A few weeks ago I quizzed Ms Ric-Rac about getting stuffed.
For the life of me I just couldn't work out how on earth her toys felt so firm yet squishy whilst mine often felt as lumpy and bumpy as a lumpy, bumpy thing!
It turns out the secret is not so secret after all, it's all in the quality of your poly fill. After doing an on-site touch test I was amazed to discover that even certain high-street own brands of poly fill feel different, one is softer and fluffier whilst the one coming form a place beginning with 'Spot' and ending with 'Light' is distinctly coarser.
Well now I have soft and squishy toys not lumpy bumpy ones. But after a follow-up conversation at ye-olde craft night I'm just not diggin' synthetic. I am under no illusions that I am a wholesome earth mother type o gal... I couldn't be if I tried. Besides (shock horror confession alert!) I think big macs are delish, I drive a car and don't print on both sides of the paper. (Oh the shame!!!)
But really, if it were by any means affordable I would love to stuff my pure wool, up-cycled soft toys with pure wool.
I'm a s**t shearer but my ex-certain-someone rocks at it (shame he is beardless) and he is off to see the wizard this weekend to get covering in lanolin and come home with 6 bales of fleece and I am pilfering one to do some experimenting with.
I have prepared my own fleeces before while I lived and worked as an instructor here, but it's been a while. If all goes to plan I should be rolling in fluffy clouds of 'de-lanolined' and freshly 'teased' wool rovings. Yummo.
Do you think this justifies getting my own baa-lamb now?