I’m very excited to have bought a White Faced Woodland sheep fleece to have a play with.
I really enjoy learning about where my wool comes from and how it gets from sheep to something I can knit with so as soon as I could spin I knew I wanted to go as far back in the process as I could (not sure I’m going to be allowed my own sheep though).
I suspect there are easier fleece to start with (I have since learnt what to avoid and what to look for but this was a very good price and so it won’t matter if it all goes a bit wrong).
Today I have weighed off 112g after having plucked off the worst of the VM (that’s vegetable matter to you and me) and the annoying little second cuts (those are bits that have been clipped twice and can’t be spun as they are too short), it’s now having a soak in some fairy liquid and hot water.
It needs to sit in this for about 30 to 40 minutes completely undisturbed to avoid felting, I’ll then carefully remove it and run another “bath” the same temp to give it a second soak. It then needs to be rinsed in the same temperature water but just water. I’ll do that a couple of times too and then hopefully put it all outside to dry. It needs to be as undisturbed as possible and the water temperature needs to stay as constant as possible as any sudden changes will shock the wool and cause it to felt.
The weather isn’t looking too keen at the minute so it might just be a lay out flat in the house but I’m looking forward to seeing it all clean and dry and will update on here as I carry on.
Happy Easter 🐰