There’s been a little bit going on here at Samollynn. The baby has been getting so big. He is a boy, which wasn’t what I wanted, but like so many things in life, things don’t always go as planned. But we are going to keep him to build our Vienna Marks. I love the look of Vienna Marks and I honestly think that it adds a little something to the fiber as well. His name is Patches and he is an opal.
For those of you who are wondering what an opal is, an opal is a coloring of agouti, which that is a banding of color and ear lacing. They have either cream or white around the eyes and on the stomach, neck, and tail. There are four (five), different agouti colors. First is Chestnut. Chestnuts when they are born look black with a white underside. The chestnut is the black phase of the agouti. The reason I put five in parentheses is because Copper is another agouti, but they are just high rufus chestnuts. High rufus is a lot of red in the coloring. The next color is the chocolate which is the chocolate phase of agouti. Next is the lynx which is the lilac coloring. And finally is the opal which is the blue phase of agouti. I personally love the opal. They are stunning. Patches makes my second opal here at Samollynn, but his color is stunning. He’ll make a great addition to my herd.
Next, a few girls have found new homes. One red-eyed white girl went to go be with two other angoras I sold earlier this summer. This woman is super nice and very excited to get into angoras and working with their fiber. I also had two sisters go to a new home yesterday to a fellow spinner. I love it when I have rabbits go to a home where they will be used for what they were intended for.
I did have a guy ask me about a rabbit this week for a pet. Now I don’t really sell my guys as pets. I have made a few exceptions, but not many. This guy didn’t realize the care and attention that they need for years. He said he’d get back to me after he did some research. Well it’s been about a week and I haven’t heard from him, so I am guessing that he’s not able to do the care that is required. I’m ok with this. I’d rather have someone not get back to me if they realize that they can’t care for an animal properly than think they can and either return it or worse send it to a shelter or have it suffer.
Any way. Fall is officially here in New Hampshire. The leaves are an array of different colors and we are getting ready for winter. I need to plastic up windows and doors. There’s a window that needs to be repaired before the snow hits. Other than that everyone should be good for the winter.
So I am off to get myself set up for the week. Including figuring out who is molting. I just harvested Billy, Blue, and Bear. I think Lavender will be next. I love her fiber. It’s so beautiful to look at and spin. Then Maggie will be harvested as well. This is her junior coat and it is stunning. I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Well till next time.
I am Amanda Fontaine, I run Samollynn Angoras and have been doing so for about five years now. I hope to spread not only the lovely fiber that they share with me, but the knowledge that I have learned over the years from others, and my own experience.