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.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Meet Honey the lamb...

...a real sweetie! I'm betting she'll make a great mom someday. It unexpectedly poured rain here all day, so I took pictures of her in the barn. I think her head looks funny here; but it does anyway since she has soooo much wool already! Since I've brought her home, I feel that her fleece feels softer and finer. My imagination?:)

The first day she was here, we turned her out with a babysitter, ewe Gwendolyn. Gwennie has been the baby of the flock until now, and is not sure she's ready to be in charge! I just sheared Gwennie since her wool was too long and irresistable to leave for spring! She looks so funny to us now! She wanted her top wool on her poll to be left on, so she looks reallllllly funny! I sheared her with blades, with her wearing a halter and standing at the fence. She chewed her cud while I snipped! The kitty is local farm clown, Goldie. I'll blog about Goldie in the weeks to come. You won't want to miss it if you like kitty clowns! Clearly, he's not afraid of the sheep.
This is not the best picture of Honey's fleece, but I thought the color contrast was nice to see. She is mostly white-ish under the honey-colored tips. Shetlands have such wonderful variance in color, even within one fleece!
This is what's on my wheel today...maple leaves from Hidden Valley Farm. Makes for beautiful spinning!
I spin mostly upstairs in a spare room that looks out over our gardens and the horses. Sometimes the sheep are rotated over there, too. It is sunny and bright there, making for pleasant views when spinning! I was hoping to capture that on the camera, but the light was just too bright. Seven year old Holly took this picture for me today.
Here is the pair of barn socks I just finished for Dear Hubby. They are out of fiber from a ram friends have, named Redwood. Despite being an older ram who breeds their entire flock each year, he yields a very nice fleece! It's now too coarse for necks or wrists, but still cozy soft for socks! These socks are out of the same pattern I always use for barn socks...simple and fast to knit up. Takes about two or three days to make a pair. The brown variations with white look great with jeans, and are the perfect color for a guy. Dear Hubby already has a hat and scarf from Redwood out of prior year's fleeces. I was a little worried about going tooo matchy, matchy as guys are not real into that, but not to worry, he says! He's happy for the warmth!
I'll leave you with a warm and cozy parting thought...Sophie the kitty finds more wool....(see prior blog for Sophie sleeping in a different fleece before I had a chance to put it away!)


  1. Hi Amy, I added a picture of your family with your Grand Champion ram from the Jefferson show on my blog: I hope you don't mind : )

  2. Hi Amy,

    The e-mail does not work-I keep getting a failure message. I tried calling you, but the line is busy. Tonight will be just fine! Hopefully you get this,


    (I'll try calling again too.)