Remember the 3 Sisters Steel from way back in January-March of 2016? Here are pictures of my keeper doe, Bungalow's Show Me Some Steel. She is the 1st place colored Junior Doe under Eric Stewart, Youth, Angora Nationals 2016. I should mention she had just turned 3 months old. That was the moment I felt confirmed in believing she was something extra special. Judges consistently love her body type (should I mention, so do I?) and her color pigment for a Blue is remarkable. Depth of Color, AMAZING density and texture combined are something you don't see very often in blues. (Usually the REW power rules)
This girl rivals her half sister, Jubilee in density. Thick, luscious wool, consistent along the topline and sides, excellent furnishings, she complements her body type well. She is however, a Self Steel. Most judges think she is Blue, because phenotypically in general she looks blue. But upon close examination, she is a geneotypic steel. Soft silver tips, in certain lighting you will notice, and a very shiny silver nose, plus having watched her color change as a baby, have let me know her true color.
Now you're probably believing she is some kind of fairytale bunny.... Umm, No. She has on 3 occasions given herself a nice hair cut. Once, at 8 weeks, she chewed her topline finish off. Lovely. 1 month before Nationals too. But wonder of wonders, you can't tell, and neither did the judge as he placed her first in her class. Then, at about 4 months old, she butched her side furnishings and finish on her side density. Ugh. Frustrated, I waited for it to grow back. It did, you can't hardly tell anymore, but I still knew. Then... Right after this photoshoot she went after one of her ears. It looks like she just trimmed a little tip off. At least she holds herself just in check, because the damage doesn't show too much. Hopefully, that is.
I forgive you, you ugly, naughty, gorgeous rabbit. At least I think I do. Maybe. Because you are Blue.
This is the prettiest fiber spun up on a wheel. I'm working on a fun project right now, white, chestnut and blue, variegated intermittently on a spun single. Then, I'm Navajo plying it (a special, challenging and super fun technique where you take one spun single skein and make it into 3 without breaking, splitting or plying with a separate spool). So the variegation will end up a balance with 3 colors, combined into one skein of yarn. (It will end up a naturally Worsted 3 ply) It is so pretty. Pictures to come soon of the finished project, right now it is still on the wheel.
Enjoy the pictures of this beautiful girl!
Bungalow's Show Me Some Steel
TM/Bungalow's Bleu Pearl of Cortez
And he is. This is a rare gem of a buck. I'm so picky and careful about selecting the best bucks possible. While I've been tempted to keep bucks before, he is first that will always remain here at the Bunny Bungalow. I can say that with surety, because I've been enamored with this buck since he was born.
Son of Registered GC BIS Dustibunni's Eloquence, and Registered GC TM's Buff (Owned and Bred by Margaret Bartold), he is destined for an amazing show career. If I didn't know better (fact making it clear) I'd guess him as a doe almost in coat texture and density. He was the pick of his litter. He is the gem of my showteam, and will be one of my lead herdsires. I'm am honored and blessed to have a buck from the outstanding Bartold line, and I am so excited to have him as a cornerstone for my genetics program. Eloquence has outproduced herself between Jubilee, and now Bleu Cortez.
He is turning 4 months old in a couple days. At 4 months and 1 week, he will hit the showtables for the first time. Words can't even sum up the quality I'm already seeing in this young animal.
In the meantime, Thanks for stopping by! The summer has slipped quietly by, the air was crisp yesterday morning. Show coats are blooming, Juniors are growing, the fall show season is almost upon us!