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.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Put to the test...

Just got home from our county fair! This was truly the most amazing experience we've had! Two animals went as projects...Eddie the rooster, and Primrose the yearling dairy doe. WOW, WOW, WOW!!! Came home with FOUR trophies each over a foot tall!! Eddie won a second place (he IS FIVE years old afterall...giggle, giggle...he looks VERY handsome with his pretty red ribbon!), while Primrose won a blue first in her dairy class! But the trophies are for showmanship!!!!!!!! Not only for age group, but for ALLLLLLLL age groups (that's human, not animal) in both poultry AND goats!!!!!!!!!!! Plus, Outstanding Poultry Barn Award...yet another trophy!!! That one was earned through hard work and attentiveness, and one very cutely decorated bird cage!!
As for myself, I entered in open class. I thought it would be fun to exhibit Wooly Bear's lamb's wool in my Cat's Paw lace scarf I made. I figured putting his wool to the test in a handspinning class of another judge would put Wooly Bear to the test. I anxiously awaited the results. BLUE!!!! The judge loved it!!!!!!! Wooly Bear continues to keep us in the blue ribbons!!! I also exhibited a skein of yarn I spun from Sweetie's little ram Pumpkin. BLUE!!!!!!!!!! The judge also loved it!!! My dairy ewe won a second in her carded wool, while one Shetland won a second and the other Shetland won a blue!
Also, a knitted poncho (a junior entry) for an American Girl doll won BLUE!!!! The poncho is made from handspun Shetland yarn, dyed here at home with! It's trimmed with purple fringe and embellished with a lazy daisy on the coming soon!!!! It not only won a blue first place, it won BEST IN SHOW OUTSTANDING Award!!!!!!!!!!!! Yippeee!!!!
We all had a great fair and can't wait to start getting ready for next year's fair!!! Stay tuned for pictures!!

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