The next step after buying the mohair curls was to wash it - not very dirty but full of sawdust from the Sheep Goat & Wool Shed floor. Until I placed some into a bucket of hot water - yes, it is very dirty/dusty/whatever!
Drying in winter is the next thing. Though we haven't had a very cold winter so far the air remains chilly and the drying time is extended considerably.
In late May and early June I had a stand at the Royal Agricultural Show in Pietermaritzburg - a 10 day Show usually working 9-10 hours each day. My friend Clare joins me and we do spinning demos as we are in the Sheep Goat & Wool Shed and have regular shearing as well so we help with teaching everyone the entire process from sheep to finished item. We have lots of school children coming to the Show so it is a good way to introduce them to natural fibres as well as showing them skills they can learn. We had some lovely angora goats visit for part of the Show and Clare and I bought some freshly shorn curls from them.
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Wendy Bloy, indie dyer