A case of mysterious yarn!

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My dear loving husband, Mark, bought me a skein of fantastic yarn for Christmas. I removed its label, hid the label so I wouldn’t be tempted by it and wound the yarn into a nice ball. I set it aside until I knew (or thought I knew) what I was going to create from it.

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I cast on 3 stitches and started what I imagined might become a felted hot pad. As I knit up the yarn, I discovered I liked handle of it and how it felt as it worked through my fingers. I fell in LOVE with all of the bright colors and muted color blends in it. I knew I was in trouble. I had to find the label. The label is long-lost in the mess I call my office.

I posted it on facebook, but no one seemed to know what it was so I went online and searched and searched. I thought I’d found it a few nights ago at yarn.com. I believed it was Berroco Boboli yarn in the dappled shade colorway. Wonderful! 5 skeins remaining and it’s being closed out. Click add to cart, click to pay, login to paypal to pay, paypal failed due to an unknown cause. I learned that the unknown cause was caused by another party buying up the last 5 skeins I could acquire for the great price of $7.99 per skein!

It turns out that I was wrong about it being Berroco. I’m glad I have a lot of friends with really good eyes and told me to go hang out at Craftsy for a while (it also helps that I found the missing Plymouth Yarn label). I bought 5 skeins of Plymouth Europa yarn in colorway Multi. I will now take what looks like a nice start to a good, warm babushka and set it aside until the yarn arrives.

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If it turns out I’m mistaken, I’ll simply and carefull frog what I’ve knit up and start over with the matching skeins working what I have into it for a nice, subtle striped effect. It will still be a good babushka!

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Blogging, fiber art and dryer balls.

I’m a fiber artist. I love everything there is to love about wool, silk, cotton, shiengora, llama, camel hair, alpaca, etc. I love washing and carding it, but I especially love spinning it and weaving with the resulting yarn!

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Lately, I’ve been mass creating dryer balls. Nothing fancy. Just simple little dryer balls that bounce around the inside of your dryer to help bounce the clothes into the softness that we require. I still hang a lot of my laundry, but I like my towels to have some degree of softness when I use them and that’s where dryer balls definitely help. They also reduce drying time when they’re made of wool. The wool absorbs more moisture while the clothes are drying.

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A lot of people believe that dryer balls are required to be ginormous in order to work well. This isn’t true. It’s not about the surface area of the ball. It’s about the amount of bounce the ball has in it so that they’re propelled around the dryer more. I’ve made several different sizes and several different weights. I’ll say it again, “It’s the amount of bounce in the ball that softens the clothes!”

varied dryer balls Gold & brown balls; black with gold balls

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That said, you can view my dryer balls on my facebook page and my Etsy shop!!

Leigh D.