When I saw this on my doorstep…..
I got really excited and thought it was one of the yarns for some projects I’m doing for Knitscene and Interweave Knits. Could it be the Jade Sapphire cashmere/silk I’ve been waiting for? Or the Manos lace? Nope. Not even close! It was this…
Any guesses? Here’s the back story on the yarn: Last week I went down to San Diego to visit my sister and her boyfriend (G), who was in surgical ICU after having a ruptured brain aneurysm and had to have 2 major brain surgeries. (My sis is currently in grad school in New Haven. So, she had to leave school for a week to be with G.) Anyway, while visiting with them both at the hospital, I told G that I’d be happy to knit him a hat to keep his noggin warm while his hair grows back. Conversation migrated to how he had saved the fur from his Siberian husky, Flower, to be spun up into yarn by a professional dog hair spinner and how a knitter friend of his has had the yarn for a while now.
Not anymore! Yup. That’s dog fur yarn.
My sister thought that it’d make G. happy, especially during his recovery if he could have something made up from his dog yarn. So, she took the liberty of asking his friend to mail it to me to “work my magic.” I’m not sure what kind of magic I can work. I’m not too excited about the prospect of knitting with dog yarn, especially if it’s not my dog, no matter how much I like Flower. Heck, I don’t even think I’d want dog yarn if I had a dog. I know I don’t want my cats’ fur to be spun into yarn.
This yarn is not sport weight like the tag says. It also weighs less than what it says on the label. The spinner weighed the fiber before it was washed and cleaned, so this probably also means that the yardage is less than what the label says. I do love that the label has a picture of a husky and Flower’s name on it. (I don’t know if it’s actually a picture of Flower though.)
The dog fur length is very short and it makes for yarn that sheds like crazy. I think I’m allergic to it too. Within 2-5 minutes of handling the yarn, my sinus swelled. I don’t know if it’s from all the short shedding fibers flying around, or because there may be eau of about 1000 other dogs mixed in amongst the yarn.
I don’t know what I’m going to make with it. I won’t say it’d be the highlight of my knitting adventures to be knitting dog yarn. I may even need to ear a dust mask in order to knit it. However, I know that making something out of it will make my sister and G. happy, so it’ll be like a Xmas gift to both of them. That’s a good enough reason for me, and they are knitworthy, which is another very important factor.