January 18, 2010

Making Roving!

I start by picking out any vegetation from the washed fleece. From this stage, I put the fleece on my Drum Carder in 3oz batches.
I then remove the wool from the Carder using a Diz. This creates a wonderfully, smooth roving ready for the spinning wheel.

Step by Step Wool Process

I skirt then pick to prepare for wash:
I then immerse small batches into HOT soapy water
I then rinse in HOT water multiple times (without agitation) in order to remove all soap and dirt. Between each step, I put the fleece through a spin cycle to remove excess water.

When the fleece is completely washed and rinsed, I pick open the fibers by hand and lay it out to dry.
This is the process I use to wash and dry my fleece.

January 4, 2010

Processing the Wool

There is 2 more weeks of my winter holiday. I have washed 3 fleeces and have started the picking process. I pick the fleece by hand so this may take some time. I have approximately 16 more batches of wool to wash. It's going to be a very long, busy week, but in the end it will be worth it.
I will be posting wool batts and yarn in my etsy store as I complete them.
Thank you for your patients.