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« Reply #20 on: February 19, 2009 03:11:44 PM »

Thank you for the info :-) I think if I ever go for it I'll get someone else to spin up the yarn for me [grin]
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« Reply #21 on: February 19, 2009 05:13:59 PM »

I have two shelties and have toyed with the idea of keeping the hair I brush from them, especially when I blow their coats in the spring.... All that undercoat is so soft and warm!  I've never kept it before; I usually put it in the yard in the spring for the birds.

I'll have to keep some and give it a whirl.  It'll be a good starter project considering I've never spun before!!

BTW - I'm with you, I like the natural color better.  But the blue looks nice.
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« Reply #22 on: February 19, 2009 06:27:33 PM »

First of all, that looks awesome! I always want to do something with the huge amounts of fur I get off my cat.

I really do like the after blue colour (though the natural looks very nice too).

I do wonder about saving the hair I brush off my cats, but I bet it would be hard to spin and though I'd like to learn one day it's a fair way down on the Bumper List Of Crafts Seph Wants To Conquer. Maybe I could send it to someone [grin] How hard is it to spin short fibers?

Well in the... er.. Starving Artist's Guide (I think that's what the book is called), there's a project about making felt with cat fur! I keep meaning to try it. . .
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« Reply #23 on: February 20, 2009 03:48:15 AM »

I just think it would be lovely to have something made out of their fur- especially after they pass, though fingers crossed that's not going to be for a good fifteen years yet (they've only just had their first birthday).
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« Reply #24 on: February 20, 2009 10:54:23 AM »

I love odd fibers. And no one off the street would be able to tell it wasn't wool anyway...

Is it  strange that I am obsessed with the idea of cutting my hair very very short, then getting someone to spin my hair so I can knit a hat from it? It would just be so AWESOME
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« Reply #25 on: February 20, 2009 02:50:56 PM »

I love odd fibers. And no one off the street would be able to tell it wasn't wool anyway...

Is it  strange that I am obsessed with the idea of cutting my hair very very short, then getting someone to spin my hair so I can knit a hat from it? It would just be so AWESOME

I've thought about it as well.  Anything that looks spinnable, I consider.  In chemistry a week or two ago we used glass wool to insulate a few things, and I really want to make yarn out of it, despite the fact that it would probably cut me in the process.  It would make a very fire resistant fabric...
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« Reply #26 on: February 20, 2009 04:14:38 PM »

yes, glass wool... probably pretty pokey.  maybe a tad scratchy(read bleeding) when worn.  At least thats my guess.  you wouldn't need to make it wearable though.  You could make a curtain, or tapestry of some sort?  But if you do try it post a pic.  maybe wear leather gloves while doing it?  to protect your hands?   But I bet it is somewhat doable!
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« Reply #27 on: February 20, 2009 07:25:40 PM »

That looks quite fuzzy indeed! Alright, I guess I'll start trying to save the fur I brush off my cat. He probably won't like it, but I bet it would spin up with no problem. I swear, you look at that cat funny and he just mats up!
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« Reply #28 on: February 20, 2009 11:32:10 PM »

Yeah, I think I'll be saving the fur I brush off my two cats from now on :-) It'll probably take me years to get enough to be spun, but it would be so special to me to have something made of their fur. Even if it's just a knitted square, lol :-)
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« Reply #29 on: February 21, 2009 06:06:47 PM »

Yeah, I think I'll be saving the fur I brush off my two cats from now on :-) It'll probably take me years to get enough to be spun, but it would be so special to me to have something made of their fur. Even if it's just a knitted square, lol :-)

Store it carefully until you're ready to spin it, cat fur felts sooooo easily. But the yarn will be soooo soft and light. It probably won't take as long as you think to have enough to spin a decent sized skein...depending on how thick you spin it. I spun a yard or so from a handful of fur (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=286321.20)
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