In this first picture she's gently plucking some loose fur from Winston and spinning it directly from him to make very soft white pure Angora yarn. This is premium stuff and we hope she'll be able to get a good price for it. Usually we brush the rabbit and collect the hairs in a box for later spinning, but she wanted to try this method once. He didn't sit still for too long so I doubt she'll do it again.
After spinning and plying (combining two or three thin strands into a plumper yarn), she rinses the yarn and hangs it to dry - called finishing.
This gorgeous blue yarn is a combination of Angora and dyed Polypay sheep wool that we bought at a sheepshearing open house.
After the yarn is dry she twists it into a lovely skein. This one is priced at $18 for 100 yards.
She plans to start selling at a local farm market in two weeks, so is working hard at building up stock. We're thinking about the idea of an Etsy shop when the market closes down.
I crocheted this fun hat from some of her early attempts at spinning. It wasn't perfect yarn, but it sure makes a cute and very warm hat.