I learned how to harvest their fiber and researched the cost of fiber prep tools. I already had my spinning wheel, a $60 Craigslist find. I couldn't believe how much tools cost so I set out to make my own. I eventually bought a real carder, but I loved my DIY swift and blending board.
When I bought my HUD home in 2010, I knew that I wanted to get angora rabbits. My ex was allergic, and since I was on my own, I could get fiber animals. Bob and Weave were the names of my first pair of French angoras.
Saving money, repurposing found objects for the house and "making do" were pretty big in my life. I spun cat and dog fur to supplement my income so I could finance more house repairs. Eventually I got the courage up to do a small fiber sale. The form asked for a business name. I could put the shop name, BobnWeave, but everyone had fancy farm names. I wanted a fancy farm name. So I settled on BARF, the Big Angora Rabbit Farm. There was nothing big about my farm; it was just a 1949 two-bedroom house in North Minneapolis. When the litter of seven was born in 2002, however, my herd ballooned to twelve rabbits and that seemed big enough.
Why is the Etsy site named BobnWeave?
I didn't know at the time that acquiring two rabbits and opening an Etsy shop would evolve into a USA-made knitting belt shop.
I wouldn't be knitting today if it weren't for my belt. The overuse in my thumb joint from fifteen years of house renovations and over twenty years of my secretarial career made knitting uncomfortable. I grew up in a small town on the east coast where people were more important than money, and I wanted to ensure that people who need the belt could acquire it easily. I did my best to keep the cost affordable, and my heart was overjoyed when someone told me what a difference it made in easing their knitting discomfort.