I sorted the hair into "colorways"; white, dark gray, light gray and light tan. If you own or know a blue merle dog, these are all colors in their coats, as well as black, but black undercoat tends to actually be dark gray. I blended in, as much as possible, matching colors of wool and alpaca, but only a little bit.
Initially, I was going to spin the yarns by color, then knit them together in such a way as to create a 'merle' pattern in my knitting. I have no idea how I was going to accomplish that, I figured I work it out latter. After carding and carding and carding, as in "Wow, this is getting tedioius", I decided that when I spun the yarn, I'd just try to randomize the color of the rolags and see how the yarn spins up. But I think I'll Navajo ply the yarn to keep the color together. Now I wish I hadn't kept the white separate, but oh well.
I'm actually looking forward to working with wool once this dog hair is done. Wait, that's not right, I have been working with wool as well. I finished spinning and 2 plying fleece that I'd kettle dyed a few months back with fluffysgarden. From top to bottom we have a Romney and Shetland skein (white wool), a skein of different Shetland and Rambioulet (brown and gray wool) and a small skein of Cormo/x (white wool). About 120g altogether. I spun and 2 plied a small sample of this natural colored fleece, but now I'm having trouble remembering which fleece it was from. Can anyone say, "spinner's log needed here." I do remember it drafted and plied very nicely. Its a 14g sample skein. So far, I've been working on spinning every thing woolen style, and I think I'm getting the hang of it.
Well, I'm off to card more dog hair!