Fleece from fermentation (suint) washing.
No doubt, the smell would be horrific to many.
I catch a whiff of it from the front porch when I walk through the great room. I have the screen door open for fresh (cough cough) air. The mister would probably complain, complain, complain.
It is said the smell will dissipate and never return.
It’s a method best used on low-lanolin, long wool fleeces such as: Lincoln, Romney, Shetland, Icelandic and Finnsheep.
Can be used as an initial wash for high grease fleeces such as Merino, Cormo and Rambouillet, though would need another wash for the high grease fleeces.
In the Spin-Off Fall 2008 issue, page 64, an article by Judith MacKenzie (McCuin at the time) writes about different washing methods.
She does say you can reuse the suint water over and over until it’s too thick to swim and too thin to plow.
It makes sense that you would continue to use it, like a sourdough starter as comparison.
“Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble. Remember to think, it really stinks”
Lane (wether) is at his new home to start a young shepherd off on their fiber adventure. Wethers are great fiber friends and a good way to learn about raising fiber sheep. It is imperative to get young people interested in raising fiber animals. Lane and Ladie's lamb fleeces were made into yarn that was plied together. See the link to the farm's Etsy shop to buy this one of a kind lamb yarn! #fiberadventures#teachingyoungshepherds#yarnforsale#gotlandsinnc
Saturday Fiber Adventures! Spent the afternoon snuggling these Shetland babies, and a goat named Henry. Brought home TWO fleeces, one belongs to the dark faced Ewe and the one shown is from a rescue named Alex. •
The large fleece will be sent off to be processed and Julie's fleece will stay here and I will try to process it myself! •
So the capstone to an already crazy week was to up the insanity and drive to Vermont (and back) with @anne.choi and Mike Pierce to pick up three new residents for Hedgerows Farm. Please welcome the three musketeers! They hail from Maple Ridge Sheep Farm, run by the extraordinary Linda and Tut Doane. It was worth 12+ hours in the truck and our 3am return to bring these amazing Shetland rams to New Jersey.