I just came back from the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival with lots of wonderful new fiber for spinning and felting. This has to be my favorite weekend of the year, stocking up on supplies, visiting with friends, the beautiful fall colors of the Hudson Valley, and great meals.
I jumped in this week with washing the merino. I bought it from a friend who had purchased quite a bit of it at a good price, she sold it to me for twice what she paid, so far so good. See how nice it looks in the picture above? Well, shame on me, I took it at face value and didn't open it up. Imagine my surprise to find this, rolled to the inside, and this is the cleaner part.
So lesson learned, always, always open up the bag and examine the wool. I know that this
was unintentional on the part of my friend, who is stuck with several
bags of this stuff. She planned to take it to a mill for processing.
Hopefully they can salvage some of it for her.