I was a woman on a mission today.
Firstly, thanks to WordPress and everyone who stopped by on that last post! I just find it so amazing that a little old knitting blog is that interesting to anyone in the blogosphere. But you all sure know how to make a blogger feel special! Thanks again!
And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming… 😉
As I said, I was a woman on a mission today. First update at bat (did you like that bleacher boy? 🙂 ) was that spindle up there. That wool is some of the wool I got when I first started spinning. I’m just really ready for it to be spun. I need to make room for all the wool I’m going to get!
Here it is, up close and personal.
I took it with me to both jobs today and even taught one of my co-workers how to spin on it. So about a yard or so of it is not actually my handspun, lol. It’s great eye candy while it’s being spun, but I’m so glad I only have one more length to go on this. Then, it will be ready to be plied and out of the way so I can get some more wool, rinse and repeat.
And speaking of wool…As you may know from that last post, I was waiting for some unwashed wool to arrive. I burned fumes getting here after work when I saw that my Parcels app showed my package was delivered. Over the last few days I had been gathering things that I had read I would need to do the job. So, here it all is, dirty wool and all.
Do you remember seeing all of those cute, little plushies of white sheep being sold this past Easter holiday? No? How about all of the little Mother Goose stories with illustrations featuring cottony, immaculate, white sheep? Surely, you must have come across one. Well, let me tell you…that is highly inaccurate.
This is what my wool looked like when I opened the bag.
And I think this was probably not as dirty as it could have been! Oh! And Barrysentials, you were so right about the smell-IT GOT IN MY MOUTH, LOL!
Ten ounces is a lot of wool. So, I started the task of separating it all out.
That looks like a lot, huh? Not even a dent in the stuff. So, if I completely botch this batch, I still have plenty more to felt. 🙂
As I was separating the staples, I began to easily see which end was the tip (though they weren’t as pointy as I thought they’d be). In each staple, it appeared the dirtier side was the tip.
It makes sense though. The tips are the part of the fleece that is most exposed to the elements, I suppose. So, it gets dirtier.
I placed a row in the mesh bag while keeping the tips pointing in the same direction. Then, I placed another row in the bag pointing in the opposite direction. Then it all went into some hot water with some Dawn dish detergent.
By this time, all the natural light had scrammed. But I did fill another bucket with water that I hope was the same temp (that was probably the most difficult part of the process) and dunked them again. After they sat a bit, I took them out and put them all one-by-one on a towel to dry.
Hmmm? Did they felt? I’ll let you know when I know. 🙂