As I mentioned in my last post, I’m busy with preparations for my new foster doggy. After finishing the tug toy, I decided to keep going (mostly to occupy my time–Sunday seems ages away!)
Having owned a dog before, (who killed quite a few stuffed animals in his day), I kept the following in mind to craft an ideal toy:
- A knit toy vs a sewn toy. Knit items can’t easily be ripped apart. Dogs are often able to rip apart seams on typical sewn toys, allowing the filling to fall out– which is both potentially dangerous and messy.
- Cotton materials. Something durable that also holds up well to washing. We all know how doggy slobber can smell!
- Choking hazards. There are no buttons, eyes or other embellishments that can be gnawed off and swallowed.
So here is the end result: a stuffed striped snake in green and yellow cotton yarn! I knitted this fellow on size 8 double point needles from tail to head–a move I won’t repeat in the future. As you can see in the pictures, his face is a bit lumpy, and if I had started from the head, I would have had more control over shaping.
Then, I stuffed it with poly-fil and put a small bell inside so it makes tinkling noises when shaken. Again, I look forward to introducing this toy to my new foster dog, and will be sure to post a picture later!