Washing Wool

I’m almost done washing the fleece I got the other day from Punkin’s Patch. I don’t have my washer hooked up to hot water so I modified washing procedures a bit. When you wash wool you soak it in hot water. That is easy enough to do in my old baby bath tub. And this way I didn’t have to dump all the water into my septic. It went on the drive to help with the dust and over by our wind break trees. I did make sure not to get any plants I wanted to survive since the water was still hot. Keebler was my first fleece to wash myself. He turned out to have such nice curls. I still have one more chunk to wash of his since he wouldn’t all fit into my little tub. I finally figured out the best route for me for now when washing.

3 rounds of soaks in the tub with Dawn dishsoap (one this is what I had two it has always worked well to cut grease and since that is what lanolin is well…).

2-3 rinses in the hot water depending on the amount of fiber and soap used.

Spin the water out of the wool in the washing machine. I did this in between washing and rinsing too. And while I washed in the little tub I ended up rinsing in the washer. I just used the tub to transfer hot water from the sink to the washer. This way too I didn’t forget I had wool in there while the washer filled and accidentally let it agitate. Not possible when you are hauling water.

Now that most of the wool is washed and a lot of the hay (vegetable matter) is out I’ve now started to card a bit of it. I can’t wait to actually spin this but I guess I’ll have to wait until I get a bit more ready. Thank goodness my husband puts up with me doing this stuff in my kitchen/laundry room/porch. He says so long as he doesn’t have to do it he’s good with it.

I can see though if I do this a lot more I’ll have to bug him about fixing the hot water in the washer and maybe even doing something separate from the house someday. Not yet though.

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About littlehawkyarns

I'm a gardener that is trying to provide good food for my family to enjoy. I have two children, two dogs, a husband, four chickens, and four cats. In addition gardening I enjoy handwork such as knitting, crochet, and sewing. I'm in the process of trying to learn tatting and embroidery as well. I am soon adding more critters to the collection since we just got property and I spin yarn.
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