Who We Are

Memory Yarns

Whether it’s a a hat, a scarf, or a teddy bear, I want to help you remember your pet forever. I’m Aaron. I’m a dog lover and an experienced handspinner and knitter. I’d love to connect you with a custom keepsake made from your pet’s fur.

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Finished Goods

Many people aren’t aware yarn can be made from their dog’s hair. Those in the know call it “chiengora”: chien being French for dog, and gora is because the yarn created is so light and airy it can be compared to angora.

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Our Process

It is not a simple process to take the fur off a dog and make it into yarn. Let us ease some of your curiosity about what steps are required.

The washing process for a pet’s hair is quite simple compared to a fleece, as most dogs are kept reasonably clean compared to a sheep. It is immersed in hot soapy water for a short period before being transferred to a rinse basin where the soap is removed. This process is repeated until the rinse water is clear, and then the water is gently pressed out.

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Once the excess water is pressed out of the hair with towels, there is not much to do but wait. The hair is spread out onto dry towels on a drying rack to allow for maximum airflow.

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When the hair is dry, I will either card or comb it to prepare it for spinning. If blending is required, I will add in the other fibres during this step.

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The prepared fibres are turned into yarn on a spinning wheel. These strands will usually then be plied with others to create a stronger, thicker yarn. This finished yarn is set and wound into a skein.

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Whatever it is we’ve decided to make, this is the step where it finally gets made. The finished yarn is knitted with either a flat or circular knitting machine and then finished by hand.

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