This was my first time harvesting the wool, and I learned how from YouTube videos. Plucking the hair leaves the hair longer and therefore higher quality for spinning. I started plucking Socks, but he has a bit of an attitude. I spent days trying to harvest his wool, but got frustrated each time. I ended up skipping Socks and began plucking Mittens. Mittens was soooo much different. His hair came out easier and I could see where I plucked because his brown undercoat shown through.
Another way to harvest angora wool is cutting off the hair. I decided to shear Socks to save a headache. Shearing is a little more nerve-racking because one could possibly cut the skin. I think Socks is half the size now that his hair is gone. He doesn't look so tough now.
|Mitten's brown undercoat is reveiled while plucking.|