Hair of the Dog

The white part of this hat is spun dog yarn. A friend gave me the fur and I spun it. I used all the yarn in making this hat. The white stripe is dog, then I plyed it with brown mohair for the transition and finished off the top of the hat with the brown mohair.

 The sweaters above were knitted from the dogs in the photos.

Dog fur is 80% warmer than wool. When cleaned there is no smell.  What’s your opinion on this? People do have very strong opinions when it comes to their animals.

Knitting examiner


Hello Dolly!


The sun finally came out this afternoon. On Tuesday I put crushed rhubarb leaves and water in one container (on the left) and sliced rhubarb root and water in the other (on the right). It needs at least 5 days of sun to simmer, before straining out the liquid. The one on the left is the mordant and the right one is the dye. The dye color can go from yellow to coral/red. I guess it all depends on concentration and the mordant you use.


That’s wool from the Boggs Hill fleece , on the screens, drying in the background. I plan to use this long wooled sheep fiber to rhubarb dye.

This is a small sampling of leftover fleece that is too short or on its way to being felted. I put some in my compost…figuring it will help aerate the soil. I put some in my boots and youngest sons sneakers…adding cushioning. I guess some could be used to stuff pillows or toys. OR? Short of throwing it out.

Any suggestions…

What to do with the fleece that isn’t spinnable?

June 16, 2009


That’s Dolly Wool, from a “Husky”. Chiengora as the French would define it.  The yarn is sooo very soft with a beautiful bloom.  The pictures don’t do it justice. The owners of the dog will be very pleased.