It all started when I bought two English Angora rabbit sisters so I could have my own fiber source and some very cute pets. I named them "Lilly" and "Lucy" after Lilly Tomlin and Lucille Ball. Six weeks later we had to change Lilly's name to Billy when Lucy had a litter of babies in the middle of the night.! I now have enough angora fiber to share the wealth, and then some :)
I have since expanded my blended offerings to put my drum carder to good use, and started making all kinds of interesting blends using both color and texture. The English Angora is still my favorite fiber though,; the softness just can't be beat!
I have introduced the bunnies and talk a lot about their antics on my blog at http://abbiesangoraart.wordpress.com/ They are all unique characters, and my family and I are deeply in love with all of them. Please join us there and enjoy them too!
All proceeds from this shop will be either going back into the shop or spent on rabbit care.
The shop is smoke free/ pet free but my home is a zoo!
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This is a picture of Billy one of my English Angora rabbits. He was supposed to be a she, and well, now here we are selling angora batts. LOL
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Additional policies and FAQs
I have done my best to take accurate pictures with accurate colors. Please know though that monitors and their settings vary.
All weights are approximate. I do use a digital scale, however weights can be effected by humidity levels, etc.
The average size batt that I make is approximately 15" wide by 32" inches long unstretched.
Unless otherwise stated the wool I use is a blend of Rambouillet, Corriedale, and Columbian sheep all with a micron count. in the mid 20's. It is very soft, very merino like, but a little more durable in my opinion.
Unless otherwise stated:
The superwash Merino that I use has a micron count of 20.6.
The Merino I use has a micron count of 21.5
The silk I use is mullberry
The bamboo I use is viscose.
Odors: The dyeing process is smelly business. Dyeing can make the fiber smell slightly chemical-ly or like cooked vinegar. I rinse the fiber and air it out the best I can but sometimes the smell can linger until the fiber is spun and washed.
What are the advantages of spinning batts?
Spinning batts are my favorite preparation to spin! There are a few reasons for this:
One is colors. I dye all fibers before batting them up, so I get great saturation of colors. I can get unique color blends that would be a lot harder to get into a roving without any muddiness.
Two is ease of drafting. My batts are never compressed while stored, and because I am drum carding them after dying, you won't ever get a half felted mess to try and spin into something beautiful. You literally can just rip off a hunk and spin right off the batt! No real pre-drafting required.
Three is I can make unique and beautiful fiber blends that are not available anywhere in roving form. I love to come up with my own fiber blends! Sometimes it's fun to think "outside of the box."
How much fiber should you buy to spin a project?
That depends on many factors such as weight of yarn you are planning to spin,size made etc. My best advice would be to take something similar that you already own and then weigh it. You then want to add 10% for spinning waste. That should tell you approximately how much fiber you would need to make another of that item.
Also that number can be adjusted according to your spinning experience. A newer spinner may want more waste just in case where an experienced spinner wouldn't have the need, that is entirely up to you.
For example, I want to make a handspun scarf, bulky weight, So I find a bulky weight scarf that I already own that is approximately the same size as the one I have envisioned, and weigh it. It weighs 3 ounces. I then add another 10% of that weight, back to it. So now I have 3.3 ounces. Now I know I need 3.3 ounces of fiber to spin myself another bulky weight scarf .