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May 24, 2012 07:56:05   #
ghosking
 
Hi everyone:

I am on the newsletter for Tipnuts, so every week I receive a wonderful article just filled with useful information and DIY ideas.

I found this one particularly interesting. ....I have also posted the link to tipnuts, check it out :)

http://tipnut.com/2012-may-23/




 
May 24, 2012 08:01:09   #
missmolly
 
What a great idea!! xx
May 25, 2012 08:09:11   #
eggplantlady
 
I made 18 of these for Christmas last year! I used acrylic yarn for the inside of the balls (from my stash) and then used wool on the outer layers (to save money). I ran them through the washer a few times (each time I did a load) and then through the dryer. I packaged them in sets of three and attached a note on what they were and how to use them. I think they are FANTASTIC and they have certainly cut down the amount of time it takes to dry a load of clothes. In fact, I over dried a load of shirts using these and now set the timer for a shorter period of time. I don't recommend making 18 at once, however, because it does get boring.
May 25, 2012 08:46:15   #
lawrencji
 
I don't understand how this cuts dryer time? Curious
May 25, 2012 09:03:06   #
eggplantlady
 
lawrencji wrote:
I don't understand how this cuts dryer time? Curious


Supposedly it keeps the laundry from balling up, a newer version of the old 'toss a sneaker in with the towels' method, therefore more of the fabric surface gets exposed to the hot air.
May 25, 2012 09:07:00   #
lawrencji
 
Well that makes sense - never knew about the tennis ball thing either.
Learn something new every day - I love this site!
 
May 25, 2012 09:25:21   #
AmyKnits (account disabled)
 
Thanks so much for posting. Going to make some today as the ones I buy always fall apart after a couple of months.
May 25, 2012 09:58:52   #
alpacapatty
 
I might try using alpaca fiber felted into balls instead of yarn balls since I am always looking for ideas to use the fiber other than spinning into yarn.


May 25, 2012 12:32:34   #
AmyClaire
 
The static-free claim is bogus. I made some of these and they ADDED static to my clothes. In retrospect it seems obvious; you make static by walking on a wool carpet, so you'd make static by tumbling wool balls.

Because of this I don't use them in the dryer, I display them as objets d'arte.
May 25, 2012 12:40:02   #
eggplantlady
 
AmyClaire wrote:
The static-free claim is bogus. I made some of these and they ADDED static to my clothes. In retrospect it seems obvious; you make static by walking on a wool carpet, so you'd make static by tumbling wool balls.

Because of this I don't use them in the dryer, I display them as objets d'arte.


I haven't had an issue with static, however, I live in the humid south where it is never the issue it was in Pennsylvania!
May 25, 2012 14:08:22   #
Patty Sutter
 
ghosking wrote:
Hi everyone:

I am on the newsletter for Tipnuts, so every week I receive a wonderful article just filled with useful information and DIY ideas.

I found this one particularly interesting. ....I have also posted the link to tipnuts, check it out :)

http://tipnut.com/2012-may-23/


Great tip. And great link, I have it bookmarked.
Patty
 
May 25, 2012 14:10:54   #
Patty Sutter
 
AmyClaire wrote:
The static-free claim is bogus. I made some of these and they ADDED static to my clothes. In retrospect it seems obvious; you make static by walking on a wool carpet, so you'd make static by tumbling wool balls.

Because of this I don't use them in the dryer, I display them as objets d'arte.


I've never gotten static from wool, it seems to be manmade fibers for me. nylon poly etc.
I guess its true everyone is different. :D
Patty
May 25, 2012 21:34:45   #
AmyClaire
 
Patty Sutter wrote:

I've never gotten static from wool, it seems to be manmade fibers for me. nylon poly etc.


I agree, synthetics cling!


Lambswool is the go-to material for static-charge-generating dusting wands.
May 26, 2012 01:28:45   #
juerobinson433
 
It is a good site I joined and get it every week
May 26, 2012 10:03:08   #
Patty Sutter
 
alpacapatty wrote:
I might try using alpaca fiber felted into balls instead of yarn balls since I am always looking for ideas to use the fiber other than spinning into yarn.


Alpaca is tricky to felt, you may want to blend it with some wool.
If your alpaca felting works, please let us know.
Patty
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