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Knitting With Dog Hair: Better A Sweater From A Dog You Know and Love Than From A Sheep You'll Never Meet Paperback – January 15, 1997


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How many times have you groomed your dog, looked at all the fur floating around your feet, and remarked to yourself that there is enough fur for a sweater? Well, here's the guide that will help you turn that remark into a reality. With instructions for everything from "harvesting the fuzz" to spinning it into yarn to patterns for knitting dog hair into sweaters, hats, and scarves, Knitting with Dog Hair is a dream come true for dog lovers who also love to knit. Directories of equipment suppliers and people who will spin dog hair for you are appended, as a thorough guide to dog-breed hair and a glossary of dog-grooming and spinning terms. Instructions are thorough, and the authors' sense of humor will make this an enjoyable book for people new to spinning. Cat lovers shouldn't feel left out--special instructions are given for collecting cat fur, and patterns for a cat-hair pill box hat and a shirt collar are included. Caroline Andrew --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"For those who dread being in fashion's doghouse, there is hope-in the form of an all-natural fiber than can help you put on the dog." --People magazine

"You're harvesting what would normally end up clogging your vacuum cleaner anyway." --The Wall Street Journal
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (January 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312152906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312152901
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #496,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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283 of 313 people found the following review helpful By doz70 on July 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
Be very careful with this book. Thinking myself clever, I shaved my dog, then knitted him a sweater using his own fur. I believe this paradox may have ripped a small hole in the space-time continuim. My son seems to be now aging in reverse, causing me to deduct one star from this review. Otherwise a very informative book.
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85 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Barks Book Nonsense on July 31, 2007
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This was an interesting read. Why spend all sorts of money on yarn when I already have two fuzz producing critters? But then again who wants to wear a hat that smells like dog?

Smell was my biggest worry when I ran across this book. I know only too well how stinky my wet dogs can be, but apparently they say the smell can be washed out quite permanently and easily and then they ask if one has ever smelled a sheep up close. Good point!

With smell issues out of the way, I read on with interest. Instead of throwing away all of that lovely golden fur floating around my home, I might actually be able to use it. Of course this involves quite a bit of work. Daily brushings, the labor intensive washing, washing and washing again of the fuzz (without clogging your drain in the process), then one must card (comb)the fuzz so it all lays the way it should, then you've got to oil it, spin it (an art in itself) and ply it into yarn. Yikes, it looks so easy when laid out in a few pages in a book but it sounds too much like work for someone like me.

After you've done all of the above, if you're one of those inexhaustible types, you can knit hats, scarves and just about anything that you'd knit with wool. The projects seem pretty straightforward but the instructions assume one has some familiarity with knitting. There are scarves, hats, mittens sweaters, even a doggie sweater (the pic shows a pug smugly wearing a sweater made from newfoundland fur, way too cute!). You must know the basic stitches, know all about knitting the round, know how to use your double pointed and circular needles and how to work fair isle/intarsia if you want to finish many of these items.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Karla Moore on March 3, 2012
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I was very disappointed with this book. Not only was it expensive (over $50)and short (101 pages including the index) there was little information that couldn't be found in any other beginning spinning book. Basically, all I gleaned from it was to handle dog hair like you would handle Alpaca. Sort out the short pieces & junk, wash it the same. Use common sense when looking at a dog to spin. Is the hair long, coarse, soft, scratchy. How it feels on the dog, is how it's going to feel made into yarn. They do have a listing of the various breeds of dogs and the types of hair, but again, use common sense.

If I knew before hand that this was a book on the VERY basics of how to spin fiber, I would not have bought it.
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40 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 1999
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Everyone in my house thought I was crazy until I brought home Kendall Crolius' book. She goes from start to finish, with suggestions for every step and every breed that you can use, to help you do it yourself. If you want your chore to be only the "colection", then she will point you in the right direction for sources for spinners & knitters. (This is the tack I took.)The book proved most helpful, making it possible for you to have a truly unique & cherished product either for yourself or for loved ones.
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36 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 12, 2001
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I bought this book 2 years ago and it is still good reading. It gives easy-to-follow instructions on how to clean, card, and spin other animal fur as well as doghar.....And it has made me more comfortable to know that there are others who do this and not that I am just spending too much time in the woods (As I have been accused of by neighbors)
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 24, 1999
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How to collect, spin, and knit with dog hair. This book takes you from dust puppies to luxurious clothing made from your best friend's sheddings. It teaches you to spin using drop spindle or wheel, and then includes knitting and weaving patterns. Finally, if that isn't enough, there is a wonderful review of the qualities of hair for spinning and knitting for most of the recognized dog breeds. I highly recommend this book.
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41 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Mary Z. Cox on August 16, 2000
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Golden retriever scarves, Grand Pyranees hats, Siamese socks,and Samoyed sweaters! Kendall Crolius and Anne Montgomery force you not only to examine the logic of what materials to use for knitting, but also offer a new yardstick of the knit value of household pets. I have to admit that if I ever seek another dog, I'm going to be looking at the silky haired retrievers instead of short haired varieties that offer little more than dander and love. No more bulldogs or boxers for me--I want a dog that I can brush, spin, and knit big soft golden retriever sweaters. Truly a breakthrough in pragmatic thought!
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jerome Albertson on July 7, 2013
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My cool vest gets a lot of looks... and a lot of shocks when I say it's 50% Yorkie! Paired with my Chocolate Lab trousers and Dachsund socks, I'm the talk of the "fashion" town these days!

Who knew I'd be knitting so much dog hair clothing. Before the economic crash, I was employed and wearing the finest lycras and polyesters. Next thing you know, Arby's is downsizing and I'm shaving Terriers to get by. Thanks to this book, I finally had something to do with all that Terrier fur! I really put the "T" back in T-shirts.

Did you know Rottweiler hair is water resistant? Real warm, too. On a cool rainy day you need a Rottweiler raincoat with Husky lapels. This book shows you how to get it done. Also, if you have a basset hound, a sewing machine, and a special lady in your life, she'll never have to buy her own lingerie again. Basset bras are sturdy and sexy at the same time! Adventurous lovers might even enjoy a set of beagle thongs to spice things up.

Now, the dog hair clothing scene isn't always as great as people say. There are some "cons". For example, collecting fur is hard work. The folks at the animal shelter catch on after you keep showing up with a burlap sack and a pair of clippers. Sometimes you gotta go rogue and shave down the neighbor dogs. Also, when you're at a job interview and the boss has dog allergies, it doesn't matter if your tie has the silky sheen of Shepherd - you're outta luck.

Overall though, I'd recommend this book and give it 5 stars. Or should I say 5 BARKS??? Switch from cotton to canine and you'll be the sharpest dressed man on the block!!
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