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Knitting with Dog Hair: Better a Sweater from a Dog You Know Than a Sheep You'll Never Meet Paperback – 13 Sep 2001

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell Illustrated; New edition edition (13 Sept. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304359955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304359950
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.5 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 486,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Kendall Crolius has been spinning yarn from her pet's hair and knitting clothes with it for most of her life. She is a former senior vice president at J. Walter Thompson. Ann Montgomery is a freelance writer whose work regularly appears in Town & Country and other magazines. Comedian, actor and writer, Stephen Fry is still best-known for his part in the Blackadder series and his TV show with Hugh Laurie. His performance in the lead role in Wilde brought him critical acclaim, while his novels and autobiography have been huge bestsellers. He lives in Norfolk.

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By A Customer on 7 May 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a fantastic book for all those people who prefer their own 'home-grown' products. When reading this book one realises what a useful commodity one normally disposes of. Using dog hair one can make all sorts of useful clothes, such as hats, jumpers and even vests!
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I needed to do something with all the dog hair that was lying around the house. This book gave me not only the advice but also the confidence to turn my mutt's locks into something worthwhile! All my friends are very jealous of my newly knitted purse!
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excellent book, a scarf will appear soon.
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By IW on 14 Nov. 2015
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Great thanks
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319 of 352 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e0dd408) out of 5 stars With great power comes great responsibilty. 14 July 2011
By doz70 - Published on
Format: Paperback
Be very careful with this book. Thinking myself clever, I shaved my dog, then knitted him a sweater using his own fur. I believe this paradox may have ripped a small hole in the space-time continuim. My son seems to be now aging in reverse, causing me to deduct one star from this review. Otherwise a very informative book.
92 of 106 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e0dd45c) out of 5 stars I Kid You Not 31 July 2007
By Barks Book Nonsense - Published on
Format: Paperback
This was an interesting read. Why spend all sorts of money on yarn when I already have two fuzz producing critters? But then again who wants to wear a hat that smells like dog?

Smell was my biggest worry when I ran across this book. I know only too well how stinky my wet dogs can be, but apparently they say the smell can be washed out quite permanently and easily and then they ask if one has ever smelled a sheep up close. Good point!

With smell issues out of the way, I read on with interest. Instead of throwing away all of that lovely golden fur floating around my home, I might actually be able to use it. Of course this involves quite a bit of work. Daily brushings, the labor intensive washing, washing and washing again of the fuzz (without clogging your drain in the process), then one must card (comb)the fuzz so it all lays the way it should, then you've got to oil it, spin it (an art in itself) and ply it into yarn. Yikes, it looks so easy when laid out in a few pages in a book but it sounds too much like work for someone like me.

After you've done all of the above, if you're one of those inexhaustible types, you can knit hats, scarves and just about anything that you'd knit with wool. The projects seem pretty straightforward but the instructions assume one has some familiarity with knitting. There are scarves, hats, mittens sweaters, even a doggie sweater (the pic shows a pug smugly wearing a sweater made from newfoundland fur, way too cute!). You must know the basic stitches, know all about knitting the round, know how to use your double pointed and circular needles and how to work fair isle/intarsia if you want to finish many of these items. I would've appreciated a little knitting 101 section here (especially for the color work, are you supposed to purl or knit the colors??), but that's just me and I suppose that stuff can easily be found on google but still . . .

The other downside of this book are the black and white photos. The items are described as beautiful tones of "golden retriever fur" or whatever and then they show a grainy b&w photo of a fuzzy looking scarf which was so disappointing. There also are not nearly enough photos showing how to make and use the drop spindle (though the carding section was well illustrated and appears simple enough). I seriously doubt I could learn the art of spinning dog fuzz using only this book and will look for a video if I ever get my fuzzies washed and ready (I think this part intimidates me the most!).

There is a section outlining breeds and their "spinability" for those on the lookout for fuzz machines. Lucky for me, my two goldens are top producers but my lab is a poor choice. Apparently, though, his "short chocolate sprinkles" can be added to all of the glamorously soft golden fur to spice up the color. Who knew?

This was an informative, very niche book, that takes its topic seriously and was a fun read. It's got me looking at the fuzz balls in a new way but I'm not sure if I'll ever work up the energy to collect, wash, card, and then spin this stuff into workable yarn because I'm just too lazy. Though it might make a nice little side business for someone with a lot of time to spare. Imagine a keepsake of your beloved pet like no other. The possibilities are endless . . .
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8efb27b0) out of 5 stars Nothing really new 4 Mar. 2012
By Karla Moore - Published on
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I was very disappointed with this book. Not only was it expensive (over $50)and short (101 pages including the index) there was little information that couldn't be found in any other beginning spinning book. Basically, all I gleaned from it was to handle dog hair like you would handle Alpaca. Sort out the short pieces & junk, wash it the same. Use common sense when looking at a dog to spin. Is the hair long, coarse, soft, scratchy. How it feels on the dog, is how it's going to feel made into yarn. They do have a listing of the various breeds of dogs and the types of hair, but again, use common sense.

If I knew before hand that this was a book on the VERY basics of how to spin fiber, I would not have bought it.
29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fe6fe28) out of 5 stars Five Barks for Comfort! 7 July 2013
By Jerome Albertson - Published on
Format: Paperback
My cool vest gets a lot of looks... and a lot of shocks when I say it's 50% Yorkie! Paired with my Chocolate Lab trousers and Dachsund socks, I'm the talk of the "fashion" town these days!

Who knew I'd be knitting so much dog hair clothing. Before the economic crash, I was employed and wearing the finest lycras and polyesters. Next thing you know, Arby's is downsizing and I'm shaving Terriers to get by. Thanks to this book, I finally had something to do with all that Terrier fur! I really put the "T" back in T-shirts.

Did you know Rottweiler hair is water resistant? Real warm, too. On a cool rainy day you need a Rottweiler raincoat with Husky lapels. This book shows you how to get it done. Also, if you have a basset hound, a sewing machine, and a special lady in your life, she'll never have to buy her own lingerie again. Basset bras are sturdy and sexy at the same time! Adventurous lovers might even enjoy a set of beagle thongs to spice things up.

Now, the dog hair clothing scene isn't always as great as people say. There are some "cons". For example, collecting fur is hard work. The folks at the animal shelter catch on after you keep showing up with a burlap sack and a pair of clippers. Sometimes you gotta go rogue and shave down the neighbor dogs. Also, when you're at a job interview and the boss has dog allergies, it doesn't matter if your tie has the silky sheen of Shepherd - you're outta luck.

Overall though, I'd recommend this book and give it 5 stars. Or should I say 5 BARKS??? Switch from cotton to canine and you'll be the sharpest dressed man on the block!!
40 of 50 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e0dd924) out of 5 stars FInally, a book to recycle something I have more of than any 19 Oct. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Everyone in my house thought I was crazy until I brought home Kendall Crolius' book. She goes from start to finish, with suggestions for every step and every breed that you can use, to help you do it yourself. If you want your chore to be only the "colection", then she will point you in the right direction for sources for spinners & knitters. (This is the tack I took.)The book proved most helpful, making it possible for you to have a truly unique & cherished product either for yourself or for loved ones.
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