Thursday, May 9, 2013

Washing Wool

When we left off the other day, Blossom was skirted and waiting to hit the wash.


For this I move around to the Wool House porch, dump the fleece out...


...divide it into two portions if it's a big fleece...


...and give it a good shake to remove as much VM (vegetable matter) and any remaining second cuts...

In case you are interested in the actual washing steps, I'm going to send you back to a previous post that covers it pretty well.  There is also a label on the right side of the blog that will take to you any posts that refer to washing...if I've remembered to add the label "washing wool".  We'll wait ;-).

Once Blossom was washed, she returned to the porch where I fluffed out her clean, bright white wool on the drying rack.  Actually, I think this is just half if I remember correctly.  Depending on the humidity and breeze, it takes between 8 and 24 hours to fully dry.


I've posted plenty of pictures and videos from previous trips to the mill, so I'll skip that and move on to spinning some yarn.  In a couple of weeks.  Sigh.

9 comments:

Michelle said...

That is so beautiful and fluffy. I could just lay down on it!

DFW said...

I just want to rub my hands through it, if only to get the 'feel' of it & to hopefully come out with softer hands. You must have the softest skin around!

Terry said...

Blossom, you did good, girl!

Tyche's Minder said...

LOL, I got so caught up in backtracking through all the story links that I've completely lost track of where we are in time right now. I'm pooped. I'm going to go count sheep and get some sleep so I can come back and learn about washing fleeces tomorrow. :) Loving these posts.

Thirteen Sheep (Or More) said...

That is a beautiful fleece!

Rebecca said...

Glad you said that about the plastic bags. I will have to do some transfering. Just so you know, I love the smell of a wet sheep...there are more crazies than you think. Loving all these posts and learning so much.

Willow said...

Your work is so rewarding, and so great that you love the process of it all. Couldn't help but admire that lovely rustic porch and that flowery pink tree off in the distance too. Great place you have all the way around! Thanks for always sharing with us!

Far Side of Fifty said...

What a beautiful bunch of fleece drying! I see something blooming in the background too! :)

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Blossom did a pretty good job!!
Have never thought about all the work that goes into preparing the wool for the knitting needles!

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