There was a lot going on this week: lots of custom spinning needed to be done so I was “chained” to my wheel most of the time with no hands free to be on social media much. I read a lot while spinning, watched some movies and tried to make sense of the world news and that was about it.
I finally managed to post some photos on Instagram and facebook today so you can see what I have been up to. Apart from the custom spinning there was a lot of dyeing as well, so in between being chained to the wheel and the dye room , that was about it for me.
I was ecstatic about the August club being finished and some have already spun their fibre into yarn!! I will post photos of the August Clubs tomorrow on my Instagram and facebook, so keep an eye out ! I loved the blend I prepared for the club and I found myself having a bit of left over fluff which I am happy to share with you today. I only have a little bit!! Also: New blend!!!!Machu Picchu blend with amazingly soft superfine Merino with alpaca, mulberry silk ! It feels and spins like a cloud , a dream blend for sure. So, without letting you wait longer!! Here are the two offerings for this week ! Have a fantastic weekend, stay safe and have lots of fun spinning and creating !
IxCHeL Ouessant Silk Blend Tops
Ouessant Sheep, Blue Faced Leicester Sheep and Mulberry Silk
+/- 100grams AU$25
There is only a very very VERY limited supply!!
Located 12 miles off the French coast in the Sea of Iroise, the island of Ouessant (or Ushant in English) is the original homeland of Ouessant Sheep.
Ouessant sheep are the most primitive of the native French breeds. For centuries, they were raised in isolation on the island where they played an integral part of the self-sufficient closed economy, providing both wool and meat.
By the end of the 18th century there were over 6,000 sheep on the island of Ouessant. But economic improvements along with a move toward modernization at the beginning of the 19th century radically changed the future prospects of this small primitive breed.
Fortunately, in the late 1800s and early 1900s, a number of wealthy families imported small numbers of traditional Ouessant sheep to the French mainland to graze the lands around their estates. Ultimately, this seemingly insignificant event insured the survival of the breed. Today, Ouessant sheep are sought after both as companion animals and as “environmentally-friendly lawn mowers”.
They have also gained a certain amount of popularity in several different European countries : Most notably Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and Great Britain.
A member of the Northern European Short-Tailed breeds, Ouessant sheep are distant cousins of the Shetland and Icelandic breeds. The two most distinctive features of Ouessant sheep are their size and their color. Considered by many to be the smallest breed of sheep in the world, adult ewes measure less than 18″ (46cm) at the shoulders and rams are under 20″ (50cm). Additionally, Ouessant sheep come in a number of different colors : Including black, white, brown, and grey. It is true that the small size of Ouessant sheep contributes to the breed’s characteristic charm and appeal. However, their diminutive size also means that the breed is not commercially viable in the modern world of agricultural production. In fact, one of the primary objectives for breeding Ouessant sheep today is the preservation and conservation of the rare genetic resources that are found in the breed.
Despite their small size, these charming little sheep produce a particularly beautiful and versatile wool. Ouessant sheep have a distinctive double-coated fleece with an average fiber diameter of 25 microns and, on average, fleeces weigh approximately 750 grams (1.5 lbs.). It is important to keep in mind that Ouessant sheep are an unimproved breed, which means that from one sheep to another there is less standardization and more variability in wool type and quality than one would normally find in modern improved breeds. For the handspinner, this variation presents a unique opportunity : From one small flock of Ouessant sheep it is possible to produce wool that can be used for a wide variety of projects, ranging from lace shawls to hats, cardigans, and even rugs.
I have taken great care to only select the finest of the Ouessant fibre and blending that with the shiny Blue faced Leicester and mulberry silk to create a beautiful heathered effect when dyed.
IxCHeL Machu Picchu Tops
Superfine 19 micron Merino , Soft fine Alpaca and Mulberry Silk
+/- 100grams AU$25
IxCHeL club sign ups for October-November-December are open !
Here are some photos of the previous clubs. I will be posting the july and august club photos this weekend on instagram and facebook !
Note to all International club members:
All international club parcels are now being shipped with tracking and expedited.
There is an option if you want all three of your clubs to be shipped together to save on shipping cost: Just ask me for a postage quote !
IxCHeL Fibre Club October, November and December 2020
For New Zealand : single serve $78+$45 postage (parcel post) double serve $150(save $6) +$45 postage
The IxCHeL Yarn Clubs July, October, November and December 2020
For New Zealand : single serve $96+$45 postage (parcel post) double serve $177( save $15!!) +$45 postage
For USA + Canada: single serve AU$96+AU$60 (Airmail) double serve $177 (Save $15!!) +AU$60
IxCHeL Funky Bunny Batt Clubs July, October, November and December 2020
For New Zealand : single serve $114+$45 postage (parcel post)
For USA + Canada: AU$114+AU$60 (Airmail)
IxCHeL Tweed fingering weight yarn
Spun singles, fingering or sock weight yarn
(A beautiful sunshine yellow that goes so well with the kookaburra the silver grey)
(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)
( a gorgeous medieval warm red with bright red, kookaburra and fern forest accents)
( 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)
( a fabulous warm orange with accents of fern forest, royal bluebell and grevillea and dingo )
( a deep blue with accents of flowering gum, kookaburra and fern forest )
( a warm light brown with accents of soft blue and kookaburra)
( a fabulous Turquoise blue with accents of fern forest, kangaroo paw, Jacaranda and Grevillea)
250 g tubs AU$27
Have a fun weekend !!!
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