Book Review: Knitting With Dog Hair

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Knitting With Dog Hair by Kendall Crolius and Anne Montgomery.

1997 paperback; available used

The subtitle of this book — better a sweater from a dog you know and love than from a sheep you’ll never meet – says it all. We wear the hair from sheep all the time, so why do some people think it odd to use the hair of the dog? (Or cat or whatever.)

Actually, this book would be more accurately titled “Spinning” with Dog Hair. The book does have knitting patterns for sweaters, scarves and so forth, but these can be found anywhere regardless of the type of yarn used. The “meat” of the book is its detailed information on collecting, carding, spinning and dyeing dog hair to create yarn. There are tips on using dog-hair yarn in weaving, knitting or crocheting. There is a Spinner’s Guide to Dog Breeds section that tells you whether the hair from your breed is appropriate for spinning (obviously, short-hair breeds aren’t real useful for creating yarn). And there are lists of resources for purchasing equipment or hiring others to do your spinning for you.

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