I finished the Newfoundland chiengora fur hat last weekend. Here it is in its tubular glory, along with the neighbor’s cat. (Oh but Brady is outraged when the neighbor’s cat stops by. Much less if I’m outside petting it. I was in BIG trouble when I got back inside.)
And here it is cuffed for wear.
The dog fur yarn has no bounce or memory, so I knit it held together with a strand of Cascade 220 to give it some body. This is my Easy Hat except that I did more decreases at the top and drew it together with the yarn tail like a drawstring. Next time I would do the second set of decreases every round, because it ended up a little pointy, but whatever.
Once the spinner (not me) washes the oil off the fiber, it doesn’t smell a bit like dog. Even when it’s wet! Crazy, right? Dog fur yarn is really warm, but frankly I’m not terribly keen on the texture. It’s almost identical to mohair, which isn’t my favorite fiber.
In fact, turns out I’m allergic to dog fur yarn the same way I’m allergic to mohair. It’s a problem with the little bits of fiber that come floating off when you knit it. They make my fingers itch, and my eyes swell up.
My solution in this case – since I had already promised to knit it by the time I realized the fiber was a problem – was to wear a pair of safety goggles. I had to wash all the sawdust off them, because I use them when I work with the alligator lopper chainsaw, but they worked well!