Sorry about the double posts, will try to sort it out. Everything is out of order too, but you probably get the gist!
Most of it is still drying on mesh out on the lawn in the sunshine. The process took so long that the first batch was dry by the time I'd finished. Took almost 5 hours. The photos only show small amounts of fleece, there was MUCH more! Yield:- 1.9kgs
I had all every large pan on the stove including my mum's ancient preserving pan, which decided to spring a leak midway through the process!
I don't know what I'm going to do with either the Herdwick or the Texel. We'll see how lng it takes me to hand card it all. I have a request out for hire of a drum carder on our local Fb page.
Post by carole aka craftywoman on Jun 25, 2014 9:52:49 GMT
wow Judith that looks like one huge job, I did a small amount and it was never ending, complete respect to you :-)
I have been offered a full fleece too from a regular white sheep (I don't know the make:-)) at first I declined - pure fear - but after seeing all these pics Judith I may say YES, did you lose all the dirty wool (the btm end of the sheep) or do you do it all :-)
Post by Leonor (of Eleanor Shadow) on Jul 2, 2014 17:43:52 GMT
You did great, Judith! The rolags look really pretty
If I may offer a suggestion, next time try soaking the wool for 12-24h in room temperature water, then taking it out, letting it drip for 15 minutes or so, and only then soaking in hot water and detergent - you'll see you will use a lot less detergent and the wool will be able to retain a little of the lanolin, too, so you'll end up with a great fleece which won't get dry with time!