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« Reply #10 on: October 25, 2005 09:29:56 PM »

Hello from Kansas City, home of a fantastic musuem of Victorian hairwork, curated by a lovel woman named Leila.  http://www.hairwork.com/leila/
Yes, that is Leila (pronounced Lee-ay-la) in front of framed, large hair wreaths.  Anyhow, the Victorian stuff isn't knitted - hairworking is a craft unto itself - but this site may give you some ideas.  Also, if there's contact information, Leila strikes me as the sort who would *like* to answer email or phone calls from random strangers wanting to know about knitting hair.

Good luck!  I find hair art to be wonderfully macabre. 
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« Reply #11 on: October 25, 2005 10:30:50 PM »

Perhaps spinning it then rubbing hair wax into it, or adding wax as you spin? I'm intreaged.
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« Reply #12 on: October 25, 2005 10:44:51 PM »

I think the Victorian hair stuff used single hairs, and you would be knitting on this project for the rest of your life if you tried to do that!

How long is the hair you are working with?  I think the idea of knitting tiny braids has merit, but hair (unlike wool) is very smooth, and grafting if together would be seem to be difficult.  I also imagine that keeping it under control would be quite a challenge!

Please take lots of photos if you decide to tackle this project.  I know we would be fascinated to see what you end up making!
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« Reply #13 on: October 26, 2005 02:26:07 AM »

hm... a store near my place has a flower pin made of woven human hair. I always thought it was kind of cool. Now i understand why it hasn't sold - many people find it weird creepy, I guess.

No help to you, as it's woven.

I think thin plaits'd be cool. Then knit those on really big needles, so it's all loose and net-like.
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« Reply #14 on: October 26, 2005 03:05:32 AM »

Interesting.
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« Reply #15 on: October 26, 2005 05:46:20 AM »

I think I might try spinning it (umm like I know how to spin - meh can't be that hard, can it?) so that some sections aren't really spun at all to make it obvious it's hair.  I can't think of any other way I'm going to get a long enough length of 'yarn'.

But here it is - with  my typewriter to give some idea of how long it is.

http://ysolda.me.uk/images/hair.jpg
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« Reply #16 on: October 26, 2005 07:11:54 AM »

I don't know that you would have much luck with spinning, since the hair is so smooth.

I suspect that crochet may be the way to go.

I found this image, and the end result isn't very appealing (to my eyes, anyway).
http://www.leylandhouse.com.au/Gallery%20Page1094.html
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« Reply #17 on: October 26, 2005 07:29:43 AM »

I wonder if you could work with it in one of those little "knitting nancy" things...like a spool with 4 little pegs on one end, like a tiny knifty knitter? It might be easier to control. It would produce a "rope" you could then create something else with. Hmmm....  I do think it's a little gross, but then again I briefly considered sending my dog's hair to one of those places that spin pet hair (he sheds...ALOT...so I figured, why not make it functional?) until my friends looked at me in horror and I realized I may have crossed into "crazy pet lady" territory.
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« Reply #18 on: October 29, 2005 08:14:06 AM »

Does it have to be knitted? What about macrame? That way it might be easier to work with all the shorter lengths, and you could use your hands directly, instead of using needles which might be slippery.
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« Reply #19 on: October 30, 2005 02:06:47 PM »

If it doesn't have to do anything but look interesting, how about using mousse/hairspray as a binding agent? If you're very careful and stagger the ends of the hair, i think it might do the trick (and I second using large needles). It doesn't look like a whole lot of hair so maybe you could make a hat or a collar? Please post pics if you do end up making something Smiley

(in other news, does anyone watch Reno 911? "I mean, he knits sweaters out of human hair!")
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