--> artist Betty Burian Kirk, who enjoys a thriving trade--> spinning 100 percent dog hair into yarn. The idea came to--> her 19 years ago when, as an ambitious spinner, she realized--> that dog hair might stand out as unique from the usual--> fibers found in stores. It's not a new concept. Spinning dog--> hair is part of American Indian history.--> --> Kirk only accepts hair that has been brushed off the dog--> because clipped hair makes the yarn too prickly. When an--> order arrives, she washes the hair and then prepares it for--> spinning. It requires at least 4 ounces to spin enough yarn--> for a hat and 8 ounces for a scarf. (Although cat hair is--> feasible for spinning, she's never used it because of family--> allergies.)
--> When asked about odor, she replied, "Does your wool sweater--> smell like sheep in the barnyard? No! Does it have an odor--> when you wash it? Yes, but it's the smell of wool, not the--> barnyard. Same with dog hair. When wet it has a slight odor,--> but it's a fiber odor, not a doggy odor."--> --> Dog hair lacks the elasticity found in sheep's wool but it--> happens to be much warmer, making it ideal for cold-weather--> accessories, such as hats, scarves and shawls. Prices range--> from the cost of spinning the yarn or, for those who don't--> knit, the price of spinning plus Kirk's fee to make the--> desired item. Intrigued? Then grab a brush and start--> collecting your dog's hair now -- brushing a deceased pet--> will not garner enough hair.
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At a more recent agricultural event, I mentioned that sign to the
woman who was demonstrating a spinning wheel (with conventional wool);
she said she wouldn't do that without a dust mask and probably even
goggles, since dog hair is very messy to work with and throws "doggy
I spend almost as time figuring out what's wrong with my computer as
I do actually using it. Networked software, especially, requires
I see your "link" and raise you:
When we visited the store we struck up a conversation with one of the
owners. A few minutes later a female employee entered the store. She
looked so much like the first woman I asked if they were related. She
"She only hires people who look like her. It does limit the pool of talent."
They are identical twins.
Thermodynamics and/or Golf for dummies: There is a game
You can't win
I'm coming, Elizabeth, I'm coming.
Now, I've seen it all. The "Rapture" must be coming along any minute.
Am I on drugs or what? Somebody check the tap water.
Every time I turn around this place just gets stranger and stranger.
Coloribus gustibus and dog hair sweateribus non disputatum (mostly)
Farm1, that's quite a handle your dog has. If you make a sweater from
the yarn, will it come with a sack of ashes?
All kidding aside, I'm glad to see people unplugging from the consumer
matrix. Do you spin and weave the hair yourself? What do dog hair shirts
feel like or will this be for throw rugs? Are there specific breeds for
weaving? (I presume that they should be long-hairs.)
Thanks for the heads-up,
Coloribus gustibus non disputatum (mostly)
Yeah, but no longer than German Short Haired Pointer :-)) Dunno why breed
names get so long.
If you make a sweater from
Probably not - it'st ake too long to collect that mcuh - perhaps a hat or
:-)) Perhaps just a scourge?
I'll spin it myself and perhaps knit or crochet it. I wouldn't weave it.
What do dog hair shirts
The Cavalier King Charles has very, very fine soft hair - softer than corn
silk or baby hair.
Are there specific breeds for
Many breeds of dogs have ahir that can be can be used to spin. My neigbour
has a Marrema and I've promised to spin some of her dog's hair for her.
I've even heard of someone spinning hair from a cow (whcih would be really
hard to do) but then they complained that it was prickly - not at all
surprised by that.
Avoid slick paper and printed colors. Slick paper has a clay seal to make it
slick and also makes it harder to compost. Color inks may contain lead.
Changes have been made in what goes into color inks to make them safer for us
and the environment.
I treat shredded paper the same as I treat oak leaves, cover them with chicken
manure. Bird droppings of any kind are high nitrogen which aids in compost of
things like paper, twigs, leaves. You may need to add some lime from time to
time to balance the pile.
For those who own chickens that spend at least part of the day in a coop, try
tossing the shredded paper/ leaves/ small twigs under the perch. This will act
as a mat to absorb chicken droppings and can be more easily moved to the compost
pile. Yes, the birds will scatter it hunting for treats. Just rake it together
when time to clean the coop.
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