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Karina
03-09-2008, 10:19 AM
I was wondering if anybody here has any experience in spinning with dog hair.

I don't know the first thing about spinning and thought maybe somebody here would like to experiment with some dog hair. I have read somewhere that you have to blend the hair with wool or other fiber half and half, because dog hair have no give in it when it is spun. I don't know if this is accurate.

would be willing to send the hair anywhere and also include what ever fiber that is needed to blend.

I don't necessarily need the wool back but would like to see pictures of the outcome.
I have just brushed him and have a carrier bag full of hair weighing 110grams.
It is the undercoat, which I think is supposed to be very warm as it is what protects them from the cold and icy condition.

Here are some pictures:
Polo my lovely great big bear of a dog
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Some of his hair
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The bag full of hair
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any interest please PM me
Thanks Karina

Newbie2Knitting
03-13-2008, 08:29 PM
Of all things, I caught the Martha Stewart show a few weeks ago and she sent her Chow-Chow's fur to a woman (in CA, I think...) to spin. She apparently didn't blend it with anything else, it was 100% Chow-Chow yarn. Lemme see if I can't find anything about it on her website.

And here (http://blogs1.marthastewart.com/martha/2008/02/on-todays-telev.html) you go.

Sewing Angel
03-13-2008, 11:53 PM
We used to have 3 huskies. I thought about this a lot then. Its hard to believe that they would have any hair left after they shed! He is a beautiful dog. Hope you find some one that can use the hair.
Angel

Karina
03-14-2008, 05:46 AM
Thank you sewing angel, he is my little (giant) baby. Just thought I would find out how the yarn would turn out. If it works well I may want to invest in learning how to spin.

MMario
03-14-2008, 09:23 AM
very very very warm.
incredibly warm.
it does not need to be blended but you can have it blended with another fiber.

Leah22b
03-20-2008, 10:27 AM
I've been saving my dogs fur for a while as well, but I haven't gotten up the nerve to spin it yet. One of these days I will. In the mean time I've collected some information from previous years for you.
Back in 2006 Shandeh posted the following links that might help.

http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art41878.asp (http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art41878.asp)

http://www.bbkirk.com/Dog%20Hair%20Yarn.htm (http://www.bbkirk.com/Dog%20Hair%20Yarn.htm)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/031...55315?n=283155 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/031...55315?n=283155)

http://www.transom.org/shows/2002/20...r.doghair.html (http://www.transom.org/shows/2002/20...r.doghair.html)

This is interesting. Apparently, you can't sell items made with dog or cat hair in the state of New Jersey.
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/9899/Bills/al99/307_.htm (http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/9899/Bills/al99/307_.htm)

Then in 2007 Kemp sent Loki Fur to VIP fibers ( http://vipfibers.com/ (http://vipfibers.com/) ) where they process and spin the dog or Cat fur up for you and ship it back (for a price). Kemp posted a picture of the finished yarn on her blog.

http://www.divaknitting.com/blog/2007/05/08/hair-of-the-dog

Kemp I'd love to see what you ended up making from that beautiful Loki Yarn.

Good luck with that beautiful fiber. I'd really look into VIP fibers. You went to the trouble of collecting it you should be able to use it. Items made from the yarn are much more special when its a reminder of your beloved pet.

Karina
03-26-2008, 06:15 AM
Leah thanks for all that brilliant info. will get reading and find out more. It doesn't take long to collect the hair, the bag full came off in one brushing session. The Malamute losses their undercoat over 2-3 weeks twice a year, I sometimes just sit and pull big tufts off of him.

Karina
03-26-2008, 06:50 AM
Knitting With Dog Hair: Better A Sweater From A Dog You Know and Love Than From A Sheep You'll Never Meet. Just found this book on Amazon and ordered it, should tell me more about the whole process involved. May even have a go myself.