Spinning Pet Hair
The confluence of people who spin and people who love their pets makes this a potentially explosive topic. Is spinning pet hair gross or a loving tribute?
Pros and Cons of Spinning Pet Hair
As someone who loves my pets and who spins, I have thought a lot about this topic. I have only one experience in the past of trying to spin dog hair, and it wasn’t pleasant.
So I tried a small experiment with Finn. I brushed him with the Furminator deshedding brush (here’s a good conversation about pros and cons of the Furminator, which I won’t weigh into).
Here’s the result:
Without any further preparation, I started spinning the “roving.”
Bland color. Incredibly difficult to spin. Broke incessantly. Had to treadle so slowly, it was the first time I’ve ever preferred a drop spindle to my wheel.
I was only able to get a couple of yards of single spun. But I plied it anyway.
It was relatively soft, despite looking like prickly rope. So I knit it.
I had to put a lot of twist in the single and in the plying. But not in equal measure. So, it wasn’t a very balanced yarn, so it created a torqued fabric when I knit it.
It looks scratchier than it is. But here are my overall thoughts.
- It’s not worth it
- Takes a while to accumulate enough fluff
- Spinning is dreadful…both difficult and creates a really bad yarn
- The resulting knitted fabric could not be used against human skin
- Come up with a better way of making a keepsake of your pet (I prefer photos)
- I don’t find it at all disgusting (in fact Finn’s fur was pretty clean and odorless during the process)…I just don’t find it a worthwhile effort
Any other thoughts on this controversial subject?
Despite this crazy effort at spinning, I also got some knitting accomplished this weekend. I finished another Activities Cap.
It uses a beautiful and soft and warm yarn that I have no idea what it is. I think it must have some alpaca in it, but I can’t be sure.
It still makes me look idiotic, but I’d wear it to shovel snow. At 3:00 am when no one would see me.
I also finished the first fingerless glove.
Well, almost finished.
I still have a few ends to weave in. But I have cast on for the second glove and I’ll try to focus on finishing that quickly.
What have you got on the needles/hook/loom/spindle/wheel?