Friday, March 20, 2020

Snuggle up time !



Another roller coaster ride of a week. It appears that all my fibre and yarns shows until early July have been cancelled, the Bendigo sheep show in July and the Black and Coloured sheep show in September are taking a “wait and see” attitude…so everything is pretty much up in the air.

 Listening to the news it is hard not to draw parallels with the Spanish Flue epidemic a century ago. So many people sick, in hospital , infected and far too many have already died from this virus. Governments are taking very harsh but necessary measures: closed shows, shops, being asked to do “social distancing” (a new thing that will definitely go in the most widely spread word use in the dictionary of 2020), shops are closing, shopping centres are ghost towns and most of us are asked to stay home or self isolate. The upheaval is huge and in times like these it is normal that there are extraordinary acts of hoarding and negative behavior just as much as there are extraordinary acts of kindness.

Here at the farm everybody is doing pretty okay. We are isolated at the best of times so in a way there is not much of a difference in life style for me, except for the fact that our farm income has almost totally come to a standstill with no markets at all. Our pantry is full though and we are preety self sustainable apart from the usual bills but I am totally aware though that for so many, the current measures are a total life style change and a way to live.
Please stay safe, please take care of one another and try and stay calm. Here’s where your hobbies come into play: there has never been a time to explore either new ways of creating or envelop yourself in your knitting or crocheting or weaving or embroidery. Focusing on creating something with your hands gives a little peace, a time to breathe, a time to stand still and not worry. There is no point in worrying: it only makes your stress levels rise and you know what? It doesn’t help.

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 and there, my friends, is where todays blog update and the fluffiness I have Prepared for you, comes in : Bunny Bison Bliss tops! And Of course the club sign ups and the tweed yarns are also available. Everything delivered to your door and made with love.

American Bison mean a lot to me. They hold such stories and history that for me, as one with Native American roots, means something very special. Enormous herds of bison once occupied the American Great Plains, and were critically important to Native American Plains tribes as sources of meat, hides, horn, bone and sinew. American Bison were hunted close to extinction by white settlers and the American military during the western migration, but they were given protected status and the population rebounded in the second half of the 20th century.

There are now substantial populations living in the United States and Canada; all the wild-ranging herds are found in state, provincial and national parks. In addition, there are several herds owned by private farmers and even some in Australia !



socialising with the Bison (Dungong Farm NSW)

As a spinner and weaver I love to play and experiment with all sorts of fibres and the Bison being so close to my heart and heritage, I could not resist to try and design a blend that would not only do it justice but also excel in its beauty, handle and all over amazing way to spin and use in our fibre art.

Bunny Bison Bliss tops have the following ingredients: Superfine 17micron merino, angora bunny , Bison, Baby Camel, cashmere and tencel. It spins like a dream!

I have managed to spin so fine on my Tibetan Spindle with that blend that it is finer than sewing thread! More importantly, the tops are extremely easy to draft even without pre drafting : it is like butter in your hands so to speak. It holds together beautifully while still open and super super soft. Especially when spinning with a support spindle it is very important to have a very fluffy open easy to draft top to work with.

I found that spinning on the support spindles that I prefer to spin with batts or fauxlags. Well, that time has definitely gone! I LOVE spinning with the Bunny Bison Bliss tops! Try it and you will never ever look back. This week I have the natural beauty of the bunny bison bliss tops on offer and some hand dyed bunny bison bliss tops as well.

”I was here before you”…

Here are some photos of some gorgeous Bison
a Bison pair

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 !!!

BUNNY BISON BLISS tops Natural  

A wonderful magical blend of Superfine 17micron merino (50%), angora bunny (10%), Bison (15%) Baby Camel (10%) cashmere (5%) and tencel (10%).
50grams+ (+/- 1.75oz) AU$19
Bunny Bison Bliss Tops

Bunny Bison Bliss Tops

Bunny Bison Bliss Tops


bunny Bison Bliss tops braided up



Bunny Bison Bliss tops close up


Bunny Bison Bliss Tops

Hand dyed with love
A supersoft epic magical top and an exclusive to the IxCHeL Fibre Farm!

