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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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(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.

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