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13.3 Micron Sharlea Merino Ultrafine Raw Wool Fleece Locks 1oz

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You are getting one ounce (a bit over 28 grams) of raw, unwashed, intact 13.3 micron Sharlea merino fleece that you can separate into locks and wash. You will receive fiber from the exact fleece in the first picture.

After years of working (playing) with luxury and exotic fibers, I am not shy about telling you that this is the most wonderful fiber I have ever experienced. With a fineness of 13.3 microns (considerably finer than cashmere), this rare Sharlea merino is definitely a luxury fiber. Because of its approximately 3-inch staple length, it is far more user-friendly than other luxury (or exotic) fibers. This is the best of both worlds. You need some.

In this listing (below), I will share my Sharlea prep method. First, though, here are descriptions of the pictures:

1 & 2. Intact 13.1 micron Sharlea fleece, up for purchase by the ounce in this listing.

3. I was holding 11.1 grams of washed 13.5 micron locks (not as fine as the fiber you will be getting) in my hand.

4. Sample skein - what I like to do with this fiber.

5. A sock that I knitted from the thread in the third picture

I imported several fleeces from Australia and I have been washing the wool one lock at a time. It's my own modified version of Margaret Stove's method - my method leads to non-compressed, lovely locks that do not need to be smoothed after drying). As you wash each lock, the grease and dirt disappears, leaving glowing tufts of washed staple, with some lovely crimp still remaining. It's the softest, most squishy, wonderful handful of fiber I have had the pleasure of squeezing.

Here's my washing method: I have two pots of REALLY steaming hot water. You can heat it on the stove if your tap water doesn't get hot enough. I add scouring liquid (blue Dawn will work if you don't have Unicorn Power Scour) to one of the pots and stir gently with a chopstick. I take my already separated/formed approximately 2 finger-widths locks and wash each as follows. I hold the shorn end together tightly and dip the rest in the soapy water, swinging it back and forth gently, lifting it out, putting it back in a few times, then I hold it and wait until it cools enough to touch it, squeeze out the water, turn it over and repeat, holding the other end. Then I repeat the process in the plain (also steaming hot) water, and lay it flat to dry on a towel. It puffs up beautifully when it dries!

This beyond ultrafine merino loves to be spun directly from the lock. Fan out the tip end (if you hold the lock between your thumb and index finger and move those fingers up and down, the lock will naturally “walk” toward the tip) and spin from one corner. The tips don't have to be ripped at all - it's clean and perfect. You can flick comb the tips if you'd like. Spinning from the lock with a backward, sliding supported draw, lends itself to laceweight (see my tiny spun sample skein), but I have spun it thicker with excellent results, also.

To see PhatFiberlady's impressions of my washed 13.5 micron Sharlea locks (not as fine as the fiber listed here), you can watch the following video. The 2-minute segment about these locks starts right after 12:35 (12 minutes, 35 seconds). I laughed out loud at the sound effects!

http://vimeo.com/26428136
You are getting one ounce (a bit over 28 grams) of raw, unwashed, intact 13.3 micron Sharlea merino fleece that you can separate into locks and wash. You will receive fiber from the exact fleece in the first picture.

After years of working (playing) with luxury and exotic fibers, I am not shy about telling you that this is the most wonderful fiber I have ever experienced. With a fineness of 13.3 microns (considerably finer than cashmere), this rare Sharlea merino is definitely a luxury fiber. Because of its approximately 3-inch staple length, it is far more user-friendly than other luxury (or exotic) fibers. This is the best of both worlds. You need some.

In this listing (below), I will share my Sharlea prep method. First, though, here are descriptions of the pictures:

1 & 2. Intact 13.1 micron Sharlea fleece, up for purchase by the ounce in this listing.

3. I was holding 11.1 grams of washed 13.5 micron locks (not as fine as the fiber you will be getting) in my hand.

4. Sample skein - what I like to do with this fiber.

5. A sock that I knitted from the thread in the third picture

I imported several fleeces from Australia and I have been washing the wool one lock at a time. It's my own modified version of Margaret Stove's method - my method leads to non-compressed, lovely locks that do not need to be smoothed after drying). As you wash each lock, the grease and dirt disappears, leaving glowing tufts of washed staple, with some lovely crimp still remaining. It's the softest, most squishy, wonderful handful of fiber I have had the pleasure of squeezing.

Here's my washing method: I have two pots of REALLY steaming hot water. You can heat it on the stove if your tap water doesn't get hot enough. I add scouring liquid (blue Dawn will work if you don't have Unicorn Power Scour) to one of the pots and stir gently with a chopstick. I take my already separated/formed approximately 2 finger-widths locks and wash each as follows. I hold the shorn end together tightly and dip the rest in the soapy water, swinging it back and forth gently, lifting it out, putting it back in a few times, then I hold it and wait until it cools enough to touch it, squeeze out the water, turn it over and repeat, holding the other end. Then I repeat the process in the plain (also steaming hot) water, and lay it flat to dry on a towel. It puffs up beautifully when it dries!

This beyond ultrafine merino loves to be spun directly from the lock. Fan out the tip end (if you hold the lock between your thumb and index finger and move those fingers up and down, the lock will naturally “walk” toward the tip) and spin from one corner. The tips don't have to be ripped at all - it's clean and perfect. You can flick comb the tips if you'd like. Spinning from the lock with a backward, sliding supported draw, lends itself to laceweight (see my tiny spun sample skein), but I have spun it thicker with excellent results, also.

To see PhatFiberlady's impressions of my washed 13.5 micron Sharlea locks (not as fine as the fiber listed here), you can watch the following video. The 2-minute segment about these locks starts right after 12:35 (12 minutes, 35 seconds). I laughed out loud at the sound effects!

http://vimeo.com/26428136

Reviews

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Reviewed by Sue Brady
5 out of 5 stars
Oct 12, 2017
Beautiful wool!!!!! I can't wait to spin this.
13.3 Micron Sharlea Merino Ultrafine Raw Wool Fleece Locks 1oz

Reviewed by Wendy M
5 out of 5 stars
May 6, 2018
I wish I could understand instructions... it’s not you at all... I have a disorder... but I got a Circle so far... thank you so much... I want to make 🎁 s or Mojo Bags to wear around neck under their shirts... aloha... I ❤️ love your contribution to those who want to learn... so you guys need to get this download because it is very helpful... I had my hubs read it to me... but I made a ⭕️!!! Aloha & Mahalo Nui Loa!!!
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Reviewed by Cyndi Frenzel
5 out of 5 stars
Feb 17, 2018
Such an amazing assortment of locks! Beautiful ❤️❤️
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13.3 Micron Sharlea Merino Ultrafine Raw Wool Fleece Locks 1oz

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