Another project from the
1: These both have one layer of wool, I just used what I had left from making a couple of soakers.
2: Keep wrapping....
3: And more wrapping.... (that light blue yarn was pretty fine and I used and entire skein on the two balls) these do take a good amount of yarn so the more you can use a cheaper yarn like an acrylic, for your core the less wool you will need)
4: These are complete except for felting. They almost bounce- and they are about the size of tennis balls.
This may look a little strange- but it works!
Place the balls in an old nylon or stocking, tying a knot in between each ball. We want them to felt individually instead of one big lump. I didn't want to keep untying knots to check them after each cycle, so they are tied in a twisting series of knots.
After you have secured your stocking, place in the washer with your regular laundry. Hot water and lots of agitation will felt faster. I left mine in while i washed about 5-6 loads of laundry.
And the Reveal:
Can you tell that they are more fuzzy?? It's really hard to catch this on camera. I decided they were ready when I tried to move some of the threads and they were very secure.
I made 4 and plan to use them all at the same time. We have been using the plastic ones we bought in the grocery store, but they break and some people are concerned about the fumes that plastic could release when heated. Since starting to use the dryer balls, we haven't needed fabric softener or sheets which is great for our budget and there is less residue in the washer and dryer.