The Bunny – Angora Rabbit

Angora Rabbit

Angora Rabbit

Welcome to the Alpaca Bunny Smackdown. In the Bunny corner, the contributing bunny – Nougat! (applause, WOOTS, & cheering!) who is pictured below right. Weighing in at a feathery 3.5 lbs., Nougat’s favorite hobby is trying to hump the doe in the next cage. He likes chewing wooden blocks and dislikes having his belly groomed. Turn-ons: Well, he’s a rabbit. Everything turns him on.

Nougat’s owner, Lynn tells us about her rabbits:

Angora rabbits are kept for their luxurious fiber, as show animals, and for their pleasant personalities. Many people keep them as pets, sheared in a poodle cut. They come in a wide variety of colors such as white, fawn, black, chocolate, lilac, chinchilla, red, chestnut, agouti, tortes, broken, and more. There are satin, French, English, and giant german angoras and each have a slightly different texture. I chose to raise angoras for several reasons. Their fiber may be plucked or sheared and can be spun raw without further processing. Plucking the naturally shed wool is time consuming but it guarantees a minimum of guard hair and creates a higher quality fiber because there are no blunt shorn ends to itch you.

Nougat & Peter

Nougat & Peter

The wool has a micron count of 10-13 and lends itself to very fine spinning. It is easy to spin lace-weight on a drop spindle or wheel. In rabbits there isn’t an obvious divide in fiber quality like there is on other fiber animals but some breeders may divide between the back and side fiber, and belly and leg fiber. Angora felts easily and felted bits on the rabbit are sheared and discarded, or cut up and spread outside for birds to use in nesting.

There are many uses for angora rabbit wool. It is six to eight times warmer than wool and can be blended into other fibers at 10-30% for added warmth and softness. It is often spun straight by itself for use in infant knitted products. Because it felts easily it is ideal for needle felting or fulled items.

Items knit from the fiber often have a fuzzy halo to it. Blending the fiber can reduce this as well as reduce shedding and pilling in the finished garment.

These delightful animals are growing in popularity. I truly enjoy working with them and their fiber and sharing their beauty with others.

This post contributed by Lynn who blogs as FiberMama and Tweets as @SheepMama. She lives on a small farm in southern Ohio with her husband, three sons, kitten, Icelandic sheep, chickens, and of course, angora rabbits. In her spare time she enjoys spinning, knitting, needle felting, and the occasional healthy competition.

Comments

  1. Angora wool sounds like my suri alpaca boy Marti’s fleece. fine, fine, fine. Main drawback, it will felt in the bag if there is any humidity. Maybe he and Nougat would get along–they have similar hobbies.

  2. Hmmm, I have similar hobbies too.

    But seriously. Thanks for introducing me to another glorious critter. I wonder if they’re popular in NZ?
    .-= Anthony Blears´s last blog ..Choosing your stud male alpacas =-.

  3. Yummy Angora! I have a friend who has an angora rabbit and it is lovely. Her Mom told me NOT to even think about it. She told me to stick to my pacas…less work. I just smiled and said “But I like soft and purty” Love the pics. The white one is a riot!

  4. I’m allergic to wool, so have been a connoisseur of angora for years. Lovely to find out more about it!
    .-= TexasRed´s last blog ..Tell Me Thursday – Quilting Texture for Mountains =-.

  5. if I wasn’t told that white one was a bunny I’d have thought it was a teddy bear-way too cute!
    .-= kathi-fiberdance´s last blog ..yes, sir, yes, sir, three bags full……. =-.

  6. Oh, how I miss my Angoras! I will have to have some soon as I am well! I do love them! I need to find my angora stash!
    .-= Lady Katherine´s last blog ..WHITE DISH TREASURES =-.

  7. I have giant angora (blue).
    .-= RRJ´s last blog ..Kelinci Anakan =-.

  8. omg !!! are you sure that its a rabbit ? its gorgeous :)

  9. Yeah its so cute i am getting one soon!!!!!

  10. it soooooo cute

  11. threedognight says:

    Just a note for safety’s sake: Baby items should not be made from 100% angora unless it is only used on the trim. Because their wool is 6-8 times warmer than sheep’s wool and infants can’t tell you when they are too hot, it can be very dangerous to clothe an infant in angora! They are lovely animals. I have English, French and German Giant Angoras and love them all.

  12. ITS SO FLUFFY

  13. It is so CUTE…..I want one !!!!!!!!!!!

  14. i would love to touch it, it looks so soft and cute

  15. cute!

  16. What kind of rabbit is the white fluffy one—i have been reading about so many breeds—-lion head? Asian?

  17. I’m pretty sure it’s an angora rabbit.

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