blending rabbit hair with wool

Discussion in 'Sheep' started by chaplain robert, Sep 26, 2003.

  1. chaplain robert

    chaplain robert Well-Known Member

    Oct 9, 2002
    I have a question on behalf of my wife. She is the hat/sweater/scarf meister. She has always used Shetland wool in the past. However, we have some silvery grey angora rabbit hair (about 1 pound) and she would like to know about how much Shetland wool to blend this with in order to make an extra soft yarn for scarves or gaiters. Thanks
  2. John Hill

    John Hill Grand Master

    May 12, 2002
    New Zealand
    My darling wife, who is an expert on such things, suggests the blend would be about 30 % fur 70% wool.

  3. MOgal

    MOgal Well-Known Member Supporter

    Jul 26, 2002
    I agree with John's wife. THe 30/70 will give a good bounce to the yarn but not be too fuzzy.

    Does she have a drum carder or will she be carding by hand?

    I don't know exactly where in WC MO you are, but you and Mrs. need to attend the Missouri Natural Colored Woolgrowers Association show and fiber fest next spring at Nevada. It's always the first weekend AFTER Memorial Day. I don't remember their website right now but the lady who does it told me she'd been working on it to update it. They have vendors of all sorts of goodies, demonstrations, classes, animals, etc. and a lot of fun.