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.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

It's July ? Already??

Summer is flying by here on the farm faster than a spinning whirlygig!!  I can hardly believe the date when I look at my calendar.  We are having a fantastic grass year this year, and as you can see, the garden behind this huge, colorful whirlygig is growing bountiously.  This week, we've had our first truly hot and humid weather so even though we have excellent pasture waiting for the next rotation, we've brought the sheep up to the barn for the week.  This gives them the opportunity to graze during cooler morning and evening hours, but still have access to shade provided by some trees and the buildings during the heat of the afternoon.  It's also easier to keep their water tanks well scrubbed and filled with cool, clean water.  In hot weather like this, the tanks need checking every few hours.  We've also put extra tanks out for them.

 I'll never grow tired of colorful whirlygigs!
More Wheely Wooly Farm twins.
These two are Moorwyn and Mousa, Mona's lambs.
Just like her, they are VERY friendly!
Moorwyn loves chin scratches, and will quietly approach you and politely wait for you to notice him.

This summer, we've been grazing the flock in long, narrow strips and rotating them every few days, depending on how they graze a strip down.  Because of the good grass-growing weather we've had, our pastures are regenerating quickly, although we're heading now into a slower growth period as we approach August.  We've been very fortunate to attend some sheepy events to learn more and network with fellow sheep producers.  I love attending these events! 

Also, we are now sold out of meat and won't have more until sometime in August.

Plus, we are busy getting ready for Saturday's market!  I have some spinning to finish, and I've done some knitting for displays.  Knitting in this hot weather is so nice!  During the heat of the day, I come in, sit where it's cool, and take some time to enjoy the wonders of lovely Shetland yarn!   It's a great way to pass the time until the less humid weather returns once again and I am back to outside work.  What do I hear a lot of knitters making this summer?  Capelets and mittens!  If you're wanting to work on something like these, be sure to check out our green farm yarns!  Our yarns are well suited for both of these types of projects.  Remember, we're local, we're sustainable, and we're GREEN!  Supporting our small family farm means making wiser choices in resource consumption and helps reduce negative environmental impacts.  Green wool is smart wool!!  Check us out on Etsy, where you can shop any time day or night, and order with the convenience of your credit card and we'll send the yarns right to your door!

Our natural Shetland yarn paired with dyed yarn.
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