I've not had much luck in the past (once) with dying fleece (was white romni), so I've avoided dying it. Mostly, of course, I've been purchasing lovely roving/batts dyed by other talented fleece artists. This won't change.
However, I'm going to have to take my dying skills up a notch. I don't expect myself to spin all the yellowed fleeces into yarn and THEN dye it. That would be far too boring.
Plus, I might want to needle felt some of it.
Dying the fleece is a skill I need to learn.
I'm starting simple with what I know and what I have the tools for - food colouring and vinegar dying. I'm going to need to collect other kitchen tools if I want to use not-food-safe methods. I'm sure I'll get there by the time I'm done with All The Fleeces.
I prepped a bucket of Fleece 1 - the fluffy fleece - by combing it. As usual, the middle where I hold the fleece locks remains quite sticky with lanolin, so I gave it all another hot wash along with some combed black fleece locks.
The black fleece has not been in hot water or soap yet and I found that when I combed this batch it definitely needs a hot wash if I want to spin this lace easily.
|Ready for a bath.|
|Fluffy! Even when wet.|
I did it the manual way! Spin it in the sack!
The "black" fleece locks are looking lovely. (I should stop calling them that, even if they were labelled as such.)
The orange fleece is looking scrumptious!
JULY 4 UPDATE:
Spun up as 120m of squishy, worsted-weight-ish yarn. About 15m of it is a beaded 3-ply using a very finely spun portion of the wool to hold the size 8/0 beads. The first 22m section was plied with some of the natural yarn (same fleece) that was sitting around on a bobbin.