Wolf Tales/Wolf Yarn - Part 4

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Turn Wolf Fur into Yarn - Finishing
Jerilyn Monroe demonstrates how she turns Wolfdog shed fur into yarn
Also, a special poem Dream Spindle, by Jeri.
Part 4 in a series of four

Finished Piece
Completed bag from Arrow's charcoal colored yarn (not dyed!), and dog hair blanket in progress.

White is from a Great Pyrenees, dark grey from Arrow (Aussie Shep./Kelpie mix) and light grey from a mix of hair from local groomer.

2ply yarn
Example of 2-ply yarn made from the hair of Lupa.

To recap:

Step One: Gather hair, remove any foreign material or guard hairs.

Step Two: Card hair and make up several rolags to spin.

Step Three: Attach a piece of yarn to drop spindle. This will give you a starting point for your yarn. Fuzz up the end of the attached yarn and overlap fuzz from a rolag.

When you spin the spindle (clockwise) allow the spin of the existing yarn to 'twist' up on the piece of fuzz you have overlapped on it.

Pinch the yarn to stop the spin from creeping up the fuzz and pull out more fuzz. Remove pinch and allow the twist to climb up and 'spin' the fuzz you have pulled out. Keep repeating this and voila! you are making yarn from your pet's hair!

Step Four: When you have a spindle full of yarn you will need to wind it from the spindlle and onto a device for this purpose. A bent hanger or book can also serve as a 'holder" at this point.

When you have unwound your yarn you will need to fasten the ends. You can use string or a twist tie. This keeps the ends from losing their twist.

Step Five: Gently hand wash your yarn until water runs clear, if needed. Soak your yarn in hot soapy water for ten or more minutes.

Step Six: Rinse the yarn and gently pat it in a towel to remove excess water. Now hang it up with a weight at the bottom until it is dry. I recommend hanging it out of the reach of the hair donor as they usually show a great deal of interest in finding out what you are doing with their hair.

If all works, you will have a little skein of single ply yarn. You can weave, crochet or knit. If you chose, you can ply it, i.e. make it into a yarn that consists of two or more strands, for stronger yarn.

The above steps are from what I have learned. I had the benefit of a lesson and of friends that spin, helping me with the finishing process.

'Dream Spindle'

Some call it crazy
this spinning of dog hair.

But as the wooden spindle turns
making it's lazy way to the floor
tethered by a gray fuzzy strand,
I see nothing crazy.

For as it turns
it spins in memories.

Memories of
long walks,
soft furry ears,
wuffling dreams,
a paw on my arm when I was ill,
brown eyes searching my soul for forgiveness,
but most of all,
it spins in memories of love. J.L.M. 5/95

If you'd like to know more about spinning fur, e-mail Jeri Monroe ( zebra_13@pacbell.net ) with 'Yarn' as subject.

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