Washing the fleece

It was the last day of half term. The girls were so eager to wash the fleece from the weekend. We weren’t going to let a bit of rain put us off. So we put on boots and went outside.

First we filled the old bath tub with warm water and added some wool care. The wool was plunged in. I had to remind the girls that we were not felting. Pushing down and a little swirling, but that was all.

We left it, as Grandma had told the girls, until the water was cold before emptying the water.

Every last drop. Isn’t the water a lovely colour. I was surprised how clean the fleece came up.

Then we put the wool in cold water to rinse it. Left for half an hour. I distracted the girls with another activity, otherwise I’m not sure they would have resisted swirling it a little bit more. I’ll show you that one tomorrow. Then emptied the water out.

The wool is so creamy that BL described it as being like ice cream. The brown wool like chocolate ice cream.

Next problem was where to dry it. Greenhouse was perfect. We hung it on the airer and then slid it into my already full greenhouse. I have to admit, washing the fleece provided me with a warm fuzzy feeling. The same feeling I get when we hatch our own chicken eggs and grow our own veg. It just feels right. Plus the girls loved every minute of doing it.

And the rain brought out this little fellow. Another type of snail for my photo collection. Beautiful pink blush. Doesn’t it look like someone has varnished it? Not me, I promise.

edited: Felted hair ties post here

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7 thoughts on “Washing the fleece

  • Tuesday 8 June, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Beautiful pictures of your girls. The clean wool is so inspiring!

    And the snail is so pretty. I can’t seem to find any snails here.. perhaps i am not looking at the right time and in the right places 🙂

    happy day!

  • Tuesday 8 June, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    That really did look like fun. The snail is beautiful, we get lots of striped snails here I’ve never thought of photographing them though.

  • Tuesday 8 June, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    What a great opportunity for your girls to have their hands in the fleece from the very first steps. What are you going to make?

    • Tuesday 8 June, 2010 at 11:23 pm

      I’m hoping to dye it, felt it to make a waistcoat for one of the children. It will probably need a silk lining, if it turns out itchy. I have another fleece, so hopefully between the two I should be able to make something for each of the children. Well that’s the plan!

  • Friday 11 June, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Wonderful photos, looking forward to explore your blog further!!!

    • Friday 11 June, 2010 at 11:30 pm

      Thanks. The children love seeing the photos afterwards.

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