Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Knitting with Dog Hair

This is my second post featuring a book about dogs and knitting. The first 'Men who Knit and the Dogs who Love Them' is the most popular blog I have ever posted so here's another really weird one for you. 

Knitting with dog hair : a woof-to-warp guide to making hats, sweaters, mittens, and much more by Kendall Crolius and Anne Black Montgomery. 

"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." 

I think my favourite thing about this book is that the tagline on the cover is 'Better a sweater from a dog you know and love than from a sheep you'll never meet'. swear to you I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried. Enjoy. 

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