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« on: June 22, 2008 09:00:52 AM »

I came home yesterday from a country fair with a fleece costing 1. This seemed cheap,  but i do not have any spinning equipment! What is the best/safest /cheapest way to turn this into knitting wool please?
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« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2008 09:08:00 AM »

you can first try to clean it up if it needs to. then you can make a simple spindel using CD, wood pencil many things. you can probably find a tutorial online or here on the craftster forums. good luck. here are some links.
Spinning FAQs gives you many helpful links
i picked a few out of them:
Spin-Off Magazine - Learn to Spin

The Joy of Handspinning: The Web Site For Handspinners


you can also dye it too after when you clean it up and such, if it was very cheap and good deal maybe because it has some VM(vegetable matter) or dirt and such, you need to seperate and clean those out as well. since its wool you can do a simple acid dye with kool aid or easter egg dyes and more.
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« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2008 01:36:27 AM »

Thanks for all of that helpful info. I am off to make that spindle now. Do you have to have carders to prepare the wool for spinning?
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« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2008 07:38:23 AM »

It's really helpful to have carders, but you can make do with one or two dog brushes if you need to...it will just take longer to process your fleece.  You can use two together like carders to make rolags to spin, or you can use just one as a "flick" carder, to open up the locks before spinning directly from them.  Have you ever spun before? 

Congrats on your purchase!!  That's a great price!  What breed of sheep did it come from? 

I have no idea what you're talking about, so here's me with some yarn on my head.

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« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2008 01:03:59 AM »

No I have not spun before- so it was a bit mad! Have started to use spindle-an old Navajo type one on wool I have teased out from fleece. Someone has offered me a dog comb so that should help .The fleece is from a Lleyn and is quite dirty since we had quite a lot of rain before it was sheared. Is it best to wash it first? A spinner said that it was necessary for tetanus and anthrax reasons-this sounds a bit scary. Is this so?
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« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2008 05:28:11 AM »

I would definitely scour the dirt out of it.  I enjoy spinning 'in the grease' sometimes, but do not enjoy spinning 'in the dirt'.

I have a couple links on my spinning page about preparing raw fleece to spin: http://www.mullerslanefarm.com/spinning.html


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