I know, I know. A big quilt, a kitchen stool refurbishment project, a birthday present and many, many other things grace my WLTM (Would Like To Make) list. But that wool has been sitting reproachfully in the shed for a whole year now and it’s getting ridiculous. I took advantage of the freakishly warm weather to get it out. I was feeling brave.
There is a LOT of fleece there, two dark brown ones and a cream one, and it would appear that during its storage (in another shed before mine) many subjects of the animal kingdom have made use of its soft and oily services. Feathers, moth casings, dead bugs, twigs, burrs, leaves and many kinds of poo nestle in amongst the fibres. Mmmm. Sheep poo (obviously), moth larvae poo, pidgeon poo, unidentifiable poo, and much, much mouse poo. There are some sleek and well waterproofed mice out there somewhere, I tell you. The lanolin is quite incredible. My only previous experience of lanolin is Lansinoh breastfeeding cream (!) which I can now assure you has come a long way from its sheepy origins. In part repulsed and in part fascinated, I snipped off the worst areas (sheep dreadlocks and mousey nesty areas, gah) and now have what I think is serviceable fleece. Next step is washing- a quick google has resulted in about 5 different methods for washing but needless to say I think I will be using numerous changes of water. But I am determined to make this:
into these slippers from Clare Youngs’ book Scandinavian Needlecraft:
I’ve just got quite a long way to go!