dog hair flowers as a way to wear your dog all year
Small dogs don’t shed enough to make anything…or do they?
Fuzzy, my beloved first Pekingese, had a glorious coat when he was young. Stunning in color, texture, and
length. He also had a glorious temper, stunning in fierceness and sharpness of teeth. And when Fuzzy didn’t like
something, nobody liked something. Fuzzy hated brushing. He hated it enough to draw blood. So over the course of Fuzzy’s far too short 13 years, I only collected a few handfuls of that resplendent fur.
I have a mere 56 yards to show for over a decade of attempted brushing. That’s about enough for a coffee cup sleeve and a half. Not a lot to remember him by.
But have a look below. What about a flower, set as a brooch, that blooms all year round? I love my Chow Chow pullover, and it’s the only thing that makes the polar vortex bearable, but it’s too warm to wear any time outside the polar vortex. A brooch, in contrast, can be pinned anywhere you like, any time, any season, making dog hair flowers a year-round option.
Dog Hair Flowers Won’t Wither With the Weather
I made this brooch as a pin for a lovely lace Juliet scarf from Keeshond wool. A simple flower, it knits quickly with very little wool, only a couple of yards, and measures 3″ in diameter. I estimate I could knit 10 of these with what I have from Fuzzy.
This is one, very simple example. There are loads of ways to knit small decorative elements, and even more ways to crochet them. They are easily attached to pin backs, hair pins, barrettes, and plenty more that I will think of as soon as this missive has posted. I would love to hear your ideas and suggestions, so please submit your comments below.
I know that some people become uncomfortable at the thought of anything made from dog hair. I also know that most of these same people have no problem wearing items made from sheep or goat hair, but for whatever reason, are more comfortable about a sheep they’ve never met than a dog who has been loved and cared for and whose hair is humanely collected. For dog lovers looking to always have a memento of their beloved canine with them, I find this is a spectacular way to wear your dog on your sleeve (or lapel, or wherever) without drawing negative attention or heaven forbid wrath!
What do you think? I’m actually very excited about this idea, so much so that I think I’m going to start adding a prêt-à-porter selection to my Etsy site. (Wait a few days to click on the link; there’s only one item left there as of this writing…)