Fleece Teabag

April 13, 2010 at 9:21 am 1 comment

If you prefer not to think about where your  wool yarn comes from, read no further.

Last night’s fleecy fun was to make raw fleece “tea” in the bathtub. Here are the critical ingredients (rubber gloves optional):

  • 1 large dirty fleece teabag (raw fleece placed in mesh laundry bag)
  • generous amounts of Dawn dish washing liquid
  • Even more generous amounts of HOT water

Here are the before and after results.

Fleece Washing: Before

Fleece Washing: Before

Fleece Washing-After

Fleece Washing: After

Note my self-appointed supervisor, (Sir Issac) Newton. And, yes, my supervisor did return to check my work, but while I was killing my back with repeated fillings and drainings of the tub, not to mention enjoying the aroma of wet, dirty sheep, he spent his time chatting it up at the water cooler.

Shall we follow this batch from yuck to yarn? Stay tuned.

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  • 1. Donna aka OldTownTreadles on Ravelry  |  May 2, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Oh girl, I did that bathtub thing one time, and after that I decided my back would not take it. I grabbed a big stainless steel stockpot, and that I heat over the stove, then put the mesh (or is that mess) bags of raw fleece in the hot water, usually two washes and two rinses will do the job, with minimal damage to my back.

    I’ll put a picture of my supervisor on my blog one of these days so you can see what sort of feline I’m up against.


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