|Our three Angora wethers. They sit in these exact spots every single time!|
|We do not like to have our hair cut nor our feet trimmed.|
We are the proud owners of four, spoiled rotten Angoras: Pierre, Huck, Walter, and Catie. I've listed them in the order of their arrival at Farm Genevieve. Here's the problem with people in the fiber world. You learn to spin, knit, or weave; become quickly addicted; and then your new "friends" plant the seed that you "need" fiber animals. That's how Pierre came to us via my spinning instructor!
When we picked up Pierre, I also held a couple of baby goats in my lap. One was Huck and, well, he came home, too. That love at first sight was very lucky, because Huck has the most beautiful black, silvery gray fleece. It is dark, but overdyes well. I can only describe it as baby fine and he produces a ton of it.
|Huck says: I'm a big baby and I don't care!|
Walter came next. He is a registered, red Angora goat. His fleece is fine and is really more beige than red. It can be blended with a variety of colors and looks wonderful dyed or natural.
Our final Angora addition is our Catie. Our only girl in a bunch of boys. Catie came to us because she was a wee goat among many and was not getting enough to eat. One day she got into the feeder and the other goats ganged up on her and broke her jaw. The vet set her jaw with a dog harness and she came to live with us. Today she is small, sweet, and spoiled.
|Catie Patie helping to keep things tidy after a tornado blew threw town.|
Mohair is a wondrous fiber that adds a fuzzy luster to wool. A little mohair goes a long way and most people create blends of 25% mohair to 75% wool. I've used it up to a 50/50 blend successfully and even experiemented with 100% mohair. And since you shear twice a year, you will always have plenty of it.
|Handspun wool/mohair blend. See the fuzzies?|
|Mohair...it's worth the work!|