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« on: September 28, 2007 11:18:14 AM »

So, in making the chit chat at my dentist's office recently, I learned my dental hygenist  (that we've followed from dentist to dentist since I was a little girl), keeps sheep.

She said she had a ton of wool in her barn and they don't use it and if I wanted to come and look at it and wanted it she'd give me a "good deal" on it.

Well, I finally got out there last night, and she tells me her husband really wants it gone, so the "good deal" turns out to be free!

So yay! Free local wool from pet raised sheep!


It's like about 10 black garbage bags full.  And since they don't use the wool they just shear it and bag it, so it needs to be skirted, picked etc.

I am equally excited and terrified.  I think I'm going to walmart tonight to get some big mesh lingerie bags so I can wash up some of the alpaca n stuff I have at home that already needs washed to clear up some space for all this new stuff!
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« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2007 11:22:19 AM »

That's the best reason to go to the dentist that I ever heard!  Wow - you must be so happy.  It's amazing that you now have "fresh off the sheep" wool to play with.  I'm doubting I'd find any of that in LA.  hehe. 

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« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2007 11:41:07 AM »

I think I need to find a new dentist, man! Thats really awesome. I wish I fell into great deals like that.

crumpet, definitely give it a go. You could look for classes through art schools or spinning guilds (even try 4h) near you, or check here (look for drop spindling, wheel spindles, etc.) for how to. Its addictive!

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« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2007 08:13:23 AM »

Oh man. So awesome. Yes, you could end up with crap (he he, literally) or you could end up with some nice stuff. Keep in mind that if it's kind a short or coarse it may still be good for needle felting, regular felting, or stuffing. Wool makes GREAT stuffing, especially for kid toys, the wool warms up as you hold it, so it's like your dollies have life in them! erm, not in that creepy way......
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2007 08:41:43 AM »

Wow, that's amazing!  What a find!

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« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2007 09:13:22 AM »

How lucky you are ! To store all this wool (clean), you can find find those large plastic bags for storing balnkets or clothes. I don't know how they are called in english, but I'll try to explain as clearly as I'll be able !  Wink These are like huge freezer bags with a ziplock and a sort of hole where you stick you vacuum cleaner to get all the air out of the bag. The result is a much less bulky thing and it is protected from insects. Maybe this would help you storing all that stuff !

« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2007 10:47:55 AM »

Oh boy- this is SO exciting!  I am thrilled for you.

Keep us posted- this is so fun!!!

My sister promised me some wool a while back, from a neighbor, but knowing her, I won't hold my breath.

How do you clean wool- will just carding it do- or are there other processes?

I am still really new to this whole thing.

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« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2007 09:26:18 PM »

I don't recommend storing unwashed fleeces in plastic bags. The fiber needs to be able to breath or else the lanolin in the wool can turn rancid. And that's MIGHTY unpleasant! An easy way to make bags for storing it is to take sheets from the goodwill, fold in half, zip seams up two sides and then tie the top shut. Better for breathing, harder for things to go rancid.

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« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2007 05:19:03 AM »

They were supposed to bring the wool by Saturday but they didn't stop by.  I'll call them later this week and see what's up.

I started washing some of the fiber I already have over the weekend in preparation.

I washed a couple pounds of Alpaca.  Some of it is kind of stuck together.  I'm hoping it just sort of clumped up in the wash and it isn't felted. Eep.

Anyone have any advice/articles on skirting?
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