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« on: September 22, 2009 12:28:54 PM »

Hey crafty people! I'm about to go pick up a bag of wool straight off the Jacob's sheep. (I heart freecycle! Yay!) I've always wanted to try out spinning but I don't really know anything about it. I know that I need to somehow turn the wool into roving, and I need a spindle to spin it, but that's about it. So I'm off to scour the reaches of the internet, but in the meantime, I throw myself before you. Impart to me your wisdom oh wise women (and men)!
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« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2009 12:36:32 PM »

check out some of the links on my spinning web page.  Scouring Wool and building your own drop spindle ....
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« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2009 01:44:06 PM »

Thanks Cyndi! That's super helpful!

I picked up my fleece last night and I am so excited to get started! But first, I have a question. When you're getting the raw fleece ready to wash, to remove the "tags" Lips sealed, do you cut them out with scissors? Or do you remove that whole piece of the fiber? And is this something I want to wear gloves for?

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« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2009 02:21:29 PM »

I never cut the fleece.  You may want to wear gloves depending on your 'ewwww' factor.  I don't but then again, I live on a farm and manure is part of life around here.  I don't purposely go roll in it, but it doesn't ick me out either.
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« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2009 07:21:07 PM »

Well, I just picked through some raw wool with very low grease, and it was still greasy-sticky enough to make me wish I'd worn gloves. I'd recommend plastic, though, because I have a feeling rubber or latex will stick to the wool.
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« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2009 08:06:48 AM »

Hey Special,
Put the fleece in a warm place so the lanolin is warm, it isn't so sticky then.

Is this a fresh fleece or has it been stored a while?  If it's been stored, then it will be harder to get the lanolin out.
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« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2009 03:12:24 PM »

It's been stored, but not for super long. I found that it's really not very dirty at all, and there's hardly any VM, so I won't be picking through it as much anyway. Cheesy Tonight and tomorrow are fleece-washing days!
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