Have you tried to find angora or an angora blend lately? It is difficult to find it on the commercial market, due in part, to concerns that rabbits raised for the commercial market have not been treated ethically. However, the rabbits at B bar C Farm in Hampden, Maine, are individually named and loved.
This 2-ply yarn, made from German and German/French Hybrid Angora rabbits shorn in Hampden, is spun in Aroostook County, Maine. The 70% angora fiber is mixed with 30% merino which helps to stabilize the angora. Each skein is approximately 142 yards.
The combination of all these things makes this yarn special and unique. It is just so lovely!
This angora yarn knits at a dk weight. This yarn requires hand washing and the more angora yarn is handled and washed, the more it "blooms". One skein will make a cowl or hat, and we have a free pattern for a simple, but elegant, seed stitch cowl. Our cowl pattern uses a 16"- #8 circular needle. If you would like this pattern, please make sure to add the pattern to your cart!
We also created the Beech Hill Baby Booties and Cap pattern for this yarn because if you haven’t seen a baby wearing an angora hat, you are missing out on seeing something amazingly beautiful. This pattern is free with the purchase of this yarn, but you must add the pattern to your cart! Otherwise, it can be purchased on Ravelry for $4.00.
It knits up beautifully and the pattern for the baby booties and hat makes the perfect gift, simple but unbelievably adorable. My go to newborn gift.
This yarn is so soft, I am just petting it for a while before deciding how to best make use of it.
This yarn was an absolute pleasure to work with! I made a hat, mittens, and booties. I can not wait to make myself a sweater with it next time!