The rabbit is shorn.

I have now, for the first time, clipped my Angora rabbit. Excluding waste, I got 4 oz. worth of fiber. It is so exciting to finally have fiber off of him.

So this is what he looked like before I clipped him.img_5186_001

Me working on clipping him.img_5214_001

Ohhh! Look how soft it is .img_5215_001

About a third of the way done.img_5226_001


And now he is shorn.img_5243_001img_5248_001

He was very patient with me learning what was the best way to clip him. As you can see it looks pretty choppy so I still have a bit of learning to do, but boy is he glad to have it off!

(photo credits for the second third and fourth picture: Matthew Nowakowski)

Christmas 2012

These are several Christmas gifts we made for each other.

Matthew made a Turkish drop spindle for Mom, Elaine, and I. They were different sizes and made from different woods.

These two have cross pieces made from Osage orange.


This one is Elaine’s; the cross pieces are made from Bocote wood. This wood is native to Central America, mainly Mexico. The black swirls in the grain are really pretty.


I knit a beret for my sister Lydia. We both have this thing for hats.



It is made from angora and our Shetland fiber.The blue we hand dyed when we spontaneously decided to do some pot dying.

I also made Mom a cowl from some alpaca that I bought from a friend.



(Though this picture really does not do it justice. The colors look a lot cooler in person.)

And finally… Dad made a bookcase for Jason and Lydia. It turned out really, really nice.