I have been wanting to try wool dryer balls for a while now. Fabric softener sheets are expensive, wasteful and covered in chemicals. Wool dryer balls are easy to make, reduce your drying time (and energy consumption), cut static cling, soften fabric and are totally reusable. A look around Etsy showed a variety of balls for sale, but they were all pretty expensive. I found 100% wool yarn for $3.49 a skein on sale at Joann's Fabrics and bought two.
There are a multitude of tutorials on how to make your own dryer balls, so there was no need to reinvent the wheel. I followed this one from The Goodmama, so I didn't take photos of every step since she has them laid out pretty clearly.
Here are the balls after the first go round with the yarn. I used all of the first skein and a little off the second to get the balls the right size. I didn't have a crochet hook to tuck the ends under, so I got a little creative. I knotted some embroidery thread, which I always have around, to the end of the yarn and used a regular needle to tuck the yarn under. Then I pulled tightly and cut the embroidery thread off. Worked perfectly!
Here are the balls ready to go in the wash for their first felting. I washed them in hot water with these towels.
Here are the balls after the first felting with the second go round of yarn on them. They were about 9 inches around each before the final felting, about baseball size. The two skeins of yarn (310 yards in all) were enough to make all three balls.
Ready for the final felting in an old thigh high nylon. I also used