?

Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

In search of very tough yarn

I recently knitted some tennis-sized balls for my brother’s tennis ball obsessed border collie so that they would have some lower-impact balls for him to play with indoors. I used the ‘Out Of Yarn’ free pattern on Ravelry (link to follow once I get a better internet connection) and some dishcloth cotton because the pattern calls for worsted/aran weight and that was the only yarn I had in that weight. I love this pattern and it was a great learning exercise.
That is why I don’t mind too much that Sam, the dog in question, bit through the cotton yarn and started to pull out fibre-fill within about five minutes of us stopping the throw-ball-kick-ball-ad-nauseum game. Yes, we confiscated the balls (Sam wouldn’t eat the cotton or fibre-fill but the new puppy, Sweep, probably would have.
I wracked my brains and noted that Sweep’s garter stitch blankie is made is some kind of acrylic yarn and they manage to play tug-of-war with that so off we went to the craft store and bought some 100% acrylic yarn. I knitted another ball using this yarn (and the poly-fill from one of the two dead cotton balls). Any guesses as to how long this densely knitted (3 mm needles and worsted/aran yarn!) acrylic ball lasted before it was hemorrhaging filling? A couple of minutes longer than the cotton.
So I am looking for a yarn tough enough to withstand what must be razor blades in Sam’s mouth and not teeth whilst still making a tennis-sized ball that is soft enough for indoors play. Yes, I know that it is possible to knit with wire but I think that that would be bad for Sam’s teeth and gums!
Any thoughts/ideas/suggestions, anyone?

Originally published at Natalie Ford Knits. You can comment here or there.




Profile

puffin
natf
Nat S Ford
If you enjoy this blog and want to help support it, please drop a small tip or donation into my PayPal tip jar.



While completely voluntary, all donations will help me buy yarn, eBooks, etc. and keep this blog (and me) going.

Thank you for reading!

≈^..^≈⠀⠀≈^..^≈⠀⠀≈^..^≈

≈^..^≈⠀⠀≈^..^≈⠀⠀≈^..^≈

≈^..^≈⠀⠀≈^..^≈⠀⠀≈^..^≈

≈^..^≈⠀⠀≈^..^≈⠀⠀≈^..^≈

Latest Month

August 2019
S M T W T F S
    123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031

Tags

Powered by LiveJournal.com
Designed by Lilia Ahner