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, May 16, 2011

Wheely Wooly Splash

Oh little Splash, you're soooo cute!! Do you have something sweet sliding off your little nose? This little lamb sure surprised me when he was born! His expression is always bright like this, and his fleece is stunningly fine, soft, and lustrous! He was the first to chew cud at 28 days old, so he's maturing faster than I can almost comprehend.

Wheely Wooly Splash
Wheely Wooly Lerwick x Gwendolyn (Ps 23 Enya)
Shetland ram lamb who'll be registered

He is calm (!) but very playful and friendly. He loves to come to the fence and greet people...fools ya into thinking he's Mona's lamb, but he's not. He's actually out of Gwennie! Gwennie is a very good mom with lots of milk...! This little fellow loves people, and the other lambs. It's so fun to watch him out on pasture with the other lambs! He's fast and loves to leap! When visitors come by, Splashy is often the first lamb to the fence, offering a curious greeting. We first instruct all of our visitors on how to "visit" with cute ram lambs. Petting on top of the head is not allowed! To greet our ram lambs, we practice chin scratching and back patting. Speaking of visitors....lambs sure attract them!!

Splashy?...where are you resting, Splash?

This little guy has fiber that is just like Lerwick's when he was a baby lamb! It's definitely longish and wavy! Can't WAIT to see how this fleece grows out! The black in the fiber is definitely black to the skin, but I imagine he'll fade up the grey side as he matures. Grey is a nice color to have for it looks great on men, matches nearly everything in their "wardrobes", and it's fun to dye. His conformation is rock solid and square, with a very nice level topline, just like Lerwick. His horns are growing out beautifully so far!

Wait a minute! Splash!! Your sleeping in the FEEDER!!!!!! Notice his ear? It's half white, with black on the upper half! The rest of his body is all black. I've studied and studied the Shetland markings, but Splashy doesn't fit neatly into any one marking...because the white is sliding off his nose!
Is that really comfortable Splash??

Here's another look at his markings, this time from the other side. He's a few days old in this picture.

Oh little Shetlands sure love their rocks...err...moms! Gwennie was promptly sheared, and her fleece is all spun up now, just off the bobbins today. Some lambs climb on the moms, others don't. Gwennie's fleece this year was the most incredible fleece she's given us so far. It was incredibly soft, and as always, long and wavy! It was a dream to spin and a joy to ply because of it's softness. All of our fleeces are coming off in GREAT shape this year! Maybe because of the long, hard winter and cold, cloudy spring? Not sure, but it's really nice to have nice fleeces.
Splash climbing on his mom, Gwennie. Gwennie looked so big, we thought she might have octuplets in there.....

Hope you enjoyed learning more about cute little Splash! And thanks everyone for the compliments on Lerwick! Much appreciated!

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