Monday, March 10, 2008

Sunday Washday

After a Saturday spent cooking (potato dumplings and cabbage, cranberry orange muffins from a mix, and potato chip nachos..a quick lunch) and regular Saturday things, I was ready for a Sunday of laundry. No, not my clothes/bedding/whatever. It was time for fleece washing.



Using fairly small amounts at a time, I ran the hottest water...added some Dawn and then soaked the fleece for about 20 minutes. When I drained the water, the residual dirt stuff was like sand. No really nasty stuff. And bits of vegetation occasionally. Then I'd do it all again. Oh yeah, and I spun it out in the washing machine between soaks. When it all seemed clean it was time for rinsing. That took almost longer than the washing! Late in the process, I read online to add a bit of vinegar to the rinse water. Wow! Water that had lots of suds was suddenly clear and the fleece didn't smell like vinegar either. Amazing!

After it was all spun out, I set up the dryer thingy and put it out to dry. Big clumps of wet stuff. But as the ceiling fan did it's thing, I discovered that I could separate the clumps a bit. A few needed more attention so more washing occurred. But by the end of the day it was all pretty darn nice.

And amazingly enough, the cats paid almost no attention to it.



Hershey the guard cat was actually more interested in letting me know that he thought it just might be dinner time.

In real life, this looks much whiter but I can't seem to make it happen in my camera. And the Lucy Neatby button? It came in a package from my LYS, was on the table, got knocked to the floor when I was putting up the dryer thingy and I guess I just picked it up and put it there. I didn't realize it until I saw the pics. Guess I thought I just needed a bit of "pop".



The pics were taken yesterday evening and things are much fluffier this morning. There are still really damp spots, but as I find them I separate them a bit. Someday it will all be dry. Then comes the next fun :-D

6 comments:

Sara said...

Well, I'll be...you actually are into this fleece washing stuff. It did turn out rather nice and white! I'm happy for you! And, quite proud of you, too for learning something new.

Cat said...

OMG that stuff looks gorgeous. Okay I have this urge to lay in it and roll around LOL.

Hugs!!!!

BumbleVee said...

It's beautiful! so shiny and white! wow...

did I miss somewhere what you are using it for? Do you spin? Is it for something else? Looks like it could be great Santa hair for dolls...I bet it would be okay for needle felting too.....

Fenrisar said...

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Devorah said...

Wow! It came out so shiny and soft looking. Is it as soft as it looks?

Laura said...

Gorgeous stuff! I'm amazed you can wash that stuff. If it's not clean when I get it, the fleece is staying dirty.

Also, there's a concensus. We want to go to YOUR house for dinner. You had us at 'nachos'. :D