And that dog just so happens to have some of the softest fur on the planet. You already know where this is going, don’t you?
I’ve always cringed at discarding the fluffy, furry clouds I get from brushing Kate, our beloved Golden Retriever. For a while my husband was scattering it in the garden to ward off deer, but, truly, it didn’t work. Now he puts it in a little paper bag for me. Sweet, no?
It’s the September issue of Crochet! magazine that’s got us squirreling away dog hair. Pages 16-18 have basic information about spinning yarn from dog hair and a pattern for a tam (oh, and some cute doggie pics!). While I won’t be making the hat, I was rather elated to see that, yes, you can spin dog hair. I’m thinking a scarf and possibly socks. Had I bothered to look on the web before, I would have been saving dog hair a long time ago (see resources below).
Kate likes the plan because she thinks it means she’ll get brushed more often. She’s probably right. Now I just need to learn to spin.
Resources: Spinning Dog Hair
- Spinning the Hair of the Dog
- Chiengora Chic: Handspinning Dog Hair
- Wolf Tales/Wolf Yarn
- VIP Fibers: Hand Spun Yarn from your very important pet!
- Rover’s Comb: Handspun Dog Hair
- What to do with Fido’s brushed-out fur? Wear it
- Book: Knitting with Dog Hair by Kendall Crolius and Anne Montgomery
Edit: Thanks to Jenn for bringing up the subject of odor. From what I’ve read, once the yarn is washed, odor is usually not a problem. Of course it does depend on the dog, as some are more oily and naturally more odorous than others. If Kate’s turns out to be, ahem, fragrant, I’ll be putting either Nature’s Miracle or Smells Begone in the final rinse. These are excellent products I’ve been using for years; I can’t say enough good things about them. NM is available in nearly all pet stores. SB is a bit harder to find, but is readily available online (google it). If you have something SB won’t get the odor out of, you’d better burn it, LOL.