Monday, October 27, 2008

The Convention

Me, Betty, and Chris.

What a gorgeous color.

This is my favorite natural color to spin. So pretty.

Look at those furnishings! Chu's Stewart wants more food.

Chu's Nolan. This handsome flirty little boy won Best of Breed!

Today John and I drove down to Louisville, KY to the rabbit convention. Just imagine 23,000 plus rabbits in one show! It was nice to visit with rabbit friends and see the competion.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The fruits of my labor

A friend of mine recently gave me some tips on dying fiber prior spinning. Usually I would not do this as it is easier to dye a hank of yarn but the end product can be very different if you use other methods. In this first picture I have put some soaking wet fiber in a roasting pan and got a little crazy with some dye.
Now I have a heaping mess of matted up fiber.

After I carded it out and spun a ply it's beginning to look like something that resembles yarn.

Presto! Now we have yarn. It is a long road from rabbit to yarn but if you have patience and enjoy the process you eventually will get a lovely end product.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Happy Birthday...

To ME!! Yep, it's my birthday. Or at least it will be in a few short days and this is what I got. It is a Coral Burst ornamental crab apple tree and it makes me very happy:) For years John threatened to cut down a lovely crab apple tree that sat in this very same spot due to it's failing health but this tree hugger wouldn't allow it. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had her way with the former tree during that nasty wind storm a few weeks ago and snapped it in two. I was heart broken:( My saddness was short lived when I realized I could replace the white flowereing tree with A PINK ONE! With time, this itty bitty beauty should grow to look something like this...

John worked hard picking out this tree, digging the hole, and planting the tree. What a great gift!

While we are on the subject of trees, check out this fine new addition to the backyard.

It is quite a beauty for sure but try explaining that to the dog in the foreground. Angus was all for the big hole dug in the backyard until the new tree occupied it. You would swear it was the enemy invading! For a dog who never seems to be out of 'water' when it comes to trees this one just wasn't in the database. He has since adjusted.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

A show

It was good to be back showing this past weekend. The weather was perfect and the show site was so close to home I would have gone even if I didn't have rabbits to show. the first picture is judge Mike Adams going over Bree.

Judge Mike going over Too Sexy.

Moving on to French Angora, Lisa and Annette intently listening to the judge's comments.

Best of Breed winner in show A was my white doe Bree and best of breed winner in show B was my chocolate tort doe Too Sexy.