So, for the last couple years I’ve been saving Apollo’s shed fur with an eye towards having it spun into yarn.
At this point in the conversation most people who’ve never had interactions with a Tibetan Mastiff cringe at the thought of making smelly dog fur into yarn. But TMs aren’t smelly dogs. Right now Apollo hasn’t had a bath since the Nov show and I can only smell an odor on him if I get my nose right down into his fur. And even then its not a “doggy odor”.
Two years of collecting fur, trying to avoid the short stuff from his legs and shoulders (and missing out on the fluff that floated free while he was outside), got me a bit over two pounds of fluff to be spun. Folks, if you ever run into someone who tells you their (non-giant breed short coated) dog loses pounds and pounds of fur every year feel free to laugh at them.
Over the weekend the lady who’s spinning for me (and yes, I’m paying her) let me know that she had five skeins done, and that she’d done not quite half of what I’d given her.
Wow. I wasn’t expecting to get that much yarn TOTAL out of that bag of fluff, never mind over two times that. Admittedly its not a particularly bulky yarn, but it is two ply, so still…..
A closeup in better light. It turned out very pretty.
I might have to learn how to spin, if thats how much yarn I can get out of a single year’s shed. Not sure my hands are up to it, but I think I’m going to have to try.
Since I’m going to have alot more yarn than I expected I decided to knit the first scarf on my double knit Knitting Board.
Working on a loom of any kind is much easier on my hands than trying to knit using needles, even big chunky ones, so its going fairly quickly. Can’t wait to see the finished product!