Want your own dog yarn? We happily spin yarn from your dog’s hair for you!
As with any of our projects, your chiengora made to order is a custom product. We will need to sample your dog’s hair first so that we will know what we are working with and so that you can see, and feel, what you will have.
You will want to be sure to harvest your dog’s hair properly, and then contact us for instructions on how to send us a quantity to sample for you. Cost will depend on whether the hair requires any special processing (such as extra washing, skirting, or other handling) or blending (for hair that is too short to spin on its own). We will quote your cost when we send you your sample yarn.
Knitters and Crocheters should know…
Chiengora (dog wool) differs from conventional (sheep) yarn in a number of ways.
Dog is much, much warmer than sheep, lamb, or alpaca, but it is also much less elastic. Because of the warmth, we always aim to spin finer wool so that it can actually be worn. At DK weight, it is already too warm for most people to wear on any but the coldest days. Even lace weight chiengora provides amazing insulation.
It does not have the same memory as conventional wool, so when choosing a pattern or creating a design, think more about drape than about cling.
Chiengora has a prominent halo — it is very fuzzy, which is why it’s so warm. Like angora, it blooms when it is worked and that effect increases over time. Cable and rib patterns can get lost in that halo, and smaller lace patterns become hard to see as well.
Finally, because your dog yarn comes only from your dog and is hand spun, it will show certain traits that you will find in no other yarn. It will not always be as consistent in its thickness as yarn you buy from the store. Our spinners are outstanding artisans, but like the grain markings in leather, the entirely custom yarn we spin for you will also demonstrate what makes it unique. When working your yarn, you will want to check your gauge frequently and be prepared to make adjustments — just like you do when you live with your dog.