Thursday, August 07, 2008

Wool

As many of you know, I got given to me a whole lot of raw wool - I mean, just shorn off the sheep, raw wool. It's full of many icky things, things I don't want to mention here. When I agreed to take some of this wool of a woman's hands, I didn't think it was going to be this bad. You live and learn I guess.

I was given the advice to washing it first before I sent it off to a wool processing place to have it made into roving, which I will then spin. But that's another story. So here's a picture of my first batch of wool that I washed.


As you can see, it came out pretty clean - considering. What gets me is that you can still tell where the "scorched" ends were, i.e. the ends that were exposed to the sun. Plus, there is still a lot of "vegetable matter" in it, little bits of straw, grass, twigs, etc. However, I did notice that after I washed it, I tried shaking it and a lot of it has fallen out.

Now all I have to do is wash the other 49 lbs. Ugh!! I'm going to try to get at least 5 lbs. washed to send that away for my first trial run of turning roving into spun yarn!

3 comments:

melanie said...

looks good to me, just keep washing!

graceInk said...

Yeah, you say that, but you're not the one who has to do the washing. I'll try to do some more this weekend.

Mrs Vee said...

"Vegetable matter" ?? Uh huh, sure, that's what it is. Ewwwww!
Have fun with that!

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