Monday, July 28, 2008

Bunny market events!

Jasmine, a red eyed white English Angora, with two of her kits, who just opened their eyes and are happy hopping around, exploring the world..
Jazz, our "bunny dog" in Australian snow in the Yarra Valley...she was surprised ! as you can see..

Yesterday I braved the cold, windy and wet weather in Melbourne and worked at the Arts Centre Market at Southbank again (stall nr 34): getting up at 5 am is not exactly fun in winter I can tell you ! It was fun however to see so many of you fibre fanatics out there cuddling my handspun yarns and hand dyed fibres: I feel that it is always at least 10 degrees warmer at my stall because of Thanks to Margaret who showed me her baby booties made from ixchel angora yarn called "Rainbow" a yummy happy mix of colours. We agreed that although the booties would not fit either of us , they would just look great on her table , ready to be stroked, fondled and hugged....ofcourse the baby would not agree....Unfortunately I am not in posession of a mobile phone that takes photos so I cannot show you any pics of the booties, but I can show you the of the booties will be sent to me later and I will share their yumminess with all of you!.

I was one of the lucky ones to see the fab "Peleton socks" of Ozknitter yesterday at the market, and I am sure that she will post them on Ravelry soon: they are just incredible! Can't wait to see the knitted up Australian Frilled Lizard Sock kit that she bought from me yesterday ! Have fun Ozknitter!

The Australian Frilled lizard socks are made of 5% angora and 95% merino 18micron, hand dyed first and then hand spun as an energized single so you get this fantastic slanting energized sock!: your feet will never get tired I knitted the socks on 5 dpn instead of 4, just to make it that little bit more easy to handle. The heel is great fun to tackle as well!

Better get back to spinning some more fluffy angora and get warm! Colour your spirit and have fun!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Ixchelbunny is hopping around on Ravelry !

"WOW ! so much hopping so little time!"

There is a whole new world opening up for me and WOW is it mind blowing. Mandie EGMTK was not kidding: Ravelry is an amazing site and if I somehow get out of this IT-chaos I am in at the moment (please know that I am extremely geographically embarrassed and now I can add IT-embarrassed to that list as well...hey...but I am learning! FAST! ) I am happy to say that I now belong to one group already (EGMTK at Ravelry) and will say that that nr will defenitely grow to a double digit nr soon...if I can find my way around the HUGE Ravelry community! I would love to start the Ixchel Bunny group for all fluffy fibre and bunny fans out there, loving to know all about our bunnies and their antics, bunny spinning, bunny weaving and lots lots more. Don't have a clue how to start a group though or to search for friends yet, but ..gimme time...(advice is welcome

Angora Flower wrap

The picture above is a flower wrap that I have knitted , made from handspun angora yarn with a little gold bling. I can make the angora wrap knit kit for you in any colour that you like , just let me know and I will spin and dye it for you ! The pattern is very easy and shows flowers that diagonally shift using just 7 row repeats ! If you now how to knit, purl, yo and knit together it is EASY!

Every wrap needs the donation of at least two angora bunny haircurts, so if you had one bunny you would need to save up their hair for about half a year! The two bunnies that donated their coat were Cindy short for Cinderella (actually a buck , but I managed to sex him/her wrong at 5 weeks and the name doesn't mind that much....yet) and Mickey a smoke grey beautiful angora buck who is so sweet but has a natural tendency to get himself into trouble...:-)

Cinderella , the Angora Buck with attitude

(favourite song: Johnny Cash-"a boy named Sue")

Mickey at 3 weeks !a very nosey bunny and super sweet!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Finally Blogging!

Okay, I finally did it-I am blogging ! i am now in the 21st century ! lol

Bendigo Show News!

For all of you fibre fanatics, Ravelry members and knitting and spinning fans I am posting some photos of our stall at the Bendigo Sheep and wool show this year. It was a Fabulous experience as always and if you are ever able to get there when the show is on please do! it is full of fibre-holics and fluffy animals to pat and look at! Not to mention the awesome number of likeminded fibre nuts ! This year it was the first year that the Ravelry community flooded the show on the Friday and Saturday and it was great to talk to so many of you..I wish that the show would be on for longer because there are just not enough hours in those three days !

At the Bendigo show: Ixchel Handspun angora Yarn and fibre to spin and felt with

At tyhe Bendigo show: Ixchel hand dyed angora/merino braids: great for spinning and felting!

At The Bendigo show: Ixchel handspun and dyed bamboo, cashmere/merino and funky merino yarns

Ixchel handspun and hand dyed Peace silk yarn and fibre

Our entry in the fashion parade with our very fluffy Angora Ruana that you can wear in lots of different ways

Another one of our entries at the Bendigo show: our handwoven Maya wrap that you can wear in about 12 different fun ways. This one was handspun alpaca, angora and cashmere with some funky gold yarn to add some bling!

I am still recuperating from the Bendigo Sheep and wool show last weekend , but I couldn't help myself and just had to spin some angora bunny and make a funky Snowbunny bonnet..

The Angora Bunny Bonnet is made from handspun, hand dyed yarn from our English Angora Bunny Jasmine(a red eyed white) & Frodo (smoke grey)Just letting you know by the way, that we give the bunnies a haircut every three months and groom them every two days. and since we are an all pesticide free and organic fibre farm all our animals are happy hopping and jumping around! I will post some more info soon.

Yes, finally our website is on the way: is coming soon ! keep checking this blog for more info!

Anyway, This blogging is really addictive.... I have so much to tell .......aaargh , but: I will be at the Arts Centre market every Sunday from now on as well and you are very welcome to cuddle some skeins, braids, fluffy bunny hats and more....even

Better get spinning again for the next project! Have fun and remember: Colour your spirit with fluffy yarn!

Charly McCafferty aka Ixchel Bunny