This is just a quick follow up to the earlier CVM post.
I came home today to my copy of the Summer Spin-Off. What do I find but an excellent article on CVM by Robin Russo? It was good to see that my washing and combing experiences were fairly on target with Robin’s. I found that I had to have 2 soap washes (2nd wash had about 50% of the soap of the first wash) and 3 rinses to get all the suint and lanolin out, as opposed to a single soap wash and 2 rinses for the California Red. The soap washes and the 1st rinse were top tap water augmented with boiling water, resulting in baths of over 130-135F.
But her article did not mention anything about the double coat I noticed.
However, while on island, I had a nice long chat with Camille over dinner. Based on my descriptions and the pictures she saw, Camille concurs that what I saw was the lamb fleece vs. the incoming adult fleece. In her experience, the lambs are shorn in their first fall. Had that happened with Badger, the fall fleece would have been primarily white. Then the second year’s shearing would have provided the grey that I saw in the same locks.
So, mystery solved!
For those interested, the skirted fleece I purchased was a hair over 6 pounds. After scouring, I have about 4.4 pounds of fleece fleece. This is about a 25% loss due to grease. Robin’s article said to expect 35% loss to grease and vegetation. Since my fleece was coated and already skirted, I think my net is completely within the range.
Tomorrow is Spinning in the Winery. See you there!