Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Renee Spins Alpaca/Dog Yarn

A couple of months ago Renee came over to spend the day with me. We played in fiber. I had a few bags of Cassie ↓ hair that my groomer had saved for me. Renee blended it with light fawn (Oppie, I think), ran it through the drum carder a couple of times, and took it home.
........and mailed it to me this week. Two beautifully spun, 2 plied balls of alpaca/golden retriever yarn. Can you see the halo on this yarn? It's really yummy and I'm going to knit something just for myself, probably a hat because I wear one all the time in the barn.
Little Max → wishes for some.....

The really interesting thing about Renee is that she raises camels. Really! She does have an Etsy store for you to visit called HarryCamel Through her store you can commission some of your dog hair spun up. I would definitely suggest adding something like alpaca to it though. ☺from NorthStar, of course☺

Thursday - To answer the guard hair question in comments. This is from Cassie's undercoat, the fine hair that was brushed out.

10 comments:

HanamiGallery said...

wow that is really cool!i wondered if you could spin cat or dog fibers! haha! i think that makes it really special! the yarn looks awesome!

PhatLady said...

I love it!!

Dawning Dreams said...

That is so cool1 It looks like angora yarn. So soft and fluffy!

Cher said...

I was wondering the same thing for cat hair. Hmm... my cat, Big Kitty, would make a lovely hat! :-)

Aimee said...

Pretty! We have a standard collie, and man does he put out a lot of hair these days! My daughter is hand spinning it, she says she wants to make a sweater for our other dog, who has basically no hair at all.

Zu said...

It's amazing that can be done! Do you think it will be itchy?

trh said...

Can I commission you to card the dog hair together with some alpaca? I have hand cards, but not a drum carder . . .

krex said...

Very cool...how do you get the guard hairs out ? Heard some where that dog hair is much warmer then wool and is best to blend rather then use alone as would be "to warm" .

Great article about dog fiber if you do a search for it on NPR . There is a women in Australia that actually makes swim suits out of it !! (she says you wont smell like wet dog if you wear one )

Alpaca Farmgirl said...

That's so funny. I have a friend who always asks this questions whenever the topic of spinning dog hair comes up. "When it rains on it, does it smell like wet dog?" Do you know Maple? (She asks me this all the time and I have no clue.)

Thanks for participating in Fiber Arts Friday!

Vtknitboy said...

neato! i spun some samoyed dog (wicked soft) and it doesn't smell like dogs at all. doesn't have any smell! very warm.

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