Gunnar visits a professional groomer a few days before each show. I was hoping that he would hold off on blowing his coat until after the show, which he did, but he IS shedding. His groomer was kind enough to collect what she could while grooming him.
|10 5/8 ounces collected by our Groomer|
At the show, I gave him a good raking and brushing before each "show groom" and collected what I could.
|3/4 ounce collected by me at the Dog Show|
Between the two of us, we collected 11 3/8 ounces (322.5 grams) of undercoat last week.
The Tibetan Mastiff undercoat is very soft and has a nice amount of crimp. Depending on the dog and where the fur is collected from it can have a reasonably long staple length.
Gunnar's undercoat is averaging about 2 inches.
I have not had time to turn any of my TM fiber into roving yet and have not spun from a cloud on the drop spindle before, so I gave it a try last night...
It's a very fuzzy yarn, but deliciously soft. :-)
Maybe I'll bring a drop spindle the next time I'm at a show with a shedding dog. ;-)
Also, just so you know that I'm not only about the dogs... I got a little knitting time with my Palindrome Scarf over the weekend as well. :-)
Happy Fiber Arts Friday... and Happy Spring!