Cleaning dirty, dirty mohair!

It is just too cold to shear a goat today – it’s barely 45 degrees.  I have decided to start catching up on washing mohair instead.

Normally, when I am not bags and bags and bags of mohair behind, with more bags to come as I shear, I will sit down in on a chair and pick through a fleece.  I might loosen the locks a bit, and I try to remove as much VM (vegetative matter – hay, seeds, burrs) as I can before washing it.

Eh, today, I am a little antsy, and just don’t feel like sitting and picking through mohair, so I am cleaning it, one pound at a time, without doing the prep work at all.

First I soak it in hot hot water with a special detergent mixed in.  Then I hand rinse it, let it drip dry a bit, and look at it – if it is still dirty, I repeat.  Then, I’ll rinse in a special fiber rinse, rinse that out and spin dry it.  Then it goes on wire shelving in my sun room to completely dry.

At this point, I can decide if I want to sell the locks as they are, dye them, comb the locks into hand combed top, or add it to a batt I might be making on my drum carder.  I can also run it through my picker and use it or sell it in ‘cloud’ formation.

So many possibilities, so little time.

About Beth Donovan

Wife. Mom. Grandma. fiber artist, goat farmer, messy housekeeper, decent cook. Oh, and I can shoot. Really well.
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