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.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

More Pretty Shetland Yarn

Some more pretty Shetland yarn, here on a wheel. It's Honey's yarn, spun very fine, with her mother's yarn (MaryBay) used for the crocheted picot edge. I thought it would be neat to use a mother/daughter ewe pair's fiber together for a simple project to keep. Both sheep are very sweet and have very nice wool that is long and fine and soft and wavy. This piece measures 10 inches wide by 54 inches long, weighs barely an ounce, and will be added to Wheely Wooly Farm's Collection.

Swifty is now eight months old, and finally getting to enjoy dashing around in the snow! It's a great feeling to have him racing around me as I work. He's very good at "holding back" chunks of ice as I work...staring at them to make sure they don't move...
This is a neat photo. I love how the colors pair together! Wheely Wooly Wink is the little guy (a lamb) in the background. He's moorit (color term used to describe a certain brown in Shetland sheep). In front is silly Wilbur. While he's not a purebred Shetland, his color still pairs nicely. My design wheels are turning!
Wooly Bear

Wooly Bear keeps watch over all the spunky little guys! He's been very calm with them all this time since last summer, but they've been spunky! Today, I noticed he has a tiny spot of bare skin on his nose. Somebody must have gotten clunked pretty good. When I was out there, they were all on their best behavior, as though the Principal had just walked into the room.
We've had quite a cold January so their wool has been iced up on the surface. Of course Wooly Bear's habit of wearing his dinner on his head hasn't changed, so he is full of hay around his head. Sigh....
Wheely Wooly Lerwick

The little dark guy here is Wheely Wooly Lerwick. He is a very handsome fellow! Wink is on the left, Wilbur in front on the right.

More pretty yarn to come! (Some not Shetland)

No comments:

Post a Comment