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« on: May 16, 2017 05:10:17 PM »

It's a rather blah color, but it is so so so soft!



I was tired of my dog not pulling her weight around here.  Sure, she's cute, but does she really think she's going to coast by on her looks?  She also requires a lot of attention and brushing, so I figured, hey, why not?  Lots of other people do it, and it's completely FREE material to practice on!



I actually made a drop spindle out of a dowel, a toy wheel, and a cup hook.



After about six months of brushing (discarding it when she was particularly full of burrs) I had a decent amount of single ply...



I wound it into a center-pull ball, then pulled from the inside and outside at the same time to ply...



And then I rolled it into a ball.  A soft, soft, soft ball. 



It's not very much, and I have no idea what I will do with it, but I'm getting plenty of practice with my spindle!
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« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2017 05:56:29 PM »

Great job, and such patience!
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« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2017 06:30:51 PM »

wow! It actually made quite a bit. Love to see what you make with it.


...and that pup is too cute!
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« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2017 06:16:42 AM »

What a great idea! I love how your yarn turned out.
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« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2017 06:43:46 AM »

She is so pretty though. Cheesy Great idea for practicing. I still can't bring myself to craft with pet hair, but more power to you for being creative and using what you can get your hands on!
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« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2017 06:54:20 PM »

Ha, thanks! 

I was a bit iffy about the whole "pet hair" thing until someone said that rabbits, goats, llamas, alpacas, and yes, even sheep can be considered "pets".  And we craft with their hair!  I know people think dog in particular will smell, but it doesn't after it's washed.  My biggest problem is that it's a small amount, and a rather drab brownish black (though my dog looks black and white, her undercoat has a lot of brown in it).
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« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2017 07:12:19 AM »

I bet it would look really cool woven with some other handspun yarns into a wall hanging or something like that
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« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2017 07:17:18 AM »

Ha, that's awesome!  I remember reading something years ago in a magazine about spinning yarn from dog hair (Golden Retriever is lovely and silky, apparently, and Jack Russel is rather scratchy!), but never saw someone actually do it before.
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« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2017 01:23:27 PM »

That looks like being fun to try.  I am currently collecting cat fur to felt.... Funny how pets seem to shed... until you want them to
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« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2017 10:15:53 AM »

Congratulations! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley
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