Autumn means time for shearing and breeding. The temperatures have cooled significantly for breeding, but still warm enough for shearing without taking excessive measures to keep rabbits warm at night.
Willa is a one year old doe with a massive coat and beautiful conformation. Today was shearing day for her as she was nearing her 90 day mark and was slowing down in eating. Being a nice warm day for November, it was a perfect day to shear.
Willa, growing her coat.
Willa’s 90-Day Coat During Shearing
Willa’s gorgeous coat weighed 485 g. (17 oz.) She has a date with Horatio later.
Bungalow Farm Horatio Reg. 1373 g./an
Spinning and Wine? What fun! Come join us June 6, 2015, Retlaff Winery, Livermore, California for Spinning at the Winery!
Vendors! Wine! Spinning! Knitting! Fiber! Potluck lunch! Good Friends! What’s not to like?
Late summer in Northern California and not a hint of those grey clouds. But this luscious grey roving will have to do until the real thing arrives.
Just in from the mill– German angora/fine Merino-Corriedale cross roving. The Merino/Corrie cross fleece is from our friends at Nebo Rock Ranch near Ukiah. A very lovely fleece hand picked for this project.
To get your hands on this yourself, visit our Shop.
Texturk Turkish Spindle by TwistedGrain
With Spring comes a new yarn to Bungalow Farm Angora! A lovely lace yarn that is 85% German angora and 15% Cormo wool. It is a 100% North American product.
This lace yarn is a single ply and shows details of lace extremely well. It is very durable , despite being a single, and knits easily with almost no shedding, pilling, or tangling. The samples below were knit straight from the cone and washed and blocked after knitting. Put up is either a 25 g. ball or coned for larger amounts.
Recommended needle size is US 1-3. Yardage is approximately 185 yards per 25 grams. Visit our SHOP to purchase.
Snowdrops Lace Scarf
Ocean Waves Sample
Another View of the Snowdrops Scarf
25 g. of Lace Angora
Syl’s Sample on US 0 needles
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Something to ease the winter doldrums.
After a long hot summer, it’s nice to see some cooler temps and Fall color! With the cooler temps, come chilly nights and cold feet! I’ve been dyeing up some of our new Angora Socks that will cure those popsicle toes.
These socks are not only warm and hard wearing, but they are machine washable! You can also throw them in the dryer, but laying flat to dry is best.
More colors coming. Stayed tuned! To order, please see the Shop Page.
End of Summer Tomatoes
Now that summer has officially ended, the Fall Fiber shows are almost upon us. While the tomato crop is still coming, the days are noticeably shorter and at least the last few days, cooler!
On Saturday, September 28, Bungalow Farm Angora will be at Fiber Frolic in Chico. The following weekend, Lambtown in Dixon. Please come and support these fun events!
Hand Dyed Angora Socks
Hand Dyed Pencil Roving: Tomato
Hand Dyed Angora/Merino Pencil Roving “Baltic”
Pesto is back! Lovely Angora/Cormo Blend
Angora Pencil Roving: Greens
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Looking forward to a new event for me–Yarnival! Here are some new things we will have at the event:
Our New Angora Blizzard with Cormo Wool!
Our Silver Blizzard made with Sue Reuser’s Cormo Wool was such a success, we decided to repeat the run with all white Cormo. This time, Jane Killpack’s Cormo was used and it is every bit as nice! This yarn, like all our Blizzard yarns is 85% German Angora combined this time with 15% Cormo Wool. North American grown and North American processed.
The Cormo adds some bounce and a lively hand while really enhancing the softness of the angora. This yarn is very special and we are pleased to offer it to you. It is available In the Shop.
New Blizzard with Cormo Wool drying on the racks
This isn’t yarn, batting, or fiber. But it’s a sign of Spring. Spring has been screaming at me for weeks and while it was here in Northern California, I was off in Ontario, Canada where it was still winter. When I got home, all that was left of the early blooms was my indoor Phalaenopsis, which while impressive, astonishing easy to grow.
Before I left, I managed to snap some photos of a few other delights blooming at the farm:
A Lovely Dogwood
A Tree Peony
And last but not least, the true harbinger of spring, a wonder pure German litter of seven:
For Angora Yarns and Fiber, I can be found at the following events in May:
Spinning at the Winery in Livermore, May 25, 2013
CNCH 2013, Squaw Valley, Tailgate May 31, 2013
Hope to see you there!