Mar 04

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In The Beginning

Preparing the raw wool, oh my is that a job.  I think I could compare it to taking care of a newborn.  So a fellow Rennie, has some sheep that she has sheared.  She gave me about 8 ounces of the raw wool.    I took it home and started the process.  First we soaked it in cool water to get as much of the vegetable matter out as we could.  We put it in a bucket and changed the water  between 15-20 times until the water stayed clear.   Then we brought it inside and used hot water with Dawn and agitated it under the water so it did not felt.  Then we rinsed it out completely.  I was supposed to use some conditioner at this point.  However, I did not and will do it on the next  batch.  I have two whole fleeces coming soon so that will definitely be done on the next one.  I rinsed the fleece at this point, then got the excess water out of it. The way I did this was put the fleece into a mesh bag and tied it shut and put it in the washer on the spin cycle.  After this, I put the fleece out to dry flat on a towel on my chest freezer.  Once that was done, we used the drum carder to card all of this out and now it looks beautiful.  Pictures to come soon!