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Princess's kits New Year's Day
Princess's new kits, 2 weeks & 2 days old today. I am assisting her feed, due to her sore nipple.
All kits are doing great. Princess is actually very patient, as long as they stay away from her sore nipple.
A few helpful hints deciphering the "F" Code. I have been dabbling in the color world in Giant Angoras. Due to the lack of abundant quality Colored Giant Angoras, I decided to attempt to make my own. This whole colored world is a great learning opportunity for me. As white Giants are REW (Red Eyed White). You bred REW to REW and get REW. Pretty simple, well at least the color identification is simple. As a rabbit breeder with intent and a focused plan, nothing is ever simple.
This sparked several conversations regarding F1, F2, F3, vs Purebreds. I hope the following description helps when discussing the crossbreeds and/or Hybrids.
Hybrid and/or Crossbreed is a Giant Angora that has rabbits of a different breed other than Giants showing in the 4 generation pedigree. Please don't get hung up on Hybrid vs Crossbreed. Just remember that both are not purebreds.
F1 is a purebred Giant Angora crossed with a rabbit of a different breed.
The giant mom as a first timer, wasn't cooperating. She started to eat the kits. I attempted to hand feed them to her for nearly a week. I finally gave up on her and recruited help from my French Angora. Frenchy is stepping up to feed these giants.
Frenchy had her 9 kits about a week earlier. Now Frenchy is feeding these 6 giants in the morning and her own 9 French kits in the evening. So far all is doing great.
This is my first effort using the "Shelving" method. Before, I would be worrying all day & night, not knowing if I would have kits alive the next day or not. Not only worrying about the new mothers, but also the temperatures are very cold, even inside my barn. As the Giant Angoras are so rare, every life is precious.
I can see there is more commitment and labor to do shelving. Although, I really enjoy the hands on every day. I can monitor up close if there is any issues or if a kit isn't eating enough.
Bunny Cable Using Circular Needle, working in the round.
Cast on 66 Sts, this is a great number for the ribbing. Row 10 you will be making several increases, increasing to 90 Sts total. The increase in Sts will help with the natural shrinkage when you add in the cabled bunnies in the body of the hat, enabling your hat to fit great.
Here’s a little math, if you are interested; Each pattern repeat is 15 Sts.I used 3 Sts(first 3 sts noted in each row) in between each Bunny, which is 12 Sts. Using 6 Repeats of 15 Sts, will equal 90 Sts. You can easily add more or less stitches in between each bunny pattern to adjust the size if necessary.
Abbreviations CN; Cable Needle HIB; Hold in Back HIF; Hold in Front LH; Left Hand Needle M1; Make one K2tog; Knit 2 Together