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« on: May 09, 2008 11:17:31 AM »

ok, so i bought this beautiful fleece quite a long time ago, it was supposedly a corriedale fleece, but i'm not sold on that, anyways, it IS a beautiful gray/brown with lots of variegation. but i bought the fleece when i was a beginning spinner, and although it was bought as "washed" apparently it wasn't washed enough. of course, being a newbie, i didn't know this. well, at time went by, it seems to have gotten worse! i tried to wash it again, RIGHT after successfully washing a diff fleece, and i'm not sure it helped AT ALL! is there any way i can save this POUND of fleece from being thrown out? it would be such a shame! Sad
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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2008 11:21:32 AM »

How was the fleece stored?
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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2008 11:40:28 AM »

it's been in a plastic trash bag, the same way it shipped, i HAVE actually spun some of it, and it was sooo easy to draft, but that was a while ago, and in it's current state, i don't think i could draft it, it's like the lanolin solidified, which, i know, that the longer you leave a greasy fleece, the worse off it gets, but i wish i would've know that then! also, now i'm stuck with a greasy yarn! this sucks!:X
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« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2008 11:50:38 AM »

You should be able to get the grease out easily enough.

Some folks prefer storing their fleece in the grease - it helps deter 'critters'.

You'll need plenty of boiling HOT water.  Fill your washing container about half full with hot tap water.  Add plenty of detergent, swish around.  Pour in boiling hot water.  Open the locks the best you can and immerse fleece.  Let sit about 20 minutes.  Drain water, remove fleece.  Repeat until lanolin is gone.

Alternatively, try spinning in the grease.  Lay your fleece out in the hot sun to loosen up the lanolin and spin away!

RE: storing fleece

Storing fleece in plastic bags is okay for short durations, but collect old pillow cases (garage sales, good will, etc) to store fleece long term
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« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2008 12:26:38 PM »

I agree, first give it a cold soak to get out the bits and dust, then wait until it reaches room temp and give it a super hot soak, allowing it to sit for only 15 minutes so the lanolin doesn't redeposit.
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« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2008 01:59:17 PM »

ok, great tips guys, thank you! i haven't tried the boiling water trick EVER, so i will have to try it *this is the perfect fleece for it after all!* and i did spin in the grease from it, which actually WAS really nice, but like i said, now i have greasy yarn, should i do a boiling water wash for the yarn also?

*crosses fingers* i really this works, i'll let you know! Wink
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« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2008 02:17:34 PM »

Yes, wash the yarn in super hot water, unless you want to knit with grease yarn (wich I wouldn't reccomend)
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« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2008 05:54:29 PM »

If you still want to spin it greasy you leave the fleece to warm in the sun or near a heater to soften the lanolin.
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« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2008 10:05:55 AM »

I have washed an old fleece that I had stored away and forgotten.  Hey, I had a lot going on, lol, so I just forgot I had an entire fleece.  How is that for momnesia?  I used the super hot water just like was suggested, and it worked great. 

Now, I would suggest one other thing about washing fleece.  I use my old dye pot, clean and free of dye of course, and I pour the wash water outside.  Do you know how badly you can clog up your pipes with lanolin?  Maybe not a problem if you are only washing a bit once in a great while, but I am in the habit of buying entire fleece, more often than is for my own good, lol.  I think I am a bit obsessive.
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« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2008 07:12:17 PM »

Yes, wash the yarn in super hot water, unless you want to knit with grease yarn (wich I wouldn't reccomend)

Unless you want to make something water resistant like mittens!
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