Saturday was nice and sunny, and I was able to convince Chone that he needed to be relieved of his heavy winter coat (or at least part of it)
He’s usually a good sport for at least the first half of the job.
And we had a nice bit of quality time, with lots of rubs and snuggles
He’s such a sweet little dude 🙂
So he’s about half-shorn now, much like Dottie and Esther.
Still haven’t had a go at Felix and Frank yet, and Frank look like he’s already shedding his fleece a bit.
It’s just as well- I think that he’s pretty felted. But I hope to have a chance to get him tidied up soon.
In other fiber-y news, I received a sample of angora from a friend the other day, so I spent some time today playing with it and working up a little sample.
I’d never spun angora before, so it took a little bit of practicing before I got a feel for how it drafted. It’s so soft and fine- but with a decent staple length, so I decided to spin it on it’s own, with no wool blended in.
My regular old hand carders did a decent job prepping it- not perfect, but got most of the clumps opened up
Thought I had a picture of it on the bobbin, but oh, well-
Here is the resulting swatch
Serious halo- and I haven’t even washed it yet!
It could probably have used a bit more twist in the singles, so I’ll probably try that next time so the yarn is a little stronger and more stable. But I’m pretty pleased with how the first try went.
The little ones look like they’d work up pretty fast….