My mom has been collecting her afghan hound's hair. She gets shaved in the summer so we are really collecting a lot.
My questions are how much does it take to get enough to knit a nice sized afghan blanket?
I'm wondering how hard it would be to learn how to spin with it. I've been checking out some sites including joyofhandspinning and it's made me kinda nervous. Since money is an issue I guess I'd have to learn to use a drop spindle.
The hair is very long and incredibly soft. Not like the downy undercoats of huskies and not exactly the coat of a golden. Sort of like human hair mixed with angora. Silky with a bit of fluff. I haven't seen any coarse hairs in it. If possible I'd like to make this yarn 100% Afghan hound, but since I don't know what I'm doing maybe someone can let me know if that's a bad idea. Do I need to blend it with something else?
I'm a little confused with the plys too. Is two-ply handspun most common?
Where can I find exact step-by-step directions of preparing and spinning this fiber? The terminology is confusing me too. Right now the fur is just sitting in a trash bag freshly clipped. It needs a bath too...
Thanks in advance!