Northern California Angora Guild

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Combining Different Kinds of Wool in Spinning Yarn

Lots of spinners like to blend Angora with fiber from other kind of animals but that is not the only kind of using different kind of wool in the same skein of yarn.  In this skein, portions of the yarn are spun of tort Angora and portions are Merino sheep wool.   Both Angora and Merino are very soft, they are very compatible in the feel of the finished yarn.  

Here is a close-up of the yarn; the plying material is one strand of beige thread and one strand of gold metallic thread.  

Friday, July 27, 2012

We Love to Share, Really

We love this little bed, it's great for an afternoon nap.

Sharing is not a problem, we love each other, really.   But ...

... nothing beats having the entire bed to myself.

Share, share what?

Thursday, July 26, 2012

English Angora Article in Domestic Rabbits

The current issue of Domestic Rabbits just arrived. The lead article is Judging English Angora.

"Judging and Handling the English Angora, To Do & Not To Do" is written by Betty.

The photo demonstration is done by judge Allen and the rabbit used in the demo is Chu's Luke.  

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Kool-Aid Dyeing

Betty had fun dyeing Angora skeins in Kool-Aid.

Here is a closeup of the Kool-Aid and the resulting Angora yarns.   The Pink Lemonade, Orange and Grape are readily available in most supermarkets but the Jamaica is a Mexican flavor that is hard to find.   A close substitute for the Jamaica is Cherry but the color is slightly different.

Another color that is very popular for dyeing but not shown here is Berry Blue.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Rabbit Fever DVD Release

After a very long wait, Rabbit Fever finally will be available in DVD form.  To order, go to

Amy Do spent almost 10 years in making this feature-length film. Many have seen it in the convention or special showings, many more are still waiting for the DVD release.   It is now taking orders to be shipped in September 2012.  

In 2009, Amy Do came to Betty's rabbitry to film scenes.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Visit from Shyun and Tiffany

Left to right are Betty, Tiffany and Shyun.

Betty says,

Shyun was my graduate student at San Jose State University in the 80s and remains a dear friend all these years.  She got a French Lop bunny from my first litter of bunnies before I had any English Angora.  Well, that's over 30 years ago.  Shyun still has a French Lop rabbit that came from Tami plus two mixed breed rabbits as pets.

Now Shyun's three children are about her age at the time when she was in my class; Tiffany in the photo is the middle child. Time flies beyond belief.      

I dug out my old albums and found this picture that was taken in 1982 in my office at San Jose State University.   All three young ladies were students in the graduate program in Economics.   Shyun is the second from the right.  She received her master's degree and became a successful CPA.   The one on the right side transferred to another university so we lost touch; the one between me and Shyun is Ivy who also received her master's degree and now a successful mortgage banker.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Judge Uno Travels in Group

Judge Uno used to be traveling to shows by himself but now he has a substantial group.

Uno's better half Rosie with their son Brandon, not in the picture are Brandon's two step siblings.

Uno's mom Mary Jo is very active in showing Havana and Satin, sister Suzanne and husband and two children also come along to the shows.  Suzanne used to show often, now in hiatus from showing.   Not in the picture is Uno's dad.