We went to an extended family get-together and our 2-year-old was enchanted by the sweet golden retriever.
I was sad to learn that the
sweet dog’s days were numbered. I offered to brush him and
make a keepsake for the family, and they loved the idea. I brushed out
some underfluff and also trimmed (ok, stole) his tail. I spun his
underfluff into soft 2-ply thread on a spindle and knit some of it into a tiny sweater.
The tail hair was pretty
coarse. I spun it into a thick yarn, also on a spindle, and I took my
time deciding what to do with it and finally decided to
do a dreamcatcher. I used the thick tail yarn to wrap the brass
circle, and I wove the web with the thread. Finally, I crocheted three
motifs (a heart and a flower from the thread, and a flower from the
thick yarn) and connected everything, using a short spiral friendship
bracelet-type cord (knotted from the tail yarn) between the dreamcatcher
and the large crocheted motif. The big circle is 8 inches in diameter.
I am really happy with this piece, and I hope it brings some comfort to the dog's family.