blacknose sheep originate in the Valais region of Switzerland. They are a dual-purpose breed, raised for meat and wool. The black patches on its nose, eyes, ears, knees, hocks and feet and otherwise light woolly coats make them quite unmistakable. They are a heritage breed, well-suited to living in the extreme climatic conditions of the high mountains. They are good at grazing steep, rocky slopes. Both sexes are horned. The earliest mention of the breed dates back to 1400 A.D., but they were first recognized as a separate breed in 1962.

Here are some photos of the lovelies in their natural habitat:




























Alpine Silk Tops

Valais Blacknose
Eco merino
Mulberry Silk
Angora
Cashmere


Tops 100+ grams: $27


Night Sky over the Alps SOLD


Meadow Dragon  SOLD



Rosy Future SOLD





Snow  SOLD





Indigo  SOLD





Happy Unicorns 1 LEFT





Dragonfly in Amber  SOLD





Alpine Dreams  SOLD





Periwinkle  SOLD






All my contact details and "HOW TO ORDER" are also to be found at the end of this week’s blog entry. And please remember: Every time you buy from a small business or a farm you are not only getting something unique and handmade but you are supporting so much more !



To order: email or message me on facebook, Ravelry or Instagram, quoting the colourway and the quantity you would like, together with your postal address and I will get right back to you with all the payment details. 




IxCHeL club sign ups for 

Juy, August & September 2022

 are now open !

Here are some photos of the previous clubs: 





January 2022 Batt Club



January 2022 Fibre club


January 2022 Yarn Club




June 2021Club





June 2021Club



November 21 Yarn Club




Note to all International club members:
All international club parcels are now being shipped with tracking and expedited. 
There is an option if you want all three of your clubs to be shipped together to save on shipping cost:  Just ask me for a postage quote !

IxCHeL Fibre Club Juy, August & September 2022


The subscription is for a period of three months and you will receive one special hand dyed and special blended top/roving per month
All the tops will be hand dyed and will be especially made for the members of IxCHeL Fibre Club ! Price to join the IxCHeL Fibre Club #52 and receive your special hand dyed top :)) for three months (Juy, August & September 2022) is AU$78 + postage (parcel post or airmail). AND there are good value double and triple serves available !!!

For Australia : single serve $78+$30 postage (parcel post), double serve $150(save $6) +$30m postage or triple serves $225 (save $9!) + $30 postage

For New Zealand : single serve $78+$45 postage (parcel post) double serve $150(save $6) +$45 postage

For USA + Canada: single serve AU$78+AU$60 (Airmail) double serve AU$150+AU$60; triple serve $225 (save $9) + AU$60postage

For UK,Europe, rest of the world: Single serve AU$78+AU$78 (airmail) Double serve AU$150+AU$78; triple serve $225 (save $9) + AU$78postage

 For Asia: Single serve AU$78+AU$57 (airmail) Double serve AU$150+AU$57; triple serves $225 (save $9) + AU$57postage 

If you want to receive a fibre surprise every month then join the IXCHEL FIBRE CLUB #52 now. Numbers are strictly limited ! Payment via direct deposit or credit card or paypal. Just PM or email me your details.

 The IxCHeL Yarn Clubs Juy, August & September 2022


Every month for three months (Juy, August & September 2022) you will receive: enough hand dyed luscious yummy yarn to make a pair of socks or a lush shawl or scarf of course! (the hand dyed yarn will be exclusive for the Ixchelbunny SOCK-IT-TO-ME Yarn CLUB and will range from a sock weight yarn (a 4ply/fingering weight yarn); Every month a sock or scarf pattern, tips and instructions ! Now is that GOOD or is that GOOD ??! 
 I will even offer a double serve for those of you who like their socks or scarves extra long ! 

For Australia : single serve $96+$30 postage (parcel post) double serve $177( save $15!!) +$30 postage

For New Zealand : single serve $96+$45 postage (parcel post) double serve $177( save $15!!) +$45 postage

For USA + Canada: single serve AU$96+AU$60 (Airmail) double serve $177 (Save $15!!) +AU$60 

For UK,Europe, rest of the world: Single serve AU$96+AU$78 (airmail) Double serve $177 (Save $15!!) +AU$78

For Asia: Single serve AU$96+AU$57 (airmail) Double serve $177 (= Save $15!!!) +AU$57

Numbers are strictly limited ! Payment via direct deposit or credit card or paypal . Just PM or email me your details By the way: you don’t HAVE to knit socks if you don’t want to.. the hand dyed yarn is amazingly nice for scarves, cowls, beanies and even tops ! Anything goes Payment via direct deposit or credit card or paypal. Just PM or email me your details

IxCHeL Funky Bunny Batt Clubs Juy, August & September 2022


Here are all the details. Just pm me when you have any questions or want to be part of the funky bunny batt club Movement ;-) Welcome to the blingy dark side ;-D The subscription is for a period of three months and you will receive one special hand dyed funky bunny batt per month to the value of AU$40 or more . The batts will range in weight from 140grams to 170grams with luxury fibres like camel , angora, cashmere, silk, yak, llama even wallaby and bison, and rare breeds !!!! All the batts will be hand dyed and will be especially made for the members of IxCHeL funky bunny Club ! Every month you will receive a HUGE luxury funky bunny batt !

