so, you’re a knitter or spinner and you find yourself wanting to get closer to the fiber you use. it’s not enough to buy roving from indie dyers or whole fleeces from fiber festivals, is it? (to anyone reading this who’s not a knitter or spinner, um, yeah, i’m just not going to be able to explain this so i won’t even try). you start thinking about sheep and goats, alpacas and llamas, and how much room do a couple of icelandics really take up, anyway?
but you live in the city, in an apartment or condo and after checking your city’s agricultural rules, you realize that sadly, sheep and goats are illegal. what’s a would-be shepherdess to do? of course, you can befriend your favorite fiber CSA shepherd, like shepherdsusie of juniper moon farm. but if only there was a fiber animal you can keep in a city-sized backyard or a corner of your apartment!
lucius is a little over three months old and he’s already taken to his new home like a champ. deb and i met up at JMF’s shearing day celebration for the bunny hand-off and i have to say, lucius is a much better traveler than my cats. okay, he did poop in his carrier, but at least he didn’t yowl the entire car ride home.
he’s going to be an outdoor bunny, because of the farm cats, who are too crotchety and set in their ways to adjust to a new sibling. but he’ll be completely fine outside – he’s got a nice sturdy cage and with all that wool, angora rabbits can live happily outside at quite low temperatures. the heat and humidity of summer is the bigger problem, but he’s in a cooler, shady spot in the garden and we’ll figure out ways to keep him from getting too overheated.
i’m so excited about harvesting fiber from my very own fiber animal! it’s one step closer to having the sheep i’ve been dreaming off. lucius and i have already had a couple grooming sessions (he’s very cooperative) and i can’t wait to pluck the wool from the first time he blows his coat. stay tuned for further updates of the new fiber arm of chez farm!