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« on: July 18, 2007 09:59:50 AM »

Well, I am feeling quite lucky right now. 

A friend gave me a huge (like 20 -30 lbs) bag filled with yarn that a friend gave to her.

I sorted it out today and am stunned at what I've found.

Most of the yarn is French or Italian wool , but there are hanks of Japanese silk, Swiss silk, English tweed wool, and handpainted wool, a couple of loaves (?) of roving, and gallons of sock weight silk and wool.  There's a spool of what appears to be chinchilla fur yarn and other spools of leather and suede yarn.

Some of the yarn is sun damaged but most of it is in fine condition.  I tugged on some strands and they don't appear to be rotten.

It all smells like basement, however.  Not overpowering, but certainly like it's been stored for a while in a large black garbage bag.

Question: how do I clean it up?  Do I wash it?  I'm afraid of shrinking the wool.

And how to I turn the roving into yarn?  Mail it to someone?

I will post pics tonight when I get home from work.

Thanks for your advice.


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« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2007 10:04:47 AM »

I have no idea has to how to treat it, but there are a lot of talented spinners on here. You could try posting in that section.

You're so lucky!

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« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2007 10:05:15 AM »

I would give the yarn a good long soak in lukewarm water with some gentle soap (baby shampoo is good), or Eucalan.  Then let it dry somewhere where it will get plenty of air.  You may need to soak it more than once.

I have also washed really dirty/smelly wool in very hot water, which you might want to try if there is persistent dirt or smell (I do this if I get coned yarn that still has the spinning oils on it). The trick there is to be really careful not to agitate the the wool much at all so it doesn't felt.  Basically I just put it in the sink with the tap on as hot as it will go, add a little soap, push it down once or twice to make sure it's all wet, and leave it until the water is cooled down.  Repeat if needed--if the yarn is very smelly, you may need to wash more than once.

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« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2007 10:09:07 AM »

I agree with clicksticks about the washing. Eucalan is great stuff. It will not only clean up the wool, but it's great for vintage stuff because it puts a little bit of lanolin back in the wool.

You should definitely post in the spinning section to find someone who will spin that up for you. Or find your local spinning/weaving ship and take a class on spinning! :-)

« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2007 11:39:51 AM »

Thank you so much, guys.  I really appreciate the advice.

Crafsters rock!

« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2007 04:51:37 PM »

Here's the loot:

It's a lot.

Here are some upclose shots, just because it's so beautiful. 

Japanese wool/silk blend

Italian wool -- the pic is a little washed out; the color is a darker green.  You can see the actual color in the first photo, center.

French wool:  again a bit washed out, it's more black.  I think my camera is adjusting for the black background. Dang.  This wool is so beautiful.  You can see the actual color in the first photo, front center.

The roving -- so beautiful.  Amazing.

You get a better pic of the Italian wool in this picture; its true color.
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« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2007 04:55:54 PM »

What's that over there?

*WIPs runs over and steals all the yarn*


I'm soooooo jealous!

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« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2007 05:04:39 PM »

I'm surprised nobody's mentioned this so far, but that's not roving.  If you carefully peel it apart, it's very thinly spun mohair, it looks like.  You are SO lucky, and I'm dying with jealousy!

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« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2007 05:10:42 PM »

I agree that what's pictured looks like mohair, but if there really is roving in there somewhere, I'll turn it into yarn for you... but I'm still learning, so it would be thick singles, not complicated sock weight navajo plied fancy stuff. Smiley

« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2007 05:13:30 PM »

I think it is mohair or similar too.....  but it is still beautiful whatever it is, as is all the yarn!

you are so lucky - why does no one give me decent yarn?  the one and only time I was given a big bag full it was all crappy acrylic that she had no use for......  mind you my girls had great fun with it using a knitting loom!

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