Friday, May 29, 2009

Life down here on Earth

It all depends on perspective doesn't it? Sometimes being in a certain situation can prove to be very pleasant, but then something changes and all of a sudden that very nice pleasant situation becomes intollerable completely. Just imagine booking a luxury cruise....(Personally it's not my cuppa tea, being "locked in" on a boat with a whole bunch of strangers for a period of time and not being able to just "hop off"....but to each their So, here they are, all these people together on a boat having fun in a confined space, BUT -here's the catch- once they THINK their holiday is over and they can go home....OINK!...swineflu quarantine sets in and ...a whole new scenario starts. All of a sudden it's not a luxury holiday , it's a prison! what in my mind was a "kind of prison" in the first place, to them their whole perspective changed as soon as they found out they HAD to stay....weird? strange? human?...Life and perspective can play tricks on the mind and visa versa. Call me weird but I just love that...:) If you do too, read Albert Camus, Simone de Beauvoir, Sartre, Franz Kafka and look at the art of Dali for example....strange, absurd and mind blowing. Just like looking at the way you spin your yarn, thinking it is all out of whack and then all of a sudden you find it is the most gorgeous yarn you ever spun! Or seeing all of a sudden that something simple can become something wonderfully complex and interesting (see the magical Maya wrap featured in this weeks blog).
This whole thing about absurdity and perspective ofcourse all came about because of something happening here on the Ixchel fibre farm you may know I am always multitasking (too much Paul would say) so when I was running around feeding the bunnies, the chooks, grooming Cinderella, I had no clue that behind my back there were strange things happening: Jazz our "bunny dog" was mixing with the king parrots while they all had a party eating the wild bird seed in a bowl on the porch.
The King Parrots accepted Jazz into their fold as it were, while ALL of them were digging in the birdseed. At that same time, Popcorn our Golden haired angora bunny, somehow managed to hop out of his "day care run" and was intently looking at the whole scene and hopped to it! we had a dog, a bunny and king parrots all together!
Ofcourse I was just too late to get a picture of the whole scene (making a mental note here now: always carry a camera !). Then I looked around and there they were: Kookaburras watching my every move waiting for their piece of food probably.
It was all happening ! and then I am not even talking about our chooks...performing a steeplechase to catch a couple of grapes and slamming into an apple tree instead.... or trying to hatch something..well...unhatchable.... lol.
As usual I have been spinning and dyeing and weaving as well this week and I am offering you the following yummy fibres, yarns and handwoven garments and accessories. Just email me or pm me on (where I am ixchelbunny) if you want to adopt any of the new babies :)
Have a fun week ! See you next friday or on !
Hand dyed Angorino Tops (150-160g, AU$19)
Inspiration: the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia
Rosebud -sold-
Phillip Island
Peninsula Rainbow
Wilsons Prom
Hand dyed 2 ply Mulberry Peace silk (100g/Au$35) Great for lace knitting+weaving!
Barossa glow
Autumn Leaves -sold-
Hand spun and hand dyed 8ply Mulberry peace silk (50G/au$14)
(+/- 250-300m/100g, available +/-100g per colour, more for the natural..great for crochet as well ! If you are after a certain colour or colour combination: I custom spin and dye just for you !)
Autumn Leaves8ply
Seaweed 8ply
Marble dyed Mulberry Peace silk tops (50g/AU$23)
Dolphin swim
Grapevine Sunset
Hand spun and hand dyed Camelbunny & silk yarn (25g/$15)
Cyclamen Ocean (196 g available)
Wombat party (284 grams available)
Colour your spirit Headbands (AU$18)
Wear it as a scarf or a funky headband!
Summer time -sold-
Maya Wrap: the magical wearable art
you can wear in about 12 different ways! Fits size 6 to 26+ !
Touch Maya wrap (silk, angora, cashmere and bamboo, fancy yarn. AU$180)
just some examples on the many ways to wear a Maya wrap. Don't worry : they come with
Touch Maya wrap close up view of the weaving : a very funky spaced weave combination
Love Maya Wrap (silk, bamboo, cotton, superfine merino, cashmere bunny, gold thread. AU$180)
Love Maya wrap close up view of the weaving structure
If you would like to have a custom hand woven, hand spun or hand dyed Maya wrap in YOUR colours, just contact me and I will be more than happy to make you a unique beautiful Maya Wrap just for you ! You can see more Maya wrap styles, colours and close ups on (follow the set "Maya wraps").

