Well, the Beaverslide fleece arrived today, and I have to admit I'm underwhelmed. While the picture showed fibers of about five inches length, the description quotes four inches, and my handy-dandy ruler says it's more like three. This is dissapointing. I'm currently washing up a few locks to see if there's an extra inch hidden somewhere I didn't know about. More on this tonight, after PSA.
Oh man! So, I had test-washed a few locks in a little cup in my sink, and goddamn! The little scrap of smelly, more dirty than I expected, are you sure this is gonna work wool became a soft, fluffy cloud! It's like a magic trick, with a prize at the end! This was SO worth it! It hasn't gotten any longer, but I'm okay with that. Just the supreme and utter transformation is enough for me at this point.
Holy crap. I tried to wash some of this in the tub? Soaking, with dish detergent, no agitation, rinse cycles, the whole lot - and this is the ugliest mass of fibers I have seen in my life. How the everliving fuck did people DO all this when that was what you needed so you could have clothes? FUCK!
I am in serious need of some help and some tips and some people who know what they're doing. If you are a person in the BCS area who knows what the fuck they're doing, please leave a comment!