Warning, any of you real fiber freaks out there may find yourselves cringing and shuddering at the rest of this post. If you find yourself unconsciously pressing the heal of your hand to your brow and shaking your head, kind of like this...
...just take a deep breath and carry on because we do want your advice. If you have any comments or suggestions, we would be very happy to hear them. Trust me, we could use the help.
After a quick search through Sara and Robin's respective blogs for any expert advice, we pretty much ignored all of it because we didn't have any of the proper things on hand and did what we usually do: make do and wing it.
First, we set up a "skirting table"....
...pulled out one fleece at a time....
...and then squabbled about what was and was not good wool.
Like either of us knows the difference.
Each fleece was quite unique though. I have no idea which came from which sheep, but no two are alike.
There was short, thick crimpy stuff...
and longer, fuzzier crimpy stuff.
The occasional spot of color....
Heck, even the clouds were crimpy today.
We had big plans to wash some of the wool but were stymied by the hot water heater, which would not let me adjust the temperature. It is set at a measly 100 degrees and can't be changed.
So, to all of you fiber folks out there:
How do we wash this wool?
We would like to make some soft, down-like pillows, which fleece would work the best?
Do you have any other suggestions on how or what to do with wool besides spin it into yarn? Because lets be real here, that is not likely to happen in this lifetime.
If nothing else, we figure it should make some nice dog beds.