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, June 29, 2012
Yarn, Yarn, Yarn!
We've got yarn, and are ready for you!
Thick yarns, thin yarns, worsted yarns, solid yarns, heathered yarns, weaving yarns, light yarns, dark yarns, all kinds of yarns!
Our yarns are perfect for clothing. Shetland sheep, in fact, are one of the BEST clothing breeds on the planet! You can make warm, lightweight sweaters, stylish vests, cozy wraps, lap warmers (outstanding in the cold car on the way to work in the morning!!), warm cushy socks, cuddly mittens, outstanding hats suitable for men OR women, and even kids! Make a stylish accent scarf to compliment your work wardrobe or to impress when visiting. Even small projects can be made from Wheely Wooly Farm yarn such as headbands or super cute headscarves perfect for activities outside!
Fair Isle Packets, just for fun!
Learn stranded knitting without a big investment!!
We have just what you need to get you started on this fascinating form of knitting.
We even have dyed yarns!
Thanks Claire and Iris (sweet sheep)!! We have soooo much fun with your yarns!
Go Green!! Our yarns are locally produced. That means TENS OF THOUSANDS OF GALLONS OF FUEL were NOT spent to bring you this yarn. In fact, when you buy our yarn, you'll even know the name of the sheep who produced it! ( Hands down customer favorite!! )
Did you know that much of the yarns available in the shops were shipped here on HUGE, POLLUTING ships across now fragile oceans? Is that REALLY necessarry????? Did you know that some of those huge companies buy the wool on one continent, then ship it to another continent for processing, often using chemical scours to "clean" the fibers, then ship the yarn to stores around the world. That's too much shipping! Did you know that in some "shipping lanes", there are now dead zones, where the waters and sediment are so heavily polluted and disturbed from ships that aquatic life can no longer make a life there?? Now I love a nice grapefruit in winter, but do we REALLY need to be trashing our oceans for knitting, especially when nicer yarns can be produced right here, just outside our cities? We can wisen up and reduce senseless practices with one simple act...buying local! Wheely Wooly Farm does not contribute to the polluting of oceans through shipping just to give you knitting pleasure. We know so many of you feel a strong need to reduce our human " footprint" on this earth. We feel the same way, which is one of the reasons we raise our flock of sheep and work so hard to bring you our fine knitting and weaving yarn!
Our yarns are also SUSTAINABLE! Our sheep improve the land's fertility. They knock out unwanted weeds and help eradicate invasive species. They aerate the soil with perfect tips on cute little hooves. They enrich the environment for wildlife, one example being allowing ground nesting species of birds to flourish such as meadowlarks. When you purchase Wheely Wooly Farm yarns, you are making a very smart choice, while significantly discouraging senseless polluting and senseless destruction of the environment. Your purchase of our yarns promotes sound ecological practices, which in turn promotes adequate habitat for song birds and healthy plant diversity.
You can reduce your knitting " hoofprint" right here! When you knit with Wheely Wooly Farm yarns, you are promoting a healthier environment AND a stronger economy.
Happy Green Knitting everyone!