How to felt dog fur. A while back a friend, who has a very human-like husky called Cairo, kindly gave me some of his dog’s fur, which I tried felting at home as it is such a fabulous fibre. I didn’t have much luck though. My next project for Cairo’s fur was to have it spun into a yarn, knit it up THEN felt it.
I decided to try knitting it using one of my favourite patterns, these sweet entrelac in-the-round knitted bags. The fur knitted a very dense, fluffy, soft, thick, albeit heavily canine-scented – pouch. Even though the stitch definition on the little bag is unclear – I wanted to see if the yarn could stand the ‘pressures’ of this knitting type, which it did.
I rubbed, scrubbed, rolled, shocked, pummeled and flung that little bag within an inch of it’s life! Though it did shed a lot of it’s fibre – mainly on my hands, clothes, bathroom, pavers, outside tables etc. – it only got, at best, negligible shrinkage.
I am rather chuffed with the end result and think the next Cairo project is to knit a tea cosy then felt it, as it is so very soft and dense – and a great talking point. Comparing the the 2 smaller pouches knitted in 8ply with Cairo’s yarn, it does have a lot more ‘oomph’!