Monday, August 25, 2008

Much interesting discussion

My last post spurred a lot of interesting discussion, and a very good comment from Christine.

She's right. The eww factor is pretty irrational... . After all, sheep are much dirtier and smellier than your average dog.

(Ok, perhaps a certain cottage-going Goldendoodle of my acquaintance is the exception here, but she does get bathed regularly...)

Any yarn spun from dog hair is washed and treated exactly as sheep wool is, so that any leftover dander or scent or dogginess is entirely removed.

So what's the hang up?

It is a lovely way to make a canine keepsake, if you will. How many dog owners wish they could preserve something of a beloved family pet?



FibreJoy said...

I TOTALLY understand the 'eww' factor from your first comment, Kate.

I believe it has nothing to do with the issue of dogs being more or less dirty than sheep, but that dogs live with us as pets and sheep don't; well, at least I do not live in a farm.

Even if I loved my dog a lot, I think I cannot help feeling a little bit of 'eww' at the sole idea of having a sweater made with its hair.

It's much less conscious... Just imagine having a piece of garment made out of the hair of your own children!!!

But then, it's okay for anybody who would demonstrate their love for their pets, by having their hair used into something they want to wear.

I know I could not do it...



AuntieAnn said...

I sweep up way too much dog hair for me to ever get over the "ick" factor.

Irrational it may be. So sue me.