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, June 21, 2010

Shetland shawl, yarn, farm market, lettuce

I'm making progress on my Swallowtail Shawl...slowly! We are in our busy season, so things will go a little slower for awhile. This is a pleasant knit! The lace pattern is so beautiful! I cannot wait to finish it and take it off the needles!

Gretl's Swallowtail Shawl

What a fun morning we had last Saturday, the first day of our summer farm market! The clouds cleared and the sun came out for a beautiful day! We had a steady stream of people who stopped to talk to us about our sheep, yarns, and our farm. We sure enjoyed talking with everyone!
Handspun Shetland yarns

We brought several handspun fleeces to sell and what a response we had! Enjoy your yarns! If you finish a project, bring it by and share, for we'd love to see it! In fact, if you'd like, we can share a picture of your project on our farm blog!
Display Board

I had a display board up in our booth to show how pretty our yarns look knitted or crochet up into something. It was so much fun putting it together! There are crocheted flowers that I designed, cables, and pretty crocheted and knitted edgings All of the items on the board were made from fleeces for sale that day.
Eden (pure Shetland ewe)

Here is what's on my bobbin today...Eden. She is a black purebred Shetland ewe with a very soft, fine fleece and a long staple length. I just started spinning her fleece and hope to bring some of her yarn to next week's market. This black has some white fibers in it, making for a beautiful, unique look hard to duplicate.
Wheely Wooly lettuce :)

One of the things I love about having a big vegetable garden is the fresh lettuce, spinach, and onions such a garden can bring. With the cooler, wetter June, we've had a wonderful patch of lettuce and spinach to harvest, that cut and come again, again, and again. I especially love 'Green Ice', 'Red Sails', and 'Oakleaf', mixed with baby spinach leaves. It is so tender and flavorful, with a little mild onion sprinkled as a base salad and yum! Lunch everyday!

I was sad to see of all the United Kingdom visits to my blog recently, none responded as being from the Shetland Islands. :( Well, we certainly welcome the people of the United Kingdom, too! Not sure why people south of the Islands would be so interested in my entry about what our current board is working on...

Thank you to all who visited with us at the market Saturday! We really enjoyed talking with all of you and hearing about your knitting! Enjoy knitting with your new Shetland yarns and we hope to see you again next Saturday!

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