My first attempt at making round felted beads was a major hilariously disgusting failure. I grabbed small pieces of purple, plum and magenta roving, wet them in the sink with some liquid soap, and started rolling. Ugh, I thought, this isn't right. The 'ball' was lumpy and the colors weren't blending. I gave up on the wad and began shaping it into a roll for the heck of it. I rinsed it and towel-dried it. I ended up with something resembling tri-color cat poo.
Second attempt was with magenta roving only. Same incorrect technique, but with slightly better results. It was round but had 'cracks' in it.
Then I found an awesome tutorial by a generous knitter and followed exactly as she wrote. Using yellow roving with a bit of purple, my bead came out PERFECTLY! This is a happy girl's felted bead. More to come!