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 7, 2010

No Appendix A for us.

As many of you know, Wheely Wooly Farm specializes in a special type of long, colorful, fiber that creates lovely handspinning wool, which is exceptional in it's knitting qualities, produces stunning textiles, and is a pleasure to wear. (It also comes with a long, fascinating and rich history!!) Our fiber is not only a dream to spin AND knit, but it is worth your time as well, since we raise only genuinely historical fiber that maintains durable integrity. The garments we produce and the yarn we sell are a good buy in this tough economy, as they will keep you warm and covered for a long time to come and keep you looking and feeling great!

It is for these reasons that we feel we cannot support the recent changes adopted by the standing Board of Directors within our breed organization, made mostly without member awareness. Many feel the changes will dramatically reduce the quality of fleece Shetland breeders produce in the future, spawning shorter, weaker fleeces that are more typical of other breeds, usually with reduced end value. Since this is not historical for a Northern European Short Tail breed, nor is it typical of historical Shetland textiles, we feel we cannot support those changes.

Wheely Wooly Farm will continue to strive for true genuine, amazing, Shetland fiber so that we may continue to bring a bit of the past forward to our customers. In reassurance to the inquiries we've had...don't worry... the sheep are safe with us!

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