Welcome to my cottage. A humble place where I enjoy making things with my hands. My Lord has been so good to me! He placed me in this wonderful little town, filled with shepherds, farmers and very talented ladies that love to share their craft.
I have been spinning yarn over 4 years now.... and each year I learn something new.
Receiving raw fleece right after the sheep has been sheared, it'exciting, smelly and a bit daunting. At least it was for me... at first.
I have about 10 bags filled with raw fleece donated to me by a wonderful family that raise their own for food and fiber. I met this dear lady in one of those heritage days that are part of late summer days here in the mountains.
I brought the bags home and left them in the garage until I let go of the fear of washing wool. I visited You Tube to see others do it, and I still felt a bit apprehensive in trying it out myself.
But today, after returning from a doctor's appointment, and seeing that the temperatures were steady in the 60's...I pulled one bag and began the process.
Washing wool just takes a bit of time. Fill a basin with very hot water. Add a bit of regular detergent. Let it sit for about 15 minutes. Rinse with hot water. Repeat the process if the fleece is still quite filthy. Otherwise, you rinse and spin dry with a salad spinner. Lay them on top of screens to dry overnight and that is all!
It took me 1 hour from start to finish. Now, I did not finish the entire bag, since each bag is one full sheep's fleece. So I just pull a bit and do two batches at a time.
At this rate, I think I'll be finish before the winter truly sets in :-)
Once the yarn is dried, combed and made into roving, it is time to spin the wool to make yarn.
And that is a post for another day...
Have a blessed weekend dear friends, and do something crafty!