If that isn’t a mouthful, I’m not sure what is! When I picked up my new-used wheel, the previous owner offered some fiber . . . I had no idea what that meant. But it turned out that she had a wool barn full of fleece from this season (and maybe from even longer ago). She invited me in (whoa!) and I had the pick of the fleece.I chose this one for a few reasons: it’s from this season, looked cleaner and dryer, and had a lovely deep black/chocolate color.
I didn’t have my scale with me, so I’m not sure how much it weighed, but it felt like 10-12lbs. It still needed to be skirted; this made me a bit nervous, because it’s always best to skirt before storing your fleece, but I turned it out on a tarp outside yesterday and things look OK. In fact, my family thought I had bagged a massive black bear! I aggressively skirted it and separated out the sections that had the least VM. I ended up with 3-bags full; two are worth cleaning and the third might be a candidate for the fermented suint method . . . I’ll have to let you know.
The VM is pretty heavy in the middle, but around the other sections, it’s not so bad–especially for a free fleece.
As for the breed mix: it’s an interesting one, for sure. Mostly long wools, but the staple length is not that long. I’m very curious how it will clean up–and whether I need to comb it instead of carding it. I’ll report back!