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.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Busy, busy, busy!!

A pretty wool hot pad knit during gentle spring rains.

Things have been very, very busy around here.  There is much to do.  The grass is beginning to green up, which surely seems very late for most of you across our vast country.  Up here where we live, spring is late and this year is quite late!  We are just now hearing the spring peepers in the moist fields and woods.

When we are not out in the barn working, we have little moments in the house to work on smaller, quicker knitting projects.  Above is the latest simple, yet rewarding little project.  It measures about nine inches across and was made in less than a day.  It's nice and thick for insulating hot dishes on the table.  It looks purply here in the picture but in reality, it's a lovely country apple red with deeper maroons speckled with a touch of russet and yellow/green.  The true color doesn't show at all in this picture.

Shearing has stopped due to heavy rains last week.  I put the sheep out until one day it rained so hard, I was afraid the little lambs would wash kidding!  We had gotten over four inches of rain last weekend in about two days, so the sheep stayed in a day or two, but are back out again.  In fact, despite more rain, the pasture has dried out enough to expand their spring space a bit.  The lambs have even more space to race around in the mornings and evenings when they pack together and spring up and down the pasture as fast as they can go.

As we tend the livestock, meadow larks can be heard in the distance, and the air is heavy with humidity.  The warmth is sooooooo refreshing!!!!!!!!  Our little wren has returned.  One year, he didn't and boy, did we ever miss him!  I hope he'll stay.  Most years, he doesn't find a mate and his nest, all prepared and ready, lays empty.

Here's a parting bit of fun:

Couldn't resist sharing! lol

Have a great day everyone!  And thank you to our latest group for inviting us to share about the sheep farming life!  We had a lot of fun and were impressed by the interest and curiosity of everyone!

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