Wednesday, January 07, 2009

eau de canine?

Lynn left a new comment on the post "'Pet the Puppy' hooded scarf":

Very nice!!! But i have to ask, does it smell like dog?

This topic keeps popping up in Ravelry too. The answer: no.

I store the sheltie undercoat in a Rubbermaid bin with a bar of Irish Spring soap. Even though my dogs are very clean and live in the house, there is a bit of a doggy aroma in the undercoat by the time I get to spinning it. When I set the twist in the yarn, I skein it off of the wheel's bobbin, then drop it into a laundry tub of hot water (as hot as my water heater provides) and Eucalan, NO agitation. When the water cools off, I spin out the excess water in a salad spinner and hang the skein to dry. I've asked dogless friends to sniff the yarn and knitted garments, just in case I'm desensitized to the smell, and no one can smell dog.

I've been wearing the hooded scarf in this cold weather. Sometimes, when it's really cold, I wear the hood of my coat and wrap the doggy scarf over my face. The scarf gets wet from my breath and I still don't smell dog.

Maybe if you're spinning dog hair from outside dogs or really dirty dogs it might be an issue but I don't have a problem at all.


Lynn said...

Yeah!!!! I bet it feels really warm too, plus makes you feel closer to your doggies.

Anonymous said...

great idea!

Anonymous said...

That sounds very warm though!