Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Three Month Cut
"Others seem to think that all my rabbits look like the ones that I bring to the shows. Realistically it is impossible to keep all my rabbits in show coats. After they completed their grand championship and finished showing, I usually harvest my rabbits' wool every three months thus their coats usually stay short to medium in length.
My rabbits don’t matt nor molt; there is virtually no grooming needed in between the wool harvesting during the three-month period of time. When it’s time to harvest, I can cut down a rabbit in less than an hour and the wool is stored in Ziploc bags for future use or sale."
|Fawnna in her show coat in the spring.|
|Fawnna in her 3-month coat that is 3 to 4 inches long, perfect for a harvest.|
|Fiskars soft-touch scissors are my favorite tool for wool harvesting. They stay sharp for several years. My oldest pair are 15 years old and still work very well.|
|The blades of the scissors are parallel to the skin when doing the cut.|
|I cut the wool next to the skin using the body as the guide; no chance of having second cuts.|
|The wool with the length of 3 to 4 inches long is perfect for spinning fine yarn and for blending. |
Thursday, September 10, 2009
It's interesting to combine colors and various fibers in one project. Here are four pairs of fingerless gloves made by Carol G. She uses merino, angora, fuzzy lop into interesting combinations for these beautiful fingerless gloves. These gloves are pretty, warm and durable; they have been very popular especially during the Christmas time.
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Cyndie's Alaska Trip II: Tracy Arm Fjord
Passing Princess Cruise sister ship in Tracy Arm Fjord.
Waterfall and ice in “Tracy Arm Fjord”.
Iceberg in Tracy Arm Fjord
Waterfall base in Tracy Arm Fjord.
Water reflection (yes it’s really that color, because of the glacial silt) and the ONLY rabbit Cyndie saw on the entire trip!…a bunny shaped iceberg.
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Cyndie's Alaska Trip I: Inside Passage
NCAG director Cyndie recently celebrated her big birthday by going on an "Inside Passage" trip in Alaska with her parents. She took a lot of photos; she selected a few to share with us.
Cyndie and her mom on the stern as they leave Seattle .
View of the mountains from the “White Pass” railroad above Skagway.
Cyndie with the swiftly shrinking “Mendenhall Glacier” near Juneau.
The Inside Passage , early morning.
Fisherman outside Ketchikan haul up 10 tons of Pink Salmon.