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, August 30, 2011
Ok, the pictures are here, but I seem to have no control of the order or placement! Below is Wheely Wooly Gracelyn, a lovely yearling ewe! Her fleece is long and wavy, making it very easy to spin. The fineness and softness are most noticable when plying! It is such a joy to spin her fiber! I sheared her last February...a case of not being able to wait....and her yarn is nearly sold out. I'm going to be shearing her again, perhaps this week. We feel very lucky to have her! She loves to untie my shoe laces. Friendly would be an understatement for this little ewe!
The other pictures give you an idea of how alive our farm is. We have an abundance of butterflies, honey bees, hummingbirds, zipper spiders, and many other things. It's been a great year for monarchs and yellow swallowtails. I've lived in places where these things are not around, and I found it very unnerving.
The pumpkins have had no trouble growing this year....and thankfully, we got them planted this year! There are several HUGE ones. I'm sure we'll be rolling them around for they will be too heavy to lift.
The little pink flowers are 'Double Click' cosmos. I grow cosmos every year. Wouldn't seem right not to.
The sunflower with the bee is a variety called 'Teddy Bear'. Fun! Just a quick tour! Next time, chickens!