Sign up now and you will receive an IxCHeL Hand dyed , super luxurious funky bunny batt for Juy, August & September 2022



Price to join the IxCHeL Funky bunny for three months is :

For Australia : $114+$30 postage (parcel post)

For New Zealand : single serve $114+$45 postage (parcel post)

For USA + Canada: AU$114+AU$60 (Airmail)

For UK,Europe, rest of the world: AU$114+AU$78 (airmail)

For Asia: AU$114+AU$57 (airmail)

If you want to receive a fibre surprise every month then join the IXCHEL FUNKY BUNNY BATT CLUB now. Numbers are strictly limited !

Payment via direct deposit or credit card or paypal. Just PM or email me your details.



To become a member just email me on ixchelbunnyart at gmail dot com or message me on facebook or Instagram. More on how to order the clubs and anything from this update later in the blog in the section “how to order”




Princess Bride Tweed Yarn

Black Superfine Merino, Super soft Lambswool Tweed 4 ply yarn with little pops of colour

50+grams (+/-1.75Oz)    +/-  200meters      AU$16






Princess in Training






Inconceivable






As you Wish






True Love






Have Fun Storming the Castle



a gorgeous colourwork jumper with 
"have fun storming the castle" and "Kingfisher" mohair tweed yarn


To order: email or message me on facebook, Ravelry or Instagram, quoting the colourway and the quantity you would like, together with your postal address and I will get right back to you with all the payment details. Lock down or not: I am still working and mailing the parcels out fast as humanly possible :-)




IxCHeL Tweed Yarn  

Hand dyed


Super soft lambs wool 70% and Kid Mohair 30%

Spun singles, fingering or sock weight yarn

+/- 200meters/218yards

50grams      1.76oz

AU$18





Indigo  1 available






Jewels  2 available






 IxCHeL Tweed Yarn 


Super soft lambs wool 70% and Kid Mohair 30%

Spun singles, fingering or sock weight yarn

+/- 200meters/218yards

50grams      1.76oz

AU$16





Nephrite Jade 
 (A beautiful deep sage green colour with fun blue, lime and salmon speckles)



Grevillea +  
 A vibrant raspberry pink tweed with deep purple, lime and soft pink speckles)







Great Barrier Reef




Leafy Seadragon




Flying Fox




Airlie Beach




Sea Mist





Amethyst

Wattle
(A beautiful sunshine yellow that goes so well with the kookaburra the silver grey)



Kata Tjuta           BACK IN STOCK !!!
(an intense pure red that goes well with the Kookaburra and the Wattle and the Amethyst colourway and soooooo  many others)



Kookaburra
(a beautiful silver grey with ochre accents that complement the dingo colourway)



Dingo
( A beautiful warm honey ochre with pops of royal bluebell, kingfisher and kangaroo paw)





Dusky Grevillea
(a gorgeous raspberry base with pops of royal bluebell, flowering gum, grey and daintree)






Flowering Gum
( a gorgeous medieval warm red with bright red, kookaburra and fern forest accents)







Fern Forest
( a deep forest green with accents of bright red, dusky purple and daintree) )









Jacarandah 
( a fabulous deep purple with accents of royal bluebell, daintree, grevillea and kingfisher )







Wombat
( a fabulous deep walnut brown with accents of dingo and kookaburra)






Kangaroo Paw 
( a fabulous warm orange with accents of fern forest, royal bluebell and grevillea and dingo )





isn’t it gorgeous how the Kangaroo paw knits up?! )








Royal Bluebell 
( a deep blue with accents of flowering gum, kookaburra and fern forest )






Wallaby
( a warm light brown with accents of soft blue and kookaburra)







Daintree ( a soft green with accents of fern forest and dingo)







Kingfisher 
( a fabulous Turquoise blue with accents of fern forest, kangaroo paw, Jacaranda and Grevillea)





Landscape dyes




 100g tubs   AU$12
250 g tubs AU$27

Want to dye your own with easy to use acid dyes? I have been selling these Landscape dyes at my workshops and shows for a long time :  They are extremely easy to use and come in great shades.
Just contact me with the name of the colour you are after and I will get right back to you.




All my contact details are here:

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 week’s blog entry. 
Have a fun weekend !!!


How To Order:
1. You can email me on ixchelbunnyart at gmail dot com  or ixchelbunny at yahoo dot com dot au
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.



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 RABBIT ON !
((hugs))
Charly
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