How do we get from hare to there?
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I have been a knitter for as long as I can remember. At some point I decided to start creating my own yarns. I didn't live where I could have sheep and the cat just wasn't growing it fast enough, so with that I acquired my first German angora, a beautiful white boy my young children named Strawberry.
My first spinning wheel was an Ashford Traditional, then I added an Ashford Elizabeth, and now my main workhorse is my sturdy Schacht Matchless. We've gone miles and miles and miles together and never left the living room.
The cornerstone of what I do, though, is my lovely herd of angora rabbits (Germans and German hybrids). I have the privilege of working with angora as my primary fiber. My bunnies all have names, unique personalities, and the yarn they are eventually responsible for producing has a name, not a dye lot.
Angora rabbit wool is an exquisitely soft, extremely warm fiber - some estimates put it at seven times warmer than wool. It is never itchy or irritating. Freshly spun yarn looks pretty much like any other yarn but as you knit with it and as you wear the item, the characteristic "bloom" of angora happens and the yarn develops its unique halo.
My bunnies are sheared in a gentle, nonrestrained, humane manner every 3 to 4 months. The wool is not pulled or plucked but rather cut off using a pair of scissors - a "hare" cut. (Our harvesting methods and those of every single other angora raiser I know are NOTHING AT ALL like what was shown in a video circulated recently by an animal rights group.) Removing the fiber is essential to maintaining the animal's health, and it is a totally renewable resource. Angora Amore is a very hands-on operation, from the daily care of the bunnies to the quarterly collecting of the fiber to the spinning and knitting of the warmies. We literally go from bunny to bootie.
Eli and his hat
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