Mistakes are part of the learning process. I knew harvesting early would mean finer fiber. What I didn’t take into consideration, the seeds wouldn’t be matured. Apparently, you’re supposed to leave a stand unpicked for next year’s seed.
Flax harvest. 😁 I probably could have been a little more generous in the watering and fertilizer 🤷🏼♀️. Time to reread all the resources on what comes next. I think I let it dry, remove the seed pods, then begin retting.
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”