Hello from Rob and Brenda Glendenning. We live in Newmarket Ontario Canada. Over the years we have had a number of Keeshond dogs. We have kept the fur from our pets (136 ounces to date), stored loosely in large paper bags. The fur is clean (no dirt or bugs, etc.) but has not been washed. We would like to spin or have the fur spun to be knitted into a sweater(s), blanket/comforter, etc. We are new to all this. We think that spinning our dog fur would be a great project to get in to but don't know how easy or difficult it is. Any assistance or direction would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
You will need to wash the fur. Dawn and a final rinse in white vinegar will help get rid of the "doggy" smell. I would blend it with some comparable wool. Most dog breeds by themselves have no memory and tend to stretch. That means your sweater would continue to grow as you wear it. By blending it, the wool would bring the spring back.
You can blend with hand carders or with a drum carder. You can test a few 50/50 and then play with the ratios to get the effect you like.
Thanks Denise. The spinning part should be interesting as we have no equipment or experience (but we are willing to learn).