Thursday, March 20, 2008

Sweaters made with dog fur take Internet by storm

Honest, it's true. Go figure?
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"They are extremely warm and pretty much waterproof. Unless it is banging it down, it is fine," Brian tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper. "I've always got a sweat on by the time I get from the bus to the shops."
The couple says both dogs have died since the hair was collected and spun into wool. "There's no skins involved. It's purely and simply the fur, the wool that comes off them," he tells ITN.
Any guesses as to how the sweaters smell when it rains? 
Victoria Pettigrew, the owner of VIP Fibers, tells USA TODAY that she has lots of customers who pay $9 an ounce to have their pet's fur turned into wool.
"What they get back is yarn that is 100% their pet, basically ready to knit and wear," Pettigrew says.
Pettigrew spoke with Knight Ridder in 2006
Betty Burian Kirk, a knitter who charges $50 to $200 to turn a dog's coat into a coat
If you want to save some money, check out 1997's Knitting with Dog Hair.
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