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.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Are you ready?

The general feeling among people we talk to these days is that few are worried about winter coming!  That is surely different from other years.  The heat and drought was so strong that winter is not so much a worry, rather a relief from blazing sun, parched grass, and sweat.  How refreshing it will be to feel the cool winds and see snow coming down!  Well, for a moment anyways!  We do know that winter is inevitable, and it's coming, so I guess we better prepare for it.  Are you ready?
I've been spinning...

...and knitting...

...and rounding up all the things we'll need for winter-wear.   Are there enough hats?  Socks?  Where are they?  How about mittens?  Seems we are always needing new mittens because they get used so much, moved around so much, stuffed in pockets, lost in vehicles...and how about hats?  Does everyone still have a nice hat that matches their coats?  Don't forget scarves!  Scarves are more than wardrobe decor, they are so needed on a cold, windy day!  Do the kids have a good scarf to keep their necks warm?  Are there scarves in your vehicles in case of bad weather and a breakdown?  Do you have barn scarves lined up with your 'going away' scarves?  Do any scarves need replacing because they are pilling, have holes, look frazzled, or are cheap plastic that makes your skin break out?  

I know I love wool, but I love to have scarves for different occasions.  I have nice scarves for going away to dressier places, scarves for meetings, scarves for the barn, and scarves to wear when eating out.  Some are for outdoors (worn with or without a coat), some indoors (not usually worn with a coat), some work for both.  I have mittens in my truck, mittens stuffed in my coat pockets, and half mitts in my bag.  If it's REALLY cold, I'll wear my half mitts inside my mittens for glorious warmth! 

As the winds begin to blow the cool air into our area, it's time to begin thinking about having our warm clothes ready.  Are you ready? 

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