A woman who makes sweaters and scarves with her dog’s hair has been labeled “disgusting” by This Morning viewers.
Jane Crewe, from Edinburgh, appeared on the ITV show today with her Samoyed Phaedra, explaining to a stunned Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby that she has collected hair samples from around the world as part of a project to produce 100 yarns from Samoyed- to knit hair in 100 days.
But viewers were unimpressed by Jane’s ambitious project, saying they found knitting dog hair unsanitary, while others said the sweaters looked “itchy” and “uncomfortable.”
Others even compared her to Cruella De Vil – but she defended the practice, saying that she gets “bags and bags” of Samoyed coats sent from all over the world and that the art has been practiced for thousands of years.
Jane Crewe, from Edinburgh, revealed she made sweaters from her dog’s hair on This Morning
Viewers were unimpressed with Jane’s unusual hobby and some said they found the practice unsanitary
Host Phillip also defended it, explaining that the process is an ancient art and not as strange as it sounds.
“Because when you say it, it sounds a little strange, but there’s nothing weird about it, this is an ancient art,” he said.
“It’s funny because everyone is so interested in it and it’s something that anyone with a northern breed dog like a Samoyed or an Alaskan Malamute, anything with a double coat, knows you can make coats out of their hair,” Jane said.
“And spinners spin everything, so it’s been happening for thousands of years,” she added.
Phaedra, a fluffy Samoyed, looked very happy getting her 15 minutes of fame on the show, pictured
“But everyone is suddenly so interested in it, and it does sound a bit crazy when you say it.” she continued.
Phil and Holly also admitted mittens Jane had knitted from her dog’s hair, noting how soft they were.
Holly said she was worried the mitten would “smelle like wet dog,” but said it didn’t at all.
Jane explained how she collects the hair to make the yarn that she will knit later.
‘Normally the process is very natural. The dog loses its undercoat and you brush your dog. With a northern breed dog, you get the undercoat, not the top hair, the bit that we pet, but the bit underneath that keeps her warm,” she said.
Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, pictured, were very interested in learning more about Jane’s hobby
Jane made 100 skein of yarn from 100 samples of Samoyed fur, sent by other owners she approached online, pictured
When Holly asked her how much hair Phaedra lost, Jane explained that females produce less hair than males.
“The female blows their fur twice a year so they lose all their undercoat,” she said, explaining that Phaedra loses enough hair every year to fill three carrier bags at the supermarket.
She said a big man can lose enough hair to fill three heavy garbage bags.
She said Samoyeds are hypoallergenic dogs, meaning people are not allergic to them.
The dog lover showed off some of the fur she collected from her own dogs at the show, pictured
However, she added that it depends on the breed, and someone who is allergic to the dandruff and oils some dogs produce would also be allergic to a sweater made from dog hair.
She revealed that she had asked other Samoyed owners on social media to send her their pets’ hair during the lockdown so she could make balls of yarn, and was inundated with parcels from all over the world.
“Because you get better at something by doing it over and over,” she explained.
“I couldn’t believe the reactions I got from people,” she said, “bags, boxes of Samoyed coats from all over the world.
Jane brought samples, a spinner and her dog Phaedra to this morning’s set where she gave an overview of her hobby
A Hong Kong owner sent the hair of her Samoyed who had passed away 11 years ago, and Jane also turned it into yarn.
Jane said she makes the yarns for fun and was “terrible asking people for money.”
She admitted the idea was “crazy as a box of frogs,” adding “like most of the rest of the country.”
But viewers didn’t share Jane’s enthusiasm, with some saying her hobby seems unsanitary, even if she thought it was cleaning her hair.
Some also said the sweater and props she brought on the show looked “itchy.”
“Soft and itchy,” one said, while another said, “Looks itchy AF.”
“I can feel how itchy that would be from here… I’m scratching,” said another.
“Next Cruella De Vil,” said one.
Viewers weren’t fans of Jane’s hobby, and some said that although they loved their own dogs, they would never make fur sweaters