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15 August 2005 @ 12:21 pm
Yolk is not good  
I pulled out a fleece to wash yesterday and discovered it has yolk *sigh* Big bright yellow spots. I will have to wait for it to dry to see how much of it I need to toss. Otherwise it was a decent fleece. Unfortunately there was no way to tell with this particular faded moorit fleece before I washed it. At least it's not one of my good fleeces, and I was only going to use it for dyeing in the lock.

-the redhead-
Brown Eyed Girl: the wallbrowneyedgirl65 on August 15th, 2005 06:45 pm (UTC)
what is yolk? i'm guessing it's not actual egg yolk...
-the redhead-theredhead on August 15th, 2005 07:10 pm (UTC)
Yolk is a, for lack of better terminology, malformation of the normal lanolin & sweat found in a fleece. So instead of being the regular kind of lanolin which washes out easily and doesn't stain, this stuff is bright yellow, has stained the wool itself, and doesn't wash out. It's also sort of clumpy and gooey. So it makes those sections of the fleece unusable. It is caused by some stressor or change that the sheep experienced - diet, weather, stress, etc.

-the redhead-