I’v been away again, but this time I had a very good reason. My tiny household has grown with two more little fuzzballs. I adopted two baby angora bunnies (well.. they’re dwarfs, so I guess you’d say one of them is like a Teddy Widder and the other one is like a a cross between a Teddy Widder and a Jersey Woolley). I’m not sure if that’s entirely correct though. I’m not sure if those other bunnies produce angora wool, but these two bunnies do.
At the moment they’re 9 weeks old and tiny (but verrry hairy). I named the floppy white one Bam and the other one Zuzu. They say that little rabbits only need 1 square meter, but I find that a bit too small. They’re very active and hopping around constantly. It’s a real treat to watch them hop about and have these wild moments.
The cats like them as well, but they keep their distance. They like to watch, but so far I haven’t seen anything that gave me cause for worry. Potty training them has been a lot of fun as well! No pee anywhere! Just a few random pellets that failed to end up in the potty. No big deal
Next week (at 10 weeks old) they’re ready for their first haircut. I’ve come to understand that babyhair isn’t really useful, but I’m still both excited and horrified at the thought of clipping them next week. I’ve been brushing them daily and it’s become less of a battle every day. I’ve kept it very playful, but some poop got stuck under their feet and I had to cut it away. Let’s just say that they weren’t very happy with me that day
I had told the breeder that I’d like to spin the fiber, so she gave me a very large bag of old clippings from her angora’s. There’s a lot of different colors in there and it all feels so incredibly soft! I’ve tried spinning some and I’ve tried blending some of it with some BFL I had. I also ordered some black and gray alpaca to use for blending. I also tried spinning some pure 100% angora. It’s so incredibly soft! It doesn’t have much memory, but it’s very drapey. I might use it for a shawl or scarf, but I think I’d still ply it with some silk or something else.
The whole angora spinning brought me back to spinning on my russian spindle. I really love the spindle, but there’s one (rather big) drawback. The wooden tip causes a little too much friction, so when the cop is building up, my fingers start to hurt. I’m a bit paranoid when it comes to my fingers and wrists because most of my family has had surgery on their hands/ wrists. I guess it’s a family defect, but we all tend to lean towards carpal tunnel syndrome, and I’m extremely paranoid when I feel any strain at all. On the other hand it’s not really a way to live. For example: I don’t use screwdrivers because it puts a lot of strain on my wrists. So for every little thing I pull out the drill. Again. Paranoid. I know.
Anyway, I found out that one of the ladies in one of the Dutch spinning groups on Ravelry makes spindles with glass tips. I fell in love with one, and before I knew it the postman rang
She sent me a merino/ silk/ firestar as well (which I totally did not expect) and I’ve been blissfully spinning away. Don’t you just love the colors? I love blue
Something else (also blue) is the lazy lopi KAL I joined by Penelope Craft. Pick a sweater pattern, pick a color (obviously Lopi), and be done somewhere in the end of October. I’m knitting a Spruce Cove Pullover for my BIL, and he’s chosen blue. He was looking for something warm, and I’m not sure if anything gets warmer than wool from Iceland. Knitting Lopi is very nice because my hands stay warm while knitting.
I really don’t think I’ll need that much time. I honestly think this sweater will b e done by the end of this week. Netflix and knitting go well together!