Shetland Sheep: Rich in History, Rich in Textiles
Shetland Sheep: Rich in History, Rich in Textiles! Our farm mission is to enjoy and promote the wonderful diversity of the Shetland breed by fully utilizing to the best of our ability all they have to offer historically. We believe the best preservation and management of this breed includes it's full spectrum of history. We encourage old and new shepherds alike to join in the fun by engaging in fiber arts, especially spinning and knitting, as this breed is so intimately linked with those aspects of the arts.
Sunday, November 12, 2017
The knitting needles are now in the new store! We didn't have the proper images ready for them, but we know so many of you have already seen the needles in our booth at the farm market and already have needles picked out. With this in mind, and the fact that the holiday season is literally just around the corner, we knew we better just get them out there. Better images will be coming in time. Thank you so much for your patience, and remember, for a limited time, the shipping's on us!
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Wheely Wooly Farm is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of our exciting new online farm store! Please head to our website and click on the "Go To Shop" button to see it for yourself! Here you will find easy search features, secure ways to pay, and best of all, FREE SHIPPING for a limited time! A warm thank you goes out to all our loyal customers and farm friends for waiting so patiently for us to get this done! The head shepherdess did not realize how many things the sheep have been producing until it was time to get things into the new store. Now, no matter the weather (like today for example, where we missed market due to ice on roads), you can now shop any time, any where, for our new store is device responsive. Shop from your phone or tablet or desk top! And remember, for a limited time, the shipping's on us! Head on over to the new store and order your new yarn today!
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Wheely Wooly Farm Mittens
Shetland Black with Blue Frost Trim/Flower
It's cold out there today! So glad I planned ahead and had mittens lined up, ready for when the winds pick up like today. Here is Shetland Black (Mona), spun worsted weight. This mitten is being worked up on double point needles. The flower was sewn on after the mitten was finished. These were done a long time ago actually, and to this day are favorites for going away.
The most recent pair made were finished just this morning. New barn mittens are always needed as our chores here definitely keep us busy when it gets cold! Today's mittens were the color of Lake Michigan on a warm summer day...bright green/blues. They are so pretty against the browning November landscape!
Updates on farm news go like this....things around here are hoppin!!! The online store is taking a ton of time to get ready to re-open because it's going to be a really nice store! Keep watch for that! Plus the cold weather brings new details to chore time. And I'll post sometime soon about the two pretty new ewes we have, Moon and Grace. Always a lot going on at the farm!!
Hope all of you are keeping warm out there! We will be at the market on Saturday morning, so if you are cold, come see us! Market is inside the City Center in Downtown Appleton (see our website for directions), and goes from 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Bring your grocery money, for you will find really nice vegetables and other goodies there as well! Warm wool and yummy veggies...just can't go wrong with that! See you Saturday!
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Please come visit us at the first indoor farm market Saturday November 4th 9a.m. to 12:30p.m.! Located inside the City Center in downtown Appleton, the market will be a hopping event, with about 40 vendors providing a really nice variety of things that are good for you, or good for giving! We'll be on the east side, near the photo shop. Coming to market with us will be lots of new scarves and skeins, especially from Penny and Beatrice. Beatrice has thick and cushy yarn perfect for keeping the cold away and is unlike pretty much anything you'll ever find anywhere else! The colors are Ruby Red, Violets, Blue Frost...and more! Actually, there is a LOT happening here on the farm, so be sure to check in often by visiting our website, blog, or facebook page so you don't miss out on what's new!
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Monday, October 23, 2017
Lovely Iris, on a warm summer day
Her fleece is growing back nicely after I sheared her.
Iris is a star around here! THAT is an understatement! This sheep has changed our lives, and our farm in amazing ways, and we are very thankful to have her! She's a purebred Shetland sheep, out of the long gone Sheepy Hollow flock. I (Amy) fell in love with Iris head over heels after purchasing her fleece from a friend, who owned her at the time. That spinning experience changed everything! It was the moment that turned everything in my life upside down!! This is indeed a very special sheep!
After that life changing fleece, I talked to Iris's owners. They were willing to sell her to me, and I was very thankful! In doing research on her paperwork, a shocking thing was discovered. ALL of the Sheepy Hollow ewes were given botanical names, as the flock owner loved flowers and gardens. Yet, this one ewe, whom everyone knew as Iris was actually registered with a different name. Can you guess which it is? If you guessed Amy...you are right! Yep. That's right. This sheep was NOT registered as Iris. Her name is Sheepy Hollow Amy. How incredible is that?!? She was the only sheep in that flock I could find with a "human" name. And it's my name. It was destiny.
Iris came home with me on a special day. Our friends who owned her found her aloof and a bit challenging. Upon having time on our farm to learn how her new home is, I worked with her a lot. She was a very predator-wary and strong ewe. It took time to gain her trust. Every shepherd likes to have sheep that are easy to work with, yet strong in protecting herself and her lambs out on grazing. Even though she came from a very nice farm with very nice people, she just didn't trust anything! In time, this melted.
Today, Iris is twelve and a half years old! During our last flock run-through, we discovered that after grazing all summer, she has finally lost her front teeth. Her fleece is still as lovely as ever, and I'm spinning some right now in fact. It's still my most favorite fleece ever! That's saying something because our farm now has many sheep with many lovely fleeces. Iris is special!
So if you find Iris's popular yarn on the table at the market, now you know a bit about her history, and how she's provided joy for so many! You can feel confident that your yarn is coming from a well-loved flock where each animal is treasured and appreciated. What a wonderful thing! How lucky we all are, for it hasn't always been this way historically speaking.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Violet's Coneflowers Wrist Warmers w/
Mona's Natural Black Flowers
Make these easy crocheted wrist warmers with Wheely Wooly Farm's new patterns...coming soon! Perfect indoors or out, any season when you wish for added warmth! Very stylish, easy to wear, easy to make...perfect!