It appears that we have skipped Spring this year. Last week we were moaning about our cold, rainy days and this week we are all dripping in sweat. The day before yesterday, it reached 97 degrees.....ouch!
My days have been filled with stirring the dye pot and sitting behind the carder. Although I really enjoy this part of fibering......I enjoy it a bit more when I am not so pressed for time.
Out of the dyepot and carder comes this Opalessence blend of purples, apricot, greens and blues. It is a blend of angora, silk and merino and has lots of luster. My youngest daughter, Hannah, has informed me that I need to make her a shawl with some of this. At 10 years old, she already loves fiber. It is nice to see young people interested in fibery things!
Bunny Genetics 101
Now that these bunnies are older, you can definitely see the difference in their colors. Even though they are both buff colored, they are different. The little one on the left is a dilute of chocolate, Lynx and the bunny on the right is Fawn
It appears that both bunnies are what is called Agouti's, which in general terms means that their fur is banded. As you can see in this picture, both bunnies show a distinct separation of color. The Lynx's band is white now, but when his second coat comes in, that white will be replaced with an almost mauve color and the tips will remain darker.
The Fawn's band is an apricot color and will probably be the same when his adult coat comes in.
The other places you will see white is on the belly and under the tail. It is pretty obvious with this rabbit, that he is indeed an agouti and because of his orange color, the term for him would be Fawn.
I had a wee bit more trouble identifying this little guy, the Lynx. As you can see, the coloring around his eye is not quite as distinct as his brother's is. He is also sporting a light chocolate nose and some grey on his feet.
Lilac and Torte are referred to as Self colors, in other words, they will not show the banding of color. The color is the same all the way thru. Tortes have a pattern on top of the color, and they have a dark mask on their face and their bellies are much darker. In a previous litter of this same breeding, there was a Lilac Torte. In her baby coat she showed this same banding, which caused me some confusion in identifying this boy. Her adult coat, however is solid and she sports a milky chocolate mask on her face. She is one of my favorites here and had this little guy been a doe, he would have stayed as I really love this almondy color. Next week, I will show you some examples of torte and self's.
All of the bunnies will be heading to their new homes over the next 2 weeks. I will miss their cute little faces. My next litter of bunnies will be a pure German litter and while I am excited about the breeding, I will miss seeing these colors. Pure Germans, are always red eyed white rabbits. The challenge with them, is trying to remember who is who....LOL. I use colored magic markers to put different colored dots on the bottoms of their feet.
If any of you are at the fiber frolic this weekend, please do stop by and say hello!