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Dans

  • Joined Jun 2012
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Re: Fleece prep
« Reply #15 on: August 09, 2012, 04:58:21 pm »
Just a quickie question. Does it have to be any particular washing up liquid? I'm gearing up to wash my first fleece :-D

Dans
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Mad Goatwoman of Madeley

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Telford
Re: Fleece prep
« Reply #16 on: August 09, 2012, 05:05:33 pm »
We always used whatever was on offer (and therefore in the kitchen) at the time.

Dans

  • Joined Jun 2012
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Re: Fleece prep
« Reply #17 on: August 09, 2012, 05:07:33 pm »
Thanks, we're offer hoppers too!

Dans
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SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Fleece prep
« Reply #18 on: August 09, 2012, 05:21:34 pm »
The folks on Ravelry talk about protein denaturing with some washing up liquids... I'm just off to see if anyone's ever mentoned Ecover by name, as I am about to start a wash for some of my fleece.  Will report back!
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Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cows (rearing their own calves for beef), pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing

suziequeue

  • Joined Feb 2010
  • Llanidloes; Powys
Re: Fleece prep
« Reply #19 on: August 09, 2012, 07:07:11 pm »
I have read this thread with interest. Next year I want to felt my fleeces to make mulch mats for the veg.


Therefore they don't have to be particularly clean or beautiful.


Could I just felt them straight off the sheep's back so to speak - without washing and carding first??
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jaykay

  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Cumbria/N Yorks border
Re: Fleece prep
« Reply #20 on: August 09, 2012, 10:14:45 pm »
Lots of fleeces to prep  ;D


SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
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Re: Fleece prep
« Reply #21 on: August 09, 2012, 10:48:25 pm »
Lots of fleeces to prep  ;D

YAY!!  :thumbsup:  Excellent news!  Not as bad as you thought they'd be, clearly.   ;D  I'm very pleased for you.
Don't listen to the money men - they know the price of everything and the value of nothing

Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cows (rearing their own calves for beef), pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing

jaykay

  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Cumbria/N Yorks border
Re: Fleece prep
« Reply #22 on: August 10, 2012, 04:18:39 pm »
Some of it's definitely felted. But some hasn't  :)



Draining after the first detergent wash. OMG, look at the colour of that water  :o To be fair, the water is quite brown at the moment, but even so!



Drying in the sun  ;D

Mad Goatwoman of Madeley

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Telford
Re: Fleece prep
« Reply #23 on: August 10, 2012, 09:24:59 pm »
Lovely colours, Jaykay.

jaykay

  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Cumbria/N Yorks border
Re: Fleece prep
« Reply #24 on: August 10, 2012, 09:30:46 pm »
Thank you, it's pretty isn't it  :) This is the moorit, dark brown underneath with sunbleached ends. And I've got fawn, white, black, grey and a sort of roan moorit too  ;D

Tried hand carding a bit and it was horrid to spin though  :-\ Think that's to do with my carding, I hate doing it by hand and have no idea what I'm doing either

Better save up for a drum carder I think, I'm better with one of those and with this much to do....

Bionic

  • Joined Dec 2010
  • Talley, Carmarthenshire
Re: Fleece prep
« Reply #25 on: August 11, 2012, 09:10:15 am »
Jaykay, I have just treated myself to a drum carder and have found that not only is it quicker but I enjoy it more.
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Mad Goatwoman of Madeley

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Telford
Re: Fleece prep
« Reply #26 on: August 11, 2012, 06:54:31 pm »
I love moorit.  I would defo save up for a drum carder.  So much quicker and easier.

Dans

  • Joined Jun 2012
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Re: Fleece prep
« Reply #27 on: August 31, 2012, 08:58:21 pm »
If your fleece is still dirty after a wash can you rewash? I may have skimped on the skirting...

Dans
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