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.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Wheely Wooly Maewyn

Wheely Wooly Maewyn
Spring 2011 ewe lamb

Meet our pretty little Maewyn. She's a spring lamb from our 2011 lamb crop. Her color is a rich moorit right now, but my guess is she'll fade, and we hope she will, as I love spinning the fading dynamics as the sheep ages. Faders create lovely color in yarns! If she doesn't fade, we'd feel like we've had a bonus as well, for her rich moorit color is really lovely.

Maewyn is out of our foundation ram, Wooly Bear, and Mona. Just like her parents, Maewyn is very docile, calm, and friendly. She loves coming up to you for attention, and even lets strangers pet her...just like her mom! Wooly Bear will also frequently let strangers feel his wool, but we usually don't let that happen, just in case the people unknowingly pat the top of his head (a ram no-no!).
Maewyn's fiber at shoulder

Maewyn's wool is very fine, soft, longish and wavy. It will be a true delight to spin, and I never get tired of spinning fiber like this. I'm currently spinning about 40 Shetland fleeces a year, plus roving I buy. Those forty fleeces are very much like this one, although I do spin other breeds from time to time. Whenever I do switch, there is a real adjustment period in getting accustomed to the new fiber. I can't wait to spin Maewyn's fiber! If our past fiber is any indication, Maewyn's fleece will probably sell out fast, for people love how soft and light the yarn is. It just has a unique, special feel and appeal that is really hard to explain.

Hope you enjoyed learning about little Maewyn! Stay tuned...I promise that Swifty stuff is coming! I've been having a ball with my little buddy!!!! Today, he got to play in the hose again, and go swimming in the stock tank. How nice it is again to have wet dog! (Yes, I actually wrote that! More later.)

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