Friday, April 15, 2011
Fleece Sorting And Scouring Season Has Begun!
My favorite season, spring, and of course shearing time! I'm so pleased because this year things in the fleece skirting/sorting arena have gotten even better. I started out using old window screens to lay out my fleeces and sort them and getting the fiber ready to scour. This worked nicely for a number of years, then last year I got a look at my friends skirting table and decided I needed more room to skirt/sort my fleece too. So I picked up this nice large screen on sale at a local home improvement store. In the past I balanced it between two lawn chairs and spread out my fleece to skirt/sort. But this year I have these wonderful drying racks, complements of my friend Jan. (Thanks Jan!) They work perfectly, the screen and the racks were made for one another! I especially like the flexibility, I can work standing up or adjust it lower if I want to sit. This makes a long process quite a bit more comfortable.
Ooo, look at this gorgeous fleece! So pretty and clean I hardly had to do anything to it, and it came clean in one wash and rinse! I still have my smaller screens, which I can use for drying my fleece and something even more convenient, if I get to a stopping point and I'm not finished with the fleece, I place another screen on top and I can easily transport the fiber safely back into the garage. Saving me from disrupting the fleece, and it makes for a quick set up when I want to get working on the fleece again. All of these items are really compact and portable, another bonus.
Here's a close up of the beautiful fleece I was working on when these pictures were taken, stunning right! I already did a little test spin on my spindle, beautiful! I plan on blending this with alpaca and some other goodies.
Have a great weekend! Blessings Friends!
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