Thanks to my very thrifty friend Christine – theboredknitter, and the powers of free cycle, she found seven sheep fleeces and gave myself and our friend Lee – Another, a couple of fleeces each!
I have to wash a small amount in an old cooking pot, as my bath would block from all the fibre (it has a very old plumbing system)
I have had a look at a couple of websites and found this blog was most helpful.
I decided to use a clear non foamy washing up liquid, (Tesco nature’s way)
I also used a timer on my microwave set for 10mins, so I wouldn’t forget, and let the water get to cool, as this would set the lanolin again!
At first I soaked the wool in cold water, and then left for ten minutes.
Then I removed - yes the water will look like some one as peed!! lol
and then added clean very hot water, and added the washing liquid, taking care not to make it foam or bubble. Again I added the wool and covered with a lid, to lock the heat in and left for ten minutes, I repeated this twice!