Posts Tagged ‘spindle’

Monotonous Job X 27 = Washing Raw Wool

October 2, 2008

If you’re sick of hearing about the sheep’s wool…. imagine how we’re feeling!  We’ve come a long way, baby, from the stinking fleece on the back lawn Monday night.  I realized at approximately 11:32 p.m. on fleece washing night that I had a book titled Back to Basics from the library with a detailed explanation and colored photos of the sheep-to-sweater process.  Whew.  So, the top picture is the semi-washed wool that only semi-stinks, but some of it is semi-ruined because either I agitated it too much or the water temperature changed too much during it’s 17 baths.  So it felted its way out of getting cleaned any further.  And I’m kind of glad… less IS more.  Another discovery was the hole in the bottom of the red tub.  Good grief, you should have seen the puddle on the kitchen floor.

This is not a new pet or a fur trim for a Bag for Zaza.  It’s a strip of curly wool that got felted into a row that is a semi-smelly neck wrap or a fantastic dog toy.  Trixie LOVES it.

This is my TA-DA picture.  The puffs of wool in the Walmart bag have been separated individually so the debris has fallen out.  The fluffs on the counter still contain vegetable matter and require separating over the kitchen sink until junk-free.  When you separate the fibers the ball of wool doubles in size… at least doubles!  The farm smell is still lingering in there just under the surface of the clean soapy smell.  I’m hoping that Friday’s dying in boiling water will cure the end of the stink.  Can’t you hardly wait to see the results?????  Me either.  Christy, I wish you were here to help me….. sigh.

Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned…

September 25, 2008

in the fiber weaving store on a field trip.  Yes, we are still studying sheep and today’s journey led us to a spinning lady way across town.  I figured the boys would be bored stiff, but I was looking forward to learning how this ancient craft is done.  I’m prone to try any new fangled craft set before me, so now I’m itching to get my eBay fleece in the mail.  The window to the wool spinning world was opened to me this afternoon…. and never shall I be the same again.

So here’s what I learned today from the weavers and spinners:

1.  KoolAid can dye wool and it contains the same poisonous dye that is in RIT clothing dyes. Scary.  (I did comment to the spinner at that point that it is similar to eating Saran Wrap… you have to eat twenty-four boxes to have traces of cancer.)

2.  If everyone in the world would learn to spin and participated in spinning for ten minutes a day, there would be no wars.  (Gandhi taught all his followers to spin…..  on the flip side, Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.”   hhhmmmmmm.)

3.  Bright HOT pink bougainvillea when boiled, dyes white wool yellow.  Go figure.  Here is bougainvillea, for those unfamiliar with this gorgeous flowering desert vine.  (And that’s my first published book too…. please go read excerpts and order one at www.LindaCrosby.com)

3.  You do not eat with a Navajo fork.  It is strictly used to bat down the hills of wool in the loom.

4.  A Hip Spindle is not a dance, however my husband has a few un-named moves that this could apply to.  Here is a hip spindle.

There were several other techniques and truths learned, but I’ll spare you just now.  I will for surely blog about my fleece’s bath, dye, carding and spinning as the action unfolds.