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.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Wheely Wooly Hazel

 Wheely Wooly Hazel born on our farm this spring

Meet Hazel!  She's a sweetie with a rich color to her lamb's fleece.  She has a really nice tail, nice build, and a fleece that's longish and wavy.  Woolly on her poll and cheeks, she's a nice summation of the criteria on the breed standard.  She's out of our ewe Gwendolyn and our foundation ram, Wooly Bear.  I'll put her twin brother on the blog as soon as I can.  His name is Wheely Wooly Tindall, a very bright eyed little guy with nice horns, a longish and wavy fleece, and gentleness to his personality!
Hazel has her mother's temperament...sweet!!
Yoohoo!  Hazel!  Look at the camera, Hazel!!

Hazel and Tindall are named after an amazing knitter from the Shetland Islands.  I hope she doesn't mind that I've named sheep after her!  I always wanted to name a nice little moorit that'll fade, Hazel.  It just so happens to be that she's a twin.  The suggestion was made to me that I should name the little ram lamb Tindall.  It took me awhile to think about that and adjust to it.  It's such a nice name, and so appropriate for cute little Shetland sheep!  And Tindall has such a cute, bright eye and expression...very happy and I finally agreed to it.  This little Hazel will fade in color, for wonderful dynamics in knitting.

Back to the knitter.  The real Hazel Tindall lives (from what I understand) somewhere on the Shetland Islands and is a very accomplished knitter.  You can find videos of her on YouTube knitting at an amazing speed if you search for her name.  Fun!!!  I've heard she loves the natural colors of the Shetland sheep, and enjoys knitting fair isle patterns with the natural colors.  You can create absolutely stunning combinations with the patterns in natural colors.  The possibilities seem endless to me.  

I hope these cute little sheep help us shepherds, spinners, and knitters here in America remember their heritage and all the possibilities their yarn gives us in hours of entertainment after which follows years of good looks in warm clothing. Hope you enjoyed meeting Hazel!  Hopefully, I'll get pics of Tindall up soon, too.  Have a great Monday everyone!  And welcome to little Henry!!!!!!!!

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