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.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Things sure have been busy around here! Our days are long, warm, and sunny...great grass-growing weather! The sheep have been rotated to a place with shade during the late day heat, plus they've been getting an occasional rainwater bath here and there. Next year's fleeces are growing in nicely. Meanwhile, the lambs are growing so fast, I can hardly recognize who's who! It's not so easy to complete our head count any more, as the lambs and moms blend together, nearly the same size now, even though the lambs will need another year and a half to be fully mature.
The garden is also growing rapidly in this great summer weather. You can practically hear the corn crackle in growth when the heat and humidity crank up. Then a nice shower comes along, cooling everything off. We had such a late, wet spring, I'll just be harvesting our peas in a few days. I don't think I've ever harvested peas so late into summer before.
On a sad note, we lost our ducks. They disappeared in the middle of the afternoon one day. The neighbor's cows were getting chased around lately, and another neighbor has been losing hens, roosters, and guinea hens at an alarming clip. The evidence left behind points to a stray dog. Hmm....think I'll keep the sheepies IN when we go away!!
Today, I was spinning Wink's fleece, a rich chocolatey moorit brown so deep and lovely!! Pictures will be coming soon so stay tuned! Shetland sheep have the most amazing colors in their wool, with depth and richness unmatched by anything else I've ever spun. I'm also spinning lots of Coopworth. Coopworth is a lot like Shetland for me, for both are very easy to spin...a joy really.
That's our quick update...stay tuned for beautiful pictures of lambs, fleeces and all their rich colors!