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, July 8, 2013
For Sale: Shetland Ram Lamb
Wheely Wooly Peat
Shetland ram lamb born May 9, 2013
Wheely Wooly Peat is a fine young ram lamb who will be registered upon sale. His color is moorit (Norse, meaning 'brown'), with white on the right side of his head/neck. He may possibly carry blaeget markings, which means the tips of his fleece, as he ages, may be "a lighter shade of the outer part of the wool fiber, especially in moorit and dark brown sheep" (NASSA Handbook, page 7, Colors and Markings). If he has this, his fiber will make gorgeous yarn, with a heathering of golden highlights when spun. His sire's fleece can be seen here on the right side of our blog. Peat is solid colored and very soft, so his fleece is perfect for larger projects such as shawls, sweaters, or sofa lap blankets, although it would be lovely paired with other natural Shetland colors or even dyed yarns!
Peat's twin is standing behind him (Wheely Wooly Chicory). She looks just like him but is not for sale. Both the sire and dam are on farm and available to see. Peat's sire has a gorgeous Shetland head with beautiful, curling horns and a fleece that sells fast every year. Sire and dam both have ideal temperaments for small flocks, something few farms consider when developing breeding stock.
Wheely Wooly Peat would make a fine breeding ram for any spinner's flock. If you are interested, email us to learn more!