When I said yesterday that I planned on doing something fibery today, this wasn't exactly what I had in mind.
Please say hello to the latest fiber producer here at MapleCorners.
Yep, that's a gorgeous doe angora rabbit. A friend of mine breeds them, and gave me her for Christmas, complete with wire cage and bag of food. She arrived today in a basket, bow around her neck, and a blanket covering her. I don't know the proper names for the angora colors, but she has black face and ears, and every imaginable shade of gray on her body. Beautiful!
Right now the as yet unnamed rabbit (any suggestions?) is in her wire cage on the floor of my kitchen. My friend keeps her rabbits in the barn, so she is probably hot here in the house. I don't have a proper rabbit hutch, and am afraid predators (raccoon and possums) could get through the cage if I put her out in one of the barns. Plus, I don't think I could carry her through the drifts and wind to even get to one of the barns. We're in the middle of another storm. My friend and her daughter got back home (30-40? miles away) just as the winds hit.
My friend realized that I may not want another being to care for, and offered to bring her back home if I wasn't ready/didn't want her. I have thought about adding angora rabbits for a long time, and almost purchased some a couple of times, but in the end had always decided not to, figuring I had enough on my plate. How can I say no to this face though?
Angora blends well with alpaca and wool, and creates a wonderful yarn. My friend says I can use her buck for breeding, if I so choose. Can you imagine how cute baby angora bunnies are? I think I'll wait and see if I can keep up with this one. She may end up going back to her momma if I can't do it.