Bunnies are Awesome

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I dream of one day having a fiber farm; with alpacas, sheep, goats, maybe yaks- anything fiber- including angora rabbits.  I don’t have any farm experience, though.  But I am an experienced pet owner and earlier this year I decided to get a pair of bonded angora bunnies.  And so far?  All I can say is bunnies make great pets.

I have always been a dog and cat person, and whenever I adopted a cat I was often looking for a “lap kitty.”  I haven’t successfully found one, though.  Most of my cats turn out to have an attitude and, if they sit on your lap, you are putting yourself at risk if you pet them because they will either swat you, or sink their claws into your legs out of pure happiness.  I love my cats but my “lap kitty” quotient has never been met.  Until I got bunnies.

Now I have definitely met bunnies that are skittish and mean- and bunnies can bite and have claws that are scary and can do real damage.  Having met those bunnies, I was a little hesitant about how things would work out when I got my own.  But Angora bunnies are a whole different beast than regular bunnies.  Their fiber means they require regular grooming, they need more monitoring to make sure they don’t get “wool block” (they ingest some of their hair while grooming themselves but since they are SO hairy they can actually clog their own digestive track), and silly things like bedding can cause issues because their hair is so long.

But either because I handle them a lot for grooming, or because they are my bunnies, my angoras are the sweetest things.  I often sit them on my lap to groom them but they happily cuddle with me after grooming is complete (and they’ll cuddle each other if I bring both in together).  My lap quotient has finally been filled.  And as an added bonus, I am starting to amass a collection of fine fiber for spinning…

FIBER BUNNIES!

Life has been incredibly busy this year- and to add to that busy-ness- I finally got some fiber bunnies!

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My interest in knitting and crocheting has been expanding with the years, and although I’m not entirely sure I want to learn to spin, I have become more and more interested in fiber animals.  Based on where we live, bunnies were the fiber animal of choice, and now I am getting a crash course in the care of bunnies- specifically angora bunnies- which apparently are a whole different beast when it comes to their care simply because their long hair can make for more complicated care.

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But Norma Jeane and Eleanor have been a blast so far!  And hopefully I can share a little of what I have learned in some future posts.

More Delicious Crochet: DRAGONS!

I have actually been pretty busy with several knitting and crocheting projects this year but I haven’t been posting about them (yet).   Despite having many, many different types of projects throughout the year, I’d still call 2015 the year of the dragon.  Because I ended up making 4 crochet dragons.  I LOVE this pattern.

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This pattern is actually by the same person I got my llama and sheep patterns from and I have several more patterns from Delicious Crochet that I have made or plan to.  I modified the original dragon pattern so I could use a variety of colors, and I also added “hair” at the request of my son.  Now I just need to find someone to make this octopus for.