Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Naked Fiber Club has arrived

Today's mail brought a fluffy package and I tore into it as soon as I got home. It is the first shipment of the Naked Fiber Club and inside were three plastic bags. The largest was 8 oz of raw fiber in rich shades of brown and bronze with distinct locks and the greasy lanolin feel of sheep.

But no tag was present, so I didn't know what variety it was. Checking into Ravelry I went to the forum thread to sleuth out what I could find out. Turns out it is a Rambouillet/Teeswater cross, but I am not sure what that actually means as to softness.
I guess I will find out soon enough: It is already soaking in a large plastic bucket in the garage. I figure a good cold water soak first should loosen most of the dirt and stinkiness, before I do the hot water wash to remove rest of the dirt and the lanolin. I understand from my reading that lawns and gardens LOVE the sheepy water left behind. If it sounds like I know what I am doing here, have I got you fooled, because this will be my first try at raw sheep's wool!!! I'm learning all I can from books, Ravelry, you tube!!! To be continued....

In a second small package is 2 oz of BFL, dyed in deep rich jewel tones.

And in the third was a real surprise, and I am not going to do anything with this until someone else tries it first. Guess what it is............

Give up???

5 comments:

Nalamienea said...

holy moly! That's awesome! Does it feel as soft and fluffy as it looks?

Ria said...

That was an cool shipment! I have confidence that you'll do something gorgeous with that raw fleece - although I don't envy you the washing.

I sell carpet made from recycled soda bottles and and some of it is very soft. It wears really well.

Nancy McCarroll - Arts, Crafts and Favorites said...

Soft looking stuff!! Good luck!

A few months ago, you asked about selling old fur coats. I can't find your email address, so will comment here that it SOLD for $1200 less a 40% commission. Was happy with the sale! Nancy

Nalamienea said...

Oh Liz I just got my hand spun fiber that you sent me and I am totally TOTALLY in love!! The colours are so gorgeous, more gorgeous than the camera captured, and I can't wait to pick a project! I'm thinking maybe a toque? Something that will definitely show off this natural beauty!

Thank you again. You totally made my day when I needed it most!
-Sarah (nalamienea)

Iron Needles said...

Well some of that is lovely. And mysterious. And some of that kind of creeps me out!