I love using dryer balls in with my laundry! Anyone curious about how to make them? There are many ways to do it. You can just make a ball with 100% wool yarn, or you can just stuff some wool fleece into a stocking & that will work. But here is how I made some pretty ones lately.
I start with a small ball of leftover wool yarn.
Then I cover the ball with wool roving, nothing special just whatever I have on hand. No superwash wool though! I use a needle felting needle to stab it on there nice & tight & secure.
Here is a size comparison with the starter ball of yarn & a finished wool covered ball.
Then I use my needle to stab on some wool yarn scraps for decoration.
Then I put them in a stocking/panyhose that I cut the legs off of. Don't tie the knots too tight or they will be almost impossible to untie! I know this from experience. LOL. I like to throw them in with a load of towels so I can use hot water to wash them with. After the wash I take them out of the stocking & throw them in the dryer with the towels.
Once they are dry I shave them with a disposable razor to get all the fuzzies off. You can see the ones on the right look a bit nubby, the ones on the left I’ve shaved. They will continue to pick up dryer bits as you use them, you can always re-shave them to keep them looking new if you want.
I like a set of 6 to use with my laundry. And I like to put Lavender & Grapefruit essential oils on them, 6 drops per ball (I put lavender on 3 balls & grapefruit on 3 balls). Makes my laundry smell good but not overpowering. I don't use fabric softener anymore, I just put 1 cup of white vinegar (a natural fabric softener, don't worry your clothes won't smell like vinegar) in the washing machine with my detergent. Then the dryer balls also help make your clothes softer & dry faster. And with the essential oils on them they also make the clothes smell nice.
And if you are looking for a good quality but affordable essential oil Eden's Garden is a great place to get them.
Lots of new DIZ & Threader Sets listed in the shop today!
Had a wonderful weekend at SAFF (Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair). Made it home safely late last night. I got to meet a bunch of great people, put some faces to a few names finally too. Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by my booth!!
I will have lots of shop updates this week so stay tuned!
I got to meet a celebrity too... Jack - the fiber chicken.... she was awesome!
Anita ~ Owner, creator, designer behind The Clay Sheep