I just washed and started processing and spinning a fleece over the weekend. A small (3 lb) Border Leicester-Colored Corriedale cross fleece rated as a prime handspinning fleece.
Step 1, wash (in the tub for me, 2 washes in hot water with Dawn, one hot water rinse, spin in the spin cycle, then lay on a towel in the sun to dry).
Optional, add cat to pile of fluff, or alternatively let cat add herself.
Step 2, I started using a Flick Carder or Flicker to comb out locks and spin, put my prepped locks in a basket, went to eat, then came back to notice said cat had removed herself from the fleece, and tried to fit into the little basket of locks.
Step 3, remove cat from lock basket, re-arrange locks, and continue to flick locks.
Step 4, grab a handful and spin!
The single so far. Fuzzy, and hairy, with subtle colored bits that blend in with the creamy gray and natural. Softer than I would have guessed. I think the Corriedale part of the cross makes this a pretty nice yarn, good hand.
I'll keep working on this, I'm really excited to see a whole skein!