Dog hair used in surprising, and beautiful, way at the Medieval Market

Market runs Sunday, Nov. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Among the many vendors at Williams Lake’s Medieval Market is Grace Reimer.

She owns a grooming shop on Fox Mountain — a shop that has inspired the idea behind her booth at the Medieval Market: dog fluff spun accessories.

“I’ve been spinning ever since I was 14 years old. I taught myself and when I started dog grooming I started working with a lot of big dogs and I was seeing all this lovely hair and fluff that was better than wool,” she says.

“I figured if I could just get it clean enough it would make a lovely yarn so I taught myself to really clean it well, card it out, blend it with the wool — i blend it with hand dyed wool for some of these ones — and then I usually design my own patterns to match the type of wool.”

For dog jackets she uses the “crisper” clipped dog fluff, and for scarves and things that touch the skin she says she uses the softer fur.

While not everyone is enthused with the idea, “some people are ‘ew’ how can you ever make something nice out of dog fur,” Reimer says that many embrace the concept.

“Other people are like, ‘Of course, why didn’t anyone think of this earlier? I love my dog so I’ll wear dog.’”

Additionally, she says, dog fluff is 80 per cent warmer than regular wool.

While there is still a chance to pick up your own hat at the Medieval Market, Reimer says her creations can be accessed by contacting her via email at warmfuzzies@gracesgroomingshop.ca

Reimer is just one of the over 90 vendors who grace the floors of the Williams Lake campus of Lake City over the Medieval Market Weekend.

Read more: Vendors recall almost 30 years of Medieval Markets

The market is open for one more day, Sunday, Nov. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets for the day are $3 or you can reuse your ticket if you went to the market on the Saturday.

Live music will play throughout the day, and catch a glimpse below of just some of the vendors at the market.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Just Posted

RCMP have released more details regarding what led up to an arrest caught on video in Williams Lake Sunday, Oct. 26. (Facebook video screenshot)
Review launched after ‘high-risk, multi-jurisdictional’ chase, arrest in Williams Lake

RCMP launching a full review and code of conduct investigation

Two of the three grizzly cubs that were relocated to Smithers after their mother was killed (Caitlin Thompson photo)
Bella Coola residents urged to secure attractants after two sow grizzlies killed

One sow was a mother to three cubs of the year, which have been transported to Smithers

Chief Joe Alphonse, tribal chairman of the Tsilhqot’in Nation is pictured at Farwell Canyon, B.C. Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Tsilhqot’in Nation honours war chiefs with virtual celebration

Current chiefs provide video messages on Lhats’asʔin Memorial Day

FILE – Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provides the latest update on the COVID-19 pandemic in the province during a press conference in the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Thursday, October 22, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. shatters COVID-19 records with 817 weekend cases; masks now expected indoors

Three people have died over the past three reporting periods

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Commissioner Austin Cullen listens to introductions before opening statements at the Cullen Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia, in Vancouver, on February 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. money laundering inquiry hears of $800,000 and more in bags, luggage, backpacks

The lottery corporation has said it consistently reported suspicious transactions to Fintrac

Some of the characters in the League of Legends video game. (Photo: na.leagueoflegends.com)
E-sports trial at B.C. high schools to start with ‘League of Legends’ team game

For fall launch, Vancouver’s GameSeta company partners with BC School Sports

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

A nurse performs a test on a patient at a drive-in COVID-19 clinic in Montreal, on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Interior Health sees 31 new cases of COVID-19 over record-breaking weekend

Eighty-six cases remain active and one person is hospitalized with the virus

(Pxfuel)
B.C. limits events in private homes to household, plus ‘safe six’ amid COVID-19 surge

Henry issued a public health order limiting private gatherings to one household, plus a group of ‘safe six’ only

B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson speaks during a drive-in car rally campaign stop at a tour bus operator, in Delta, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Andrew Wilkinson stepping down as B.C. Liberal leader

Will stay on until the next party leader is chosen

Most Read