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, September 21, 2012

Wheely Wooly Tindall and Shetland yarn

Here is the little ram lamb I told you about, who's Wheely Wooly Hazel's twin.  You can see Hazel a couple or so posts back.  She's a lovely moorit with rich color and I anticipate she'll fade up the musket side.  Meanwhile, little Tindall here is also going to fade up.  He's black with brownish tips, but he's already getting some color transition at the skin line of a beautiful soft gray.  I can't wait to see how his color changes! :)
 Wheely Wooly Tindall, ram lamb 

Tindall has very nice horns and a very soft, bright expression.  His wool is very fluffy and soft, a handspinner's dream!  He'll be very easy to shear and I'm sure his yarn will be warm and cozy.  He also has a very sweet temperament, which as you know is a requirement here on our farm!  I don't remember at the moment exactly what his tail looks like, but I think it's as nice as Hazel's.  These twins are out of Gwennie, one of the sweetest and gentlest ewes in our flock, and Wooly Bear.  All of Gwennie's lambs have been outstanding and we are very pleased to have her.  She's on the breeding list for this fall for sure!
 cosmo volunteers
The cosmos look a little rough this year, but they did survive the drought without extra watering.  I love cosmos!  They truly are 'ridiculously easy' to grow and bring such a smile to the garden.
Wheely Wooly Yarn
We are so very pleased to bring you such a lovely spread of natural colors in Shetland yarns!  The lower left is creamy white.  As you go back, the warm browns start sneaking in, making for yarn that is very interesting to the eye and outstanding to work with if you like pairing colors, both dyed and natural.  Then in the middle are lovely heathered browns with creams to Wink's rich chocolately moorit.  Then we progress to Iris's bright grays that are so outstanding with teals, purples, and blues! And onward to a range of blacks, some with creamy whites or whites mixed in for depth of color and interest.  These blacks are excellent staples in winter wardrobes, beginning with fall!  You can look sharp AND be warm all in one garment.

Tomorrow is the first day of autumn already!  As your thoughts turn from summer's blazing sun and sweaty days to crisp leaves, fresh air, early evenings and apple cider, I hope it turns as well to mittens and warm woolly things.  Time to start reviewing or finding new patterns!  Have a great weekend everyone! 

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