Spinning short haired rabbit fur- a challenge!

A friend posted me a bag of rabbit fur from her much loved rabbit, hoping that I could spin it for her. It was not an Angora! I have it on good authority (that of Pliny the Second, AD 75) that cloth cannot be made of the hair of rabbits and hares as the "hair is short and would soon shed." The fur was 1-1 1/4 inch staple and wild rabbit colour. The picture shows the fur, the punis made from it (carded and rolled on to a knitting needle, then pulled off) the spindle and the Andean plyed and washed skein. Looks a bit bristly. Perhaps Pliny was right!

Angoras and Thunderstorms!

I have recently invested in new garden pens with stronger lids, as 3 young foxes have moved into my neighbourhood. The pens are tent-pegged to the ground for extra security from the foxes. My rabbits live in outdoor hutches, which is better for their health, and go out in their pens on the lawn when it is dry. Sudden thunderstorms yesterday and today meant frantically catching 5 Angoras at a time, all of whom were happily lying full length in the pouring rain in the unsheltered areas of their pens. Why do they only dive into the dry boarded area when I try to catch them? The kitchen was full of damp Angoras being towelled dry, a process that they do not seem to mind in the least. Their wool

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