My mom calls her German Shepherd a "German Shedder" for that very reason. :rofling:
I don't spin, and I don't know very much about it at all. But I was just wondering the same thing about my cat's fur the other day. There is a company, "A Touch of Fur," that sells yarn spun from animal pelts. My personal feelings about using animal pelts aside, I imagine there's no reason it couldn't be done more humanely with the fur that our pets shed.
Well, i'm saving our Rangers hair, going to knit a pair of mitts for my husband, he'll probably never wear them, but our pup is no longer a pup, and he is like a son to my husband, i think it will be a wonderful reminder...probably just save them for a keepsake & reminder.
yeah, shepards have a wonderful undercoat, especially in this climate, winter comes & no chance of him getting cold..hehe.
We also have a ShihZu(spelling) bet her hair would be wonderful as it is sooo long...well, im going to have to learn to spin..thats, that!!!
I have a book suggestion for you: "Knitting with Dog's Hair," it covers collecting and spinning the hair as well as knitting. I was able to get it from my library via ILL. It was amazing to see the pictures of things people have knit from dog hair!
Hey, thats wonderful, do you happen to still have the book so that i could get the authors name? There might be more than one out there & if the one you have is really good then thats the one i'll be needing..hehe.
I once spun Samoyed hair from a friend's dog on a Tahkli spindle. It was the softest down ever. She had a lot of the down since she'd been collecting it since he was a pup.
It spun up beautifully.
I should ask her for pics of the scarf, hat & mitts she made from it.