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 25, 2013

Sunny Days of Summer

What a beautiful summer we are having!  The grass is still green and lush, the temps have been nice, and
all has been moving right along!  The lambs are growing faster than one person put it lately...the results of 'rocket fuel' of good milk and high protein grass.  Our black lambs have a bright sparkle to their eyes, which I can't get enough of in the evenings when I call them in to the gate.  They are so cute!  I'll have to try getting more pics for you to see since I'll be rotating fence tomorrow again.

The sunflowers are blooming brightly on the farm.  This one was a volunteer compliments of the winter birds who visited our feeder during snowstorms.  We have sunflowers all over the farm.  Love them!

We're looking ahead to Saturday's market and getting ready.  It looks like the weather will be beautiful again, so I think I'll bring my wheel.  If you haven't had a chance to stop by and see me spin, another chance is coming!  We have lots of colorful yarns to choose from in many shades of natural colors, as well as the bright dyed wools that are so much fun to pair with the natural colors.  Our yarns and knitted garments continue to be popular with visitors from out of state.  If you saw something you like more of or want to add to a project, don't forget that you can order from our Etsy store anytime day or night and you can order with a credit card.  If you saw something you'd like, but don't see it in our Etsy shop, just email and we can post that for you to purchase.  Our Etsy shop link is conveniently on the right side of our blog here.  Anything ordered from our Etsy shop will be mailed right to your doorstep!  How lucky we are to live in this day and age!

This year, we have only five ram lambs.  Polar Bear (a.k.a. Snowball) is a real keeper.  We can't WAIT to use him on our Friesian cross girls!  Peat is a very nice breeding ram ready to go to a new home.  Lark is HUGE, with a fantastic growth rate, and Rapport is the brightest-faced little fellow I've seen in a long time!  He cannot be registered due to political tanglings two breeders back.  I found his mother on a farm where all the Shetlands were being sold, and she has been an asset to our farm.  When bred to our Grand Champ ram, or his offspring, she's given us super nice lambs!  Rapport is a twin.  We named his sister Rapunzel, because she is kinda trapped in the tower by the political situation much like the 'real' Rapunzel was trapped by a witch.  Rapunzel the lamb is also a beauty and is a keeper!  And last is handsome, friendly Moorwyn, whom I'm trying to decide if I'll sell.

That's about all for now.  Let us know if we can be of any help in the Etsy shop, or at the market.  In the meantime, hope you are enjoying whatever knitting projects you are working on!  I'm working on a pair of Whirly (short for Whirlwind) mittens (a young ram in our flock who sired several of this year's twin lambs), with Blue Ice trim and flowers.  If I get time, I'll post a picture of them soon!  Hope you are enjoying our sunny days of summer!

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