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  • JaniaM commented on fiberartsy's instructable Easy DIY Felted Dryer Balls4 weeks ago
    Easy DIY Felted Dryer Balls

    Originally, I knitted the wool around the acrylic, as the pattern instructed. Then it said to scrub them with a course scrubby like that on a sponge. I didn't have one like that but I do have a recycled plastic one that is just as course, so I used that until it was, as she instructed, "fuzzy". Then she said to boil them for 10 minutes before putting them in the dryer for a few cycles. I tried that, and it didn't work at all. So I tried it a second time, boiled them for nearly 30 minutes, then tried drying them. Still didn't turn to felt. I tried putting them in the stockings, but they still didn't turn to felt. So I bought some roving wool, wrapped it around the balls I'd knitted, put them in the stockings with cotton ties in between each ball, and washed them in my front loa...see more »Originally, I knitted the wool around the acrylic, as the pattern instructed. Then it said to scrub them with a course scrubby like that on a sponge. I didn't have one like that but I do have a recycled plastic one that is just as course, so I used that until it was, as she instructed, "fuzzy". Then she said to boil them for 10 minutes before putting them in the dryer for a few cycles. I tried that, and it didn't work at all. So I tried it a second time, boiled them for nearly 30 minutes, then tried drying them. Still didn't turn to felt. I tried putting them in the stockings, but they still didn't turn to felt. So I bought some roving wool, wrapped it around the balls I'd knitted, put them in the stockings with cotton ties in between each ball, and washed them in my front loader on hot/cold. The only part of the cycle that didn't work was the spin cycle at the end, so I've had 14 wet felted dryer balls sitting on my washer while 4 are in my dryer. It's taking quite a long time to dry them, so I think next time I'm going to try cutting the stockings so the balls are individually stocking'd, and put a bunch of towels in the washer with them in hopes the spin cycle is successful. Doing this lady's pattern by making a core out of scarp yarn and wrapping roving wool around it has been 100% successful. I'm very happy with how they've turned out. I do still need to actually test the balls on clothes to make sure the balks take the static away, but so far, the towels I have in with the first 4 aren't staticky at all, so i take that as a great sign.

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  • JaniaM commented on fiberartsy's instructable Easy DIY Felted Dryer Balls1 month ago
    Easy DIY Felted Dryer Balls

    sorry, that's supposed to say I had a ball of 100% yarn that I knitted into 6 dryer balks

    I had a ball of 100% wool yarn that I mitred into 6 dryer balls with acrylic centres. I have tried for weeks now to get them felted and nothing I'm doing is working. Even though they're knitted, will putting them in a stocking and washing and drying them turn them into felt as easily as yours have turned to felt?I have a customer who has ordered some, so I need a solution fast to get these felted... can anyone help me?

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