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« on: February 06, 2011 11:33:02 AM »

So I picked up these raw fleeces from a couple in Asheville a few days ago. I've always wanted to learn to process raw wool, spin, dye, and then use the yarn for my knitting and crocheting. The Craigslist ad said it was 4 fleeces, including 1 angora. They were moving, so the guy just kind of set the boxes in my truck with a smile and they went got back to work, so no time for questions. (He was wearing a fabulous hat that he had knitted.)

What I'm hoping for is help identifying what kind of fleeces I have here, as well as which would be the easiest for a rank beginner to start with, and what bare-bones equipment I'll need, as my budget is practically nonexistent. Here they are:

Mystery fleece 1:

Somewhat coarse, locks are about 6 - 7" long stretched out, not greasy at all
Mystery fleece 2:

Soft, greasy, locks about 3" long. Romney? Something else??
Mystery fleece 3:

Softer by far then the first one, not as soft as the second. Locks about 5", very curly, not very greasy-feeling
Closeup of number 3:

Mystery fleece 4:

Soft, curly, rather difficult to separate a lock from the rest, locks about 2.5" long, not greasy, some white hairs running through it

Closeup of number 4

handful of number 4
Mystery fleece 5:

What IS this? short little fibers, maybe an inch long, soft, very black, hold together very well, but lots of little short pieces left behind when you pick up a wad of it. Rabbit?? I wouldn't think it would be from the belly of number 4 because it is much darker, a completely different feel, and there are several small bags of it. Hmm.

So, where would you start? Any ideas what kind of wool I have, and what did he mean by angora -- goat, or rabbit? Does it look like I got some good stuff?

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« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2011 02:26:38 PM »

angora probably is rabbit, and I'd bet that's what # 5 is. angora is extremely soft.  But I'd think so anyway especially because it's short and not in locks.

#1 + 3 are long wools, #1 has a high luster, and could be mohair, but maybe not.  There are sheep who make wool with the same amount of luster as mohair.

#2 is more of a fine wool, at least by look.  The crimping is common to fine wools, as the more looping curl is to long wools.  Think merino, but it may not be that exact breed.  (although, it's not Romney, I've a Romney fleece myself, it's a higher luster fiber.   Roll Eyes)

#4 is not like anything I've seen before. so, I can't tell you that one.

as for the rest, do you know how to spin? because if not, this may not be the place to start.

but, generally, one combs longwools and cards fine wools, and carding is easier, and cards are slightly cheaper than combs ( though not by much).  And generally fine wools are for close to the skin and longwools are for outerwear, but there are some longwools soft enough to wear against one's skin.

you can spin uncombed long locks into a novelty yarn, but that may not be what you want to knit with for the rest of your life.

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« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2011 05:19:50 PM »

#1 & 3 looks to me to be Angora goat, i.e. mohair

#2 looks to be Corriedale, but could another fine-medium wool breed.  Great crimp on that one!

#4 appears to be an alpaca cria.  #5 looks to be 2nd cuts of #4.

Where to start?  Those fleeces need cleaning (scouring) before you go farther.

I have some links about cleaning fleeces.

After that, determine if you want to wet felt, needle felt, spin, or weave!!
« Last Edit: February 06, 2011 05:22:46 PM by mullerslanefarm » THIS ROCKS   Logged


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