It has happened slowly over the last month or so. It began when I read the post by Stephanie, the Yarn Harlot, on her blog by that same name. In her post she was showing the way she was cleaning her new yummy fleece. As soon as I finished it, I was in shock! You mean to tell me that she is going to clean that fleece lock by lock! Yep, that is exactly what she said, and in a subsuquent post you can tell that she really did do it that way. You mean to tell me that she is not forcing herself to clean the whole fleece in one day! Yep, that is right, she may even start using some of the clean locks before she finishes the rest! I was dumbfounded, mostly because it just never entered my mind to do it like that! I mean really, lock by lock! That would take forever!
Then I purchased the video download by Rita Buchanan, and she pretty much does a variation of the same thing, she lines her locks up on trays and with an empty tray on top to stabilize them, she plunges them in soapy water a couple of times and then rinses the same way. She also talked about how much she likes to handle the wool in all of it's stages. Skirting, cleaning, combing,dyeing,combining colors on the drum carder, and finally spinning, and knitting or weaving. It just got me thinking about my usual way of going from dirty fleece to clean fleece. I always approched it as more of a full fleece project, and I was bound and determined to get it over with, and as fast as I could too! The results were not always the best, and I have felted my fair share of fleece too!