I love going to my local fiber arts guild meetings. I get inspired for new projects, I learn from other members and I just have fun being around other people who think its perfectly normal to have a house full of spinning wheels and fiber. (I actually told my children last week if I ever lost my mind and they had to institutionalize me- just leave me my wheel and a pile of fiber and convince me I'm the miller's daughter in the story of Rumpelstiltskin and I can't get out until I've finished. And if that didn't work to just put an angora in a cage and keep switching it out for another one that needs to be groomed) ANYHOO- Last spring I came to our meeting with a proposal to all the members. I had just shorn bunnies and would give them a box of prime fiber if they would enter a skein in an upcoming contest. Two ladies from our guild took me up on it and my friend Sherry Liston produced three GORGEOUS skeins. One of them would win the best honors at the show. (shown above) She had blended 50/50 by weight angora and Rambouillet wool. THIS month Sherry brought the skeins she spun and her drum carder to show us how to blend fiber like she did for her prize winning skein. You can see more photos of how she processed it on our Facebook album here. I was delighted!
Its almost time to ship stuff off to the Ohio Wool, Skein & Garment Competition and I'm down to the wire once again! I decided this year if I couldn't make all the rabbit shows I wanted to get to,I would enter fiber contests. Face it- I'm a mom with busy kids, Kathryn is a busy mom and actually has a real job unlike lazy me, ;) and I just can't afford the time or money to get everywhere I want to be. That does NOT mean I should not be promoting the angoras that I raise in other ways. A very good way to do this is to enter one of these type of contests. There are many that are sponsored by Angora clubs. You can enter fleece(wool), you can enter felted items, you can enter yarn. The cost is minimal, most of them you can mail in, and you still get the enjoyment of sharing your bunnies with the WORLD! (ok maybe that's an overstatement- but I'm always excited about the bunnies!) I have a skein spun of two-ply out of Lachesis wool. She is a tort- and this was out of the 3 ounces I groomed off her just before she was bred about 35 days ago. The photo was taken yesterday with her and the yarn- she has EIGHT, three day old babies in her nestbox that are fat and healthy. I think she and the yarn are looking pretty good. I also spun up some from one of my other rabbits Hesperis this morning. She is a black doe and I experimented with a bulky novelty single ply yarn. I hope it blocks out well as I love to work with bulky yarns. This I have in mind for big fluffy cuffs on a pair of bulky mitts. I'm getting excited- I've never actually entered any of my handmade items to be judged, despite having several friends who have encouraged it multiple times. I guess I just had to do it for the love of the bunnies!
My name is Marna, I'm half of Class Act Angoras, my partner in crime is Kathryn. We each have our own barn in our own city, but are pooling our resources to get the best Angoras we can possibly breed. I am a fiber artist, a 4-H leader and a mom.