In early June, my cousin was on a hike near Breckenridge, CO. She and her son found this Rocky Mountain Goat fiber strewn across some branches and wondered if I would be interested in playing with it.
|1 1/8 ounces raw Rocky Mountain Goat Fiber|
My first reaction was H*** Yes, Hand it over! But I restrained myself until I knew what she wanted to do with it. We finally connected in July and I spent a few hours each weekend working on it over the summer when I could.
I did an initial skirt where I removed the twigs and most of the guard hair.
The guard hair is quite coarse.
The down is on the left and guard hair and twigs on the right. I was expecting to pull more guard hair out, but this was only the first pass.
I gave it a good bath and a few changes of water, then hung to dry for a few days.
After the initial skirt and bath, the fleece is down to 3/4 ounce and oh-so-white.