Hi everyone! I've been away for awhile with the holidays and all. And most recently, I had to have my beloved Springer, Sophie put to sleep. She became ill and stopped eating about a month ago. Tests kept coming back normal including xrays. We were hoping she'd rally but never did. She took a bad turn this week and it was time to let go.
But, I have a stash of her soft fur just waiting for a project. I may try needle felting. Some I've already spun for a knitting project. We'll see.
I blended Sophie's hair with coridale. Her hair would mat ALOT especiall on her belly so I'm going to try spinning it alone. I will keep you posted.
And anneKat, I just read on the site there is a book on drop spindles. We tend to look at drop spindles and a precursor to the spinning wheel. I've just barely gotten something off of my wheel that resembles yarn. The only thing drop spindling did for me to learn the wheel was draughting the yarn and it is still different.
I like the wheel while my daughter who is an excellent spindler and started a mere 1-2years before me LOVES. LOVES, LOVES her drop spindles.
Thank you all for kind thoughts.
I'm sorry to hear about Sophie. I know how it is to have a beloved pet pass over, it's like loosing a member of the family.
I don't know about using dog hair but I know of one woman who works at Clark's Trading Post in North Woodstock, New Hampshire she works with bear fur yarn collected from the show bears when they are groomed. She make mittens and hats with the yarn as part of the annual Bear-th day celebration lottery. You can read about it here. http://www.stpns.net/view_article.html?articleId=43541058711014180.
Again, I'm sorry to hear about your Sophie.
Bear fur! Kool!!