Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String

While it’s not exactly tied up with string, look what suddenly arrived on our front porch. An enormous box I hadn’t been expecting, which turned out to be full of . . . fleece!



A fourteen-pound fleece, no less. Well, probably a little less by the time I finished skirting it, but still, a huge fleece. My aunt and uncle sent it to me as a present. It came out of the box in a nice, cube shape.

Fleece To The Third

Fleece To The Third

It’s got an average staple length of about three inches, and a lot of fine crimp.

Lock Close Up

Lock Close Up

It looks like it’ll turn out a cream color—very pretty—and there’s tons of it. I plan to start washing it right away, since I can only wash it a couple pounds at a time. Unless I can commandeer the bathtub, of course.

Penny, our dog, was very interested in the raw wool. She kept wanting to dive into it and roll. We didn’t let her, because not only would she have gotten all messy, but it might have felted the fleece!

We started unfolding the fleece and spreading it out and the thing kept getting bigger and bigger! I shudder to think how big the sheep would have been if all this wool came off of it.

A Sort Of Magic Carpet

A Sort of Magic Carpet

If you want to know what I’m planning to do with it, I don’t know. A couple ideas are floating around, like felted slippers and a nice shawl, but I think I’ll focus on getting it all cleaned first. It’s waiting in nice, neat little grocery sacks.

And Pretty Bags All In A Row

And Pretty Bags all in a Row

We somehow managed to skirt and package the whole thing in a little less than an hour. The temperature kept dropping, and we were afraid it was going to rain, which added to our speed. Nothing like getting caught in a rainstorm with a huge fleece spread out! I had visions of felting the entire thing into a rug by accident. That would have been really pathetic. But, during the rush, I found time to stop and “ooh and ahhh” over various sections of the fleece. Like this one. Ahhh.
Lovely Fleece

Lovely Fleece

2 Responses to Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String
  1. Mama Mentor
    January 29, 2009 | 10:38 am

    Well, that is a BIG project that should keep you going for a while!

  2. Whitney
    January 29, 2009 | 2:48 pm

    How pretty! And I bet it’s soft, too.

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