50+grams (+/-1.75Oz); AU$19
Unicorn Happy Pill

Starry Night

Mood Indigo 

Sunny Day

Rose

Misty Heather
Ghost in the Machine

Forest Fairytale

Elderberry Bliss


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



IxCHeL Club Sign ups for the SECOND trimester of 2020 !! are OPEN UNTIL MARCH 31ST !!!


 Here is an overview of all the "Art Journey" themed clubs shipped out to all the members in 2019 and 2020.


Teasers of the latest clubs are always be posted on my Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, so follow me there as well: I am ixchelbunny

 If you would like to join for the next round just PM me.



IxCHeL Clubs 2019







March Yarn Club



March Fibre Club



March Batt Club



April Fibre Club




April yarn Club




April Batt Club




June Batt, yarn and fibre Club




July Fibre Club




July Yarn Club




July Batt Club




August Fibre Club




August Yarn Club




August Batt Club




September Fibre Club




September Yarn Club




September Batt Club




October Fibre Club




October Yarn Club




October Batt Club



November Fibre Club




November Yarn Club




November Batt Club



December Fibre Club




December Yarn Club




December Batt Club


IxCHeL Clubs 2020


January 2020 Fibre Club




January Yarn Club




January 2020 Batt Club



February 2020 Fibre Club




February Yarn Club




February 2020 Batt Club


IxCHeL Fibre Club April, May and June 2020


The subscription is for a period of three months and you will receive one special hand dyed top/roving per month to the value of +/- AU$25
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 #43 and receive your special hand dyed top :)) for three months (April, May and June 2020) is AU$75 + postage (parcel post or airmail). AND there are good value double and triple serves available !!!

For Australia : single serve $75+$30 postage (parcel post), double serve $144+$30 (save $6) or triple serves $215 (save $9!) + postage 

For New Zealand : single serve $90+$39 postage (parcel post) double serve $165( save $15!!) +$39 postage

For USA + Canada: single serve AU$75+AU$57 (Airmail) double serve AU$144+AU$57; triple serve $215 (save $9) + postage

For UK,Europe, rest of the world: Single serve AU$75+AU$69 (airmail) Double serve AU$144+AU$69; triple serve $215 (save $9) + postage

 For Asia: Single serve AU$75+AU$50 (airmail) Double serve AU$144+AU$50; triple serves $215 (save $9) + postage 

If you want to receive a fibre surprise every month then join the IXCHEL FIBRE CLUB #43 now. Numbers are strictly limited ! The April 2020 Club is going to be shipped out end of April, the May club mid May and the June club early June. Payment via direct deposit or credit card or paypal. Just PM or email me your details. 

 The IxCHeL Yarn Clubs April, May and June 2020


Every month for three months (January, February and March 2020) 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 sockweight yarn (a 4ply/fingering weight yarn) or an 8ply / DK weight enough to make a pair of socks ; 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 $90+$30 postage (parcel post) double serve $165( save $15!!) +$30 postage

For New Zealand : single serve $90+$39 postage (parcel post) double serve $165( save $15!!) +$39 postage

For USA + Canada: single serve AU$90+AU$57 (Airmail) double serve $165 (Save $15!!) +AU$57 

For UK,Europe, rest of the world: Single serve AU$90+AU$69 (airmail) Double serve $165 (Save $15!!) +AU$69 

For Asia: Single serve AU$90+AU$50 (airmail) Double serve $165 (= Save $15!!!) +AU$50 

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 . The April 2020 Club is going to be shipped out end of April, the May club mid May and the June club early June. Payment via direct deposit or credit card or paypal. Just PM or email me your details

IxCHeL Funky Bunny Batt Clubs April, May and June 2020


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 sheep 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 April, May and June 2020

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

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

For New Zealand : single serve $90+$39 postage (parcel post) double serve $165( save $15!!) +$39 postage

For USA + Canada: AU$114+AU$57 (Airmail) 

For UK,Europe, rest of the world: AU$114+AU$69 (airmail) 

For Asia: AU$114+AU$50 (airmail) 

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

The April 2020 Club is going to be shipped out end of April, the May club mid May and the June club early June. 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”

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.



Dates to put in your Calendar


keep your eyes out for any news on the 

ixchelbunny Instagram feed and the IxCHeL facebook page!!






 RABBIT ON !
((hugs))
Charly
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