Friday, November 13, 2015

Did you know, you can make clothes from your dog's fur

On chilly days it's pleasant to curl up next to a dog. They're like furry hot water bottles! Some have more hair than others, of course, but most dogs have something.

Brushed out hair from dogs and cats can be washed and spun into yarn, that in turn can become sweaters, mittens, and hats. Some people who work with spinning yarn from dog hair even work with clipped hair from breeds like poodles, provided it's long enough.
Image from hundegarn.com.
Socks made by wool from
an Old English Sheepdog.
The yarn can be used with the color it has, or be colored.

Norwegian website hundegarn.com advice not to wash the brushed out hair. They also say it should be stored dry and well ventilated in a paper bag, not plastic.

The website customdoghairspinning.com says the hair should be at least 2" long for best results. They handspin the wool on a spinning wheel and the end product is yarn suitable for knitting, crocheting, and weaving. They also point out that the finished product will not smell like dog if it gets wet.

Some spinners offer to work with wool shorter than 2", but in that case it might have to be mixed with another type of wool. 

It's possible to make the yarn on one's own as well, if you're willing to learn how to spin.

Image from customdoghairspinning.com

The yarn on this photo comes from a Golden Retriever.

Yarn from a Golden Retriever.
Image from hundegarn.com

Yarn from a Border Collie.
Image from hundegarn.com


What do you think? Would you wear a sweater with yarn from your dog?

~ Maria Sadowski ~


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