I get the whole thing... I usually buy the whole fleece and then, unquestionably, you will get some stuff. It's not just poop though... or pee (let's be clear here! LOL) it's also grass or other stuff like that... animals dont tend to care much for their personal hygiene!
Sometimes, some sellers, actually charge a bit more but you get the fleece without the smelly bits ... I do rather felt without washing it first, because the lanolin is wonderful on your hands... and I feel it felts better.
Yeah, I've never got a whole fleece. I got a lot of zwartble once, I think that sheep lived in a thorny hedge and bred beetles in its fleece I love the feel of lanolin and prefer using natural wools unwashed, especially the curly ones.
Hi guys. I was wondering if I couldn't just felt it first, before washing, since I use soap and all for the felting process. Lol. Thanks for answering one of my questions. Another question I have is, I heard that dumping the scouring water down the drain is bad on pipes. Is this true? And, since I heard it was bad on pipes, I have been just dumping it in the rocks. I was wondering if I could use it to water plants, and the grass.... Or would that be bad for it? I was hoping there might be some sort of fertilizer qualities to it, and would be safe to use since I only use dawn. Thoughts?
Forgot to ask, I recently got a whole fleece for just 0.70 cents a lb. which I was thrilled. Thought just a bit if extra cleaning and it would be golden. But as I started skirting it, I noticed LOTS and LOTS of ticks. Um, EW! Not just a few. A LOT. I was so thoroughly grossed out I tossed it. Please tell me that is rare. Call it lesson learned, as I will be sure to check my fleeces better from now on before purchasing! Just was hoping that was a fluke.....
I would imagine cleaning it first would kill them, but I'm no expert. I've read lavender oil is a deterrent, but I'm with you Mindy and Zed. They creep me out. I know with bed bugs if you put linens in an air tight bag it will kill them depriving them of oxygen. I'd think it wouldn't hurt to try.
No that is not normal but at .70 a pound that is very very cheap. I bet they didn't even look at it for condition. I paid $18lbs for a fleece and that is not top end. How big where the ticks? I am thinking they might be keds. They are discussing wingless flies. they look nothing like flies but we get them sometimes in the spring. you have to treat all the sheep. they are like lice in that if one has them they all have them and untreated they just get worse. They do not feed on people if that helps.
Post by luvswool and dyestuff on Jun 13, 2014 13:11:01 GMT
Those of you who tackle those whole fleeces have my admiration, for sure! The possibility of those icky bugs is just one of the deterrents for me, along with the sheer time and strength it must take to handle a large fleece.