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Apr 13, 2019 19:41:25   #
doglady
 
For rabbit fur yarn. Is it itchy like wool? I never thought about using it.
 
Apr 13, 2019 19:43:47   #
janallynbob (a regular here)
 
Angora? Just asking,

Janallyn
Apr 13, 2019 19:44:12   #
deenashoemaker (a regular here)
 
I took a class on spinning angora rabbit. It was so soft and beautiful. But, turns out, I'm allergic!
Apr 13, 2019 19:50:33   #
no1girl (a regular here)
 
how do they get it????/they do not shear rabbits.
Apr 13, 2019 19:51:05   #
Hilary4 (a regular here)
 
Should be soft and beautiful, but may have another animal fibre in there as well.
Apr 13, 2019 19:51:32   #
janiceknits34 (a regular here)
 
I believe it's gathered from combing.
 
Apr 13, 2019 19:52:07   #
Hilary4 (a regular here)
 
no1girl wrote:
how do they get it????/they do not shear rabbits.


Combed off generally, but if of Chinese origin, harvesting may be more brutal.
Apr 13, 2019 20:04:20   #
charbaby (a regular here)
 
I recently spoke with a woman in Florida who raises angora rabbits in Virginia somewhere. We got to talking at breakfast at our hotel. She says hers are sheared, not combed as (according to her) the fiber is more stable & better for spinning. She shears her own bunnies yearly & sells the fiber to a local spinner. Somewhere in the western mountains of her state. She showed me photos of her "babies." About 4 dozen. They have beautiful covered hutches, access to exercise areas, daily contact with her & a couple of her daughters. Looked very clean. Bunnies looked very healthy & relaxed. Amazing operation by the looks of it. You could tell she was very proud. She didn't have business cards but said other than selling to her spinner, she doesn't really market her "babies."
Apr 13, 2019 20:05:10   #
catwhiskers44
 
My sister had some angora rabbits that she would hold on her lap and pluck the loose fiber from. She would sometimes spin the yarn with a drop spindle as it come from the rabbit.
Apr 13, 2019 20:21:49   #
tdorminey (a regular here)
 
Plucking the loose fur is done by many smaller enthusiasts, and is said to feel good to the bunnies, akin to having someone else shampoo your hair and scalp. Lovely thought.
Apr 13, 2019 20:30:45   #
String Queen
 
I have 3 friends that have rabbits. 2 have bunnies that need to be clipped/sheared every 90 days. I think they are German angora. She also raises Suri alpacas. She mixes bunny,alpaca and silk in equal amounts. The yarn is heavenly soft. Wonderful to knit with.

The other gal’s bunny sheds so she brushes/combs him.

This is no more traumatic for the animals than shearing sheep or alpacas.

Robin
 
Apr 13, 2019 21:43:17   #
run4fittness (a regular here)
 
Interesting comments. Good to learn something new.
Apr 13, 2019 23:37:18   #
Beachgirl1000 (a regular here)
 
I have seen sweaters in ready to wear made of "rabbit hair angora." They felt soft, but when I tried one on I couldn't wait to take it off! Others may have a different experience, but I was very sensitive to it. I don't have allergies, by the way.
Apr 14, 2019 02:22:38   #
SongbirdRichards
 
doglady wrote:
For rabbit fur yarn. Is it itchy like wool? I never thought about using it.


If it's from China it will not be as soft as other angora as it is 15% bristle hair/guard hairs. But please please don't buy from China the rabbits are treated deplorably.
Apr 14, 2019 02:47:03   #
JeannineAnne (a regular here)
 
MY mother used to pluck hers then she only got the very soft fur, not any of the guard hairs, just the undercoat fur , a friend did the spinning and mother used it to make childrens bolero's for little bridesmaids. I still have pattern she used
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