Better A Sweater From A Dog You Know and Love
Than From A Sheep You’ll Never Meet*
When you look at the beautiful Newfoundland above, is shedding the first thing you think of? Well…if you knit, or know someone who knits, you can take all that excess fur and turn it into a scrumptiously snug chiengora scarf or sweater! Chiengora can be up to 80% warmer than your basic sheep’s wool.
Spinning dog hair is not a new art form. Dog hair has been found in yarns dating back from pre-historic Scandinavia, and in textiles from the Navajo Indians of North America. It was the main fiber spun on the Northern American continent before the Spaniards introduced sheep.
The best dogs for shedding 🙂 are obviously the long-haired double coated ones like the Newfoundland, Bernese Mountain, Sheltie and Husky, to name just a few. They will give you a great quality yarn. For the do-it-yourselfers, everything you need to know about spinning yarn is in this book:
If you have the dog hair and would like to have a professional knit you a spectacular sweater, well, that’s also available.
PS If you are in New Jersey, fuggetaboutit!