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.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Speaking of Springy Yellow...

You won't want to miss out on this yarn!

Winter is lingering here on Wheely Wooly Farm.  The snow is deep, the ice is hard, and icicles hang everywhere.  Today, the wind is cold and stiff.  As the sun gets higher in the sky each day, it becomes blindingly bright...a wonderful reminder that soon, winter will break and spring will burst forth.  I don't think anyone is complaining about the seemingly delayed exit of winter this year, as we all feel a sense of relief that moisture is here, and sticking around!!

Despite the snowpack outside, I can't help but turn my thoughts to spring.  This bright, sunny yellow yarn is such a treat to the eyes!  It is a soft, creamy yellow that brightens the area.  I would sure love to knit with this yarn myself!!  It would be perfect for a small child's spring/summer sweater or play coat!  Real wool is an outstanding garment fabric for young children as it helps regulate body temperature without overheating, yet keeps them snuggy warm when the sun slips behind clouds.  Real wool also has natural ease in the fabric, which is so important for young bodies busily learning how active they can be!  Have you ever watched a small child try to play in clothes that don't have natural ease?  Their reaching out is restricted, tightened, and uncomfortable.  Why keep children restricted when:

a)  they need encouragement to move around and be healthy and
b)  you are looking for another excuse to knit something fun and cute!

Children who's clothes make them feel tight and clammy/sweaty are not happy children.  Have you ever noticed that they tend to be fussier?  Real wool can alleviate those problems, and allow the child to move more freely, with greater comfort.  Real wool is awesome!  I don't know why we ever moved away from it in the first place...but it's time to come back to the joys of real wool! 

You can find these three skeins for sale in our NEW Etsy Shop!  Find the link on the right side of this blog, in the yellow text.  Don't forget that the first 10 customers will receive a FREE crocheted flower with their order!  Wouldn't that look so cute on a sweater or play coat?  

Have a great day everyone!  I'll keep you posted on the ducklings!  They are growing...yes...faster than weeds and sunflowers!

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