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)

Spinning Classes with Linda Bauer come to the farm

We are very excited to have Linda Bauer from Bauer Family Farms teaching spinning, both drop spindle and at the wheel here at the farm. She is a masterful spinnner and works hard at her craft. Spinning daily has helped her develop techniques to produce exquisite yarns. She has used some of our hand-dyed rovings and created incredible yarn that exceeds the beauty of the roving!!

From drop spindle spinning to using a wheel, she is a great teacher of both technique and artistry. The drop spindle and beginning wheel spinning classes are on July 10th and the Intermediate class for Color Manipulation in Spinning is on
July 24th. More details are available in the Events section of our website.

If you have wanted to try spinning, we hope to see you in July.