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Topic: 1-ply, 90% Japanese Spitz (dog) down, 10% silk  (Read 1262 times)
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jinnyly
« on: January 06, 2013 02:27:57 AM »

Japanese Spitz dogs have an undercoat and a top coat and are related to Samoyed and American Husky. Undercoat consists of a super soft down whilst the top coat has a teflon-like feature that keeps them very clean. Dirt falls right off his coat when combed.

I adopted Tofu, the 6-year old pure breed Japanese Spitz, from a rescue family in the summer of 2012. During his shedding period, I discovered how soft the down was whilst grooming him. It's cashmere soft. Very fine, very soft. Being that he's a cold climate dog, and we live in California, a lot of grooming was needed. I saved a sandwich-sized ziploc worth of gorgeous white fiber.

Spun a sample, using my drop spindle, with just the dog down and found the fibers were too short to be spun alone so I reinforced the down with some longer stranded silk. Carded the two together at 90% Japanese Spitz down, 10% silk. Managed to get about 10 yards of slightly thicker lace-weight yarn.

I'll be saving more Tofu down this spring Smiley.


Final Product


Fluffy!


small skein of Tofu yarn on Tofu's head Smiley


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Jinny
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Blue Rose
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2013 02:42:55 AM »

What a cute dog Smiley Great idea to make your own yarn of the hairs Smiley now what are you going to make from it?
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« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2013 04:44:06 AM »

Good for you saving a piece of your dog like that. Very nice. How did you blend it?
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« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2013 05:29:34 AM »

lovely dog!!!

will the yarn smell of dog when damp though?
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« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2013 05:48:17 AM »

Lovely spin!  Dog hair is interesting to spin, isn't it? Very cute doggie too!
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« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2013 10:07:54 AM »

Lovely.  I love that you have spun your pet's fur with silk.  I hope you manage to get enough to make something from it. 

When I was in college - 30 years ago -  I had a classmate whose mother had made him a lovely Aran sweater from the combed fur of his Pyrenean mountain dog. It was beautiful and I really coveted it.
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« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2013 12:04:20 PM »

Such a cute dog! Good job finding a way to work with the short fibers. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2013 09:16:40 PM »

Blue Rose: I'll likely crochet a barnacle or teardrop from Tofu's yarn for a fiber art installation of some sort. Smiley

Jexxican: I used hand carders and just layered the silk between two layers of dog down. There's a slight shimmer to the silk as the dog down is very matte so it was easy to see how well the silk incorporated into the yarn.

Mrsfibble: Strangely enough, Japanese Spitz don't really smell when wet. They're a very clean breed. I also plan on setting the yarn and conditioning it which should keep the fibers from smelling like wet dog afterwards.

Belladune: I found it a bit difficult at times cause of how fluffy and fine the fur was! Hearing my husband go "so that's why you wanted a fluffy dog" made it worth while. Smiley

Elderflower: There was a couple who loved their collies so much, they had the dogs' coats shaved after they were put down (due to old age), and spun into yarn to create matching sweaters. Thought it was rather odd but I suppose that's one way of remembering their four-legged companions. Some folks in Canada use wolf down for spinning Smiley. Would love to get a hold of some wolf down.

Indigo_roses: Thanks! Smiley Short fibers need love too~ Cheesy

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« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2013 09:58:56 PM »

Pretty!! You should call it silken tofu  Wink
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