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.

Monday, January 9, 2012

More Love of Wool: Wooly Blooms

Wooly blooms

Wool is an amazing thing. It is so versatile, so flexible, so wearable! You can make so many wonderful things for wearing, or for your home. It can be knit, crocheted, embroidered, or felted. How sad that so many of us went a generation or two without this marvelous stuff!

I thought I'd include a picture of wooly flowers today, here in the midst of January and the brown season. These flowers are popular sellers for sure! They make great pins to wear on the outside of a coat, or on a pretty turtleneck when working indoors. They are pinned or sewn on purses, backpacks, and bags galore. I like sewing them on wooly socks. They've become so popular, I've noticed that flowers are popping up all around town! People have bought them and made instant bracelets out of them to wear as they walk on, or pinned them on right away! They have that lovely Shetland appeal that catches people's eye, just like clothes made from Shetland wool. They are a beautiful accent on a turtleneck or scarf, or even on the tops of mittens or half mitts. The possibilities are endless!

Also, our thanks goes out to those who found us this weekend at the market! It was such a nice day outside, and so much fun inside! We enjoyed hearing about the projects you've made over the holiday break. We also heard about some pretty fun gift-giving. And we heard of gifts knitted that never made it to the intended recipient because the knitter fell so in love with it, they wanted to keep it, so came back for more!!! I can understand that! :) It was a great day! Since we have babies due out in the barn soon, we'll be watching them closely but check back on Friday evenings to see if we're coming to the next market! In the meantime, happy knitting!

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