Hi guys :D
After my wonderful bargain at Woolfest i thought you might be interested in seeing how it goes from raw fleece to yarn.
Now this is rather a new journey for me. I've spun before, but only with batts
(ready washed and carded wool)
So, i lay me fleece out, inspect it and sort through it to get rid of any left over poo/debris and sort into smaller batches
I discover a funny looking yellow/orange gunk which is a mixture of lanolin, know as wool wax, it is a naturally occurring grease which waterproofs the wool (wonderful for your hands, it is found in many moisturizers and ointments), and suint (sweat)
I washed the wool in very hot water and detergent. You have to be very careful at this stage as if you agitate the wool too much it will felt!
I then drain the water and set it out for the next rinse
I will do this 3 times and then roll it in a towel to get rid of excess water
Then lay out to dry and hope for a sunny day tomorrow!
I'll carry on when it is dried and ready to card :)