So what to do with all the lovely soft groomed out dog undercoat?
Spinning and knitting with groomed out dog hair is nothing new. I have seen it done in the Yukon and the Canadian Northwest Territories where dog mushers diligently groomed their dogs and where temperatures also fall low enough for Arctic dog breeds to produce tremendous plush coats. I have never known anyone spinning and knitting with groomed dog hair in Greenland. Until now. Jennifer does.
Jennifer has been busy spinning some of Mikkey’s groomed hair into yarn. The photo below shows 30 grams of two-ply dog hair yarn. Jennifer's finishing touch was to create Mikkey's own information label on the wrap.
|25 metres of Mikkey yarn.|
|Before and after de-hairing.|
|Jennifer hand carding the sled dog down fibre.|
|Jennifer spinning dog down fibre into yarn.|
|Jennifer with Mikkey and his ball of yarn.|
|Mikkey's natural coloured undercoat surrounded by dyed samples.|
Jennifer cannot wait to start on the giant bag containing Max's golden undercoat.
For more about Gary and his dogs go to www.garyrolfe.com