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.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

We're off to market soon!

Watch for the purple tent!

It's a positively lovely morning on this first day of June, 2013!  The air is fresh, everything is green, and all is well.  The sheep have good grazing, the lambs have been growing at an astounding rate (the most we've ever seen in any of our lamb crops in any other year), and the fiber is on the wheel!  And happily, little Polar Bear is thriving and Posie has turned out to be an excellent, attentive mum!  I am still shearing some of the sheep who's rise is just right about now, but many are done.  We will have many natural colors to choose from, and all the skeins will be labeled with your favorite sheep's name on them, as usual!  I just plied over a dozen skeins of Claire's wool, and we will be expanding our bright dyed colors this year as they are so pretty with our natural colors and are also popular!  

Our first market date is coming up in mid June so watch for more details!  We don't know exactly where our booth will be located yet, but we'll let you know when we find out.  I still have signs to paint and some other things to get ready, so I'm sure the time will pass quickly between now and then!  

In the meantime, browse over your patterns to find nice projects for summer knitting.  I love summer knitting.  It's so nice to sit under the shade of a tree, or on the beach and just quietly work on a project while hearing the sounds of nature around me.  It's such a nice way to have a little quiet time in such a hectic and noisy world!  And it's so satisfying to make your own garments to wear!  I LOVE my Wooly Bear sweater!  I've worn it on many occasions this spring, and I always get compliments on it.  It's so cozy and warm and perfect for taking the chill off my arms.  I love wearing it when we are traveling around, too, as it's so much more comfortable than a stiff coat.  You, too, can enjoy the comfortable benefits of Shetland wool and the satisfaction of knitting by stopping by our booth and seeing what there is for your own wardrobe!

We hope you have enjoyed our farm blog as we've shared our delights and challenges over the last winter!  If you won't be in the area for our farm market, but are interested in our yarns and supporting our family farm, you can shop in our etsy shop by clicking on the link on the right side of our blog.  Watch for new items to be coming soon there, too!

Happy knitting everyone, and we look forward to seeing all of you again soon!

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