I actually raise German angora rabbits, bred specifically for their wool production. Having been bred for generations to submit to handling and grooming, they are pretty mellow. Mine usually sit stil for the topside getting done. But they don't like it when I flip them onto their backs to shear their undersides, they feel vulnerable So I try to handle young kits a LOT, flipping themover often. But even so, it is an individual thing, no two buns react the same. I send 90% of the fiber I get from them off to a mini mill to have it spun into yarm for me. But I keep some of the softer textured fiber here for my own pleasure in spinning too.
The creative urges are so inexplicable. I know I feel some sort of bondedness with ancestors who came before me. I often imagine how it might have been to be a lace knitter in the Shetland Islands, one of the most significant items for export that were produced there, and the one that virtually saved it from extinction during a very rough economic time. Or how it might have been to be the knitter for the Sultan, back when knitting was introduced to the world by the middle east. In some way, it is a way to imagine I was productive (and therefore safe) in some other incarnation. Something along those lines. I'm sure that those people collected and spun their own fiber into yarn too.
As for raising the rabbits, that is simple. I craved luxury yarns and could not afford them in enough quantity for my yearnings! (Not to mention that the quality of the commercial stuff is pretty cr@ppy.
So I decided to raise my own. It is the only hobby I've ever had that actually pays for itself, while still providing me something very valuable to myself too. The raw fiber sells well, the completed yarn sells well, and I can pick and choose exactly whom I'm going to bestow a favor on, with completed items. (Only sufficiently appreciate people are bless with an angora item from me!)
Now these socks? They are from my dealy beloved, departed buck, Hercules. He was a sweetheart, my very favorite bunny. These will always occupy a special place in my heart.