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Old 03-06-2007, 11:23 PM   #1
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Have You Spun Dog Hair? :D
I was shearing my dog today.........yes, shearing, he was very matted and it was nearing time for a summer cut anyway and I remembered seeing something in the back of a knitting magazine for spinning dog hair. First I laughed, then I thought of how many sweaters we could have made with our long haired German Shepherd! What a hoot

Has anyone actually done this with dog hair? Does it make good yarn?

I don't spin, but was curious if anyone actually did this.
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Old 03-07-2007, 04:38 PM   #2
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Yes, I psin anything and everything I can get my hands on. It makes yarn much like angora. I would never knit something wearable out of it, because even when mixed with wool it is just way too hot. A hat or mittens maybe, but nothing big. You could knit the trim in the dog hair.

I like mixing pet hair with soft wool 50/50. It has a wonderful halo and the pet hair can change the color of the wool or you can dye it.
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Thanks! It would make perhaps a good dog sweater?!? I'll keep it in mind if I ever do start to spin.
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Old 03-08-2007, 12:30 PM   #4
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Actually knitty gritty had a show just for that not too long ago. They had Shanon from Spin to Knit. They spun dog hair then made dog sweaters....
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Cool, I'll try to get my mom to tape that episode next time it's on for me.

If there's anyone who's tried it but doesn't know what to do with the yarn, I'd love some to try for making dog sweaters for the animal rescues I work with. If it's not too expensive and I can afford it, I'll pay for it, or it can be donated . Here's my first try at making something for the dog rescues on eBay (not knitting, and BTW, that's my mom in the picture, not me .

I think it would be really unusual and popular to sell. I can probably get about $40 each, I'm hoping (considering you can pay up to $60 on Petsmart.com for a dog sweater online!!!! )

BTW, nice blog, I added a link to it on mine. I LOOOOOOOVE your polymer clay stitch markers!!!!!!!! What an awesome idea! Are they dog safe? My Peanut is ALWAYS stealling stitch markers (yarn, as you can see by my pic) and those little plastic socks I stick on the ends of my needles to hold my stitches in place
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Old 03-20-2007, 03:32 PM   #6
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I'm going to try it sometime after I get better at spinning. In the meantime, I just sent 13 oz of "Loki" hair to VIP fibers. I'll let y'all know how it turns out.
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OMG Cheryl.. Loki is GORGEOUS!!
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He is isn't he??? The hair I brush from him is all white and fluffy and gorgeous! I can't wait to see what the yarn looks like.
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Loki is so goregous! Anything you make from the fur has got to be wonderful. Too bad I'm scared of big dogs. DH would love a husky.
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He is gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!! Let me know how the dog yarn goes.
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