In January, Amy went and bought me 2 skeins of "Love This Wool" from Hobby Lobby. I double checked the label because I had read the balls would not "felt" properly with a wool blend. These particular skeins were 90% wool, 10% acrylic. We returned them last week and got the same brand but 100% wool. The 2 different skeins were side by side at HL ~ very misleading!
Anyway, out of the 2 skeins I thought I would get enough dryer balls for 2 sets ~ one for me and one for Mom (who strongly hinted that she needed these too). However, after I round them into balls, I got 5 balls of approximately tennis ball size ~ a set is 4-5 balls. So back to Hobby Lobby for more yarn.
After you get your ball shape ~ you secure the yarn. I followed Jillee's instructions and then repeated the process several times for each ball. I didn't want to have the dryer balls that disentigrated into a tangled mess.
I tied them into a leg of knee high hose, tied acrylic yarn in between each ball and started washing and drying in hot water. Then I decided to take a short cut ~ put the hose wrapped balls into a big ceramic popcorn bowl (thanks Brenda) and poured boiling water over them ~ then weighted them down with a plate and my metal utensil holder, to keep them under the water. After several hours, I dried them. I repeated that process twice. The 1st and 5th time, I washed them in the washer.
Now, they are "felted". I was a little apprehensive to take off the hose because I still had visions of them falling apart. Not only did they not fall apart, they were felted to the hose and I had to peel them off. One ball still has a nice chunk of hose on it that I can't get off.
And why make these ~~~~~ glad you asked.....they are supposed to cut your drying time in half, using a natural product is better for your clothes than dryer sheets loaded with chemicals, this set of balls should last a year (each skein was $5.99, I used 2 for the set, so $11.98 for a year instead of $3-4 a month for dryer sheets and fabric softener. Knowing that I will need another set in a year, I can now watch for this yarn to go on sale instead of paying full price!)
I did scent mine with lavender essential oil ~ just 3-4 drops on each one. Laundry day is today, so they will get their first work out!
|ready to be washed & dried|
|the finished product! They shrunk in the process. Use all 5 per load!|
|the hose stuck to the ball.|
First load done ~ 45 minutes instead of an hour and no unraveled balls! And no static in our knit shirts and sweaters. Load in now is jeans ~ so they will get a good workout this time ~ next load is towels. I'll report back!
****I did 4 loads ~ the drying time on each load was cut by 20 or more minutes. This includes the 2 loads of jeans/bath towels. I imagine in the summer, that drying time will reduce more with the lighter weight clothing. And there was no static in any of our clothing. So far, this is a successful experiment!