Hey, everybody! It's Thing I Made Thursday again! Sorry for the quiet week. In addition to the tangible things I've made this past week, I'm hoping I've made several fiber friends happy. I've been coordinating a group buy of carding cloth from Howard Brush. The carding cloth in question was specifically made for use on blending boards, and isn't available to individuals (yet?). It has been a lot of fun, but a LOT of work and I'm afraid my blog has suffered for it. Forgive me, please.
I couldn't neglect TIMT, though- and I do have something to share with you this week. POOP! Maybe this isn't as funny if you don't regularly hang out with 4-year olds. Who am I fooling, poop is always funny! Except when poop is srs bsns, as it was in this case. Kinda.
This is an unwashed, "raw" Targhee fleece from an online vendor who will remain nameless because... eww. It came to me as a gift, so there wasn't much I could do except throw it out or do my best to clean it, and I am not the type to throw away a pound of Targhee! So into the soak it went, and you can be glad I didn't take a picture of the first soak water. This post is accurately named. That's all I'm sayin'. I know sheep live in dirt, but this fleece was particularly nasty.
Parts of it were lovely, it's just that it probably wasn't skirted well, and it had all kinds of tarred tips, dingleberries, etc. Eww. Still, the delicately crimped locks and the overall softness of the fleece begged me to try to redeem it. So try I did.
The first batch came out kinda okay. More yellowed than I would've liked.
Third batch. Getting better, though this is a great shot of the kind of VM that's all through the fleece. It wasn't listed as being coated, though, so there's that.
Fourth and final batch. Not bad, though you can still see some of the tarry tips.
This is half a pound, about halfway through the process. Overall, the fleece washing was a bust. Targhee felts if you look at it funny, and I wasn't even trying to protect the lock structure, so there's a lot of matted/felted bits. I might be possible to salvage some for carding and spinning, but I have another, kiddo-friendly felting project in mind for it.
Look at the tiny crimples! I love Targhee. I don't love prepping nasty Targhee, but... Another experience along the path, I suppose.
Also poop. ;-)