Tuesday, 8 January 2019
Busy work for those long dark days of winter
I've gone on a bit of a wool washing binge. I don't really like to wash fleece in the winter but this is a medium grade fleece of unknown origin and I have need of something less fine that all my pre-processed fibres. It's really too coarse for wearing close to the skin. I'm going to spin it up for rugs, so it's perfect for that.
This is the first wash water - ugh, it's really, really dirty. It's only taken 2 washes though to get the fibre clean. The first batch only took 2 rinses as well. It's fairly low lanolin, which really helps. The second batch though, I used too much soap, so it's going to need a couple of extra rinses. It doesn't take that much extra actual physical time, but does take up a lot of waiting time.
There is lots of VM in it so I'm thinking this will be run through combs for processing.
Kevin has been inappropriately interested in my large trash bag of fibre and it's been a chore to keep him out of it.
I'm going to spin up some yarn to use for rug hooking, as it seems like a good way to use up bits of yarn and fleeces which may have no other use. But if you have scraps of real wool fabrics, I'd love to have them. They don't have to be awfully large as there is lots of shading and dyeing of mixed lots to make up the unique colours.