Bunny fun: The Random Knitter Podcast Anniversary Party

Gwen is The Random Knitter and a friend of mine. She’s Spaceinvaders on Ravelry.
Yesterday she celebrated the one year anniversary from her podcastΒ and she invited some of her friends around to help celebrate. Gwen loves knitting, Bram, black and bunnies.

She made a wonderful party with excellent homebaked goods and teas:
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Bunnies were there too, meet Axl and Ozzy:
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Axl has a paprika and a personal playground blanket on the floos, Ozzy is too smart to be let out of the cage when there’s a knitters’ party. Ozzy got paprika too.

There were lots of WIP bags present!
Gwen has hers on permanent display:
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We brought our own. Several:
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You, of course, recognise a few Bird House Bags by FiberRachel and a hand felted bag by Wolbeest.

I brought a bag too, as a present for Gwen. While traveling it was a glamorous Sorting Hat:
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But the end result was more…. poo emoji:
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πŸ’©πŸ’©πŸ’©!
She laughed πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Gwen is a bad ass knitter:
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Gwen is also famous! Here she is in the current edition of Handwerken zonder Grenzen, a magazine about handcrafts:
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A celebrity! I know a celebrity!
She hasn’t changed one bit since she became famous.

There was an other celebrity present. “Somebody” was sampling one of her beautiful handprinted sock blanks! An eco printed one!
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Such great colours. And the way it knits up! Β Yes, it’s a sneak preview of what’s to come from Wolop.

All in all we had a lovely party and RandomGwen made a new podcast to celebrate one year of vlogging about knitting and yarn. Go check it out here:

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Weird Wool Wednesday: spinning bunnies

This is an Angora bunny:

It is a rabbit that has a DNA mutation that makes it hair grow and grow and grow. The same way it does in Angora cats and Angora goats.

It has to have its hair clipped every few months. This fluff can be dyed. Say turquoize. It is soft and smooth, it is hair.

Then you clip some wool from a sheep, say a German Merino. These clipping you dye pink. This is wool, it has small invisible roughness on each hair that makes it want to stick together.

Then you card them together to make rolags:

You send them to me and I spin them, Long Draw style:

This is one single, with lots and lots of twist. I ply it with another single, I make a two ply. It will be a pinkish yarn with some flecks of blue.

Then I knit with it. Perhaps a cowl.

I wear the cowl.

During the movements of the wearing the bunny hairs slowly work their way out of the 2 ply thread. But not all the way, I have spun this yarn tightly. They are locked into it with half their length. The other half peeks out of the thread, giving the knitting a halo. The same halo you know from a mohair sweater.

Now I have a pink woolen cowl with a developing turquoize halo. This means that during the wearing the cowl will shift in colour!

at least, that is what the owner of the bunny and me are hopping for.