Raw wool washing

We just had a great adventure this morning.  We washed our first ever lamb’s wool.  The kids have been knitting a lot, and really wanted to know where the wool came from… so we will be learning more and more about wool.

Our raw wool had bits, manure and hay galore.    We filled a huge soup pot with boiling water and dish soap, then added our dirty wool.

I watched a few online tutorials about how exactly to wash it while the kids were asleep, main point do not shake or stir, just push up and down with a ladle.

We dumped it out into a strainer and repeated many many many times.

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Eventually we got clean ish wool.  Which we put on a mesh strainer to dry.

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Next we will learn how to card our wool.

 

These projects are all from the wonderful Christopherus curriculum.

Native Heritage month

November is Native American heritage month.  Yesterday, we attended a wonderful story and song evening hosted by Debra Morningstar at our nearby art gallery.  She is an Oneida native and part of the turtle clan.  We have a sprinkle of Native American in our family tree, so it was great for the kids to gain that exposure.

After the story time, the kids had a chance to make a story stick.  Owen mainly played with the sticks, but the other kids got very excited about this project and continued to work on it again this morning.

The sticks are intended to tell your story, so you can choose fabric or natural found objects to tell about your history, heritage, or preferences.  The kids were excited to find out that they could even bring their sticks to a real pow-wow.  Of course Caleb wants to attend one now, so locating a public one will be a fun project.