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, February 10, 2012

Shetland Yarn and more cuties

Wheely Wooly Wink
The last of his rich chocolatey moorit yarn for this year
Purebred Shetland ram yearling, first shearing

Purebred Musket Shetland Yarn
From slightly spotted ewe, second shearing

All this lovely Shetland yarn has been a pleasure to spin, and I wish I could keep it for myself! That's one of the hazards of you let the fiber pass through your hands, you begin to visualize how nice the fiber would be in such or such a garment. The top photo is from our Wheely Wooly Wink, a young ram, whom I've wethered. This is also the last of his first shearing.

The second yarn photo is of a purebred ewe, this being her second shearing. Her yarn was popular at the market, so I worked to finish up the rest I have. The next time we come to market, we'll have all this with us, ready for sale so watch for it!

I'm also hoping to have more black. The black is also so beautiful! It's perfect for pairing with our crocheted flowers in the beautiful colors. I'm hoping to make something, so stand by for that. I'll be working on it inbetween supervision of the care of these little cuties below...
Speaking of The Cuties!

This little guy is really eye-catching! They are both thriving and we are sure having fun with them! The weather has been great for getting them outside to play sometimes in the warm sunshine. However, that is not the case today! We've had a surprise snowstorm move in with winds up over 40 mph and light, driving snow. Makes the house cozy inside! The barn is also cozy, and everyone is grateful to be in there today. I passed out dried corn stalks to everyone this morning, for extra spoiling during the storm. Yes...I spoil them!

Yesterday, Wilbur the Goofball was outside hopping up and down over and over and over. I think he's been studying the movements of the little babies and decided to try that himself a bit! Silly Wilbur! He always cracks us up.

Have a good Friday everyone!

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