Hey guys I have just sheared my angora goat, I have a bag of fleece I want to turn into yarn. Can anyone tell me the next step I need to take? Thanks!
Thank you for your answer, the doe is just over a year old, can you describe the combing into top?I'm a spinning teacher....
You need to skirt it if you haven't done it already
Wash (basically a soak in soapy water then soak in clean water) unless it's dirt free.
Then you can spin right from the lock or you can card the locks into "roving" or comb the locks into "top"
Then spin the yarn.
Is it a kid fleece?
I'd like to point out something, because I see people making this argument a lot and it's flawed logic. People are usually awake for about 112 hours a week. If a person works 40 hours a week and we take into account commute time, time for eating/preparing/showering etc. We're left with about 30-40 hours of personal free time between the weekends and whatnot (or maybe like 8 hours if you have kids and they drive you nuts lol). If you're not using that time to make money then you're not saving any money at all by not using that time for labor to do odd jobs (like processing fibers). I have well more than enough labor time to work as much as I want to and at a white collar salary it would save someone like myself time and money, but when I move and settle down and I'm not working so much it will be worth the labor for me in those 30-40 hours of free time to process my own fibers because I wouldn't get a salary anyway for those 30-40 hours of free time if I only had a 40/hr a week job.From some one that has 'been there and done that' the hard way.....? You would save yourself a lot of time (and thus $) if you would skirt it, then send it in to Fantasy fibers for processing and tell them what you want the end product to be. The cost is well worth not trying to do it on your own.
You can certainly process it yourself..lots of resources on how to do this online - and you can easily spin this using a drop spindle. If you want to send it out to be processed you should know - some places will not process less than 2 lbs - it usually takes 2-3 months to get it back and it can be expensive. If you are only doing one fleece and if it is relatively free of vm (vegitative matter - twigs, burrs etc) you should be able to manage it easily.Hey guys I have just sheared my angora goat, I have a bag of fleece I want to turn into yarn. Can anyone tell me the next step I need to take? Thanks!