A friend was out in Vermont on Sunday at a place that was basically giving away wool. I couldn't go so I asked her to get me some if she could. She stopped by Sunday night and dropped off a black trash bag full of fresh off the sheep, dirty, greasy, stinky wool. Seriously stinky!
Want to get the undivided attention of six dogs at once? Open a bag off this stuff in the middle of the room. Every dog scrambled to get their face in it, even the 14 year old! I admit, I do like the smell too, but not in my house, so out into the garage the bag full of stink went!
I picked off a handful or two last night and tried a bit of scouring in a mixing bowl while we watched TV and set it out to dry today. I "carded" a small bit with a dog brush. The wire kind for big hairy dogs that look like carders. It's definitely interesting, but I still have a lot of homework to do and proper equipment to borrow or buy before I can properly prepare all of this. Not to mention working up the nerve and the stomach just to tackle picking the bits out of it.
I'm not sure how many pounds of raw wool I have, maybe four or five? I don't have any sort of scale in the house to find out. I understand that what I end up to spin with can be half or so, maybe less, of what I start out with. Still pretty sweet, even if my garage does smell more like a barn now!