Friday, May 27, 2011

Fiber Arts Friday: Doormat? Nope. Awesome Dog Toy


Earlier this year I was sitting out on the back stoop watching our new puppies.  I didn't want to bring any of my yarn projects outside to where they might decide it would be a fun chew toy.  So I thought the baling twine doormat that Dutch Hollow did a while back would be a good puppy-sitting project.


The twine is a single-ply polypropylene material... aka plarn.  It's basically a waste product that we have in endless supply.  So I decided it would not a big deal to me if the puppies wanted to help.  Which of course they did.


I had been using a J hook which I think is too small for the twine.  Both Dutch Hollow and Voie de Vie suggested I try a S (super honking big) hook.  So I finished off the current strand with my J hook and gave the girls the ugliness.


They don't care that it's ugly and even Frieda wanted to play with the new toy.





I think the girls are happy.  :-)


Of course, I will start the Doormat project again because I NEED to replace the glued down carpet on the back stoop.  Blech.

I love being able to incorporate fiber (even if it's plarn), puppies and alpacas all in one post along with reusing something that we would otherwise throw away.  :-D

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!  If you're keeping track, that's one down and six to go

13 comments:

wattsolak said...

Oh what fun!

Melissa Plank said...

Great pictures, you all look like you enjoyed the swatch of crocheting, though I think the pups stole the show! Have a great Fiber Arts Friday!

WonderWhyGal said...

Totally love the dog toy! Isn't it funny when the Alpacas have to check out what the dogs are doing.

I can't believe how big those puppies of yours have already gotten.

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Spinster Beth said...

I love the picture with the alpaca stretching its neck waaaaay out to watch ... awesome!

fiberdance said...

love your animals-what fun

Kathryn Ray said...

Thanks. It's funny. Frieda the alpaca has to be part of everything that's going on.

Melissa said...

Looks like a good time was had by all.

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

KnottedFingers said...

What great pictures!!

Andria said...

Love the idea of a doormat. Love even more the dog toy and pictures!

Voie de Vie said...

Doggies at play - super cute! How long did the toy actually stay in one piece? :)

Kathryn Ray said...

The toy is still in one piece.

This morning, the puppie were laying at opposite ends chewing on the toy while the alpacas ate their breakfast around them

AllyB said...

Dogs and kids, they make fun out of the strangest things sometimes. Looks like your pup is growing like a weed.

Heather Woollove said...

What excellent re-purposing!