Custom Apparel and Gifts from Dog Wool

Evanston, Illinois

Announcement    Please note that we are not accepting new samples or orders until further notice. We trust you will understand and we thank you.


Last updated on Apr 2, 2020

Please note that we are not accepting new samples or orders until further notice. We trust you will understand and we thank you.


Jeannie Sanke

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Jeannie Sanke


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  • wildjersey88 on Mar 18, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    Thank you so much for this wonderful scarf and gloves! They are beyond beautiful

  • Patty on Jun 10, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    Jeannie is so respectful of the clippings from my long-departed furry family members Lilly & Max. I never expected that she would be able to spin anything from fur that is 21 and 12-15 years old, respectively. She was also able to honestly advise against spinning clippings from two other dogs. I will definitely be purchasing items knitted from Max & Lilly's coats from Jeannie.

  • npelance1 on Jul 29, 2016

    5 out of 5 stars

    I absolutely love my gloves, they are better than what I imagined! The communication w Jeannie was/is above and beyond the best! I would hands down recommend her to everyone! I will continue to do business with her!

  • Rita's Garden on Mar 18, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Love it!! Received a sample of my dog’s fur spun into yarn and knit. Beautifully done and so soft! Great work and excellent communication along the way. This is a first step in the process of creating a custom item - a “test” to ensure your dog’s fur can be spun. Will buy again!

About KnitYourDog

Sales 20
On Etsy since 2014

Shed Happens, And It's A Beautiful Thing.

Knit Your Dog! began when I, as a caretaker of a very furry dog, wondered if there were something better to do with all that shed. One day, like an answer to a prayer, a woman came on TV and talked about how dog hair could indeed be made into wool. I began saving right away.

It took me a long time to find someone who could spin dog hair, but as soon as I received my first sample, it was almost magical. This was, quite simply, the softest wool I had ever touched. It knits beautifully and is incredibly warm. The turtleneck pullover I knitted from that first dog is so warm that I can only wear it during extreme cold. And on those days, it saves my life.

The reactions I received from so many people led me to launch Knit Your Dog! Though some find the idea of wool from dog hair weird, I disagree. Dog hair cannot be cut from the animal like sheep or alpaca (which is pretty traumatic); it has to be brushed. Only healthy, well nourished dogs produce good wool. And just as conventional wool doesn't smell like the animal it came from, chiengora (the official name for dog wool) doesn't smell like dog, either. It's humane, exquisite, and sustainable.

We create custom wool and items from our customers' dogs' hair. The items listed here for sale on Etsy are made from the fiber of my dogs and those of others' well-loved pups. They are just a sampling of what we can do for clients, and their prices reflect what might be expected for a comparable custom order. We also provide production services (skirting, cleaning, carding, and spinning) for those who would like to knit or crochet their own wool. Our website offers lots of information, many ideas, and easy ways to contact us.

Before we accept any order, we insist on sampling the dog's hair. We charge for sampling, and for clients in the United States, the cost of the sample will be credited to the client's first order resulting from that sample. We regret that we cannot credit orders outside of the US but shipping charges are prohibitive. Please contact us if you are interested in having your dog's hair sampled and we will provide you with full instructions and details.

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  • Jeannie


    I am descended from knitters and dog lovers. I have had dogs all my lifeThe lovely woman in the photo with me started me knitting at age 5. (By the way, that dog isn't even mine!) I currently have three dogs, known locally as The Shed Squad.

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