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« on: December 28, 2008 08:51:31 AM »

Okay, so yesterday I got a Silkie Guinea pig.  This particular breed has extremely soft, long hair.  So as a fiber enthusiast (aka, Yarnaholic) I was curious about whether or not I could recycle her fur when I go to trim her in the summer.....

Have you had any experience with spinning guinea pig hair, and if so, did it work?
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« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2008 04:24:11 PM »

In my experience, it is possible to spin just about any hair into yarn.  I imagine spinning guinea pig would be a lot like spinning angora rabbit.  Just make sure you keep the hair long enough to spin!
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« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2008 05:25:35 PM »

That sounds interesting, I might have to try it with my long haired pig
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« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2009 09:51:50 AM »

Guinea pigs have hair rather than fur, so it may not spin particularly well.  (Hair fibers are thicker and smoother than fur.)  But with long enough hair or one of the curly-haired breeds you might be able to get something out of it.  But I imagine it would take a long time or a lot of guinea pigs to collect a decent amount of fur.  Might be worth a try anyway.  Who am I kidding?  If my guinea pigs were long-haired, I'd totally try it.
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