Do I wash the fleece before or after I spin it?
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Whats easier? What do you do and how do I wash it?
When I was spinning I used to spin and ply and then wash the yarn in hanks. I washed it by hand in wool wash and then hung it from the line with a weight attached so that it was straightish.
I always washed later as the benefit of the lanolin was excellent during the spinning process. I very rarely carded the wool unless I was using a fleece that was a bit short and bitsy.
ta very much! shall get cracking then!
I’ve done both. The fleece that I have been practice spinning on is rather dirty! But I like the feel of the lanolin.
I recently ran what was left of it through a drum carder, still unwashed, just to help pick some of the grass seeds out.
I have been madly washing fleece for the last few weeks and then carding it into batts, but that’s because I’m going to dye it all up in pretty colours.
I don’t wash as hot as I probably could – I just use the hot water straight from the tank. It loosens the lanolin enough to release the dirt, which is really all I need.
Either way, spinning with is is fine. Just remember that if you are spinning with unwashed wool you will get dirty.
It’s been wool-washing central here lately too.
I prefer to wash the wool first then spin it. A LOT less dirty, but more time consuming than spinning then washing. I wash the finished skeins either way, to set the spin. It really is a personal preference although I’ve done both and both ways work.
I use mild dish washing detergent. Cheap, effective and doesn’t felt the wool. Just don’t use soap or anything alkaline.
I also find clean wool is a lot less attractive to moths & pests if you have to store it. It’s the grease that attracts them.
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