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 28, 2012

Golden, Silky Goodness!!

Wheely Wooly Gracelyn
Sheared by me with these blades

Born a dark moorit, Gracie's fleece has lightened to a golden, silky, goodness with most excellent handle!  It's very light and responsive, with fineness that is very exciting.  While she would be called a 'solid color', her fleece has amazing depth of color, with color changes you can see in the picture.  Some areas are darker and closer to her birth color of moorit, while other areas have lightened to a beautiful soft dove gray.  I absolutely can't WAIT to spin this fleece!

Want to learn more?  Search Fair Isle Hill Caa (post's the link ) and you'll see longish, wavy fleeces and frosted noses just like our flock, and women shearing with blades, just like me!  Enjoy the journey! 

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