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, July 28, 2012

More of what it looks like around here...

 Wheely Wooly Fair Isle's fleece!  
Notice the color change under the tips?
The bits of VM will shake out in the first little rain.

This is a very nice little fleece from this little guy!  It's very soft and I already cannot wait to spin it.  He is also so friendly, always looking for a chin scratch.  He is just the kind of fellow we like to raise around here.  This fleece will make gorgeous yarn suitable for the most sensitive parts of human skin.

 The pear tree.

The pear tree was pretty stressed by the drought.   We did water it some, just enough to get it by.  Thankfully, we got a good rain which seems to have turned things around back to life.  Some top branches bearing fruit did crack and break off, leaving brown branches on the ground with fruit on them.  Nutmeg the Bunny loved every bit of them.

Mildred the laying hen

Mildred is called a Barred Rock.  She's simple farm quality, not for show.  She's been a great layer of beautiful brown eggs with speckling on them.  It's easy to tell her eggs from the other hens, so we've been able to keep track of how many she lays.  Having hens around is wonderful!  They really keep the bug population in check, and they are the BEST compost makers!  Don't know how I lived without them.

Stay tuned!  Coming up next is a knitting project out of Wheely Wooly Lacey, Lil' Rainbow's LOVELY little ewe!  I'm very excited about Lacey's fleece.  Some of it is going to market soon so watch for it!  

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