After the Spring Wool Festival last month, my friend from the Greater Los Angeles Spinning Guild (GLASG), Pam, invited us over for a scouring party. We brought our fleeces, put them in mesh bags, scoured with super hot water from Pam’s instantaneous water heater, and learned how to process fleece using a drum carder (from the motorized Kitty Drum Carder), hand combs (using Forsyth combs) and spin into yarn.
We lay out the fleeces for skirting
Mesh bags ready to be dunked into super hot water
What a transformation. From top to bottom, scoured wool, bat (wool that has been through the drum carder), top (wool that has been combed) on the left, and spun wool from a Dorset fleece in the bobbin. Dorset wool is naturally superwashed and will not felt. The yarn makes great socks and sturdy 5-ply Gansey sweaters.