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Saturday, November 27

On to Winter...

Oh my. I've been so bad at updating this blog! My apologies. It's kind of hard keeping up-to-date with my Facebook page, Twitter (vtknitboy), emails, my etsy site, and the blog! Twitter has been fabulous--I've made dozens of contacts and friends. Many have purchased my handspun yarn, so my focus has been to keep posting new yarns, pics, etc., there. Sales on Etsy have been slow, but I've sold many more skeins just listing on my Facebook page!

Little Annabelle-nippy-diva, my REW (red eyed white) German Angora, grows about an inch a day! Here's her updated pic. Check out my last post for the July pic.

Sorry this is short, but I just wanted to update the blog. I hope to become a bit more consistent on doing more posts. I've been asked by friends on twitter to post recipes, so that may become a standard.

Hope you all had a safe and joyous Thanksgiving!


Saturday, July 3

Hoppy 4th!

I couldn't resist! Ya'll have met Torto & Nuit, now meet Chessie. My new, chestnut French Angora! He's just 4 months old, and he's a sweetie.

There's been a bit of drama, with Torto (another buck) stamping his feet in his cage, and marking my hand all up with his scent glands under his chin! Both "old" rabbits are very excited to smell another bunny in the garage. I got Chessie on Sunday 6/27, and they were a bit agitated. Running back and forth in their cages, climbing up on the inside wall to smell better, and making all sorts of noises! Luckily, things have calmed down quite a bit. I now feed or visit (pet) Torto FIRST, and take care of all of his needs, then Nuit, THEN I visit with Chessie. That way Torto doesn't smell him on my hand. It seems to be working.

I am getting one more rabbit, in about 8 weeks. A white German angora. Hopefully a doe, for breeding later. Here's a pic of a young one.

Off to blend some more batts of fiber for spinning into yarn. I will update later with pics. You can see other pics at my twitpics account at Twitpics. It's a little slow, but you an scroll down for other pics.

Thursday, May 6

On to May...

Right. Time to update the old blog. It's been languishing the past, oh, 4 months. Now that I am officially selling handspun yarn, handknit items, and soon--carded batts of fiber, I think it's time to dust off the blog.

About three months ago I purchased two adorable French Angora bunnies. A silver-gray doe (Nuit Noire), and a light cream-color buck, Primo Torto. Over the past months I've noticed that they have developed personalities. Nuit (I call her New-ee) is a bit timid, but will always come right up to the door to say hi to me. Torto is very gregarious. He hops right up to the door before I even unlatch it, and insists that I rub his nose/head before anything else occurs. They are about 3/4 through their first fiber shedding, and I've been combing it versus shearing it. As a handspinner, I find sheared bunny fiber tends to have coarse ends where cut. Combing or brushing ensures a better spinning fiber.

French Angora bunnies are smaller than the English/Giant breeds, and therefore have less yearly fiber yield. However, I think I'm going to get at least one, as the fiber yield can be anywhere from 1-3 lbs per year--which is 2-3x more than FA yield.

I finally got new yarns and some knitted hats on my etsy site. Even made 2 sales in the past week! I'm very excited, as I hope this leads to Vtknitboy on Etsy becoming a larger part of my life.

Will try to post more often, as I will be listing yarn, knitwear, and batts (to spin) later!


Tuesday, January 12

Vtknitboy is still alive!

I hope the New Year finds you in good health, and bringing you lots of joy!

I wanted to do a quick blog update. I've been so busy: spinning, knitting, establishing wonderful connections with people: knitters, spinners, eco-friendly people, and many more diverse, talented people....on twitter. Yes. On twitter. It's a super way to meet like-minded people--or those of differing viewpoints; which can lead to learning & growth.

Some big news, for me at least...

I will be starting an angora rabbitry in February! Finally, vtknitboy will have a source for wonderful, soft, warm angora fiber! I will be starting with two French angora babies! I'm pretty excited. They will provide lots of lovely angora bunny fiber--and lots of pics for my blog.

I'm starting with two...or three. Hopefully the middle one in the pic on the right. And perhaps the fawn colored one below it, and maybe the black one above it! Aren't they the cutest things?!

I will use the fiber for spinning for sale as yarn or knit up as garments. This will be available on my etsy site

You can see some of the items at the left of this post.

So, in the meantime, have a great winter--I will be updating this more frequently!

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