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Knitting With Dog Hair
All you need to make an afghan from a collie is a brush and knitting needles. It wouldn't hurt to also pick up a copy of Knitting with Dog Hair: Better a Sweater From a Dog You Know and Love Than a Sheep You'll Never Meet.
Authors Kendal Crolius and Anne Montgomery walk readers through the basics of knitting with pet hair with detailed explanations of how dog hair differs from wool. One important point is that dog and cat hair does not have to be allergenic if washed properly. From harvesting the pet hair to spinning, dyeing and knitting garments, just about everything you need to know is included. The authors also cover how to care for pet hair garments.
For those without the skill to spin the hair into yarn, the book tells where to find custom spinners who are willing to work with dog hair. They also do a review of breeds and how they rate as providers of the raw material.
Knitting with Dog Hair is a quick read at less than 100 pages of text. Published by St. Martin's Press, it is available from your bookstores or on the Web at amazon.com.

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2002 - Volume #26, Issue #5