A while back, I bought this brown-grey mohair fleece.
So pretty at first glance, but it has scurf*–those sticky dandruff-like flakes that take quite an effort to get out of fiber.
The scurf didn’t show in this fleece until after it was scoured and the locks were being teased apart.
What to do? Since I lost the shepherd’s info, there were two options: use the fleece for mulch or find a way to remove the scurf without too much work.
After a labor-intensive and largely unsuccessful attempt with a flick carder, I made another attempt with my newest fiber tool, a flea comb.
This one is about 6 inches long, and has two rows of tines.
The handle makes the comb comfortable to use and the comb itself does a decent job of getting the flakes out of the fiber. Yes, it’s still more work than just teasing the locks apart, but it’s not absolutely terrible.
So after a little bit of work, the mohair is beautiful and ready to use.
So do I continue? Not sure. There are so many fibers yet to be discovered, but there’s never enough time!