April 14, 2005

It's *everywhere*

I gave Nutmeg a bath last night, and this seems to have triggered his spring shed. Just looking at him causes him to emit a cloud of discarded fur, and the results of him shaking are simply not to be believed.

Brush, brush, brush. Sigh.

"If you walk/swim far enough, everything is west of St. Louis. Including, amazingly enough, St. Louis." --David Singleton

Posted by blahedo at 10:54pm on 14 Apr 2005
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You should see Rocky and Nancy (our rabbits) right now; it's like they're completely made of fur and it's ALL COMING OUT AT ONCE. Eva is collecting it to try and spin something out of it. We'll have to see... Posted by Mark at 1:38pm on 18 Apr 2005
It seems I jumped the gun slightly. The day after his bath he shed incredibly, but then it tailed off. It's still more than he was shedding before, but I get a reprieve before the real hard-core spring shed occurs, I guess.

I did collect a bunch of the brushed/raked fur during last year's shed, though, and I do think I'll be able to spin it into a nice single-ply chunky yarn. Even with multiple years' worth, though, it seems like the quantity wouldn't be enough to do anything useful with. We'll see, I guess.

Posted by blahedo at 11:44pm on 18 Apr 2005
If you want to try and spin it, you should definitely talk to Eva. She just recently got a charka (a portable spinning wheel designed by Ghandi...how cool is that?) and has had some pretty good luck with making wool yarn. If you're not familiar with it, here's a pic and article: http://www.pacificwoolandfiber.com/Charkha.htm Posted by Mark at 1:58pm on 19 Apr 2005
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