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.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Some things never....


That's the lioness at the zoo in Green Bay. The lions were so playful that day, then suddenly, it was nap time!

Then there's copycat.

Meet Goldie, the farm clown. Can you imagine sleeping like that? This is not unusual for him. He's on the porch railing, half one way, half the other. He'd been out in the field behind the house just before his nap, so I suppose there might be a mouse or two in that bulge hanging down!

We made the newspaper again...this time for a wonderful story on why people make and sell their crafts. We were interviewed for the yarns we produce and the sheep we have. Holly's Baa-tique was mentioned, too. Seems having some kind of craft to make brings families together! I know I've certainly seen that with sheep people, where families are raising sheep and managing the products together. The sheep provide so many wonderful opportunities! It was a great article and we are thankful for having the opportunity to be in it.

The baby chicks are gone to their new home, all but one that is. Little "Jasmine" stayed here! I'm not sure how that happened so easily! The other three are happy in their new home with their new family. From what I hear, they are a real excitment and are very loved!

Today I spun a double coated ewe from friends of mine. The ewe's name is Esther. She is black with white fibers mixed in; an older ewe who has lambed several times. I once saw someone spinning black fiber with white in it. The fiber didn't look appealing, but the yarn was amazingly beautiful. I've never forgotten that. So when spinning up Esther, I was wondering how it would look. Nothing to worry about! It's beautiful! Picture to come. The fiber was remarkably fine for a ewe who's lambed and is older. I have found that Shetland fleeces are always full of pleasant surprises!

1 comment:

  1. Too funny. A country monorail cat. You should send it in to the icanhascheezeburger site!

    Your yarn is very nice too. Will watch for developments with the Tasha Tudor shawl.