Quite some time ago I posted about how I had gotten interested in spinning fiber on a drop spindle. Since then I have acquired a few spindles, mostly Turkish, and have gotten in a fair amount of practice.
Part of what appealed to me about spinning in the first place was the excitement of taking on a new craft, especially one that is so directly tied to knitting. Another part was that, early in the process, I naively thought that buying fiber to spin would be cheaper than just going out and buying finished yarn. I quickly found out that this is not necessarily the case! This lead me to two conclusions:
1) If I wanted to spin it would have to be for the fun of doing it and not because it was a cheaper alternative to buying yarn.
2) I wouldn't enjoy spinning things that are readily available in stores, but spinning unique yarns would keep me interested.
Some time later these two thoughts came together when I was perusing Ravelry. I saw some mittens that someone had knitted and they had incorporated dog fur into the yarn that they had spun for that project. At first I thought, umm, that's a little weird. But then again I'm a little weird, so I decided to research it a bit more.
While this was a new idea to me, I found that there are many groups on Ravelry devoted to spinning both dog and cat fur. Not to mention tons of websites with helpful information and even a few books specific to spinning companion animal fur. I decided what the heck, I'd give it a try. We have two cats (one black, one white) and a dog (tan) that we brush at least once a week anyway. Why not make use of all that fur?
So a few weeks ago I started collecting, washing, carding and storing. At this point I've only spun the fur from our black cat. It actually looks much more grey than black which is probably due to the more greyish undercoat she has. It will most likely end up as a two ply, sport or light worsted weight and seems like it'll make a really nice, soft yarn.
I actually have no idea yet what I may make with it. It seems like a lot of people use this type of yarn to make small keepsakes of their pets, for example, a small knitted plush heart. On a funny note, I told a friend of mine about my experiment. He immediately asked if I could make a hat for him from fur collected from their golden. I said, "Sure, I'd be glad to try it." We talked about how to collect the fur and store it until I could get it from him. He responded with, "Sure, whatever it takes, I must have that hat." He paused for a moment, thinking, and then said, "Wow, I went Cruella Deville really fast, didn't I?"
Take care guys!