September 6, 2012 – On Monday we drove to Curtis, Michigan, to my friend Sherry’s fiber farm and picked up a few new family members. Pete and I are the proud parents of three angora rabbits. I have mentioned before that I love knitting and all things fiber. Pete and I are working towards having our own farm in a couple years and I hope a few fiber animals will be included in our plans. In the meantime, however, rabbits are something that we can have in a small space even while renting. To be honest, the thought of having angora rabbits never occured to either one of us. That is until Sherry invited us to the Eweper Fiber Fair. I really wanted to make the almost two hour drive to peruse fiber and see a few spinning/felting/fiber demonstrations. Pete was a little grumbly about the whole thing but I talked him into coming with me. We pulled into the parking lot of the local school and started making our way to the front doors when we spotted a super furry rabbit, an angora rabbit. Pete took one look at this beautifull creature and all of a suddon the drive was worth while.
I had already been planning on getting a spinning wheel at some point; again, thanks to Sherry and watching her spin yarn. Having our own angora rabbits started to make sense. It also just so happened that Sherry had bred two of her rabbits and had babies that would be ready for a new home by the end of August.
The bunnies have settled into their new home and we are loving them. We’ve been making sure we handle them everyday after work so they get used to us and being groomed. We also have a fenced in area for them to run around and burn off some energy. They do get full of leaves and needles when we let them run around, but it’s worth seeing them explore and jump about.
For those of you wondering how I’m going to fit a spinning wheel in the tiny house, I already have that figured out. Sherry is a dealer of Schacht spinning wheels out of Boulder, Colorado. One of their spinning wheels, called the Sidekick, is designed to fold for travel. When folded, the Sidekick measures 8.25″ wide, 15″ deep, and 21.5″ high and we will be able to store the spinning wheel in the storage loft when not in use. It will probably be a little while before I splurge on the spinning wheel, but in the meantime we will collect the fiber from our new furry friends.