Friday, April 3, 2020

Yellow Brick road



I bet no one, NO ONE, would have thought that 2020 would turn out to be like this ! There have been enemies of the people galore, most of them highly visible and political , you know, invading countries, starting wars and all of that terrible dictator stuff. The thing is, you can see that coming. Granted, a lot of people did not see a lot of the second world war coming, but hey, there were signs and you could actually sense them, see them. Later on, with all the horror movies, even the exorcist ones, you could SEE the enemy. I mean, watch out for the girl who could rotate her head 360 degrees right? Zombies/ No worries ! I got them covered: just get my crossbow or my super sharp katana knife and I am right beside you , cutting the heads off together with Michonne (from the tv series “walking dead”) to save the human race; asteroid coming? No worries!!! We got NASA and all the nuclear fire power in the world to destroy those big bastards out there. And then there is this…..tiny, tiny molecules and viruses we cannot see with our eyes. Invisible enemies. And that is just what makes everything that much scarier. These times are life changing and yes, scary !

When I was studying medical anthropology back in the “80s, there were some scary times as well: lots of my friends were dying of AIDS, another enemy that we could not see. And I was thinking of doing research as a young scientist in that field, trying to do whatever I could to help. I was discouraged and was told there was a lot more help needed with virology and malaria, only to recognose years later that everything is connected. There is no such thing as an isolated pandemic. We are all so connected. The whole planet, animals and us humans. Whatever we do..whatever footprint we leave, whatever natural resource we inhabit and influence, we will have to adjust and also bear the grunt of biology. Every interaction we have with anything has an effect. It is really important asking yourself the big ZEN question <”if a tree falls in the forest and no one is there, has it really fallen?” YES! It has….we may not realise how much we have influenced everything, but every little thing we do will make a difference. /> Now more than anytime, we have to realise every step we take, every breath we take (not to quote the famous Police song ..lol) matters ! Now more than anytime, we need to realise that we have to protect the most vulnerable in our society, to be there for our fellow human beings and that everything is so, so fragile ! What do you cherish the most? What do you need to keep sane? What do you need to survive> All of these questions are so important and at the same time very clear at the moment!
We need communication, we need care, we need family, we need love, we need facts, we need music, we need creativity…no matter how you quantify creativity whether it be writing your thoughts down or painting or knitting or making music: this is the time you will know what touches your soul and what makes you happy. That, at least, is something to be grateful for.

I dread looking at the statistics if the Covid-19 cases, I dread looking at the suffering and the deaths that happen every single day all over the world. Numbers. Statistics, and every single number is a human being. Think about that ! it is a life. They are memories, love, possibilities, dreams, so many things lost and so many dreams still holding on!

I know it is such a hard time for so many of us. Loss of a job, loss of loved ones, loss of connection. At times like these, we need to realize that we are all in this together, that we are loved. That we are not alone! That we can survive only by caring and feeling responsible for each other.

Listen to your heart. Do not give into fear ! Do the right thing! Stay home as much as you can, stay in touch as much as you can.

and..knit !  there is a wonderful #whimsikal going at the moment with a gorgeous pattern from Domique trad (search whimsikal on ravelry) that you can knit with some of my IxChel tweed yarns. If you would like to see all  the colours available, and there are many, have a look at my flickr photo stream here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ixchelbunny/albums/72157708849993332


If there is anything I can do, message me. If you feel you want to chat or need help, anything..let me or your friends know! You are never alone. Make time for something special: Hug your fibre, hug your yarn, hug your knitting! You can rest assured that everything from our little fibre farm is carefully produced, blended, dyed and packed in house by yours truly. Everything delivered to your door and everything is made with love.


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, Stay safe, Smile and keep crafting !!!


Super fine Merino Tencel Silk Tops

Hand dyed with love


 Ingredients: Merino, Tencel, Silk Fibres


100+grams (+/-3.5Oz); AU$24


Natural

Rose

Mood Indigo

Butterfly saved my life tonight

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road



Lilac Dreaming


Unicorn Rainbow



Wuthering Heights



Back to the Neon ‘80s




Sorry seems to be the hardest word
(dyed with elderberry)


True Love




Rocket Man




Candle in the Wind





To order: email or message me on facebook 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.


Woad, Japanese Indigo and True Indigo Dye seed packs

At the moment I have three dye seeds available: 
Woad, Japanese Indigo and True Indigo. 
Please note that due to quarantine restrictions I have been advised not to ship to Western Australia, Tasmania or overseas.

Woad seed packs are $7 

True Indigo and Japanese Indigo seeds are $8 

both come with planting instructions and a recipe to make your own dye bath!



beautiful woad plants getting bigger !




True indigo



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”

IxCHeL Aran Tweed Yarn

I have two colourways available at the moment: Both with the most colourful speckles and pops of colour you can think of and both in pure wool, spun with lots of love


50 grams AU$16 , appr 80 meters per skein.




IxCHeL Aran Tweed Coral Sea








IxCHeL Aran weight Tweed Coral Sea with bright pops of colour


IxCHeL Aran Tweed Coral Sea 






IxCHeL Aran Tweed Opal








IxCHeL Aran weight Tweed Opal  with bright pops of colour









IxCHeL Tweed fingering weight yarn

Super soft lambswool 70% and Kid Mohair 30%

Spun singles, fingering or sock weight yarn

+/- 200meters/218yards

50grams      1.76oz

AU$16

NEW Colours !!!





Leafy Seadragon




Flying Fox




Airlie Beach




Sea Mist





Amethyst
Great Barrier reef


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



Kata Tjuta
(an intense pure red that goes well with the Kookaburra and the Wattle and the Amethyst colourway and soooooomany 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)





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$11 
250 g tubs AU$26

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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