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, March 18, 2013

Thanks, Hyssop! :)

Check this out!
 Thank You Hyssop!!

Isn't this great?! The egg you see in the middle was laid by our resident goose, Hyssop.  It's huge!  (The brown eggs are hen's eggs.) The shell is a beautiful white, but despite that, we didn't find it too easily.  Actually, a hen found it by accident.  Hyssop had buried her lovely egg in the clean straw around the side of her nest, for safe-keeping.  Unfortunately for her, we took it, being the first goose egg ever laid on this farm in our time here!  The egg was brought in the house, washed, then blown out so that we can decorate it and keep it in our fun little collection.  We have eggs from favorite hens, Lucy our duck, and now, Hyssop the Goose!  

I wish I had pictures for you of the yolk!  It was HUGE!  After this first egg, we will now let her sit on her nest and keep the rest of the eggs she lays.  We are hoping she'll hatch out some goslings for us, but that is always uncertain ground.  Will she?  Will she not?  We'll see!
The view from my window this afternoon.

The other thing to report is that spring is nowhere in sight today.  We still haven't heard ONE red-winged blackbird!  This has now broken the record for the latest first singing ever for us.  They are always here the first week of March.  It's not looking good for hearing him anytime soon, as cold air will fall over us for the next several cold I mean nearly down to zero, with highs barely above 20 degrees F.  Surely this will be the last week of such cold.  Today, we'll be getting a few inches of snow in heavy falling, but short-lived.  Wilbur is NOT happy out there today!  But the rams can take this weather very well, and it's no problem for them.  Sure am glad I don't have any lambs yet!!!  This is not good weather for lambs.

I ran out of yarn for my Wooly Bear sweater, so in the middle of spinning other things, I had to spin up a bit more.  Got that done, then washed and dried the skeins.  Now I'm back to working on the sweater and loving it!  I've also finished dozens of skeins that will need dyeing this spring, with more ready to ply.  Soon, I'll be shearing Claire and Posie, and perhaps Misty, Minty, and Phloxie.  They are not purebred Shetlands, so can be sheared early.  In this cold, I'm SO glad nobody is sheared yet!!  In fact, I usually shear Claire in late Feb. or early March.  Not this year!  Not only has it been cold and windy, it's been either snowing or raining, then freezing to hard ice every few days.  I'll wait.  Meanwhile, Claire is contentedly in the barn during high winds, or outside during quieter weather events, happy and warm as can be.

That's the farm update for today.  Have a good day everyone!


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