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.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

A Great Start to Market Season

One of our new canopy signs.

Whew!  Our first market day of the summer is now past and a good one it was!  The day started out at dawn with gentle rain showers, but they soon stopped in time for everything to be dry and fresh at set up time.  It turns out we had everything with us that we needed, and everything was ready.  As the morning progressed, the crowd grew, the music was playing, and those fun massive bouquets began strolling past our booth, leaving behind a lingering smell of summer.  Waifs of delicious fresh brewed coffee tickled our noses and soon the sheep questions were underway!  It's always fun to share about the flock and what it's like to live with sheep every day.  

Each year, we see trends in colors or designs come and go but I think this year a new consciousness is emerging that excites us a great deal!  It seems that more than anything, people are becoming more conscientious about responsibility to our environment in how we choose products we use.  This is wonderful for us, as we have worked hard to bring a green product to market that makes for top quality clothing!  Sheep are green, and have been for millennia.

For example, sheep's cloven hooves take care of the soil, aerating roots.  They graze grasses which benefits the land, birds, and wildlife in numerous ways.  They eat unwanted weeds, especially those growing around rocks where other livestock dare not go.  Sheep are easy on the land, allowing it to flourish and regenerate.  They disperse their manure themselves, making fossil fuels unnecessary to move the manure around by machine.  Our fences from day one have been solar powered, requiring no coal burning electricity to operate.  Sheep are easy to rotate, which prevents parasites and disease from building up in the soil, and prevents compaction.  They drink little water and require very little, if any, fossil fuel generated grains to survive.  Speaking of fossil fuels, our sheep produce clothing RIGHT HERE!  You don't have to worry that the world's oceans are being further polluted through unnecessary shipping to enjoy knitting! The list goes on and on...

But the biggest advantage for us, besides the fact they are entertaining, cute, and pleasant to have around, is that they bring us a regenerative, renewable source of outstanding quality fiber in which to make warm, high performance clothing with.  In my pre-wool days, I had no idea how cold I was all the time, but I DO remember being sick all the time!  Thankfully, those days are long gone.  On top of all that, playing around with colors, gauges, and knit/crochet combinations is endlessly entertaining and fun, with very, very, very satisfying results!  What's not to love about sheep?  They are GREEN! :)

Well, we'll come back to this topic again sometime soon.  In the meantime, don't forget that you can shop our etsy store if you'd like Wheely Wooly yarn and cannot make it to market.  I will be putting more things up for sale there in the week ahead, so watch for that if you are interested.  Wheely Wooly Farm yarns are a great way to express your interests in living green!  If you are looking to live with a greener conscience, come discover sheep.  Then, make a statement, wear wool!

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