Friday, April 10, 2020

Happiness and Naked Easter Bunnies

How things have changed! A decade ago I was clipping a bunny at a local spinners and weavers guild, showing them how a naked angora bunny looked and that it just needs a bit of a gentle haircut and nothing more to get their beautiful fibre;  now, all shows are cancelled and we all have to stay home.

I was dyeing up a storm preparing for the handknitters guild show in May, spinning lots and lots of angora yarns and running around like an energizer bunny trying to get all the things done. I am still running around like an energizer bunny but I have to say, it is with a lot less focus.

I don’t know about you, but I am kind of “event Focused” , you know, the kind of person who knows there is an exam coming up and I have to be ready to take that test and I will do everything in my power to be as best as I possibly can (yes, I am that nerd)…

What to do when there’s no exam aka wool or yarn shows? I’m in a bit of a limbo. It is like somebody has pulled the rug from under me, took all the goal posts away and left me standing there in the middle of the field not knowing where I have to kick the ball or even IF I should kick a ball at all ! So…I had a serious discussion with myself and said “Keep doing what you do! Keep at it! Keep spinning! Keep Dyeing. Make your own goal posts”. So here I am, every Friday, like clock work , still doing my stuff and writing out my thoughts and soul searchings I guess. I have been super busy doing lots of custom orders and spinning !! Yes! Because I wanted to offer you something special this Easter. So today I am offering you fresh, happy angora bunny fibres ( I am still working as a bunny hairdresser !) and some very super soft handspun Bunny Mink Yarns with an amazing halo.

A lot of people are stuck at home now and going a bit stir crazy with cabin fever. I could say, don’t sweat it, stay safe and enjoy doing some crafts or reading, but I know that is easier said than done. I know, and this is me , a professional introvert crafty hermit, a person who has absolutely no problem being cooped up inside not seeing anybody than my family and my animals most of the time. I know I am not normal in that It always reminds me of a geography assignment I had to do in high school where we had to write down where we went over the weekend and what we had done, so we could track our movements all over the map.
 No kidding I made things up to have SOMETHING on the map and even then my teacher had the audacity to call me out in class for the fact  that I didn’t have that much tracking on my map. If only he knew that there was no tracking at all and in reality I had stayed home, reading, weaving and playing music.   So yeah, I feel like I have been preparing for this Covid 19 isolation all my life !

Saying that, I totally get it that normal people like you are doing it tough and crave going out, miss the night life and seeing friends in the flesh… I feel your pain.

This will not last forever, but it will be for at least another few months if not 6 months. And I do believe that this whole pandemic will change the way not only we will behave and think for a long time after we can all go out and socialize again.
I wonder if hugging will ever be allowed again.
If the toilet paper fetish will ever go away.
If we all become forever obsessed with handwashing and sanitizing every part of our lives.
Or, will we feel free to say “hey, I am going to jump in that mud puddle again and I don’t care” 

Whatever happens, I hope for one thing and one thing only: that we learn to care about other people even more, we try and help each other in times of need. There are no borders, no matter how high we build that wall, there is no way you can hold back biology and nature.

At the end of the day, there is no certainty other than the love and care that we can give to one another in times of panic and disaster. We have to have hope that THAT will be what we learn from all of this. To stay safe means also to take care of others, because alone, just by ourselves, the world is a lonely place.
Stay safe, stay connected and do not forget to have fun !
We are inventive enough ! and this time will teach us that there are lots of alternative ways to connect, to stay informed, to learn, to care and to do live our lives.

Here’s this weeks update . Lots of bunnies got naked especially for you. Email me , message me on facebook, Instagram or on Ravelry if you want to spin or felt some of these amazing English angora bunny fibres and knit with some amazing out of this world Bunny Mink Yarns.

Happy Easter!

English Angora Bunny Fibre

Straight from the bunny ! This is fibre from our English Angora Rabbits in a gorgeous pearly white.

super fine fibre, 9 - 10micron!

25grams AU$12

Pure White Angora Bunny Fibre

Bunny Mink Handspun and hand dyed Yarn

Hand spun and dyed with love

 Ingredients: Angora Bunny, Long haired (rescue)Mink fibres

50+grams (+/-1.75oz); 300 meters/328 yards (appr lace weight, 3 ply weight yarn) 



Supernatural Journey -1 left-

Velvet -1left-

Unicorn Rainbow-2 left-

Rainforest Fantasy-sold-

Diamonds on the soles of her shoes-2left-

Pink Punk Party-2 left-


Crazy Love Part 1 and part 2 (from L to R) -part 1, 1 left, part2 sold-

Gumboots on a hOliday-sold-

The Hulk-sold-

Starry Night-sold-

I know what I know-1left-

Autumn Leaves1 left

Darkness (dyed with Acorns) 1 left

Walnuts and Acorns 1 left

Hot Chilli 1 left

Graceland 1 left

Lime Paradise 1 left

Prima Ballerina 1 left

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.

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


NEW Colours !!!

Leafy Seadragon

Flying Fox

Airlie Beach

Sea Mist

Great Barrier reef

(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)

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

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

(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) )

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

( 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 )

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

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

( 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  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!!


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