I didn't do much crafty stuff this weekend - in fact, I decided to pull the plug on a project. Last year a friend gave me a fleece which I could card and spin, and then make into something. I had visions of going from sheep to shoulders and knitting myself a cardi or jumper.
The fleece was from a Balwen sheep - they're little, brown, badgery Welsh sheep. I looked a pics of Balwens on the internet and got excited. When it arrived before Christmas, the fleece was very messy - this little sheep obviously loved rolling in hedges - the fleece was full of thorns and sticks.
So I cut off the poopy bits, washed it in Tan Tech scour, dried it. Picked out as many twigs and grass seeds as I could. It was still very messy with seeds and lots of dandruff. I tried handcarding it and they didn't come out. Boo!
So this weekend I borrowed Fiona from Grace and Jacob's drum carder, and tried it in the drum carder. I carded the same batt several times, and it still looked messy and full of what my family calls gruck. So I've reluctantly decided to abandon this project - there's no point spinning wool that I don't want to use.
But I did have a play with a rubber this weekend and carve myself a little stamp of a needle and thread - here it is.