Monday, May 12, 2014
The smallest of the angora breeds and weighs about five to seven pounds. It has the fewest number of guard hairs which prevent matting and therefore require the most grooming. The come in a variety of colors, however it is not possible to find an English angora with a dark colored coat. Even the black color (genetically) will lighten into gray with maturity. Only the guard hairs of this breed will remain dark. They produce approximately one pound of wool each year. Their wool can be harvested by combing or plucking loose fur when they molt (or shed), or by shearing with pair of scissors or clippers. Some breeders have developed non-molting English angora which must be sheared. When spinning the wool of an English angora you can create both bloomed yarn and smooth yarn at your discretion.