Friday, May 22, 2009

Bunny Attitude

Eowin, the bunny who knows what she wants...
Bunnies are not that vocal: they do not howl, growl, miaow, bark or talk, however ..they do have a way of making clear what they want by...well, just showing you ! This morning when Paul was feeding the bunnies Eowin was not very happy with the fact that her breakfast did not contain her favourite ingredient: wild in one swoop, she lifted the foodbowl up with her teeth and swung it up in the air ! Looked at Paul with her typical gorgeous bunny eyes saying "Monsieur, I will not 'ave zis ....I want my birdseed...NOW!" at that same time the others seemed to think :" hey! that is a good idea, let's complain too !" thump thump thump....! Collective Bunny Attitude was born. So that just goes to show: All you need is one to speak their mind and presto, you can change anything....Mind you, that is when the ones in power are open to respond or even understand what you have "an attitude" about....but hey, when people are perceptive enough to understand animals' needs, you might think that people will be able to understand one another...? Talking about "needs" : I have been verrrry busy this week making yarns and hand dyeing some very nice tops for you to spin or felt with. I am extremely proud to announce a NEW product: Hand dyed PURE angora bunny tops !!!! yeah! I finally managed to get the angora tops the right "consistancy" to be dyed and they are gorgeous to work with ! Just open them up, predraft and it is like spinning butter....but Have fun stalking , drooling and snaffling for your next spin, knit or felt adventure ! As always, just Pm or email me if you want to give these new fibre babies a good home. Have FUN!

Hand dyed Angorino Tops
(17.5 micron merino 95%, 5$ angora bunny. 150-160g AU$19)

Argonauts -sold-

Leda -1 left-

Gaia -1left-

Hecate -sold-

Centaur -SOLD-

Narcissus SOLD
Angora Silk Yarn (hand spun and hand dyed AU$15/25g, 54 meters/25g)

Demeter (available 134g)

Hand dyed Mulberry Silk Peace Silk Tops (Marble dyed, AU$23/50+grams)




Mercury -1 left-

Hand dyed Camelbunny tops (AU$35/100g)

Desert Pea -SOLD-

Oasis -SOLD-

Hand spun & Hand dyed Camelbunny yarn (AU$14/25g, +/- 50meters/25g)

Vulcan (available 270g)

Neptune (available 208g)

Calliope (camelbunny & silk yarn) -sold-



Pure Angora Tops (hand dyed AU$20/50grams)



Bacchus -1 left-


Apollo -1 left-

Pegasus -1left-

Orpheus -sold-

Funky Bunny Batts
(angora bunny, super fine merino, lots of silk, soy, bamboo, angelina and glitz)

Midas (62g/AU$23) -sold-

Andromeda (84g/AU$27)

Midas Touch (68g/AU$24) -sold-

Psyche (64g/AU$23)

Fibre Club#2 Membership
If you want to receive a yummy hand dyed top great for spinning or felting every month then become a member of the Ixchelbunny Fibre club#2. Sign up now and you will receive an Ixchel Hand dyed special top in July, August and September! Price to join the Ixchel Fibre Club #2 and receive your special hand dyed top + surprise :)) for three months is AU$60 + postage (parcel post or airmail) so in short:
For Australia : $60+$12.60 postage (parcel post)
For USA + Canada: AU$60+AU$28 (Airmail)
For the UK & Europe: AU$60+AU$33 (airmail)
For Asia: AU$60+AU$24 (airmail).
If you want to receive a fibre surprise every month then join the IXCHEL FIBRE CLUB now. Numbers are strictly limited and to enroll you have until May 28! Payment via direct deposit or card. Just PM or email me your details and I will send you all the necesary information and payment details:))

Funky Bunny Batt Club #2
The subscription is for a period of three months and you will receive one funky bunny batt per month.All batts will be especially made for the members of Funky Bunny Batt Club ! Each Funky Bunny Batt will have luscious amounts of our organic English Angora Bunny in it combined with 15-18micron merino and loads of other fun and fine stuff like : our Australian Cashmere fibre and Australian Heritage mohair even YAK and Baby Camel and always a very special new fibre! and ofcourse there will be some bling added to it as well. Every Batt will weigh approximately 100grams(=3.6oz) and will have extra surprise additions that you can use to spin with or……hmmm…just enjoy while spinning :)) ! Sign up now and you will receive a Funky Bunny Batt in July, August and September !
Price to join the Funky Bunny Club #2 and receive your special Bunny Batt + surprise :)) for three months is AU$105 + postage (parcel post or airmail) so in short:
For Australia : $105+$12.60 postage (parcel post)
For USA + Canada: AU$105+AU$28 (Airmail)
For the UK & Europe: AU$105+AU$33 (airmail)
For Asia: AU$105+AU$24 (airmail)

If you want to be surprised every month with a super luscious luxuriously SOFT Funky Bunny Batt, then join the FUNKY BUNNY BATT CLUB now. Numbers are strictly limited due to the labour intensity of making the batts and the rarity of the fibres used! Payment via direct deposit or card. Just PM or email me your details and be part of the Funky Bunny Experience :))