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, January 18, 2014

A Busy Week

We've been busy as a swift spinnin' round!
(But not going in circles!)

Isn't this a pretty picture?  I took it last spring as the warm spring sunlight was shining in the window and the pretty little African violet was blooming.  Thought you might enjoy a bit of warm color on these chilly winter days!  This yarn is Posie's Wacky Peachy Pink...a very soft two-ply of about sport weight.

This has been a very busy week for the Shepherdess.  Last weekend, I worked on my Flock Box, aka the sheep medicine chest.  Inside are things needed to get ewes through lambing and anyone else through whatever might come, as well as routine stuff for good flock health and identification. Plus, there was that terrible ice storm that made all surfaces super slick.  Then on Tuesday evening, one of our ewes whom we were expectantly watching lambed in a textbook perfect lambing!  She gave us two beautiful ram lambs that were very vigorous and exciting!  It was cold, so I was up most of the night making sure they had what they needed to succeed.  By three am, we were all in the house (the two lambs and I) dozing and getting warm.  By 4:30, they were back out nursing.  By 5:15, we were back in, dozing and warming up, to again go out at 7 for more good nursing.  The ewe was fantastic!  At 7 am, I knew the lambs would be fine and not chilled, and things have grown from there!  They are doing great!

The rest of the week was used to prepare for the market on Saturday, and another spinning demo we had been invited to give on Friday afternoon.  The spinning demo was fun and we got to know some new people better who inspired us as much as we hopefully inspired them!  Then this morning, we were off early to market!  Lots of people came out to shop so it was a pretty busy morning.  

One weird thing happened.  This morning as I was pulling out of the farm, I noticed weird tracks on the side of the road along the farm.  Since our road is quiet, I stopped and hopped out to take a better look and WOW!  Big tracks, running along side two sets of horse tracks.  The horses were moving at a trot to the west, the big tracks with toes moving to the east.  Very odd!!  So I hopped back in the vehicle, headed off down the road and called DH to investigate.  He did, and upon walking around our barns, discovered horses had been all around!  The evidence was clear.  Either someone rode past the vehicle and ran around the buildings (and through my fall raspberries...), or someone's horses were loose.  Later, we saw a neighbor walking along the road.  This made us it was a sight we've seen before!   I hope they find what they are looking for.  Last time, I saw their loose horses and began making the calls, then, I was there to catch them on the side of the road.  This time, I haven't seen them anywhere.

So it has been a busy week, and the last of our Customer Appreciation Sale.  We hope you all enjoy your new yarns!  And thanks to those who came back and showed us how your projects have turned out!  We love to see how things turn out!  Let's hope the weather stays decent so next week's market can be as much fun as this week was!

P.S.  I'll put up pictures for the demo group of that Sampler Poster and Poncho as soon as possible so stay tuned!

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