Northern California Angora Guild

Friday, September 28, 2012

Pee Pee Yarn

April asks Betty, "How come I don't ever see any of your yarn that is dyed yellow?  I have two friends who love yellow."  

Betty says, "It's because it looks like rabbit pee pee; people may think that I'm using stained wool."

April laughs and says, "I'd like to order two skeins of pee pee yarn; one bright yellow and the other golden yellow."

So how do you like these two skeins of pee pee yarn?

Thursday, September 27, 2012

English Angora are Open and Youth Reserve In Show Winners in PA

Donna's English Angora tort doe wins Reserve In Show in the open show and Brock's English Angora buck wins Reserve In Show in youth at the Westmoreland RBA show in PA.

Brock's English Angora chestnut agouti buck wins youth Reserve In Show under judge Eric.


A closeup of Brock's buck Windy Hills Gorwan.


A closeup of Donna's doe Tulamores Arpeggi.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Letter from Sweden

Over 6 months ago, Carina in Sweden bought three skeins of Betty's big fat yarn in the following colors:   Pink/purple, Pink/green (in the above photo), and Pink, see

Carina says,

"We find something Emma can help to do.... we find this technique. I do the loop and Emma take off the loop over. Its been something good and real and we spend time with much joke and talk on the time and Emma see she have do fine sock as shes sisters and brother can use. Winter can be cold, sometimes down to -20 degrees."

"I send the last sock we do to 4-year old Moa so the are small."

This pair is as cute as it could be.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fair Scenes in MA

Spinners show off their handspun yarn and handmade blankets.


Some beautiful spinning fiber and yarn.


Veggie display 1.


Veggie display 2.


Weigh in of the giant pumpkin contest.


Like any fair, there is a rabbit show.


A tri-color Rex on display.


A curious Checker Giant.

Most other fairs don't have an elephant show, but there is one at the fair in MA.


Monday, September 24, 2012

Sheep Shearing Demonstration at a Fair in MA

Our friend Chris O. went to a fair in MA and shares the photos of a sheep shearing demo.
Sheep are getting anxious.

Shearer starts with a black sheep.

The sheep is no match for the masterful shearer.

The special shoe cover worn by the shearer.

A fleece is born!
The shearer uses a spindle made from a CD to spin the freshly shorn wool.

A closer look at the special shoe cover.


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Very Fine Angora Yarn

Monica bought some white English Angora wool from Betty, she says,
"I did it on a Turkish Spindle and the fiber is just such a dream to spin!"

 "I have only gotten this skein done so far, but if I can spin all of it the same thickness, I will end up with approxmately 1200 yards from 4 ounces! "
That is some fine spinning.  With 4 ounces, Monica can get 1200 yards of double plied yarn with a Turkish spindle.   Betty says, "I will never be able to do it so well!"