Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wool Dryer Balls Part II

WARNING: Potential mayhem in your dryer.

Okay, so remember how I said I was pretty happy with my natural fabric softener dryer balls?

I need to add a caveat. If your yarn starts to slip a little, instead of felting into place, don't ignore it! It will go away, by turning into what you see in the photo above.

Instead of ignoring the loose bit I should have put the ball back in a sock for a few washes to encourage more felting. Alternatively I could have felted by hand in water, or cut the yarn and woven it in with a needle/crochet hook.

Next time I make these, I will use this clever shortcut: buy something 100% wool at a thrift shop and cut it into strips. Fold these strips to make the core of the ball, then cover these with some wool yarn to finish it off.

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