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Taking your cat for a spin

by Brenda Dayne on January 12, 2009

As someone who has spun hair of the cat (remember the Emmerino?) I can state categorically that it is both cool, and weird. Fiber is as fiber does, knitsibs.

httpv://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=aSOh34982Vo

Thanks, Meg!

1 Eleanor (undeadgoat) January 12, 2009 at 2:08 pm

I don’t know if you know how to fix this, or that you’re doing it, but the YouTube videos that you embed on your blog play automatically, which is quite inconvenient for those of us who read through a feed reader and have videos mysteriously start to play and we have no idea how to pause them. Especially if we have, you know, roommates.

2 Eleanor (undeadgoat) January 12, 2009 at 4:16 pm

P.S. I’m a newbie and don’t remember the Emmerino . . . But I am quite curious . . .

3 sindy January 13, 2009 at 12:28 pm

Hi Brenda!
Last fall a woman who specializes in spinning cat and dog hair learned me how to spin. One woman who was also at that weekend wanted to learn how to spin because she has a Newfoundlander (dog). One thing to remember: dog (and probably cat as well) hair is 7 times as warm to wear as regular wool!
The website of my teacher (in dutch, I’m sorry): http://www.despinkamer.nl/huisdierhaar.php
She calls the fiber of doghair “chiengora” 🙂

thanks for your beautiful site and your excellent podcasts!!
Sindy

4 Anita January 15, 2009 at 9:00 pm

I don’t think it’s any weirder than using the hair from a sheep or goat…what’s the dif?

5 Arianne Ferguson January 17, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Speaking form personal experience… I wear my cat’s hair unintentionally all the time. I don’t understand how people would be creeped out. After all, at least this pile of cat hair is pretty and functional! I hope it doesn’t shed on your food at the restaurant, though.

6 Donna Raitanen January 18, 2009 at 12:24 pm

LOL, that is why I spin today. With 5 Papillons one can only imagine the amount of spinnable fur lurking in corners at my house.
Donna

7 Shannon January 23, 2009 at 12:43 pm

I absolutely love this! I’ve toyed with learning how to spin but this video clinches it for me, since I have a Norwegian Elkhound who sheds constantly…and I mean constantly. Now, instead of having tumbleweeds of dog hair floating across the floor, I can have cute accessories! It’s a win-win!

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