Felted Wool Balls
We have a guest room. Kind of. It’s really a glorified closet with a bed in it. Most of the time it just houses my photo gear, art supplies, and yarn. I do like a home to be cozy, lived-in, but clutter makes me anxious. That room terrifies me. In an effort to relieve the clutter, I recently went through my yarn stash. I got rid of all of the decade old acrylic (ewww!) and wound all the wool scraps into balls. What to do with all those little balls of wool?
Felt them, of course!
There are tutorials all over the internet for how to make felted wool balls. You can use them in the dryer in lieu of dryer sheets, but if you ask Baby O they are The Best Toy Ever! I’ve also seen people use them for pin cushions!
To make ours, I just wound the wool into a ball and secured the end using a tapestry needle to weave it through the center of the ball (a crochet hook would also work). I then placed all the little balls in the leg of an old pair of stockings, tying a knot in the stockings between each ball. Then I threw them in the wash with the diapers! (cold rinse, hot wash, cold rinse, hot dryer) Viola!
Each brand of yarn came out felted to a different degree. The most felted (blue) is Patons merino wool. The white is Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool, and the red is a recycled sweater. After the initial felting in the stocking, I did all further felting by just tossing the balls into the machine whenever I did laundry. A quick, easy, and rather gratifying project!
Some of them have gathered a bit of fuzz, but that is easily remedied with a sweater shaver. Also, if you are going to felt wool for toys, be sure you really felt them good so that there aren’t any loose strings or pieces of yarn for little ones to get ahold of!
So, what are you crafting?