Friday, 4 September 2015

What to do with all that wool?

What do Australia, New Zealand and Wales have in common? Rugby? Sure. Tough men? definitely. Funny accents? oh yes. But there’s more, a wool lot more.

Sheep are synonymous with these countries and while that is often a source of good humour, on this occasion, it’s a little disturbing. This poor fella has been found on the outskirts of the Australian capital, Canberra, looking a tad shabby.

Estimated at more than five times the normal woolly size, Chris needs a good grooming. So much so that the national sheering champion - Ian Elkins has been called in to lend his services to the stricken merino sheep.

Now that the walking carpet has been saved, shorn and the unofficial World Record holder, our question is, what to do with the wool?

We have a few ideas;

Firstly you would need to measure the size of the coat. As it turns out, back in 2004 there was another errant sheep wandering Australia’s bush, named Shrek. His fleece came in at 27kg (60lb for those of you refusing to convert). With that much raw material you can knock-up a series of pretty rugs, a very long scarf, or start a line of nifty jumpers. Although, given that this guy is likely to be a bit chilly after the sheering (even though he is in Australia), I might suggest that the first sweater be tailor-made for him.

Judging by the picture, I might suggest a big of a cleaning before you spindle that sheep. Best call the professionals. We’ll get that fleece golden in no time. We'd suggest a bit of product first, shampoo and conditioner might not do much, but I think we'd go with something a little more intense.

Here at Art of Clean we'll be honest, we haven't tackled sheep bathing, but after the sheering, well, that's our business. We suggest a thorough cleaning of your wool rug or carpet every year. Why? well, just click on our link and look at the results. Don't you want that wool rug woolly?

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