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, August 9, 2009

Farm Market

What a day we had! It started out stormy with pouring rain, flooding of the street, and lightning. We wondered how things would go or if anyone would come out. We set up our booth in nearly two inches of water and gusty winds. However, soon the storm passed and things quieted down, thankfully! People filled the streets and our booth became very busy. Thanks to all who bought yarn and learned about our sheep. Thank you for all your compliments, too! We really enjoyed the market and plan on setting up again in two weeks, with more inventory!

The hay bale in the photo is holding up our two dress models we've dubbed "Woolcrows" since they are constructed of lumber just like the beginnings of a scarecrow. Rather than stuffing them with straw, we dressed them in turtlenecks and flowing skirts, with twine around their tiny waists. This was a nice way to display scarves I've made, to demonstrate how pretty my handspun yarns are, and what you can make for your own wardrobe. Everyone loved them! Handspun yarns show color so nicely, and are very lightweight to wear. The scarves are so light and beautiful, they could be worn all day in a professional setting. If you work in a cold building, consider a scarf made with handspun yarn! You'll not only be warmer, but you'll feel cozy and look great, too!

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