Eleventh Hour Wool Washing

I leave for Maryland in five days. But I thought it would be nice to take along some carded Jacob batts to sell. I work best (purportedly) under pressure. So today I was out on the back porch washing wool.

I washed this incredible Jacob fleece in the new machine, but when I went to rinse it, the hose appeared to have broken off of the utility faucet.* Quickly switching to Plan B, I rinsed the fleece in the utility sink itself.

..and spun it out in the washer on the back porch.

Out came the rinse water into the back yard.

Supervised by a chicken. It's in their contract. They have to sign off on any yard activity.

Once the fleece had been spun out, I cracked open my new electric drying rack. As promised on the box, some assembly was required.

I like the compact design, but I think the fleece is too fluffy for the fan to reach all the wool in the space between the racks. I think I'll have to separate them and lay them out individually. This, of course, nullifies any benefit of the compact design. Oh well. Just so the wool gets dry.

I know you can't tell from there, but if you could put your hand into this picture and feel this fleece, you'd swear it was alpaca, and not sheep wool. Wowza.

Tomorrow, Laurie and I will do a little batt carding with a borrowed drum carder. If I get some alpaca fiber washed, we may do a little blending. Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival - here I come.

*The faucet wasn't really broken after all. DH helped me put things right, so I can go back to Plan A tomorrow.


  1. I was reading some of your older posts and thought i would let you know how i dry my wool quickly. (This is very important because i am very impatient and when i want to try something new i want it NOW!) I wash it the same as you in a mesh bag, but then when i go to dry it i take it out of the mesh bag and dump it in the dryer, i roughly separate it and then i turn it on cotton for a timed dry of 20 min. The tumbling does not felt it.


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