Sunday was the perfect weather for fleece washing. It was sunny, windy, not too hot, and not humid at all! Perfect fleece drying weather. I got started washing a fleece that I was totally lucky enough to be given from friends of the family. I'm not sure what breed the sheep is that this fleece came off. It has about a 2-3 inch staple, fine crimps, and is very soft. If anyone has any idea what breed this might be, please let me know!
The dirty fleece:
Since the fleece is decades old, I was nervous about washing it. I had read that old fleece is difficult to wash since the lanolin and dirt kind of solidifies. I washed about a pound of it at a time in super hot water with a glug of Dr. Bronners. Here it is soaking:
I washed it twice, then rinsed twice. Let me tell you, I must have mad skillzzzz! This puppy came squeaky clean.
Squeaky clean and drying!
Now, the question is, to card or to comb? Any suggestions?