Pat's Knitting and Quilting
May 11, 2010
I have been in fiber glory playing with this gorgeous Corriedale fleece.
After scouring (pun intended) the internet, I settled on this method of washing/drying. I knew I wanted to keep the locks in order for combing later, so separated the locks and placed them in small lingerie bags (I've never washed lingerie in a bag - I'm WAY more careful with sheep fleece than lingerie!) I washed them 4 bags at a time in my double kitchen sink. 2 VERY hot washes with lots of Joy dish soap, followed by 2 hot rinses, 1 with a glug of vinegar and 1 with a squirt of hair conditioner. You cannot believe how clean this fleece was - the water turned yellow in the 1st wash from all the lanolin, but there was NO dirt/vm - nothing!
Then set them out to dry on a sweater rack. This was my very perfectionistic start - it became much more disorganized as time went on with no ill effect to the fleece.
Just look at this pretty striped Whirlwind lock - she has not completely decided what color she wants to be.
Octavia started as 2 lbs 8 oz. and ended up 1 lb. 10.9 oz. and Whirlwind went from 1 lb. 12 oz to 1 lb. 3.7 oz. after washing
THE PLAN... I'm going to use this fleece as an experiment and try all different ways of prepping - I'll flick the ends and spin some from the lock, use mini combs and make roving for worsted spinning, and use the leftover from that to handcard and make rolags for woolen spinning - I've got plenty to learn, but it sure is fun!
The little lambs are from my 12 y.o. son, Cam - for Mother's Day :-)
For everyone who doesn't love fleece and for a little color, here is what else I've been doing...
peas, lettuce, bok choy, broccoli, tomatoes, spinach, peppers, potatoes
So far, it's a happy garden - YUMMMMM!