so many friends

just a few snaps from today.. i'm in good company.
and i'm going to visit a couple of rabbits tomorrow.
they are looking for homes.. one has outlived her breeding years..
and the other has floppy ears! not ideal for an angora.
so the farmer offered them to me.
alvin, the german angora lop! and almond delight, a chocolate french grand dame.

i never know if i should expand and have more rabbits, for fun and for my business. i change my mind on this all the time. we have six, which is a lot! and they are a lot of work. but right now, i end up buying a good bit of fiber to meet the demand in my shop (a dream come true)! i can usually supplement this way, but sometimes it isn't easy to find - and i must know where it comes from, only from farmers and bunnies i know and love.

so hub and i find ourselves once again thinking about expanding our rabbitry/screened porch.. and if so, how? should we actually raise rabbits? or should we just take in retired and unwanted rabbits? (i've long admired Sandy of Homestead Wool, a true animal-friendly farm.) i don't want to get overwhelmed with rabbits. so it's probably best not to get into breeding, because that can get out of hand really quickly. and i don't want to sell animals. but we both love taking care of critters. and we don't have kids at home.

wish me luck tomorrow meeting alvin and almond delight.

oh! and today i had an awesome score.
we have recycling centers in each little town with swap shops, which is just that.
a shed where people leave things and take things.
some beautiful soul left (just for me, i'm convinced)
a MASSIVE crocheted ruffle.
it is so huge that i had trouble carrying it by myself.
here it is covering my entire worktable:

when i first spied it, i thought it was a bedspread, but no, it has a very definite edge. and it's about 16 feet long!
was it a valance? a bedskirt? an alien life form? what on earth could it be used for?
oh, what a find !


  1. The first thought I had on seeing the ruffle was coral. Maybe because I had a journey and went into a labyrinth of coral. Beautiful. Do you know what you're going to do with it? I love the face of your black and white goat--so sweet and woolly. I look forward to hearing how Alvin and Almond Delight like their new home. They sound adorable.

  2. a magnificent ruffle. how will you use it?

  3. Wow, My heart would have been aflutter over the ruffle! I wonder if it was a dust ruffle for a twin bead? I have been thinking about taking in an animal lately! good luck with the bunnies.

  4. Love the animal pics very sweet. & I'm sure Almond and Alvin will like you a lot. :)

  5. are you kidding me?!?!?!
    the one i showed was the first ruffle i've ever crocheted.
    i can't believe you found this today!
    kindred spirit-you.