Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Dog Hair Sweaters - Epic or Ewww?

Yeah! Who are you wearing? Oh, just a little something I knitted with stuff I found in my vacuum filter.

According to the Wall Street Journal, a band of like-minded enthusiasts are doing everything they can to turn garments knitted of canine sheddings from a pet-owner's fetish into a fashion trend.

Calling it "Chiengora," a kindler, gentler term than "DOG HAIR SWEATER", the term was built around the French word for dog (Chien) that also evokes the luxurious feel of angora.

"Chiengora" Samoyed Sweaters & Collie Caps

 Now, crafty dog enthusiasts are peddling sweaters and scarves made from none other than bits of dog hair found on their floors, couch cushions, beds, clothing and wherever else dog hair has wafted about in their homes.

Apparently this cottage industry was spurred by the publication of a how-to guide titled "Knitting With Dog Hair: Better a Sweater From a Dog You Know and Love Than From a Sheep You'll Never Meet."

Question: Will I smell like wet dog if it rains?

It have been reassured that these canine hair crafters wash the dog hair several times with a detergent before spinning it into yarn. Even when wet, a Golden Retriever scarf doesn't smell any more like dog than a typical wool sweater smells like sheep, according to the crafters.

Now, what do you think of this idea? Would you wear a dog hair sweater?

* Original address of this novelty gift address: Dog Hair Sweaters - Epic or Ewww?