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.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Don't stuff yourselves!
We've been putting out this beloved shot of Wooly Bear now for many years. He surely loves his autumn pumpkin treats! His horns are MUCH longer now, and are beginning to curl around a second time, giving his age away. We LOVE this ram, and will keep him as long as he lives. He continues to get ewes in the fall, and as usual, we can't wait to see what he gives us next year! When paired with different ewes, he gives us rich, amazing fleece colors that please spinners and knitters alike. He's a very docile fellow and an easy keeper and we are so happy to have him!
....the latest knitting work...
During the holiday weekend, if I get any moments to knit, I'll be finishing this second mitten. The yarn is actually a giant, bulky singles yarn spun by a youth, but it's remarkably even in gauge in all but a few places. Different colors of roving were added to the yarn as the spinner worked along, giving the yarn an unpredictable and fun color, to which I'm adding softer grays in spots by picking up new yarn. The first mitten is done already, thumb and all. Here, I'm about to start the left hand thumb increases, at which time, I'll pick up the pretty mango yarn again. The two mittens in the pair will not be alike, yet they will be the same yarns. For a kid on a farm...FUN! :)
Hope you all have a super nice Thanksgiving everyone, and safe travels to your destinations! And we'll put the word out right away, as soon as we know, if we'll be at market! We had to slow things down in Oct. and Nov. due to circumstances in the family, but we'll be back to market now as soon as there is space available. Happy Feasting!