Northern California Angora Guild

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Dyed Wool Before and After Hand Pulling

Dyeing wool involves wetting the wool, adding color then cook the wool.   From the pot the dyed wool is usually a wet mess.   After days of drying, the wool looks all matted and clumped.

As long as the wool is not webbed or matted before being dyed, it's very easy to tear the clumps apart by hand.    Compare the first photo with the second photo, all it takes is a gentle pulling.   It's better to pull the wool with the natural alignment instead of sideways.   It's easier to pull and better for spinning later on.

Here is a batch of dyed magenta English Angora wool.   The clumps on the left are dried but yet to be pulled apart.   The cloud on the right are the hand-pulled dyed wool.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Found on the Net: Giant Rabbit at Sacramento Airport

Sacramento International Airport has an art piece that us rabbit breeder can totally appreciate: A giant rabbit sculpture!  The name of the project is called "Leap".

This is the conceptual drawing before the sculpture was actually installed.

Artist Lawrence Argent started with the basic frame. Material: Aluminum and crushed glass.


The outside material are being installed piece by piece.


The rabbit is almost done.  The size of the rabbit is 56ft x 11.5ft x 24ft, completed in 2011.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Casey's Basset Hound Rosy is now a Champion

Casey shows Angora rabbits, also shows a Basset Hound.   Her girl dog Rosy recently won another major at a show in Reno achieves the Champion status.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Maureen is a Mittenholic

Maureen likes to knit and wear Angora mittens, and black mittens are her favorite.
Though this pair is not all black, there's a black cat to help preserve the black content for the photo op.

Maureen continuous to knit mittens though she has so many pairs.

These are the mittens that were in the box in the above photo.


And these are the future mittens, but she can't wear all of them herself.

If you are interested in getting a pair of beautiful, warm, handspun/hand knit Angora mittens,
contact Maureen at

Her workmanship is impeccable but the price is reasonable. 


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

More Pretty French Angora Girls

Jill's pretty chocolate agouti doe Helena Ravenclaw sitting on her grooming stand.

Helena's side profile.

Jill likes this chestnut junior doe Firebolt even better.

Melody has three promising chestnut young junior does.

The French Angora table will have lots of pretty girls competing for the judges' attentions.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Sandy's Knitted Cowl

If you are a member of ARBA, you must've read column of "The Creative Cooks"
Sandy is not only a creative cook but also an accomplished knitter.
Sandy started the cowl using circular needles.

The skein of yarn that she got from Betty matches exactly the yardage needed for the pattern of the cowl.
Her pup totally approves the effort.

The cowl drapes on Sandy's neck. 


Or can be worn as a small stole.



Sunday, September 10, 2017

Gifta is a Beauty

French Angora Gifta is being blown.    Gifta is still a junior but has been competing in the senior class for a while.

More blowing.

Working on the wool near the rear end.

A little finish brushing.

Ready to conquer the show table!

Five-month-old Gifta is doing so well that she gets the BOB in both show A and show B over the real senior does.