i’ve only just started working with the luscious fiber from lucius, my new french angora bunny. most of the prime fiber is still in a brown paper bag and the thought of touching it at all in this heat is pretty much unbearable. but a few weeks ago (on a much cooler and rainy day) i spun up a bit of his first clip, straight from the plucking, with no processing at all.
it’s amazingly soft. the barber-poling effect is due to the color of the locks – they’re gray at the tips and bright white at the ends. i’ve seen a sample of fiber from lucius’s sire, who is also a black, and his adult fiber is more consistently gray. lucius is still quite young – only four months old – i wonder if the color of his fiber will change as he gets older.
i also hand-carded some of the less prime fiber with some shetland locks i have that are a similar color to LB’s fiber – at a ratio of approximately 10% angora, i think. the mini-batts look nice and fluffy.
i started spinning them up and on the spindle, the yarn still feels fairly crisp from the shetland guard hairs, but i’m excited to see how it knits up. if i ever have the desire to knit or touch any fiber again.