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« on: February 25, 2011 07:46:21 AM »

I'm peeking in for just a moment...I usually frequent the crocheting boards.

A family member saw some pics of the hats I make and said if I could make one that looked like a Toller, they'd pay for it.  They breed Nova Scotia Duck Toller Retrievers (dogs), and I pretty much said if I could ever find a yarn to match their beautiful coat I might make a hat, but until then I wouldn't be able to do it justice.

This whole conversation was on my photo album on Facebook, so other family members jumped in and (I assume) jokingly said there's enough dog hair around, why not just use the real thing?  (And put a tag on the inside of the hat that no Tollers were harmed in the making of the hat Smiley)

So, of course I started thinking about the posibilites...question: Is it possible to spin a medium length dog's hair into yarn?  How do I find someone to do it?  I looked on Kijiji and only found spinning classes - the ones where you excercise on a bike...

Is there a group I should be looking for, or something that would make the search easier?

I live in Alberta, Canada if anyone is from there - just outside Calgary.

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« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2011 10:32:34 AM »

I have seen a website before for a woman who specializes in spinning pet yarn.  For hard-to-spin pet fiber, I think she blends it with a similar color of wool.  I sure wish I could remember her name, or the name of her website!  Maybe if you just Google "spinning pet hair into yarn" you'll get some results?  Good luck!
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2011 05:14:14 PM »

Tollers, like most retrievers, are double-coated which means they have a soft undercoat and a course topcoat. If they have their dogs groomed or groom them themselves they could just start saving the soft undercoat until there is enough to spin. One thing about the undercoat is it comes out lighter than the color of the dog...depending on the breed it could even be a different color (some dark dogs have a pale undercoat, etc). I have a golden retriever (a medium to dark amber color) and her undercoat is a light honey color.

http://www.vipfibers.com/ is one place that offers a pet fur spinning service (they don't blend with wool, which I like, but I think the blending with wool thing is personal preference). Even if you didn't use their service they have a lot of good information about it, such as approximately how much fur it would take to make a hat. There is plenty of advice here on the fiber boards if you wanted to learn how to spin it yourself...check out the Spinning FAQs and the Learning to Spin.

If all else fails, you could probably convince one of the Craftster spinners to spin it up for you for a small fee or trade Wink

« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2011 08:34:11 AM »

If you're looking for someone who does this, I do this....among many other crafting endeavors.

Spinner, Knitter, crocheter, tatter, novice ironworker, natural & chemical dyer, primitive and yarn rug-hooker, creative consultant, teacher & crafting demonstrator of all the above
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2011 02:28:23 PM »

I'd be willing to as well. I've been wanting to call some groomers in town to see if I could get some dog hair (for free?) to try to spin. Other spinnings are boring me at the moment and I'm too lazy to learn something cool like coils or core-spun.

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