Betty Burian Kirk
Care Recommendations -
After I make an item out of dog hair, I generally wash it to help the yarns adjust to their new configuration. However, some day you may wish to wash your treasure, so here are the directions.
It does not matter if an item is knit, crochet or woven, the washing directions are the same. Fill a sink, laundry tub, or bucket with hot water and add a squirt of Ivory dish detergent or dog shampoo. (I prefer Ivory, but any dish detergent that is not rough on your hands could be used.) Make sure the detergent is evenly dispersed in the water, but you do not need any bubbles.
Place the dog hair article in the sink and gently help it submerge, or place a plate and a weight over it to hold it under water. DO NOT AGITATE the dog hair! Let it soak for 20 -
To neutralize the pH factor of the detergent it is wise to do a rinse with a ½ cup of vinegar OR some hair crème rinse. Submerge and soak again. Now do one final rinse to remove any excess vinegar or crème rinse.
Finally remove the dog hair article and roll in a towel. Another option is to use the washer’s spin cycle. If you have a washer that has a spin cycle that does not spray water, you can use that spin cycle to spin the water out of the dog hair item. Lay the dog hair item flat or use the top of a clothes drying rack to let it dry.
REMEMBER, NEVER SPRAY WATER ON THE ITEM OR AGITATE IT IN THE WATER as this will cause the item to felt.
When the item is almost dry you can place it in a dryer on AIR, no heat, for 10 or 20 minutes. This will cause the item to halo or get fuzzy. The first time you do this, there might be some shedding.
Do not store dog hair or dog hair items in plastic!