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, May 21, 2012

An Assortment of Colors for Fair Isle

...and every one of them from our flock!
Let's see...there's Wink and Iris and Sweetie and Gracie and Cosmo, Wooly Bear and Lerwick and....
...oops...a bunch of these were sold out last fall!
Don't worry!  More's comin'!

Wheely Wooly Farm has an excellent reputation for producing the genuine Shetland fiber that is genuinely longish, wavy, fine and soft, for your knitting pleasure. Just one look at photos of our flock and fleeces, and you can see that for yourself!  Our sheep are FLEECY!   Good thing, cause that's what our 1927 Breed Standard demands, and we're right on! 

We take pride in producing the same type of fiber the hill sheep of Shetland grew for the construction of those famous garments in the heyday of stranded knitting.  Afterall, the crofter (farmer and shepherdess) was THE Fair Isle knitting expert!  They are the ones who knit the garments, and the sheep were managed by them and sheared/rooed by them as well.  How fun it is to learn of their skills in raising fiber, and in using it, and we here at Wheely Wooly Farm take joy in genuinely protecting and preserving that special fiber so that others can discover it in the future while others are knitting with it today!

AND, we take joy in trying to mimic their skill in the knitting! (giggle, giggle).  I'm not there, yet.

Shetland sheep are a true heritage sheep, and there is so much to enjoy about them.

Coming up, not ALL of our fiber is soft and fine, but we're proud of that, too!  And guess what?  I got those size 5 double points and my mystery project is finished!  Stay tuned!  I think you'll enjoy seeing what it is!

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