Saturday, May 14, 2011
First Slow Fleece Finished
I began to soak it by the dishpan sized amount. I fill the pan with hot water, add a good amount of dawn detergent and then I just place the bit of fleece tip side down and let it sink in. Then I set the timer for 30 minutes. After the timer goes off, I use my hands like a rake and slowly move the fleece towards me in the pan, then I lift it out and squeeze it without twisting.
Next I repeat all that, but just use clear water for the rinse. I am letting this batch soak right now as I am posting. I may have to rinse one more time. Once it is rinsed and squeezed that last time, I set out a towel or two, doubled. Lay the fleece down, all tips to one side, in the middle of the towel. Fold the two sides of the towel over the fleece, then roll it up like a jelly roll. Take it upstairs and lay it on the sweater drying rack. It will take about 24 to 48 hours for it to be dry.
As I was pulling the final bit of fleece from the bag this morning I noticed that there was a name and wt on it. Valrhonan, 2# 5oz.
I had been told that this was a shetland fleece so I did a search of a shetland sheep named Valrhonan.
I found a sheep over on www.ruralramblings.com/shearing-sheep , though over there it is spelled Valrhona. Who knows it just might be her! She would get a little darker as the years went by, so this could be an early fleece. I thought that was pretty cool!
It took me less than a month to wash this fleece, and for one week of that I wasn't even home! I am really pumped about this, and I love the finished product so much more than what I got back from the professionals in the past. I can't wait to start the next one! Now that is a surprise!
Until next time,
Happy Weaving, Spinning, Gardening, and Fleece Soaking, Tina