Sunday, June 19, 2011

First Fleece

DS#3 texted me on Friday night. He was visiting our neighbors who own a petting farm. His text said, "Barb wants to know if you want a fleece." Me: "What kind?" Him: "Jacob." Me: "YEEEESSS PLEEAASE!" So Saturday morning I went by and met Barb and she gave me a recently cut fleece.

After consulting the process as found in "Start Spinning", I decided that I should proceed.
Step 1 - Dumping the fleece out of the bag and skirting.
Big pile of yuck

The parts of the fleece were a little jumbled, making the skirting process a little more difficult.
Separating the good & Bad
Right or wrong, I went through the fleece in sections, taking away the dirty lumps, and leaving the soft, cleaner stuff in a separate pile.
Some of the Good

Step 2: Washing the darned stuff.

There were two hot water & detergent washes, followed by a hot water and white vinegar rinse, followed by a plain old hot water rinse. I was nervous, afraid that the fleece might felt.....that would've been very sad. :(
Bath time

Step 3: Putting it out to dry.

After the final rinse, I tipped the clothes basket up on its end to drain our as much water as possible.
All done
I found some old towels, and rolled the fleece up inside, gently pressing the excess water out. There was not a lot left.

Next, I spread it out on our screened porch table and turned on the ceiling fan.

Maybe it will be dry by Tuesday. Janice has reminded me that she has a drum carder, so I'll beg to borrow it, and after a quick tutorial, will begin the process of turning the fleece into roving, all ready to be spun up! Excitement! Kind of! ;)


Lisa said...

Oooooh, boy!! You're in trouble now! Once you've huffed fleece, you can never stop!

Can't wait to see how it turns out. Will you spin each color separately, or card the colors together?

besshaile said...

oooo. Lovely loft to that fluff of yours. Can't wait to see what you make with it

Mereknits said...

Oh that looks like so much fun!!!! I bet you were so excited, can't wait to see the rest of the process.
Happy Monday,