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Introducing Bridge and Tunnel Yarns

Written by Sarah on April 1st, 2014 Posted in holiday, that gif post, yarn

This has been a long time in the making but I have a really exciting announcement today! After months of work, I’m ready to introduce to you to Bridge and Tunnel Yarns!

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Inspired by the subways of New York City, this yarn is spun from 100% American angora rat fur. Angora rats are incredibly friendly and clean. They are terribly smart! I think they’re going to be the next big thing in knitting. Super soft and durable, our first base is a lofty fingering weight perfect for socks and shawls.

angora hamster

When I first met some happy angora rats and pet their luxurious fur, I was captivated by the idea of making yarn! I’ve partnered with Moonflower Ranch, a sustainable angora rat farm located in western Pennsylvania, as well as the 100-year-old, family-owned Quickspring Mills in New Hampshire.

Hayleigh, owner of Moonflower Ranch, has told me all about the tradition of rat shearing. This almost-forgotten domestic art is gaining a new following with the homesteader movement. While the numbers of angora rat shearers and spinners has grown, it’s always been a very homemade operation. It’s never been done on a scale like this but the yarns will still be more “small batch” as we grow.

In case you haven’t caught on already, April Fools! That’s actually Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud Lace Yarn. I wouldn’t really ask you to knit with rat fur.

I mean, would you?

angora hamster photo via ravenmind

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Comments (6)

  • April 1, 2014 at 10:36 am |

    There were a few seconds where I thought this was real… EWWWW! 😀

  • miss agnes
    April 1, 2014 at 12:58 pm |

    Ha, ha! Excellent. First time I see a yarn related April’s fool prank.
    But that being said, if angora rats really existed, I’m pretty sure some would not object to using their yarn.

  • April 1, 2014 at 2:49 pm |

    I would 100% knit with yarn made out of angora rat fur. I’ll try anything once! Also, I like this joke. This is a good joke 🙂

  • April 1, 2014 at 6:54 pm |

    Best April fools ever.

  • April 3, 2014 at 2:00 pm |

    You got me going for a sec (I was thinking I could have one for a pet since the husbeast swears rabbits hate him…). People knit with dog fur, so rat isn’t weird. Probably smells better when wet, right?

  • yo
    April 9, 2014 at 9:53 am |

    ah ah ! 🙂
    yo got me ….i was asking if it is something i could buy…knowing it is rat ….oh my ….it is a good one!

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