Knitting knots around the family.

Washing Sheep January 21, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — knottyk @ 2:24 am

I love Wallace and Gromit, have since I was in college. In the short “A Close Shave”, Wallace builds himself a autowash machine where the sheep are loaded, washed, shorn, and the resulting wool immediately spun into yarn and knit into sweaters. Boy, how I wish that little contraption was real.

I decided to wash Craig’s gaiter so he can wear it on the slopes tomorrow. The yarn smelled pretty sheepy while I was working with it, but not really any more so than Cascade’s Eco-Wool did.

The gaiter hit the water…

15 minutes in SOAK wash, citrus scent… sniff, sniff, SHEEPY.

Call to The Knittery to ask for help. Suggestion of mix of dawn dishwashing soap and hair conditioner for at least 3o minutes, or if that doesn’t work, get a cheap bottle of white wine and soak for at least 30 minutes.

30 minute soak in dawn/conditioner mix… sniff, sniff, less sheepy, but still evident.

45 minute soak in a stronger dawn/conditioner mix… sniff, sniff, less sheepy to my nose, but I’m not the one who’s going to be wearing it. Craig sniffs, calls it good enough, so the gaiter is drying on the rack.

If you see a harried woman looking for really cheap white wine at the local Safeway, smile gently, she’s not the local wino, just a knitter.


One Response to “Washing Sheep”

  1. Lavendersheep Says:

    I’ve noticed when I dye my yarn that the wool will smell kinda sheepy when wet, but won’t smell at all when it is dry. I don’t know if that will help you, but it is something I have noticed. Also, a great product to get smells out of things is Synthrapol, which a lot of dyers use to prepare the wool for dyeing.

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