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Keeping Traditions Farm News – March 2014

On March 16, 2014, in News, by tina

Winter is still hanging on – we just had another storm pass through a couple days ago.

Another winter storm

Another winter storm

DSC_0006Spring is just days away – hopefully the weather will start to look like it. In the meantime I have been working on several different yarns. Going through my stash I have quite a bit of dyed merino that would go nicely with angora. I made several colors and really liked how they turned out. Here is a sample of one, more can be seen on my etsy store.

Blue merino/angora blend

Blue merino/angora blend

I also played with some lockspun. Here is one that I am working on made with mohair locks. I am thinking after its done I may add some color to it by dyeing.

working on a lockspun

working on a lockspun

kid mohair locks I am using to spin

kid mohair locks I am using to spin

DSC_0049This is one that is done – I will be listing it on etsy soon. The scarfs that are knit from these type of yarns are easy to make – large knitting needles and few stitches to the width you like and just knit. So pretty and fun.

If you would like to see some of the yarns for sale – click on the fiber and gifts button at the top or just email with any questions. Thanks for visiting!

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping Traditions Farm News January 2014

On January 26, 2014, in News, by tina

winter timewinter time

Were in the middle of winter here in Michigan and its been a rough one. The Arctic air continues to come down keeping so many of us in the bitter cold. Keeping our animals safe has been the top priority at Keeping Traditions fiber farm. The livestock is all together in the barn –  bunnies, goats and llama to keep in the body heat, its amazing the difference this can make. Straw is piled high and stuffed into all the nooks and crannies to keep in the warmth. The angora rabbits love to play and dig in it and it really has helped to keep them warm along with their nice thick wool coats.  I am out several times a day with water. Its a challenge but so worth it when you see all those sweet little faces. Our baby angora bunnies are doing well and growing, they too will have some nice thick wool coats. Our German/English buck is old enough to go to a new home now.  The purebred German angora bucks will need to wait until February since they were born later in December. One is reserved, but have 4 available if you are interested in a nice fiber producing rabbit.

On the fiber side of the farm I have been working on making soft and fluffy angora/merino yarns. Here is a pink one, really like how it turned out. I am currently working on a sparkly blue angora/merino yarn, its partially made, still on the wheel  at this time, but will post it when I get it donepink angora/merino yarn

Also took a break from angora fiber for a bit and made a lockspun again, they are fun to do. I am going to play and make more of the art yarns. I like working with so many different fibers and see what I can do with them.

Lockspun art yarn

Lockspun art yarn

If interested in any of these you can email me or click on “Fiber and Gifts” button above which will take you to my etsy store.

Well until next time – stay warm!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

German Angora Rabbits for Sale

On January 19, 2014, in Rabbits for Sale, by tina

Purebred German Angora BuckSept 2016 —– I have a couple wooler angora does that I would like to find homes for. Older does, non breeders. Please email for more information and updates on any other rabbits available.

Please read through the sales policy before contacting us for a rabbit.

 

 

Michigan raised purebred German buck

Purebred German Angora Buck

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farm News – August 2, 2013

On August 3, 2013, in News, by tina

Summer is going by fast, I guess that’s what happens when we keep busy. The baby goats are growing fast, its hard to believe they will be 3 months old soon. Their moms have done a great job, they are nice healthy babies. Its been fun to watch them play and chase each other around, even Tansy our dwarf loves to join in.

The Does

The Does

In the rabbit barn our lilac doe had a litter of 3 black babies. They recently opened their eyes and are just starting to explore their area —  Babies are so Cute!

new babies

new babies

On the fiber end of the farm I have been spending time dyeing a variety of angora.  I have quite a few colors that will be available soon. Its fun to blend the colors in with soft wools, alpaca, or just spin it as it is to make a pure angora yarn.  Maybe I will make some fun batts with part of it : )

dyed angora drying

dyed angora drying

crochet angora blend cowl

crochet angora blend cowl

Its been a crocheting summer for me. This is one project I just finished – a cowl I made with an angora blended yarn. Its so soft. I am more spinning pure angora yarn too, I want to make more baby bonnets and booties.

I will be posting some of the items on etsy, and others I am getting  ready for the fall shows. Like always if their is anything you are interested in on the site and cannot find in a listing please email – I can let you know what I have available and I do custom orders.

