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On October 24, 2010, in Learning Center, by ktwpadmin

Welcome to our learning center. Select a link to the right to explore and learn about this great industry!

 

Every item knitted from handspun Angora yarn is fluffy and soft, luxurious and comfortable. You’re sure to feel great whenever you wear your new, stylish Angora sweater””especially because you made it! When you give a custom knitted Angora sweater, or any other item, you can be sure that your personal touch will not to unnoticed.

Wool from the Angora rabbit is famous for its silk-like texture and remarkable fluffiness. It is no wonder that people love their Angora knit sweaters and scarves. Since Angora is a natural fiber, it breathes easily and has some elasticity. Angora yarn does not scratch like many other forms of wool, which means that even the pickiest wearer of sweaters will enjoy wearing garments made from handspun Angora yarn.

Pure Angora Yarn

There are different quality levels of the wool, but the most expensive is from the top and back of the rabbit. The finest wool is plucked from the rabbit. This process can make handspun fluffy Angora yarn costly, making knitted gifts from it even more valued.

Are you in search of the right present for a special woman? Can you knit? If so, get some Angora yarn and go to work. If the gift is for your mother, imagine how delighted she will be with the love shown in a sweater you knitted just for her from Angora. If it’s your best friend, she’ll be delighted when she sees Angora booties, handmade by you, in the box at a baby shower.

Angora yarn can be found online from a variety of sources. Major yarn retailers will often carry it. However, the best angora yarn often comes from family-owned companies which spin it themselves. Custom dying is also commonly available from these sellers, though it may cost more. Other retailers offer a plethora of colors to select from and will result in a very high quality product which you will be sure to appreciate.

By searching online you can find knitting patterns for a large number of different items. If you want to surprise your mother with the perfect sweater or knit other items for babies or children, such as gloves, scarves or socks, you’ll easily be able to find such patterns online. Patterns can be found based upon your level of skill and how long you are able to devote to your knitting project.

When you make a present of an Angora garment that you knitted yourself, your gift will be most appreciated and be met with many thanks. You will be motivated to knit more and more.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Sophie_Myers-Blatt

 

Yarns of different varieties are available for making knitwear. Angora yarn is considered among the finest yarn available for knitwear and sweaters. Angora wool comes from the eponymous breed of rabbits. This breed has several strands. It is widely accepted that this breed of rabbits originated in some Turkish town. Sheep’s wool is more popular than angora wool but angora wool is considered more elegant and beautiful.

The color, feel, and softness of yarns that are made of wool is what makes angora yarn knitwear and sweaters elegant and in high demand by royalty everywhere. The wool is much warmer than regular sheep’s wool, while also being finer and more resistant to stains. Depending on how the wool is spun, the yarn can appear very fluffy and even resemble fur without having to kill any rabbit. The look of the hand spun angora yarn makes it great for making knitwear including sweaters, and jackets.

There are a few different types of rabbit breed that are prevalent today. There are rabbits breed in Turkey, England, France, Germany and Chile. These five main types of wool all have different attributes and characteristics that separate them from amongst themselves. The Chilean version is said to be the largest of them all and is a very widely sought after wool for hand spinning.

Historical records show that the French royalty was so fond of angora wool that it began its own angora wool collection. This was done to ensure that there was sufficient angora wool for knitting royal clothing. This practice led to the naming of a breed of angora rabbits as French Angora Rabbits.

Using angora rabbit yarn for scarves mittens hats sweaters booties and other outerwear is a very humane way to produce warm and usable winter clothing that is also fashionable. The fur is naturally harvested from the animals in the same way that wool is harvested from sheep. Not any animals are killed for their fur, such as how the chinchilla is.

Additionally there are also some companies that are offering custom made fluffy angora sweaters to those who are willing to pay the price of having yarn hand spun for making them. These hand made sweaters are so elegant and quite useful in northern climates due to the warmth that they offer combined with their lightness and weather resistant qualities and furry fluffy looks. An angora sweater custom made with angora fibers from Chilean rabbits, and handspun yarn, once in your family will be cherished for generations.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Valentina_Bellocchio

 

There are almost as many ways to classify of rabbits as there are different types of rabbits!

Most commonly rabbits will be classified according to breed or fur type but they certainly aren’t the only ways and it’s up to you to use what suits you best. For example you may only have a small apartment and be looking for a rabbit within a certain weight/size range. Or you like the look of a certain body type and what to know what choices you have with that shape.

