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.

Monday, October 8, 2012


Gee, it's windy today!

But sweet little Shetland sheep don't mind!  They come from a very windy homeland, so a little wind in the heart of a massive continent doesn't faze them much.  I love how their fleeces look, blowing around.  This year, we've not had much rain so their fleeces are not as fluffy as usual.  This picture was taken last year and is of Wheely Wooly Maewyn.  This is the time of year when the wind really kicks up, as warm and cool air mix.  Leaves skitter all around, swirling in circles, blowing across the grasses, and lifting high into the air only to drift back down when the gusts weaken for a moment.

Another tree on our farm...with amazing depth of color from light green to oranges, reds, and yellows.

What a great day to spin!  Let's see, who should I spin today...coopworth?  Wink?  Maewyn?  Time to check the fleecy supply and see who's next.

On a sheepy fact note, can you guess which state has the most sheep?  (Hint:  it's NOT Wisconsin!)

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