Thank you for visiting! Tina

 

 

Farm News – June 6, 2013

On June 9, 2013, in News, by tina

We have new babies! Our Annie – a cashgora goat had a little blue eyed buck. He is a cutie and love the blue eyes. This guy is 75% angora and 25% cashmere. I will be offering him for sale. If interested just email.

New baby blue eyed cashgora buck

New baby blue eyed cashgora buck

 

Princess an angora doe welcomed twin does a few days later. So sweet and getting curly already.

Princess and her twin does

Princess and her twin does

The sire to the babies is our buck Snowstorm from Mcgregor farms. He is a loaded with tight curls all over and it looks like he is passing it on. It will be exciting to watch the little ones as they grow.

On the bunny front – their is a new litter of purebred German angoras. They happened to be born the same day Annie kidded. A litter of 5 and all doing well.

At the fiber end I have been sorting the fiber and starting to offer some for sale on my etsy store. I have chestnut agouti fiber and chocolate in colored wool along with some dyed fibers. I also have white in larger quanities.  Email if interested in anything special and I can see what I can offer. To see whats in my etsy store just click the “Fiber and Gifts” button at the top of the page.

Until next time –  have a wonderful week.

blue dyed angora

blue dyed angora

natural chocolate angora

natural chocolate angora

 

 

 

 

Farm News May 15, 2013

On May 16, 2013, in News, by tina

The weather this week has been so nice. The flowers are really starting to bloom and the fragrance from the lilac and apple blossoms is wonderful. The violets are popping up all over – I had to get a picture. So pretty.

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This past week I spent a little time starting to sort some of the fleeces that were sheared over the last few weeks.  I  took some of the prime angora fiber to dye,  and then did a few batches with second grade angora fiber.  Both fiber types can be blended/ carded with other fibers. The prime can be spun as a pure angora yarn. Angora resists water so it takes patience working with it.  I wanted to make sure it didn’t get matted/felted so temperature was important.  With some patience you can see the results yourself below.

I will be selling this as soon as I get it weighed and good pictures of each color, contact me if you are interested.

Thank you for visiting!

 

Farm News – May 8, 2013

On May 8, 2013, in News, by tina

May 8, 2013

The last few weeks have been busy with shearing here on the farm. Not only were all the rabbits ready for their shearing it was time for the goats also. Since I do the shearing myself,  it takes me several weeks to get them all done. The weather has finally co-operated and its made it much easier. Now with the shearing done I will be sorting through the wool, washing the mohair and soon will post the extra I have for sale.

I took a couple pictures of them after shearing (Tansy our Nigerian dwarf is just brushed  when she starts shedding).  The rabbit is a German hybrid, he is a real sweetheart.

Thank you for visiting the site. I will post again next week with news  of whats going on at the farm.

 

Here are pictures of some of the fiber/yarns/ and hand knitted or crochet items I have offered for sale.  I am always spinning new yarns, dyeing fibers, and hand crocheting /hand knitting new items. If you are looking for something special just email, I may have that special fiber or gift on hand or I can do custom orders. I do have an etsy store with some similar items for sale – just click on the “Fiber and Gifts ” Button at the top of the page —  or if you prefer you can email me to see what I have to offer you. I can do payments with an invoice through paypal or make a special listing for you on my etsy store.

 
 

Wild Baby Rabbits

On July 7, 2012, in Learning Center, Rabbit Care, by tina

I want to first of all say that if you find a nest of wild baby bunnies outside it is best to let them be. The mother is generally in the area. This is how rabbits raise their young. Mother nature has given the wild rabbit instinct where they do not stay with the babies in the nest. The mother is in the area watching -she does not stay in the nest with the babies. Baby rabbits have a different survival method from other mammals. They do not need to have their mother with them constantly like dogs or cats when born. The mother feeds them once or twice a day by standing over them and letting the babies nurse. The babies drink the milk quickly within minutes. The milk is so rich is nutrients it keeps the babies well fed until the next feeding usually about 24 hours apart. The babies are fed, and she cleans and cares for them all in a short span of time. The mother then will quickly leave the nest after feeding her young. The babies burrow down into the nest and stay hidden away. If the mother stayed with the babies it would give a greater chance of drawing attention from predators. So if you find a nest of babies that are alone you now know that this is mother natures way of how wild rabbits raise their young.