Life in New England revolves around cycles and seasons, comforting in their big picture predictability, with short term weird weather tossed in like spice. Even when winter is wild and brutal, we know it will end with spring's gentle beauty. It's a promise we can count on, unlike promises politicians make. Yes, there is the transition of mud season between, sometimes eclipsing most of spring, but again, it will end, summer will take over and eventually yield to fall's bounty. We can count on that, and it shapes my day to day activities.
Similarly, the bunnies provide both structure and variety in my life. They continue with their job of producing sweet soft warm wool for harvest in three month cycles, roughly aligned with the seasons, which means another cycle of shearing approaches. Buckwheat last got nekkid just a hair over 3 months ago. He currently sports full foof but doesn't tend to hold coat well for long, so he needs shearing in the next few days. We've had a bit of cool down lately but prediction for the next couple days is warming, which makes today a perfect time to shear him. He will adjust to his nekkidness comfortably. If the prediction is wrong, he will get either a sweatshirt to wear or a box of hay to snuggle in and stomp.
Huckleberry Honey's coat is also ready for shearing. He is a satin angora, fully pluckable but shearing is more comfortable and compatible for me, so shearing it is. That does mean occasionally his cycle of coat growth does not synch with the shearing schedule and his rich red is a more muted fawn. That is the case now, but I'm good with that because that shimmery satin fawn is like frosted honey and totally delicious in it's own right. These satins do not produce as much fiber as the Germans and German crossbreds but what they do produce is luscious and so worth the reduced quantity.
With the season cycling into cooler weather, it is time to consider what to do with all this harvested angora. Some of it, of course, I turn into wearable warmth for me. Some of it is available for sale, and if you crave some of it, just click on the email me link up there at the top right. For now, my cycle of creating warm soft wear will focus on wet felted mittens, as I craft a pair of celtic knot mittens for a customer, and then prepare fibers and refine techniques for a mitten workshop I will be teaching in New Hampshire in early December. Details are still evolving but email me if you want more information, or if you would like to host a workshop in your area.