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Old 04-19-2002, 02:00 PM
matt_mcl matt_mcl is offline
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Can you spin lint into yarn?

I have an old, small, and inefficient dryer. I was cleaning it out today when I remarked upon the huge quantity of lint built up in the THREE CYCLES it takes to get a moderate sized load dry. Anyway, I got to wondering, if I saved up all the lint for a long time, could I spin it into yarn and make a sweater out of it?

How about cat fur? I sometimes threaten my cats that I'll take all the fur they shed and knit a new cat. Could cat fur be spun into yarn?
Old 04-19-2002, 02:39 PM
mnemosyne mnemosyne is offline
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Does the threat to your cats work? I'd think that they'd want a yarn kitty to play with

As to your question, I actually have no idea, but it is something I have wondered, too. Although, its always such an ugly greeny-bluey-greyish colour, I don't think I'd wear the sweater if I did have one!
Old 04-19-2002, 02:48 PM
Weeks Weeks is offline
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no, the fibers(except the cat hair) are too short, but you can make a boiled wool felt out of it.
Old 04-19-2002, 02:52 PM
starfish starfish is offline
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I doubt it since the fiber length is so short. Do a search on making felt (lots of web sites). Try it with your lint.
Old 04-19-2002, 03:43 PM
Podkayne Podkayne is offline
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I've spun a pretty sad-quality yarn out of my cat's fur. The fibers are really too short, and collecting it is too hard. I don't shear the cat., of course, I just use the hair that I brush out of her fur when she's shedding. Like, now. The temperature jumps twenty degrees in one week, and that cat drops five pounds of fur. Anyway, Pooty-paws is white with black spots--an equal opportunity shedder, who can besmirch white clothing and dark upholstry with equal easy--but unlike in the Sylvester and Tweety cartoons, the yarn just turns out gray. With one brushing I can make maybe 8 inches of yarn. It's sturdy enough to knit or crochet with if you work carefully. But I'm not about to collect a bunch in a bag so that I can make more. Ick.

Pooty-paws is a short-hair--I bet if I had some fur from a long-hair I could make some serious yarn.

Lint, on the other hand, is made up of fibers that are much to short.

Oooh, I just did a Google search on "Spin pet hair" and found out I'm not nearly as freaky as I thought . . . or maybe I am, but I have a lot of company.
Old 04-19-2002, 04:13 PM
Green Bean Green Bean is online now
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Yes, you can do it, if you mix the short fibers with longer fibers. So your yarn won't be 100% lint. will take you to the first page of's list of spinning webpages.

I didn't see anything on lint specifically, but it should be a good start.
Old 04-19-2002, 04:41 PM
happyheathen happyheathen is offline
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Matt is off his meds again...
Old 04-19-2002, 07:15 PM
voguevixen voguevixen is offline
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You can compost dryer lint, and I've heard both that you can leave it out for the birds to make nests out of, and that you can't leave it out for birds because they inhale the microscopic fibers and die. I compost mine in the summer, and use them to make firestarters in the winter. (Melt down old candle stubs and pour over lint-filled paper egg-cartons, TP tubes, or packratty equivilent.)

If your dryer is THAT inefficient, you might call your power company and see if they have any monetary incentives for you to upgrade to a new dryer (rebates, etc). Here in the states it's really encouraged, and even if they don't, you might want to figure out how much it's costing you to run three loads for every one and see how long a new dryer would pay for itself. It might be worth looking into, depending on how much your power is costing in your area.
Old 04-20-2002, 02:04 AM
Victory Candescence Victory Candescence is offline
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It's still saner than my early childhood plan to make a cushion out of a mixture of glue and pencil shavings.


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