About Dog Wool

At Knit Your Dog, we turn your dog’s hair into clothing, accessories, and gifts. Shed happens, and it’s actually a beautiful thing!

So… about dog hair and dog wool…

Knitting dog hair is nothing new, believe it or not! The official term for wool spun from dog hair is chiengora. Not all dogs’ hair can be spun pure; many breeds’ hair must be mixed with more conventional fibers such as sheep, alpaca, or others. The best hair for wool is the undercoat of a longer-haired, rough-coated dog, such as Chow Chow, Golden Retriever, Samoyed, Newfoundland or other such breed. Guard hairs (the waterproof, outer part of the coat) do not spin.

Because dog hair is not the same as sheep, goat or alpaca, it does not spin in the same way.

Dog hair that has been clipped cannot be spun. Only dog hair that has been harvested by brushing can be spun into wool. In order for it to spin, the entire hair shaft is needed. If the hair is cut, it cannot be spun.

How do I get wool from my dog’s hair?

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1. The hair must be harvested from your dog. Do not use a Furminator or shedding blade. Complete harvesting instructions are right here. It’s really easy.

 

Linda spins on a Colonial Era replica wheel.

Linda spins on a Colonial Era replica wheel.

2. The hair will need to be washed to remove dirt and dog smell. The overall volume of hair will decrease as the dirt is removed.

 

3. Once the hair is washed and fully dry, it is then carded. This process aligns the fibers so that they will spin properly.

 

4. If the hair can be spun on its own, it will not need to be mixed with other fibers. Otherwise, it will be mixed.

 

5. The spun wool is collected in skeins.skein 01A

 

 

 

 

 

 

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