I did decide to do it in mesh laundry bags to keep the different parts separate even though I'm not planning on spinning from the lock. I wanted to do it in small batches to avoid potential disaster. I will say that I'm not sure it's totally scoured, so I may end up redoing it. I used the hot setting on my machine, but I didn't take a temperature to see if it was hot enough. The next time I fill it up, I will take a reading. If it is too low, I may do it in the machine again but boil some water to add to up the temperature. I used a half cup of Dawn dish detergent. I've heard great things about Unicorn Power Scour, but I thought I'd try what was on hand first. If it turns out that the fleece wasn't scoured but the water was hot enough, I'll try the Power Scour next.
As a reminder from the last post, I color-coded the bags with zip ties. I decided to start with the red (skirting) and yellow (legs and belly) since, if I did end up felting everything, it would not be the end of the world. I could tell this was dirty! Katy did say that Pan didn't like to wear a coat and that wearing one would have made her felt since Icelandic is very prone to felting. This first picture is of the red and yellow bags when they were done with a 15-20 minute soak in Dawn water. I used the spin setting to take out the water, making sure to skip the rinse setting since the cold water would have felted the fleece immediately. I didn't let it finish the spin cycle since it seemed most of the water was out and the machine started thumping around. I was also worried about it felting at this stage. (Well, at every stage.) It left a dirt ring around the edge of the barrel. Yuck! It's possible to card or flick before spinning and then to do the scouring with the setting of the yarn... But I'm glad I'm getting this out before working with it.
|Done with Dawn|
|Dirt ring left after spinning out|
When I added the Dawn, I did so while the water was pouring, so it sudsed up a bit. I did two rinses, both hot, to make sure the Dawn was out and to get more dirt out.
|After first rinse|
|After second rinse|