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Old 01-18-2013, 07:58 AM   #11
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you could buy nylong leggings at the dollar store they are important in keeping the yarn together to felt.. I have about 20 dryer balls.

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Re: wool dryer balls

I make mine from wool roving as well. I've made some out of yarn that claimed to be 100% wool, but their website lists the other items in the yarn and they never felted properly. Here are some I made this week. I only use six, but their about 8-9 inches in diameter.
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you could buy nylong leggings at the dollar store they are important in keeping the yarn together to felt.. I have about 20 dryer balls.
Thank you! I just found nylon tights for $.50cents and I'll throw the balls in the washer next time I run it. I also bought yarn that said 100% wool so I really hope it is true and they will felt properly!
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Re: wool dryer balls

Yarnjess, I have 7 in my dryer, 3 large and 4 small, and it seems that a couple more would make it better. The three large ones were definitely not sufficient.

I'm just perusing this thread b/c I am frustrated that some top quality wool balls that I got from a seller who has a special breed of sheep and yadda yadda are starting to shed a lot suddenly after about 1 1/2 years of use. They have lots of thin strands of wool sticking out all over now. I was just wondering if it is typical for this to happen and was seeing if you guys were sharing tips on manufacturing them in such a way that it does not.
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Thank you! I just found nylon tights for $.50cents and I'll throw the balls in the washer next time I run it. I also bought yarn that said 100% wool so I really hope it is true and they will felt properly!
They didn't felt well( so I put them through several more washes and hot cycles but I only noticed they shrinked in size a little...
What should I do?
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It's fine as long as they're not unravelling, they'll work just as well. One of mine looks like a ball of wool cause it didn't felt great but does not unravel. We have a local mill that sells large pucks of roving so I'm going to make some more out of that.
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Re: wool dryer balls

Mind didn't felt well either and one is coming unraveled! Arg! Guess I'll try it with different yarn next time.
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So I left mine in the washer and in the dryer for other several cycles and finally they felt nicely! I put a double tie at the end of the yarn (YKWIM? I don't know the correct term in English) and they don't unravel.
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