AnneLena sent an adorable picture of Jean-Pierre when he was an itty bitty baby - too Qute!!
Flopsy and Mopsy in full fleece - always lovable companions, either on the porch, or being a good sport while travelling around in some strange contraption. One year, for Lexi Boeger's awesome Pluckyfluff Yarnival at Boeger Winery, I dressed as a Steampunk Spinner and demonstrated spinning on a drop spindle. In the Andes Mountains of South America, whether in the past, present or future, you'll find the women walking around, going about their day, spinning on their drop spindles. They are always producing the yarns for the ubiquitous textiles of their countries. As a time traveler, I can bring my fiber bunny with me whenever, or wherever, I'm on the move.
'Edith Piaf' a black French Angora who produces silver wool in abundance 'Jean-Pierre' is Edith's caramel-colored brother
After shearing this beautiful bunny, it turns out Edith is really an Eddie!
These beautiful creatures sport pompom ears and grow pure white silky wool, really fast. It is so warm and fuzzy that we rarely get cold enough to need such insulating qualities in our neck of the woods. Wild Fibers magazine recounts the story of these rabbits being raised in concentration camps, to produce superior undergarments for the SS soldiers and pilots. When liberated from the camps, the prisoners were starving but wouldn't eat the rabbits because they loved them and couldn't destroy their only source of joy in such a wretched place.
Our sisters came from Bungalow Farm Angoras in Sacramento. They must be shorn every three months as they do not shed their wool. I use sharp scissors and the bunnies look like they are made of chenille when I'm done. They each can produce up to a pound of wool per shearing and a little goes a long way, particularly when blended with sheep or alpaca. We lost one angora, along with a Flemish Giant rabbit, to an unknown cause. The angora sister followed not long after. Like all the fiber QTs who have crossed the rainbow bridge, they leave behind their fiber legacy, which is everlasting when made into an heirloom piece of fiber art.
Like the Angora goat, these rabbits originate from Ankara (Angora) Turkey. They were imported to France by sailors in the 1700's. Angora fiber is much warmer than sheep wool and has a thermal and halo quality in yarn or garments.
Our brother and sister pair came from knitwear designer Annelena Mattison. Our kids are in 4-H together and her daughter shows French Angoras while our girls show Nederland Dwarfs. The bunnies can be brushed, plucked or shorn. Because they are handled often, they are very docile and friendly. I would not recommend these bunnies for anyone not interested in them for their fiber primarily - they take work and special care to maintain, especially in a hot climate. A Flemish Giant is just as docile and lovable and they don't require any grooming other than pedicures.