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« on: February 17, 2009 06:42:24 PM »

A friend of me has hired me to make him socks.  He said he wanted "warm socks" so I suggested dog hair.  He agreed, since he'll be wearing them outside of other socks anyway, and the project commenced.  I had to call around to just about every groomer in town to get one that answered the phone, but I got them to hold a bag of dog hair for me.  I picked it up the next day, and it was FUUUULLL of trash.  Dog nail clippings, potato chips, gravel, wrappers, and all sorts of gross stuff.  On top of all that, the dog hair in the bag was pretty grungy.  It was also full of second cuts and unusable pieces.  So I dutifully sorted through it, and here's what was left:



There were about 8 or 9 ounces here, which pretty much filled a Safeway bag.

I carded it and spun it:





And dyed it [he wants blue socks]:




And here's the first sock!!


(Just for size reference, my hand is 7" from the base of my palm to the tip of my middle finger)
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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2009 06:51:13 PM »

 Grin Awesome! I've been saving up my dog hair, so that when I learn to spin, I can use it to make something special (especially since one of them has since passed  Cry).
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« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2009 07:55:32 PM »

this is great!! i have a dog who sheds like you would not believe... what an awesome way to recycle that.
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« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2009 08:17:31 PM »

I LOVE the original color of the spun dog hair.  I can't wait to see the socks!
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« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2009 10:37:09 PM »

I really loved the color of the hair before as well.  It made me really sad to dye it.  Everyone who only sees the after color really likes it, but the before was SO much better in my opinion.
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« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2009 03:25:18 AM »

How does it feel?
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« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2009 03:28:05 AM »

bravo to you for taking on spinning dog hair.  I brush about 4 ounces off my 2 boys weekly (newfies they are sheddy hairy guys lol)  I joke about spinning it but never do.  You may inspire me to keep a week or two worth of fur Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2009 05:27:23 AM »

Looks good! I'm saving my St. Bernard's hair to spin and knit a sweater for my miniature dachshund! We shave him every 4 months or so but I don't save the clippings, I give him a nice brushing after a bath (easier to wash on the dog than after) and use an undercoat comb to get only the super soft, warm fur, not the outer coarser coat.
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« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2009 06:21:15 AM »

bravo to you for taking on spinning dog hair.  I brush about 4 ounces off my 2 boys weekly (newfies they are sheddy hairy guys lol)  I joke about spinning it but never do.  You may inspire me to keep a week or two worth of fur Smiley

Eep!  You throw out that much dog hair?!  This makes me sad Tongue

*CLEAN* dog hair is probably my favorite fiber, as long as the staple is over 3 inches.  Otherwise I battle it a bit, as I avoid shorter fibers quite often.

As for how it feels, it depends on the area of yarn.  The groomer threw in a bunch of different breeds.  There was poodle, what looked like spaniel, and something loooong and straight.  It's got quite a bit of halo from all the shorter bits.  It's soft but slightly scratchy.  Depending on the breed used, dog hair yarn can be quite soft.  My aunt wove a scarf with yarn she spun from her australian shepherd, and it's soft (but fuzzy) and VERY warm.

Anyway, for all you dog owners, I definitely encourage use of the fiber.  It's there anyway, so why not?
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« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2009 06:41:08 AM »

I've been saving the undercoat from my red border collie that she blows every year.  haven't gotten around to spinning it yet though.

My DD has a pomeranian/white eskimo cross that she saves the brushing from.

The only dog hair I've spun was from my last dog that passes away a few years ago.  I clipped her 'feathers' and carded with wool to spin.
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