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lil_abi
« on: March 26, 2011 07:03:07 AM »

Has anyone here ever attempted to spin pet fur?  I've hear you can blend it with some wool, but I was wondering if fur from a long-haired dog (such as the 2 I have) would be sufficient for spinning by itself? 
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« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2011 07:57:28 AM »

I'm currently spinning a couple pounds of malamute.  I'm spinning it straight up, no blending, no carding, maybe a bit of teasing.   
Here's the first Skein:

 
The one thing I like about this fiber is that it is really "sticky" in that it holds together really well, and joining seems much easier then with woo, as it seems to just cling to itself.
The thing I'm not a fan of is the smell, but thankfully for me I have a poor sense of smell and only get the odd whiff of it while I'm reaching into the bag. 
What would be really interesting would be to spin up an afghan dogs fur.... It has such a long staple length....

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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2011 11:00:46 AM »

I just looked this up, because I was interested in it myself.  I found a few websites that will take custom orders (because I have no spinning experience WHATSOEVER).  I tried to look it up here beforehand, but I didn't know the proper terminology.  Then  came back just to look under fiber arts and see if anyone ever did it.  Yes, they did!  I am really pretty impressed with that...
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« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2011 06:37:59 AM »

Check out your local library or book store for this book: http://www.amazon.com/Knitting-Dog-Hair-Better-Sweater/dp/0312152906/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1305293605&sr=8-1

I live with a very fluffy golden retriever yellow lab cross, and we'd be happy to share her roving if anyone needs some (Her tail hairs are 5-6" long).You could also ask your local dog groomers.
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« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2011 12:03:41 AM »

My best spinning buddy specializes with spinning Chiengora (dog fur). She uses Malamute, Syberian Husky and Leonberger. I have also seen amazing results with Great Pyrenees, Golden Retriever and Long Coated Collies. You need to make sure if at all possible to not cut the fur, but, pull it away with your fingers or a grooming brush. This ensures the fibers are as long as possible and easier to spin. Go for the under coat rather than the guard hairs it will create a softer less spiky yarn Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2011 07:17:44 AM »

wow....we have a golden retriever/lab mix, but he sheds like a mofo. Seriously. We have dog fur tumbleweeds rolling across our house...if I learn how to spin I may have found an answer to the excess dog hair problem!
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« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2011 07:33:38 AM »

I should let you all know that the yarn I spun with 100% malamute is weak.   So if you do spin dog, mix it with something like merino, or something like that, so you get a bit of strength in your yarn.
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« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2011 04:28:41 PM »

Haha, I just got "chiengora". French word for dog, and angora.
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« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2011 11:13:43 PM »

Just like spinnging cat hair is called Chatgora  Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2011 01:24:43 PM »

I've spun with pure Bernese mountain dog hair before (and am currently working on more). still need to try knitting with it though.


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