Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Fiber Arts–Day 38

Today’s a first for me. Finally got up the nerve to spin 100% angora bunny fiber. I sheared 2 of my black French angora rabbits (don’t worry they’re being kept warm until they regrow enough fiber again) and then carded it. I used a short draft and learned that more time will need to be spent on fiber preparation.

The skein looks very similar to my very first skein of wool–thick and thin with different spinning angles but I’m rather pleased with the result. The lighter photo is before washing and the darker is immediately after washing. This is a small one ounce, approximately 50 yard skein so it will need to be an accent yarn in a project–maybe for the design in a Fair Isle pattern.

I have more of this raw fiber and now cannot wait to work with it some more. Several of my bunnies are ready for shearing when I get moving again so I hope to have time to get better spinning this wonderful fiber.

Immediately after plying
Washed skein (it will dry lighter)

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Fiber Arts–Day 29

green overdyed rose grey yarn
blue overdyed rose grey yarn
purple overdyed rose grey yarn

Pulled out the dye pots for some rose grey yarn that I had promised to dye. Originally I was going to do at least 2 colors per skein but the final decision was to try for a single, more solid color. This made it a bit easier because all of it could be done on the stove.

Knowledge from sorting fiber for myself and others comes in handy for dyeing this yarn. Rose grey is actually a mix of colors, whether on a single animal or in a production batch at a mill. If you de-construct a rose grey yarn, you will see this mix of colors–white, greys, browns and blacks. The best yarns for overdyeing are those with at least some lighter fibers in the mix to really let the color shine through. Overdyeing a deeper yarn gives a darker color. I like having some variety in my hand dyed yarns so am happier with the results using a lighter rose grey.

Any color chosen will be muted on a rose grey yarn so I usually choose a bright dye to get as rich a color as possible. Today it was sapphire blue, bright kelly green and electric violet. The richness of the yarn is exactly the result I was aiming for. What do you think?