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.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Grand Champ on the bobbin

Petunias on the farm

Hey guess what! The computer is fine! Woohoo! Here are the pictures of Wooly Bear's fiber, spun as a singles and still on the bobbin.Wooly Bear's singles yarn and washed fleece

My goal was lace weight yarn so the singles is spun very fine. That was easy with this fleece type...something Shetlands are famous for! I was quite surprised when the picture came up on the computer screen with brown on the tips of the fleece. You can't see that in natural light, and it's not showing up in the yarn that I can tell. It just looks beautifully black.
His fiber is so fine, I was worried when washing it the first time. But wool is wool! I had no trouble washing it and it came out silky soft.You can see the lustre shining through. I'm not confident he'll stay black so this might be his only pure black fleece. next year, I'll still have Miss Mona's and Lerwick's black fleeces! I love that black! It is so nice for knitting, and it's a very versatile wardrobe color that just goes with everything in winter wear.

For those of you who belong to our Shetland breed association, look for Holly's picture in the most recent newsletter! I took that picture at last year's show. She entered the Youth Showmanship class with her ewe Sweetie (PS 23 Dolly). But that's not all she did! She had learned to spin roving on her drop spindle, and knitted up some luxurious doll scarves and stoles to display in her "Baatique". All of it was her planning and design, including the copyright name and layout of her "shop". That day was her first out with her shop, and it was a smashing success! Shetland sheep are soooooo good for kids!!!! (Sweetie had a single lamb, her first, this spring. He was named Wheely Wooly Pumpkin, and we adore him...!) Thank you to our newsletter editor for publishing the photo of that memorable day!

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