I sit at my work table, my sewing machine pushed off to the side. Instead, there are baskets, roving, socks, yarn and a scale in front of me.
Yesterday I was certain that I had messed up felting with the colored roving that Suzy gave me to decorate the dry balls. But after the test run, I made some adjustments (setting the washing machine on “deep wash” and being more aggressive with the felting needle), and today when I looked at all the dryer balls I made yesterday the roving was coming off only a handful of them.
For those, I pulled off the colored roving that didn’t stick and put them back in the washer.
On the dryer balls I made today, I wore out my felting needle making sure they would stick.
And I mean that literally. Some of the last dryer balls I made have no colored roving on them. They are simply Asher’s natural brown wool.
I made 57 dryer balls in all. Enough, if I counted correctly, to fill the orders. I still have to go through the email from people who have preordered dryer balls for next fall.
Tomorrow I’ll start mailing out the fifty-seven dryer balls, I hope to get them all in the mail by Saturday morning.