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, September 18, 2011
Spinning together for the public
Spinning Demos Together!
What fun we had today!!!!!! I got to spend the day in one of my favorite barns, doing something I love, all for a wonderful event!! What could be better than that? Today we spun all day, doing demos for the public. We each had our wheels there. The crowd was WONDERFUL!! Everyone was very curious, interested, and full of questions. Lots of little hands got to feel sheep's wool today. Boys were fascinated in how the wheels worked, with several expressing interest in spinning. Meanwhile, the Baa-tique was out and doll scarves were the hot item of the day! For each scarf sold, we donated 50 cents to the cause we attended today. You see, we were invited to attend A Day on the Farm out in Pickett. This event is the result of a very sad loss of a little boy named Jarid. After Jarid passed away, his family, who lives on a farm, decided to have an event each year to bring children out to the farm. The farm is a place little Jarid loved. The event is beautifully done with a corn maze, pumpkins, farm animals and baby chicks, a great sand pile, pedal tractors with wagons to pull little bales of straw, and music, great food, and other things like hay rides and a pretend cow to milk. While we spun in the hayloft, a little mini-donkey or burro was braying underneath us. LOVED IT!!! The hope of the day is that money will be raised to help fund research at St. Jude's Hospital in Milwaukee. It was a great day with a great turn out despite cloudy skies and a little rain at the end. We felt very honored to be asked to attend this event and spin, and we are very grateful for the wonderful publicity the announcer gave our farm! We hope Jarid's family was successful in raising lots of money for research this year! I know someone from our farm was very excited to tally up the numbers at the end of the day and make a run to the donation can!!!
Spinning can sure bring people together!