Northern California Angora Guild

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Baby Jasper Wins at His First Show

Mia is a pure breed Papillon dog owned by Lindsay.

Nine months ago, Mia became MaMa Mia when Jasper and his sister Bridgette were born.

Lindsay takes Jasper to his first dog show and he wins the "Best of Winners" award and received "Major Point". 


Friday, August 09, 2013

Pretty McKenzie

McKenzie made her blog debut when Allen visited Betty in July, she was a junior doe then.  

McKenzie is still young but now she is starting to have a senior look.


McKenzie has a nice profile.


Thursday, August 08, 2013

French Angora Baby Girls Pay a Visit

Two French Angora baby girls stay in Betty's family room for a visit while their cage is being cleaned.

What's up, mom?

The view there is not bad.


It's my turn to stand up.


Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Alicia's French Angora Wins Best In Show in MN

Good news from MN, Alicia's young French Angora doe gets the nod from judge Wade, she wins Four Class.

Judge Dereck gives Alicia's French Angora doe the Best In Show at the final judging.

Is this the next French Angora breeder?  Alicia's daughter Katelyn helps with grooming.


Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Found on the Net: Baby Panda Celebrates One Month Birthday

On July 6, 2013 at the Taipei City Zoo, a baby panda was born.

Little thing is as cute as it can be.

Doesn't it look like a bunny?

Zoo veterinarian abstracts milk from mama Panda.


Baby Panda being hand fed.


A little cleaning after feeding.

While baby is being hand fed by zookeepers, mama Panda gets a stuffed Panda as a substitute.


Baby Panda is growing well inside the incubator.

Baby Panda is a girl.


The City of Taipei is celebrating baby Panda's one month old birthday today.

Happy one-month birthday, little girl.



Monday, August 05, 2013

Does Want to Have Fun

English Angora does Fawnrinda, Angelababy, Mesa, Chloeanna and Fawanna are all in the large exercise pen together.  

Not sure whether French Angora doe Blue Angel would get along with the English Angora does, she is in a smaller pen by herself.


The English Angora does just love to have fun together.


Blue Angel is all alone and a little lonely and a little jealous.


Blue Angel looks at the English Angora does, could I play with you girls?


Sunday, August 04, 2013

Dyeing Commercial Yarn to Match Handspun Angora Yarn

Betty says,

I have been knitting fingerless gloves for a while.  In the beginning, I use Angora yarn for the entire glove.  It's nice looking but after a while the cuff part became very loose.   Angora yarn are notorious for not having any memory, when stretched, they stay stretched.    To improve the wearability, I went to yarn stores to find wool yarn that would match my handspun Angora yarn.  I'd spend hours looking up and down the isles to find compatible commercial yarns.  

One day, it dawned on me: if I can dye my own handspun Angora yarn, why can't I dye the commercial yarn?

I bought 100% white wool yarn and measure the approximate length I'd need for the edges and put it in the dye bath with my handspun yarn.   Though there is a slight difference in the shade of the color because sheep wool and Angora do not absorb the dye exactly the same way but it's as close as it gets, sure closer than the store bought colored yarn. 

In the above photo, the pair of pink fingerless gloves are made from white English Angora handspun yarn, the edges are 100% sheep wool yarn and both are dyed together using pink Easter egg dye.


The cuffs are made of 100% sheep wool yarn, the rest of the fingerless gloves are chocolate tort handspun Angora yarn, the skeins were dyed in the same pot with KoolAid black cherry flavor.


The handspun Angora is originally tort and wool yarn is from the same batch as the pink and black cherry above.   The plum color is created by using two packs of KoolAid grape and one pack of KoolAid black cherry, they were dyed together in the same dye bath.    These two balls of yarn are to be used for another pair of fingerless gloves.