I enjoy knitting, and most of my family and friends seem to enjoy receiving my good projects as gifts, but every project from me comes with intricately weaved dog hair. My dog's hair is long(ish) and white. I usually end up sitting there and picking it all out as I go. I'm wondering if there is an easier or more efficient way to do this. Maybe there is some sort of protection for my ball of yarn that I could use?

Basically everything I find on the internet had to do with making yarn out of your dogs hair, so any suggestion is appreciated.

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    I wonder if it makes sense to separate this into two questions. Your title is asking how to remove it but the answers address your off-hand comment about preventing the hair from getting in the yarn in the first place and not how to remove it after it's happened. Both are important questions, I think.
    – Catija
    Oct 13, 2016 at 12:54
  • @Catija , would you suggest I change the question a bit to include prevention?
    – EmRoBeau
    Oct 27, 2016 at 14:11

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Jo-Ann's lists "Yarn Containers", essentially closed jars with a hole for the yarn to come out, that look like they might work to keep your yarn dog hair free while you work on a project.

You could also make a similar container out of something like an oatmeal box.

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    I have one of these - it not only keeps the cat hairs off, but also discourages her from batting the balls of yarn around like a toy :)
    – user812786
    Oct 13, 2016 at 12:10

This is my attenpt to answer the second question: preventing the making of a pet fur garment in the first place.

Someone mentioned buying containers with holes in them for storing the yarn (to prevent hair from getting in it). But you mentioned having a family/being close with your family - so I'm wondering if you have any babies in your family? I kept all my formula cans because, well, craft brain.
Anyways, yarn storage. They're perfect for yarn storage.
While the smaller cans aren't great for USING the yarn while in said storage, I discovered that they're still great for laying down sideways to pop yarn into (to keep them from rolling around & tangling together. Because, again, mother of an infant, a very, very active infant). You can also still punch a hole in the lids & have some of the yarn coming through that hole for easy identification of the yarn... But the cans are too small to give the yarn enough "wiggle" room to flop about as you knit (or crochet). The big cans are perfect for not only storing the yarn, but also keeping the yarn in as you work. You can rinse the cans out before use, but I have been lazy and used large ziploc bags, stuff them inside, and pull the tops around the outside of the can. Fold the plastic lid in half, use a regular hole puncher to punch through both sides. If you have a fancy puncher that can go over the rim of the lid, obviously use that so you aren't stuck with two holes! But I do not... So two holes it is. I believe the larger cans are like 27oz, while the smaller cans are 14oz.

Enfamil infant formula can turned into yarn storage

If there are no babies in your family, whipped cream containers are also apparently good, but can't be laid on their sides for easy identification purposes. I've considered using large oats "tube" containers, but I think they may be too narrow to work from.

As for removing the hair: I actually came here trying to find the same answer. But I did think of one possible solution, which isn't necessarily removing it, but "trimming it down", haha... So it'll remove any "fuzzies" (especially if you're using more slick/sheen yarn). Basically, buy one of those tools that remove the fuzzies from clothing - to very gently run over the yarn. You could also do this for a finished product but I was thinking before the yarn is stitched. Random, and I haven't tried it, but maybe it'd work?

  • I live in an other country, and no babies in the family, but I do have several cans/tubs like this, from various kinds of food.
    – Willeke
    Feb 9, 2021 at 18:37

I would start by using a damp sponge to de-hair the sofa or chair I'm going to sit on while working.

Then I would wind my yarn into center-pull balls.

Finally, I would put the ball I'm currently working with in a protective sock.


Maybe you can find/create a yarn bowl with a lid?
Maybe you can use some tape and see if the hairs stick to it. Duct tape is probably too strong for that.

If all else fails, you either have to pick out the hair by hand, or restrict your choice of yarn to white.

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