Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Summer Fiber

One of the inevitable signs of summer around here is the dog hair. With three hairy dogs, there's always a lot of "free fiber" floating around. We don't have dust bunnies; we have dust buffaloes. But at this time of year, it gets a little crazy.

This is the result of ten minutes of brushing one dog. Bear in mind, that's a 110 pound dog, so you can imagine the size of the pile.

Good thing she's such a patient girl!

Now what shall I do with all this?

11 comments:

sophanne said...

That is a BoatLoad of fiber. That is insane.

Khalila said...

What a sweet doggie face! And she's useful too!

Gracey is not my name.... said...

I know someone who had her dog fiber spun into yarn and made a sweater. There is a picture on my blog of her sweater, not sure of the date. Also here in CT, Still River Mill makes Seven Sammy and Puppy Love yarn out of dog fur.
http://store.stillrivermill.com/store.php/categories/luxury_yarn

I have some...

Oh and I originally just wanted to say every time I read your blog title "Summer Lovin'" from Grease played in my head...

seashells said...

De-hair and spin! The guard hair will make killer yarn for sock heels, or maybe just really good pot scrubbers. :-) I'm glad I'm not wearing her fur coat right now!

kmkat said...

Keep in mind that, unless said dog had a thorough bath within the past 12 hours, any objet d'knit made of its fiber will forever smell of wet dog when it rains. Ask me how I know...

Fibra Artysta said...

She's a gorgeous girl but holy cow!

mkonieczki said...

Dust buffalos...lmao. Absolutely hysterical! Last year, a girl in my knitting group told me how a woman she knows spun dog hair (I'm assuming with something else) into yarn! At first, I thought it was bizzare, but on reflection, why not? :-D However, I do remeber her saying that everytime the FO knit from the dog yarn was washed, it ultimately ended up smelling like wet dog. Not sure how to get around that one.

Susanne said...

Sophie has a look of relief. Losing all that fiber will make her feel lighter...

Kristen said...

What a sweet pooch! And she's productive too! I also had bags of fur and had it spun into worsted weight, but it has a doggie odor (naturally!) which I love in a dog, but don't love in yarn. Will the birds use it for a cozy nest?

Maile (My-lee) Ann said...

Wow! I thought my dogs shed a lot. Good grief! At least you are putting it to good use... :-)

Mo said...

Create a 'mini me' dog?