I am feeling a bit sore now so spent the day doing easy things.
On my to-do list was “wash the Wensleydale locks” I had recently bought from Home Farm Wensleydales. I adore their wool. It is wonderful to work with and what makes my curly-wurly sheep extra curly-wurly!
I am new to this fleece-washing but I remembered what to do by reading my blog again – the one called Washing Lambie’s Fleece when I received expert instruction. I was rather thankful I had written everything down for posterity as I couldn’t remember how many “elephants” of Fairy Liquid were required (five, so you know).
As I was washing a much smaller amount, ie not a whole fleece, I decided to work in the kitchen.
I had most of the kit here anyway and wouldn’t have to lug it over to the stable, where I worked last time.
The Rayburn was very useful for boiling huge quantities of water. Soup on the right = lunch.
I worked diligently away. Washing, then rinsing….
And the final rinse, hoping no one mistook them for noodles!
Then I lay the washed locks on a towel to drip dry.
Once there was no more dripping, I moved them to a rack on the top of the warm Rayburn next to our lunch.
After lunch, I spread the fleece on a bigger rack where they are looking very good and drying nicely.
This afternoon, I spent hours trying to make this video “work”.
Hopefully I will sleep tonight and ache less tomorrow.