Northern California Angora Guild

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Weaving A Triangular Shawl

A wooden frame works the same way as a loom. Roll the White Angora yarn from bottom to top then back to the bottom, ... and so on.

Cut one line of the yarn from the top and weave to the side using the diagonal wire as a guide.

More lines of yarn at the top have been cut and weave to the right side. The ends of the cut yarn are parked on the Velcro strip that is attached to the frame.

It's getting close to completion.

View from the other side.

Done. Cut the bottom yarns.

Tie a knot on every four strands of yarn as tassels and to secure the edges. Trim the tassels to approximately even length.

Now just needs a person to model the shawl.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Hot Shooter Wins Best Of Breed Silkie

Silkie Best of Breed Hot Shooter.

Armando blows Hot Shooter.

Armando unrolls and combs Hot Shooter.

Armando is grooming Hot Shooter on a tiny stand before putting it on the show platform.

Hot Shooter is now on the show platform ready for judging.

If we Angora exhibitors fuss over our rabbits, the Silkie cavy exhibitors could be even worse.

Days before the show, a cavy has to be bathed then dried with a hair dryer. In the long hair breed such as Peruvian or Silkie, they have to have rollers roll up their long coats. To get ready for showing, the rollers have to be carefully unrolled then the coat combed and to be presented on a show platform. Once the rollers are off, the exhibitor needs to stay with the cavy because it cannot be put back to the carrier or the entire process of rolling and unrolling and combing are to be repeated.

Here are pictures of our favorite rabbit judge Armando working on his gorgeous Silkie Hot Shooter. Hot Shooter certainly matches his name, he shoots all the way to Best of Breed.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Keelyn Works On Her Cavy License

Keelyn received her rabbit judge's license when she was 16, probably one of the youngest judges in the country. At 19, Keelyn has started working on her cavy registrar's license, a step toward the cavy judge's license.

In Santa Rosa, Keelyn has a very good teacher: Ron. Ron has judged cavy Best In Show at ARBA convention many times. He is one of the very top cavy judges.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Bye Bye Squirrel

Nice day, I want to see the world! Oops.

What happened? The world is very small.

I can't believe you did this to me!

I hate you! I am turning my back on you!

Would you please let me out?

Please, please, let me out.....

What is this?

Where am I going?

Bye Bye, Squirrel. Have a good life.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Pudge Wins All Breed Youth Reserve In Show

Judge Randy and Elsa who is about the same size as her French Angora colored senior doe Menn's Pudge.

Big sister Dominique shares Elsa's happiness by showing off the prize, a large tote bag.

Pudge has a hard time fitting into the coop during the Best In Show judging.

Elsa has a great day at Santa Rosa. She entered one rabbit in the double shows and Randy named Menn's Pudge as Reserve In Show, Youth-A. Allen gave her honorable mention in Youth-B.

There were 24 breeds represented in the youth shows.

This is the first big win for Elsa and family.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Santa Rosa, Town of Peanuts

Charlie Brown and Snoopy in the downtown park.

Woodstock sits at a street corner.

Snoopy in front of a coffee shop.

Schroeder or Linus?

Peanuts comic strips ran for nearly 50 years without interruption and appeared in more than 2,600 newspapers in 75 countries. There are TV programs, full-length movies, stage and ice shows, and stuff animals available all over the world. The creator Charles Schulz made Santa Rosa his home since 1969 until his passing in 2000. His influence is evident by the statues of his Peanuts character at the street corners or in parks. His museum is located in Santa Rosa, the website address is

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Angora Judging In Santa Rosa

Chris Z. selecting the Best of Breed English Angora between the white senior doe Chu's Allison and colored senior doe Chu's Aaliyah. The two big girls are littermates.

Aaliyah wins over her sister.

Carol G. judges French Angora with Gabrielle as her table clerk.

French Angora exhibitors carefully listening to Carol G.'s comments.

It was a fun day to see all the rabbit friends in 2009 for the first time. The shows are very well run, the building is nice and there are plenty of spaces for everyone. Adding icing to the cake is the nice weather. The day starts in the 40s but eventually warms up to the 70s with a clear sky and beautiful sunshine.

Judges for Angora in the double shows are Chris Z in show A and Carol G in show B. Both are our favorites.

What a nice way to start the show season in 2009.