Here are the four most common ways to group rabbit types:

1. Breed

This is the most obvious way and probably what most people think when they talk about a type of rabbit. The American Rabbit Breeders Association recognises 47 separate breeds of rabbits however there are many more, such as Lionheads, that aren’t recognised yet but who are just as popular.

2. Fur Type

There are 4 types of rabbit fur – normal, satin, rex and fancy or wool.

  • Normal – the vast majority of ARBA recognized rabbits have normal fur including pretty much all of the more popular choices: Lops, Netherland Dwarfs, New Zealand, Flemish Giants, Dutch etc.
  • Rex fur is reserved for the two Rex varieties – Rex and Mini Rex. Rex fur is known for its amazing velvet-like plushness which comes from the coat’s tougher guard hairs being no longer than the softer underhairs.
  • Satin fur is found on just two breeds – Satins and Mini Satins. It is characterized by its wonderful glossy, smooth sheen.
  • Fancy or Wool fur breeds have fluffy, soft wool-like fur that stands out from the bunny’s body. Angoras (French, English, Giant and Satin), Jersey Wooly and American Fuzzy Lop are all fancy wool breeds. They require regular maintenance to keep them looking good and to ensure the rabbit doesn’t a large volume of loose hairs which could obstruct their digestive system.

3. Body Shape

Rabbits can be found in five basic body shapes:

  • Commercial – the most common shape. E.g.: French Lop, New Zealand, French Angora, Hotot, Rex, Satin & Mini Satin
  • Compact – similar to the commercial but a shorter, more compact body. E.g.: English Angora, Jersey Wooly, Mini Lop, Mini Rex, Lilac, Netherland Dwarf.
  • Cylindrical – only one breed fits into this category, the Himalayan which has a long, slender body.
  • Full arch – these breeds are taller than they are wide and have long legs and arms. E.g.: English Spot, Checkered Giant, Britannia Petite.
  • Semi arch – also known as a mandolin or pear shape, these breeds resemble a cut pear half or mandolin shape. There are only five breeds in this category: Giant Chinchilla, American, Beveren, English Lop and Flemish Giant.

4. Size

Weight ranges for classifying rabbits aren’t set in stone. Each person you talk to and book you read will probably have different range for each of these but generally breeds fall into roughly these ranges:

  • Mini/dwarf – Less than 4 pounds. E.g.: Jersey Wooly, Dwarf Hotot, Holland Lop, Mini Rex. Netherland Dwarf.
  • Small – Around 4-7 pounds. E.g.: Mini Lop, Dutch, English Angora.
  • Medium – 6-11 pounds E.g.: French Angora, English Spot, Rex, Hotot, Satin
  • Giant – over 11 pounds. E.g.: French Lop, Flemish Giant, Giant Chinchilla

So, there you have it, a few different ways to classify types of rabbits. Use what suits you best!

Happy bunny choosing >’.'<

Abbey Mitchell and is a long-time animal lover and rabbit enthusiast. Visit her site RabbitsForPets.com for a complimentary copy of herPet Rabbit Secrets mini course. You’ll learn rabbit secrets that you won’t find anywhere else on the web!

 

Keeping Traditions News and Learning Center

On October 24, 2010, in News, by tina

Welcome to our new news and learning center!

 

What do Baby Rabbits Eat?

On October 24, 2010, in Rabbit Care, by tina

In order to keep your rabbit healthy, it is important to understand what rabbits eat and what they need. Rabbits are herbivores. This means that they get all their nutrition from plant sources. Plants are hard to digest. Rabbits don’t get all the nutrition out of their food as it passes through their digestive system, so they have developed a system that works for them.

First, they eat their food. The food passes through the digestive system and comes out as cecotropes, or night feces. These feces are rather smelly and look like a cluster of grapes. The rabbit eats the cecotropes, allowing the food to pass through their digestive system a second time so they get every nutrient they can from it. After the second pass, the rabbit passes the hard dry pellets that you normally associate with rabbit droppings.

Rabbits need a lot of different nutrients. If you get a good balanced pelleted feed, you can supply your rabbit with almost everything he needs. Good companies to look at include Nutrilux, Purina, Manna Pro, Nutrena, Oxbow, and many others. You can find most of these at your local feed store.

Oxbow is available at major pet stores and online. The primary difference you’ll find is almost all pellets at feed stores are alfalfa based, while Oxbow also carries a timothy-based pellet. For pets, the timothy is more than adequate.

If you have angora rabbits or want to raise rabbits for showing or meat, the alfalfa-based pellets provide the extra energy they need for breeding and wool production. Pellets should be given in a measured amount daily. Overfeeding will result in a rabbit that is fat and unhealthy.

