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.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Genuine Shetland Wool Is So Pretty!
Genuine Shetland Wool
With Crocheted Flower
Genuine Shetland Wool is what we produce here on Wheely Wooly Farm, and we are very dedicated to keeping the heritage in our sheep. In the lovely hat above, you can see why! We work hard to bring you such beautiful yarns and garments simply because it's so rewarding! I have a lot of fun playing around with the possibilities of the colors. This hat, by the way, is not dyed wool, but rather the sheep's natural color. That natural color blends so beautifully with so many other things that I decided to try another color...
Same Genuine Shetland Hat, new crocheted flower
Wouldn't you like a warm, pretty hat like this?
Oh the possibilities are endless! Shetland sheep are so much fun if you are interested in history and textiles!
Why it's Hepatica! Henry's twin sister!
Isn't she cute?
Hepatica is named for the woodland flower that blooms around here...just about in this "time" of year, when the spring peepers start calling and the evenings are warm. Hepatica blooms in the woods in spring, before the leaves pop out on the trees above it. It naturalizes an area, building colonies of bouquets. It's a small flower, only growing a few inches above ground level. We LOVE the spring woodland flowers of our area, so we make it a point to search for them each spring, just to be able to say we've seen them this year. It's an annual spring tradition, inspired by my Grandmother, who took me around hand in hand to search for them when I was a little girl.
Henry and Hepatica are two cuties that we've enjoyed having very much. Henry has airplane ears that float sideways out of his head, while Hepatica's ears are more upright (although in this photo of her, they seem less so). They come from very good genetics that we are proud to have on our farm.
I hope Hepatica doesn't eat the flower off the hat before you get a chance to see the photos!