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 8, 2014

Spinning for Cold

I mean...Gold!

What fun spinning is!  When the weather turns cold, like we've had lately, spinning is such a wonderful way to pass the time!  How cold has it been?  Two nights ago, it was twenty four degrees BELOW zero.  That was air temp.!  Air that cold is not typical around here, and our society does not have the infrastructure to handle such cold.  Plastic and metal breaks like twigs in that cold.  Furnaces that heat homes stop working...or burn out because they cannot keep up.  Batteries in cars drain without warning and cars stop working.  Water buckets freeze solid in a couple of hours, cracking apart.  Mittens freeze instantly to stall latches, bucket handles, door knobs and gate hooks.  Yuck!!  Makes the shepherdess feel more like a tree frog...

Over the years, I've had to deal with all of these problems, but this time, we seem to have come through the cold snap ok.  Hope all is well in the homes and on the farms of all of you out there!   We hope you are getting to enjoy knitting and spinning rather than repairing or fixing.  Soon, this cold snap will move on.

In the meantime, I'll keep spinning for that gold...

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