In the seven years I’ve been spinning fiber and roving to make yarn, I’ve always bought ready-to-spin fiber and roving, thinking it was cheaper to spin my own yarn for weaving and crocheting. Boy, was I wrong! Buying enough ready-to-spin fiber and roving to make anything is quite expensive, like $60 to make a shawl.
At the same time, I thought processing wool straight from the sheep (which is called raw fleece) was way beyond me. Farmers and people who lived in the country could do it, but not me, living in a subdivision in the middle of town.
I don’t have a barn or big yard and my dog would love for me to spread fleece out in what back yard I do have to dry. Fortunately, I have talented friends who process their fiber from raw fleece into beautiful yarn. They showed me that it’s not a mysterious, involved process to get raw fleece ready to spin. I just had to figure out how to do it in a small space.
This is several pounds of unwashed Romeldale CVM, or California Variegated Mutant – what a great name! You can’t see all the dirt, but believe me, it’s there.
Washing was the first step to getting fleece ready to spin. Check out our next post to learn how that works!