For the love of fluffy bunnies...
It all started four years ago... we raised chickens, and I wanted a fluffy pet for the boys to play with for their upcoming birthdays! (nope, not like we had enough pets already :D ) I thought about silkie chickens, but it's hard to let a chicken come and play in the house for a bit without making a serious mess, lol! Then I saw a craigslist ad for angora rabbits! Wow, I thought, that would be perfect! But boy that would be a lot of grooming, I'd really want to be actually using that hair some way if I'm gonna go through all the trouble of grooming!
So.... I made a drop spindle, and found some odd and end alpaca fiber I had sitting here for another craft... and I was hooked! Spinning was so much fun. Of course angoras would be great! So I did tons of research, bought our first two french angora bunnies, and NO ONE WARNED ME!!! Angoras are like potato chips. You can not have just one or two!!! I didn't have enough fiber to spin for a decent sized project! So six months later we were having so much fun we picked up three english angora does, then a satin angora doe! The next spring we did a hybrid cross litter for fiber bunnies and then bought a purebred buck from a high end breeder- OH NO!!!! Raising baby bunnies was even more fun for me and the boys than just having adults!!!
Yep, you ARE NOW WARNED!!!! THE BUNNY SLOPE IS STEEP, ADDICTIVE, and SO MUCH FUN!!!
Now we raise show quality english, french, and satin angoras in solid and broken (spotted) colors. We breed and raise them on a small scale for our own enjoyment, fiber animals, and to sell kits here and there to help pay some feed bills, and buy a few new cages to keep another one or two. Of course... aren't you required to keep one or two from each litter?!?!?!?!?!
I also am very crafty and love trying out new things and trying new hand crafts. I enjoy making some of our own herbal medicines right out of our garden, and doing things the old fashioned way (like making all our own soap and laundry detergent!) I have a Babe double treadle production spinning wheel and love spinning my own bunny's fiber.
If you're interested in learning more about how angora fiber is harversted check out my blog post here!
So here is my etsy store, now that I officially really have more fiber than I can reasonably spin before the bunnies are ready for more hair cuts :D Here you can find lots of Angora bunny fibers, yarns, and lots of bunny related stuff.
Enjoy your stroll through my store!
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