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Old 04-02-2006, 09:58 PM   #1
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Dog Hair..
hey any of you spinners out there tried with your doggie hair?

I have a German Shepard & i could sweep up the hair on clouds on my floors..hehe, although im sure it would be cleaner & neater if i just combed him(i think he'd prefer that as well.)

Just wondering how difficult it is...been saving some since i read about another lady in our area that has been doing it.

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Old 04-02-2006, 10:02 PM   #2
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I don't spin, but I have heard of people spinning their pet's hair! LOL, I have a dachshund...hair is too short...but my white cat...mercy...VERY HAIRY!!
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Old 04-03-2006, 01:39 AM   #3
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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.
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Old 04-03-2006, 07:25 AM   #4
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That's funny. My DH just asked me the same thing yesterday when he finished brushing out our dog. Tons of longish hair...
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Old 04-03-2006, 07:53 AM   #5
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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!!!

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Old 04-14-2006, 07:43 AM   #6
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I've never tried it, but I've seen these guides on the internet.

http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art41878.asp
http://www.mdnpd.com/pd/prepare.htm
http://www.bbkirk.com/Dog%20Hair%20Yarn.htm
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/031...55315?n=283155
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
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Wow, thanks so much for all that info, sounds like some work involved but soo worth it...think i'll give it a try once i get back from Florida..hmm :thinking: Always something....

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Old 04-15-2006, 08:08 PM   #8
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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!
Good luck!
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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.

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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.
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