Thanks to Betty I learned how to wash fine wool – this happens to be cormo – without wrecking the whole batch. I’ve taken pictures of my process to show.
I made envelopes from bridal tulle and placed a thin layer of wool along the center length of the tulle. I fold the tulle then in thirds so that the wool is inside the envelope and pin each edge closed.
I fill my wash tub with HOT water and some wool wash soap. Then I let four of the little envelopes soak for about 15 minutes. When I come back the water is still scorching but you don’t want the oils to start migrating back to the wool if the water starts to cool.
I take out each little pouch and squeeze it to get out most of the water.
I squeeze out all of the excess water again and take it to my sweater drying rack.
This picture stinks of the clean dry wool.
And this picture stinks of the clean wool that I flicked. But now it’s ready to go.
I don’t clean very much at a time. I’ve done this 2 times so far and I’ve done about 8 ounces. (about half)
I think I have too much cormo because I still have another bag which has about 2.5 pounds. Still needs to be washed a flicked but I think I’m going to have some beautiful shawls and maybe also a nice lacey sweater.