Wool Maker Lane

knitting, spinning and life with alpacas

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I managed to get the three and a half batts spun into singles, stuck the bobbins onto a Lazy Kate and plied them together.  This was a while ago and I have been waiting patiently for some decent weather to give the wool a wash and hang it out to dry.  Today is the day and as luck would have it I am staying at my mother’s house (she is recovering from an op) where there is an ‘all weather’ parasol in the garden which is perfect for today.  Not being sure exactly when the weather is going to change I have tied the skeins beneath it …  for peace of mind.


I must say that Bert’s fleece is much cleaner this year.  Last year the water was filthy.  The water in the bowl was heated to 25 degrees Celsius and contained a small amount of washing up liquid.  I had another bowl waiting close by with water of the same temperature in order to rinse the wool.


Up the skeins went ….  and now waiting for them to dry….

The time won’t be wasted though as the Ashford Traveller has come with me and will be spinning away for a repeat performance.


Author: woolmakerlane

I live in a small cottage in rural Ireland with my family. We care for two lively alpacas and two sedentary cats. I love all things "textile" but particularly knitting aran patterns and spinning my alpaca's wool.

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