First Fleece Wash
So today was the day. The calendar was wide open and no commitments. So I leapt into this project with all my fins flapping. The Rambouillet fleece needs to be washed to remove the lanolin and the suint. Suint is sheep's sweat. And a lot of other dirt still needs to come out. So the top picture is where we left off after the skirting and manual picking. This was very time consuming.
Rinse Number One. Just skip the detergent and otherwise everything is the same. At times it was so hot and steamy, that it felt like I was having a sauna with all my clothes on.
And here is the drying rack with the much cleaner wool happily resting on it. This rack is sold as an herb drying apparatus, but I tell you, it works perfect for this. The sides on the levels keep the wind from racing off with my hard won white wool. I have six levels altogether that are snapped together. The final picture is a close up of the wet fleece, now drying. (I can't seem to be able to add this text below it. )
Altogether I had four bath tub's full of wool to wash. So that's 20 separate cycles of filling, waiting and then draining and rinsing. In fact it is dark now and I am still not done. Two more rinses to do and that's it! Okay, so then there's the washing out of the tub and a few other choice chores. So if you're wondering why good wool costs so much, I would say because a lot of time and effort goes into the preparation and cleaning of it.