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, May 18, 2012

Dreamy Shetland Fiber

Wheely Wooly Lerwick's Dreamy Fiber!

This fleece has been on my wheel for three days now, and it's dreamy!  As is typical of Shetland fiber, it's very easy to spin.  The fineness of it makes it very simple (and very pleasant!) to spin a finer gauge yarn.  I've done some fingering wt. and some sport weight.  (Truth is, I spin very little bulky wt. yarn, and when I do, I have to make a constant conscious effort to keep it bulky.) It does take time to fill the bobbins with such fineness, but it's sure worth it!  What you can't see in this photo very well is the grayish tone coming through in the yarn color.  This lovely hue will make paring this yarn with some honey/fawn colors and light blue very pretty.  Can't wait!

Have a wonderful spring weekend everyone!

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