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21. June 2010 09:07
by Jobo

I have been knitting too... I swear!

21. June 2010 09:07 by Jobo | 5 Comments

My knitting time has been a little compromised with the packing and new furry baby bunny distractions... but I swear I HAVE been knitting some too!


imageI started a "Bitterroot" shawl by Rosemary Hill, a free Knitty pattern available online... using some spindle spun yarn I made right after I got my Golding Spindle last year. The wool was a Merino Sliver handpainted by Fleece Artist... and delightfully soft!  you can read more about the yarn itself in another post here.  This yarn is somewhere around fingering weight, though maybe about the thickness of a thinner sock yarn.  The way the 2 plies gradually change from one color to the next, there is a slight heathering and gentle mixing of one color to the next.  I am excited to see how the transitions go :)

I decided that I would try doing the pattern as written even though I only have around 300 yards of yarn.  I can always take a repeat out somewhere when the time comes.  I hope that I don't come to regret the "Fudge-it" strategy on this one.

And of course the prerequisite baby pic... since I know you all wonder how the baby is!  Fuzzy warm and Growing!

Ruttiger June 20 002

17. June 2010 04:35
by Jobo

Ruttiger is home!

17. June 2010 04:35 by Jobo | 2 Comments

Jobo and Ruttiger home 2 We were thinking of waiting until after our move to bring Ruttiger home... but lately life has been a little stressful, and we were both feeling like we needed a pick-me-up a little earlier than all of that.

Ruttiger will be 6 weeks old on the weekend... and I had everything ready for him to come home, so when I called the breeder and he thought that the bunnies were weaning well and eating and drinking well on their own... and that Maybe he could come home with us any time... EEK!  We were excited!shoulder perch

I'm sure there will be more photos and stories later... but for now, here are a few pics of the baby snuggling on the couch with his new crazy people family.  I hope we will be a good substitute for his littermates... and I hope he isn't too lonely at home today while we are at work :(

Welcome home Ruttiger Fuzzybottom!

6. June 2010 12:53
by Jobo

Ruttiger Fuzzybottom Richardson the First!

6. June 2010 12:53 by Jobo | 2 Comments

The babies are 4 weeks old now... and I went for another visit.  This time Marky came with me, to finally meet the little fuzzballs :)

all 5 bunnies

As you can see...  they have grown quite a bit!  Actually around tripled in size.  Their fur has grown almost an inch since the last time I had seen them, and the color of the coats is quite a lot more obvious now.  Three of the grey ones are clearly "Blue" in color, and look almost identical, and one is a lighter grey which is a bit of a mystery.  If any of you out there are talented enough to be able to identify English Angora colors, please feel free to educate me!  Is this "Torte" or "Lilac"?

heya broThe bunny family is very cuddly, and likes to be close together.  It was very rare for one of the kits to stray off on his/her own, and in fact they often laid right on top of one another, or at the very least, nestled right in next to a brother or sister.  They groomed each other, and nuzzled up against each other.  Each and every one liked being handled and picked up, even by us strangers. 

Today we learned a bit more about the sex of the babies too!  The white princess is a doe, the lightest grey is a buck, and there are 2 does and a buck in the darker grey color.  I am still leaning towards getting a buck so this leaves me with the option of either the light or dark grey... how in the world will I choose one!  They are ridiculously cute.

I am so surprised at just how calm and docile this breed of rabbit is.  The five of them just hung out on the little table just wiggling their little noses and checking out their surroundings.  I managed to hold each one, got groomed by basically each one, and giggled like a little girl.  You don't know how much restraint it took to not shove a couple of these little guys in my purse!  I'm sure at least 2, maybe 3 would have fit in there... at LEAST.

all comfy ears ears ears









mark and ruttigerThe little babes were so relaxed, they laid out with their little feet splayed out behind... and snuzzled up next to their bunny siblings.  As if the little ears weren't cute enough... that little white bunny Bum is Priceless!  And you thought human baby feet were cute... bunny toes?  seriously.  nom nom nom.

And Perhaps you wonder why there are only 4 bunnies in the photo above?  Where did the little light grey fella go?  Did he run away?  is he lost somewhere?  Nope.  See who has him?  Yes, in fact, that is the man who thought that getting a rabbit was a pointless and arbitrary idea.  Funny, they both of them look pretty happy... see the little mischievous grin on both their faces?  I have a feeling the two of them will have fun ganging up on me in the very near future..

me and all 5 bunnies














Now the countdown is on... Ruttiger Fluffybottom Richardson the First... will be moving in with us in another 3 weeks!

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