A few months ago, I took up knitting as a new hobby. I have been enjoying myself while learning how to knit, making new projects, and spending time on more important things while I am forced to watch 14 hours of football each Sunday. It turns out, I am not the only person interested in my new knitting hobby.
When I first started to learn, Macho would look at me like I was crazy. He was very interested in what I was doing, and I could tell that he wanted to get his paws on the yarn. But to my surprise, when I let him sniff the yarn, he didn't care. It was the needles that he was curious about. He sniffed the entire needle when I held it up for him, and he opened his mouth for the most slow, curious bite I have ever seen a dog take. I got a little nervous, and I told him not to bite the needle as I was afraid it might break or split the wood. Since then, Macho just takes little sniffs while I knit and he sits next to me cuddled up.
It wasn't until recently that Macho took up curiosity in the yarn. One night Nick and I left to go to a family gathering, and all seemed ok when we got home. It wasn't until the next morning that I went to go sit on the couch, and in Macho's little corner, there lay the destroyed ball of yarn. I had a freak out moment thinking that the mitten attached to the needles would be ruined. But it was the yarn that Macho played with. I'm not joking about the yarn being destroyed, as you can see for yourself below! Finishing the mitten was fun, as I was constantly trying to untie the huge and impossible knot attached the the ball. Even when the mittens were finished, I set them out on the ottoman before Nick got home so I could surprise him with the mittens I made for him. While in the kitchen making dinner, I heard Macho walking around on the couch. I looked up, and there was Macho, standing back paws on the couch and front paws on the ottoman biting the mittens.
Of course I wanted Macho to enjoy my knitting too, so I made him a small little "toy" by knitting a small square from the yarn he destroyed. I even left a few long strands of yarn to see if that's what he was interested in. Of course, he doesn't care about the "toy" at all. I've even tried laying it out on the ottoman like the gloves. Maybe I will have to buy a really cheap ball of yarn for him to unravel!