Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Sheep and Shepherd

Soft, fuzzy and very warm,


a fluffy blend of pink superwash merino and chiengora handspun into a 2 ply yarn.

Chiengora supply courtesy of my friend Charlie. Thankfully the finished yarn doesn't have quite the "aroma" that Charlie possesses. In fact after a double scouring it doesn't smell at all.

Unfortunately the yarn sheds..........just like Charlie.


12 comments:

Laura said...

How wonderful of Charlie to donate his unused coat so it could be dyed and spun into such wonderful yarn!

knitmd said...

It will probably fluff out with a nice halo as it is used. That will increase its warmth, too.

I've spun DD's collie's undercoat, but only undyed. She made it into a scarf for herself.... I also spun a friend's Newfie (black) for her to make herself a scarf from her dog!

Marlene said...

I didn't actually dye his fur. I used it undyed in a blend with superwash merino. The skein is about 60% merino and 40% Charlie. I tried spinning his fur by itself but by the time I got enough twist in it to hold it together it felt like twine. MUCH nicer in a blend with merino.

Sharon in Surrey said...

Lovely, lovely yarn!! Who will get to wear it???
I've spun lamb/newfie/silk batts into yarn for hats & mitts before. I love the halo but hate the shedding!! Mmmmmm, you remind me that I have some nice pooch fur languishing in a bag somewhere.

Maggie Ann said...

No kidding! Charlie yarn! If only he knew, he'd be so puffed up with pride...=))). I love coming here and seeing what you've been up too. I started a quickie baby blanket for our little one thats one the way. A basketweave pattern that I already had to frog one row on and afterward, counted it a great experience. I'm no longer afraid to pick up dropped stitchs. Well, knit and purl ones anyway! Your pink yarn is sooooo beautiful!

Marlene said...

Sharon, it's more likely who will have to wear it. There is still a lot of negativity around here about dog hair being spun. That urban legend about the woman who gets caught out in the rain and ends up smelling like wet dog? This doesn't smell at all now that it is washed....and didn't while it was still wet either. I think some people don't realize how horribly stinky SHEEP wool can be before it is washed....not to mention the heightened aroma from a ram.

Marlene said...

I will likely knit it into some sort of novelty for display only, so no one I know need worry about getting a gift of dog hair yarn.

Laura said...

Nothing really to do with this post... I did already comment on it. :-) I, uh, left a little something for you on my blog. ;-)

Charlie said...

"Woof, Woof!" *sticks out chest*

AlisonH said...

Some breeds of dog wash out completely clean, and some stay a tad doggier, in my experience, but he should be one of the ones that is no problem at all. And it's such beautiful yarn!

Nicole said...

So pretty! I love the soft colour.

dragon knitter said...

lol, i was going to ask if charlie was pink, until i read the comments. very nice!