Saturday and Sunday are typically laundry days in our house. And with the three kids, there is never a shortage of laundry. I may catch up by the time the evening is done (I will confess I don’t mean folded and put away!), but by tomorrow morning, the pile will grow again.
That being said, I have been playing around with the beautiful yarn I picked up in Prince Edward Island (you can read about that in my “Three Kids and a Puppy” blog posts), and after reading the article on DIY dryer Balls by Petals to Picots, I was inspired.
Dryer balls are great! They are reusable, help reduce the amount of chemicals in our home, are %100 natural, help speed up dryer times and more!
So I decided I would try her most simple method using wool yarn. Going to my PEI stash I found the perfect one.
Her instructions are simple – feel free to head over to her blog to fill in the details (www.petalstopicots.com) – take your yarn (not superwash wool!), wind it up in a ball about the size of a tennis ball and throw it into the wash a few times with your laundry!
After winding the balls of yarn it’s important to secure the end of the yarn. I did so by taking a yarn needle and threading the yarn through the ball several times, and knotting the end of the yarn in several places.
You can see they are a bit more fuzzy and shrunk a bit. Now I’ve since put them through one more load and will confess they weren’t as felted as I would have hoped. So as we speak they are happily spinning through a third and we shall see how they turn out!
Have you tried to make your own felted dryer balls? Feel free to comment below sharing your own story. I look forward to sharing the rest of mine (hopefully with a happy ending) soon!