Hay is also a very good food for rabbits. If you are feeding an alfalfa-based pellet, choose timothy hay or an orchard grass hay. You want to ask for horse quality hay. This ensures you will get the best quality hay. This is extremely important, as rabbits are very susceptible to anything that may get into lower quality hay.

You can give your rabbit free access to hay 24 hours a day. The fiber in the hay helps keep your rabbit’s digestive system clear and working. Rabbits clean themselves like cats do, and they swallow hair just like cats. Unlike cats, they cannot vomit up hair balls. The hay helps move these hairballs through their system so they don’t form blockages in the gut.

Fresh foods are also important. Stay away from a lot of fruit, though a little bite now and then is okay for a treat. Feed them greens like red clover, plantain, blackberry leaves and carrot tops. Try to stay away from a lot of “people” vegetables like zucchini, iceberg lettuce, and so on.

While your pet will eat these, they are full of more moisture than the rabbit’s gut is used to and may cause diarrhea. Too much fruit will do the same thing. If you notice your rabbit has runny droppings, remove all food and give them blackberry leaves and dandelion greens.

These foods are astringent and cleansing. They can help the rabbit heal from the intestinal upset they are experiencing. If your rabbit shows no signs of improvement in a day or two, take them to a rabbit savvy vet. Make sure all fresh foods have not been sprayed with pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers.

Donald Stuart suggests learning more about Rabbit Care on his website at http://www.rabbit-cages-and-hutches.com/rabbit-care.html

 

Top Tips for Rabbit Care

On October 24, 2010, in Rabbit Care, by tina

It’s a Pet – Not a Toy

As a pet, rabbits do not necessarily come to mind as a pet that needs to have a lot of care and attention. However, just like cats and dogs, rabbits need a considerable amount of both of those things in order to live a long and truly healthy life.

Spay or Neuter Your Bunny

A very important decision to be made is to spay or not spay. Spaying or neutering a rabbit typically lengthens their lifespan by two or more years. But factually, there is evidence that points to be spaying a rabbit leading to a more manageable behavior. Rabbits that aren’t spayed can become territorial and very possessive later in their reproductive lives. When they are spayed or neutered, possessiveness is reduced, as well as moodiness, aggressiveness, and excessive biting and chewing.

Fur Balls

To avoid excessive fur balls, brushing a rabbit regularly is highly advised. At times, rabbits may swallow the fur balls their bodies create and that is a problem mainly because they can’t spit it back up. So, this could definitely derail future digestive problems. For a short haired rabbit, brushing at least once a week is the advised brushing time. Rabbits shed every three months and it is advised to brush them daily when they do this and to brush even more frequently during the heaviest part of the shed.

The preferred brush to use on a rabbit is one specifically designed for them because to skin is very delicate and tougher brushes may irritate or cause them pain quite easily. Angora rabbits, no matter what period of time it is, require a daily brushing because their hair tends to be much longer than shorter hair rabbits. Along with daily brushing, keeping their hair trimmed to about 1-inch is also advised.

No Rabbit Baths

Baths as a way to clean them is definitely not advised. Baths tend to cause rabbits to develop a very stressful state and it is better to rely on “spot cleaning” opposed to placing them in a bath. Spot cleaning allows you to focus on one dirty spot a time to clean instead of getting their entire bodies wet.

If bathing is absolutely positively necessary, it is best to clean the rabbit as quickly as possible and to remember it takes a long while for their fur to dry so try not to get them too wet. A blow dryer is advised to use to speed the drying process. But even though instructions are given, it is best to try not to rely on bathing your rabbit at all.

Rabbits Chew

Rabbits need hard items to chew on in order to keep their teeth healthy and strong. If you allow your rabbit to roam free in your house, try to rabbit-proof the place so that rabbits do not chew on your furniture, wires, etc. Keep within their reach plenty of chewable items because it is very vital to their day-to-day living.

Other Factors

Security is also important to rabbits. They have to be held properly and in a way that makes them feel completely and totally safe. They are used to being hunted so they automatically become defensive or afraid if held improperly, which can lead to scratching.

Finding a great veterinarian who is trained in rabbit care is also important in terms of caring for a rabbit because they are considered to be an exotic pet and when something goes wrong, you want to know that you have someone you can call to be there for you.

If you are going to have a pet bunny, you should probably look at a few rabbit cages. Even if you have a rabbit-proof-fence for your yard or keep them in the house, bunnies need a safe and secure place to bed down for a good night’s sleep. A rabbit hutch is also a good option. For more information and tips visit http://www.rabbitcagesforsale.com.