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.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Think about it.

In today's media of all sorts targeted to women who knit or crochet, a new message is coming through strong & clear.  Screaming through carefully designed words and images is the message that knit or crochet improves or saves your mind and/or health, as though anyone who makes things with yarn is not well, or feeling downtrodden and in need of something.

When do you ever see men encouraged to buy tickets to a football game to "relieve depression" or "improve mood", or watch a basketball game to "slow cognitive decline", or "build confidence", or attend a golf tournament to "reduce memory loss" or "feel like you can accomplish something"??

Just wondering.

Friday, August 11, 2017

More of the view from the farm!

Would you find this anywhere else? lol Probably not!
Now you know what us shepherds see everyday...

Update on the yarns...Penny had a sensational week last week, selling out after several different customers picked her yarn out of the rows and rows of pretty colors!  That has never happened before, and we are truly amazed by how that went!  We also put several skeins of Beatrice out last week and she too sold fast, so we are hoping to have more on the table soon!  Awaiting labels are Beatrice's Violets plus Orange, as well as ewe Poppy's Buttercream and a lovely Lake Michigan type green from Minty.  New needle colors have been added, and we are working on new displays, so come on by to check out what's new, as things are changing every week!

Tonight, the shepherdess was soaking in the beauty of the evening, for something special happened.  Do you ever have a moment where something everyday just seems so beautiful for some reason?  We have a lot of those moments here, but tonight, one happened that will forever be in our minds.  As the sun was moving low in the sky, we let the horses out for an evening gallop.  (There are two horses living on Wheely Wooly Farm...Carumba the whinnying pretty girl, and Calipso...arguably the cutest pony in the whole wide world.)  As the horses flew out around a fence and headed for their favorite galloping space, their hooves beat a lovely sound on the ground.  Calipso, who has white socks on all four legs, was galloping the most beautiful little dressage gallop, all centered and balanced, head perfectly placed.  He flew across air, light, effortless, and glowing from the angled rays of the sun, with his white socks flashing in the prettiest way!  His long mane gracefully flew back and he seemed so free, so happy!!  We all stopped what we were doing and just watched, speechless.  Time seemed to stop for a bit as he galloped to the end of the pasture, turned, and galloped back, then turned and galloped some more.  The sound of his hooves perfect cadence, his body light, his socks so flashy!  When he finally settled into some grazing and a good roll, kicking his hooves high above his body, we cracked up at his pure delight in the evening!  The amazing thing is...he's 30 years old and an old man!  He has no teeth left at the end of his mouth with which to pull off grass anymore.  He limps from time to time, stiff from age.  Yet, on such a beautiful night, he got to gallop long and free.  Truly beautiful, a moment passed that will never be forgotten.


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The View From Here...

This is the shepherd's view!
Sheep, sheepdogs, grass...a wonderful way of life!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

A beautiful scarf to make!

100% Wheelspun Yarn Scarf by Wheely Wooly Farm
*Model is wearing Glacier*

Complicated patterns can make nearly any yarn look good, but simple patterns need really good yarn to look right.  With a mere four ounces of 100% Wheelspun Yarn, you can make this incredibly easy scarf and have something that when finished, will bring you compliments for years to come!  If you are looking for an easy summer project to relax your mind, head over to our website for the FREE pattern, then browse our Farm Shop to pick from hundreds of skeins in cheerful dyed or natural colors.  Also, check out our Size 13 needles in many pretty colors just perfect for making this wonderful scarf!  Make one for yourself and discover the difference of high quality yarns, then make them for your friends and family (don't forget the guys!) in their favorite colors!  A really good yarn with a really easy pattern...what could be better than that?

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Wooly Bear

Puts my heart in my throat.

You're looking at an animal that while not perfect, is one of the finest on the planet.  This is Wooly Bear, our foundation ram.  This animal gives our farm a tremendous amount of overwhelming feelings...can't actually sum it all up with words!!!  Notice his perfect gorgeous horns?  This picture was taken as a four year old by the way.  Gentle, powerful, super soft, incredibly smart, amazing color, unbelievably hardy, and didn't ever miss ONE ewe put in with him, he has sired many, many lambs, an amazing soul.  A Grand Champion, his yarns have won us blue ribbons, too!  Pure quality top to bottom through and through.  It's what you'll find on Wheely Wooly Farm.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

When it gets hot & humid...

...it's a good time for zzzzzzzz!
Wish we could!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Aquamarine Beautiful!

Another NEW color! Posie's Aquamarine!

Wheely Wooly Farm has a color for just about anyone!  With hundreds of skeins to choose from and a wide variety of colors, everyone is sure to find something that pleases!  Last week, we brought Sea Glass to the market for the first time, this week, Posie's Aquamarine!  What a lovely shade for summer knitting or crocheting, indeed.  Posie is a Claire lamb, and is a very popular seller.  

Also coming is more Pink Poodle, which sold out awhile back but is now available again.  See you at the market!