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, January 1, 2014
Happy Wool Year!!
Wheely Wooly Farm has just wrapped up our fifth year and what a year it has been! We have survived through a lot! Here is just a little list:
1. We made it to grass green up in spring, after stomach aches over hay supply all last winter! The wicked drought the prior hay growing season had many people culling heavily, or selling out all together. We managed to hold on, feed, and breed very, very, very carefully, and we made it!
...a very cold, windy, wet spring...is it ever gonna warm up?
2. The growly wildthing kitty hisses so viciously, you are immobilized while diving backwards...couldn't dial 911 if I tried...
...launch of an Etsy shop...thud.
3. Wait! Why is Carumba over there in the neighbor's pasture squealing like a piglet???????
4. Our best lambing season on record! Highest rate of twins, highest rate of ewe lambs with only five ram lambs!! All moms lamb without problems, all lambs born healthy and lively. The shepherdess cannot jump for joy high enough after that stomachy winter (after a good, long nap...)!!
5. Highest sales day comes in June!! More people are enjoying knitting/crocheting during hotter months while hanging out at the beach or under their favorite shade tree...
6. One duck goes missing...
7. Trophies! Trophies again!
8. Posie goes ill, then recovers after emergency call to vet leads to "She's gonna die you know. There's nothing I can do and I don't know what to tell ya..."
9. rotate, rotate, rotate, rotate, rotate, rotate, rotate, rotate...
10. Things fall off as we address non-farm things...
...then an AWESOME trip out to Seattle! What fun!
11. An incredibly cold December topping off a parasite explosion this fall in one ewe's line. TG for cold!! WHERE do those little buggers come from?!? You know what I mean? Ewe is pulled from breed pool.
12. A happy and peaceful holiday season, with the return to market coming in January. What could be better than that?
This is the short list. It has been a year of much happiness, surprise, and high points, some super good spooks, and sadness all at the same time. Personally, I've had a LOT of fun knitting stuff this year despite all the farm work. I've especially enjoyed my Wooly Bear sweater, and wear it frequently, especially in this cold. I don't know how I used to survive without wool! I do remember those years as frigid years where I never felt warm. This is the year we also advertised and educated on how our farm is vertically integrated from sheep to garment and the response by you, green knitters, has been wonderful! Thank you for your support all these years and we are looking forward to many more years of pretty naturally colored fleeces, warm and fuzzy yarn, and cute little lambs! And thank you for your green consciousness. Without you, many small farms in America would have lost the red and white, left to be only blue! You are all keeping the American dream alive and we appreciate you! How about a Customer Appreciation Sale??? Come find us at the market for 20% off everything (except the sheepskin pelts) the first two markets in January! See you then and all of us here at Wheely Wooly Farm wish you a very happy new year!