We have all been witness to one hair fad or another, be it the perm, corn rows or heaven-forbid the Jedward, but the latest hair trend really takes the biscuit…or should I say the dog biscuit. I bet that has you intrigued doesn’t it? Well no it’s not a poodle perm, a bulldog blow-out or an Alsatian afro. It’s knitting with ‘cheingora’ or dog hair to you and me.
A new thriving cottage industry had sprung up, selling garments such as mittens, sweaters and socks made from hair that comes from dogs (believe it or not). Apparently the use of dog hair in the making of clothing has become rather popular amongst dog owners (too much Pedigree Chum if you ask me).
Fans of a shiny, healthy coat say that the dog hair garments were as soft as anything that comes from a sheep and if you use the hair from your own pooch you can get even closer to your beloved pet (I think man’s best friend is certainly close enough…don’t you?).
In response to demand they have started making items to order for dog-lovers, but don’t worry little puppies are not being kept in cages, periodically being scared so they lose their hair. Dog hair is taken from natural shedding or, if the dog will not suffer as a result, it is shaved off.
White long-haired dogs provide the best yarn, but you can still spin yarn if you have a Labrador, a poodle or even a labradoodle. However if you don’t have a dog of your own, you better have deep pockets; whilst wool and acrylic will set you back about $1.50 an ounce, canine hair is about $12 an ounce, not including the cost of weaving and knitting.
Wonder what it smells like when it gets wet!
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