Rabbits – The Fiber
Angora wool is soft, lofty, lustrous, and lightweight. When spun, the yarn has a “halo effect” which makes the yarn and any finished garment appear as soft as a cloud. Angora wool provides extraordinary warmth due to the fact that core of the fiber is hollow providing the rabbit with superior insulation. Though it is approximately 7 times warmer than sheep’s wool, the fiber is very delicate. Because of this, it is often blended with other fibers to enhance its strength and durability. Only a little angora is needed to add the halo effect and give the blended product the luxurious feel. Blending also helps the angora fiber resist pilling.
There are over 30 officially recognized natural colors of angora wool range from white through the spectrum of natural browns to black. Due to the structure of the fiber, it also takes dye well. Some people find that angora yarns are slippery and have to adjust their knitting or crocheting technique to compensate for this characteristic. A simple solution to stop slippery angora yarn from escaping is to use wooden knitting needles, which grip the fibers better than do metal or plastic tools.