Monday, January 7, 2013

Angora love

Pardon the blurry camera phone picture. I need to take a few more pictures with my proper camera.
I have this insatiable desire to get closer and closer to my materials. I'm not sure if it's because I want to be self reliant, or if it has something to do with the sustainable living journey we're on here. We are doing a pretty bang up job sourcing our food, and raising much of it ourselves, I should mention.  Wool is another thing altogether, though. I try, as often as possible, to get wool from folks I know.

It's not the breeds I'm used to, and it's really allowed me to branch out into other aspects of felting.  Until I can get sheep of my own (sigh), I must rely on others.   I have the acres, just not he fencing and the barn. Important (and costly) stuff, that is. However, it dawned on me that I have these three little kids happily raising rabbits for 4H. Rabbits that do not produce wool, I should mention. So, I talked the youngest Cloverbud into an angora. It didn't take much.  Brushing this little buck's wool is WAY better than any doll, that's for sure! I'm working on switching out our Holland lops for more Angoras. It's not a sheep, but it's fiber. And, it feels pretty good to know it's mine.