Get your goat
Thursday November 22nd 2012, 11:58 pm
Filed under: Spinning

Happy the-last-of-Thanksgiving Day!

If I had a hot summer day and a dark car and a black plastic bag to intensify the effect, it would do it. All those warnings about leaving kids or pets in cars in the heat? Works on bugs too. But even in California, this is November.

Years ago, at CNCH, a weavers’ convention, I bought a baby mohair fleece from the woman who had raised Edgar–and talking to her and seeing the love in her face as she described him, he was clearly more of a pet than anything else. It was a fabulous fleece, her best, and I made several skeins and a few small things out of it.

I remember waiting for my kids to get out of middle school while I would sit, picking out the random bit of hay or the like and letting it float off in the breeze. There wasn’t much, but still. Opening those locks and spinning that stuff took a lot of work.

Edgar the goat would be a teenager himself by now.

I still had some. Who knew. And the bag it was in had come undone and opened, with the dreaded signs of infestation–not bad, but. Any is the end, you have to toss it. End of subject.

My second reaction was, but I fondled all that woman’s fleeces before choosing; she had the best in that whole show and she told me I’d picked the best of her best.

It is so very very soft. And I do have my wheels in working order again, with thanks to Kaye and Sandi at Purlescence.

What would you do?

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duh 🙂

Comment by afton 11.23.12 @ 6:08 am

Given that you’re my fiber expert… what would you tell me?

Comment by Channon 11.23.12 @ 7:40 am

I am not going there!

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 11.23.12 @ 7:52 am

Can you throw it in the freezer to kill the critters? Then pick over it? I’d probably give that a try, but have never actually done it.

Comment by DebbieR 11.23.12 @ 8:58 am

There’s only one real answer: boil it. Which will make processing fun, but them’s the breaks. I’m just glad it was far from the rest of my stash.

Comment by AlisonH 11.23.12 @ 10:30 am

Put it in the freezer until next summer, then bake it in your car for a couple of days? Way better than having to process pre-felted fiber.

Comment by Lynn 11.23.12 @ 11:45 am

What would I do? Give it to you.

Comment by Don Meyer 11.23.12 @ 11:46 am

A stint in the freezer will kill the critters. In fact, my husband the bug collector, describes it as the most humane way to kill bugs, as most of them naturally die off by cold. After a good freeze, you’ll still have to figure out how to process, it, but the bugs will be dead.

Comment by LauraN 11.23.12 @ 1:56 pm

Why can’t you bake it in the oven?

A big roaster, maybe foil-lined (heh!), and low temp (but high enough to nail the bugs). You can actually get hotter than boiling that way and still stay way below ignition temps. Plus – no moisture, no risk of felting.

Comment by twinsetellen 11.23.12 @ 3:06 pm

freeze ’em — here in moth country we have to do that will wool pretty often!

Comment by Bev 11.24.12 @ 8:21 pm

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