Tuesday, May 31, 2011

So it Begins and Woolly Balls

I am writing this yesterday,
as you read this,
Jenny's stem cell transplant has begun.
Here's what I know will happen:
Jenny will have a port installed today,
she will be given a high dose of chemotherapy.
What else will happen,
I don't know
but Wednesday will be a day of rest for her.
On Thursday,
her own stem cells will be reinjected into her body.
After that,
we wait.
More later.
Now, on to the real topic of this blog:

Now, get your minds out of the gutter.
Here's what I mean when I say
(I'm giggling like when I was in high school.)
I'm sure you've seen them.
They are balls of wool that you felt and throw in the drier to speed up drying and the softening of your clothes.
I found several free tutorials online describing how to make them.
All of them are great, and best of all, they are free!
Here's how they look before you felt them the first time.
At this point, they are just wound balls of wool yarn.
After you wind them, you put them in old panty hose, tie a knot between each one,
then toss them in the washer with a HOT wash and a COLD rinse.
That's the first step in the felting process.
Then, still in the panty hose,
you toss the 
woolly balls
in the drier until they are dried.
You carefully cut the woolly balls out of the panty hose, and toss them back in the drier.
Sellers claim that these 
woolly balls
cut drying time anywhere from 20 -50%.
I don't know because I haven't tried them yet,
but once I do, I'll let you know.
That's what the woolly balls look like when they are finished and felted.


Kym Hunter Designs said...

Thank you for the tutorial! I have the plastic balls that you buy at the store, but I would like to try these.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


TesoriTrovati said...

Tell Jenny that she is in my prayers. And you are, too, Miss Mallory.
My husband does the laundry and if I suggested that we throw in wooly balls to the dryer I think he would think I was nuts! Can't wait to hear how that works!
Enjoy the day!

Lisa @FishyFaceDesigns said...

That you for the post, I need to try this......woolly balls heehee...
I certainly have Jenny and all of you in my prayers!
God Bless,

Sharon Driscoll said...

If I pray any harder by head will explode. Something else you need to try for Jenny's kitties is this...go get some big jingle bells. Wrap the wool around the bells and wash the same way. You can also roll them in a little cat nip. The kitties will love them.
Hugs my friend....

Patty said...

They're very cool, Mallory! I've been thinking about you both all day, and sending positive vibes from the West Coast.