There was a silent auction with about 100 (or so) different bags of raw wool. All from different breeds of sheep (some bags were the same). It was cool to see the difference between the different breeds. Mom and I bid on a bag and won! I got 3 lbs of Shetland fleece. Ma and Pa also bought me a pair of used hand carders.
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Washing the wool. Really it should be called soaking the wool. All I did was put enough water in to cover the wool then added a little squirt of hand dish washing detergent. Stired that around a bit then added the wool and let it soak. I did three different soaks for about 2 hours each and it's as clean as a whistle!
Drying the wool on a towel in the sun.
My washed and dryed wool.
Placing the wool on a carder.
This carder is full and ready to be carded.
Brush the other carder over the first but don't mesh the teeth!
Here is a great video of the carding process.
All rolled up off the carder and ready to spin!
My little brother wanted to help.