I may get a little more chiengora off of her neck, but we're well into the point of diminishing returns.
So to answer the initial question that got this series started: How much yarn can one expect to get from a good-sized female Tibetan Mastiff?
First, it depends on how much fiber you collect:
Nobu: 7 1/8 oz of fur collectedSecond, it depends on how thick the yarn is spun.
Nobu's Mother: 12 3/4 oz, so far
Nobu's Sister: 18 7/8 oz, so far
For reference, a pair of socks requires about 4 oz, and this scarf used about 7 oz.
In the case of Nobu, I suspect this is less than half of what she shed out. Much of it went with the wind and I binned the undercoat from the tail and britches. There's a short explanation for why is at the end of the first post in this series.
In the cases of Nobu's Mother and Sister, I was able to start collecting earlier in their shedding process and both are nearly finished.
Once the rest of our dogs have finished shedding and the weather is a bit nicer, I will start washing the chiengora and may start spinning it by fall.
How are your fibery pursuits going?
Happy Fiber Arts Friday!