This was an incredibly bad idea. The whole thing was a failure, except that I learned never to use my scraps again for making dryer balls. Now I will have to find the "100 Percent Wool Yarn" to make them. I will use my scraps for filling potholders instead.
OH yea! I have to "donate" a lot of time to do this. I live in the Northeast area of the USA and it gets very cold up here. People will tell you to look for 80 percent or better wool sweaters, but I always look for 100 percent wool sweaters (mens sizes). The bigger the better. More felt to use for projects. Kathy if I were you, I would google or Bing it! There are even lots of interesting ideas on Youtube also. You could make shoes, slippers. cases for your food, techie gear cases. Dog sweaters, hot drink cozies. Up here in Boston, MA, I have taken one mens wool sweaters and made, a scarf, mittens and two hats. You could try and find several and make a throw or a warm pet bed also. The ideas are endless! The other thing to watch out for is when you put it in your washing machine to felt. Make sure you put it in a delicates laundry bag that zips up as there will be lots of fluff on the inside of the bag. If you don't use the bag, you will destroy your washing machine. If you are frightened to use the washing machine or don't have a delicates bag or zippered pillowcase, Use a large basin filled with the hottest water you can get. You could use something like woolite, but I am frugal and use baby shampoo. Wash it in this and it will come out smelling great. I have bought many wool sweaters from thrift stores and they stink when you take them out of the washing machine. Sometimes you might have to throw it in the washer a few times to make it felt very tightly so you can't see the stitches. This is ultimately what you want. Felt makes it so that you don't see the stiches.
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