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, April 23, 2014

Looking for a break soon!

With the winter behind us now, lambing done awhile back with lambs already weaning themselves off their mothers, and shearing wrapping up soon, we here at Wheely Wooly Farm are looking forward to rest.  The barn has been spruced up, the grass is beginning to green up and the fencing is ready and waiting.  It will be no big deal to get the sheep started on grass soon.  After that, we will finally have some down time to relax and enjoy!

In the meantime, we are still getting periods of heavy rain mixed in with drier days.  When it rains, I like working on little projects a bit here and there.  Check this out!

Pretty Granny Squares from Claire and Posie's wool!

We have lots of tidbits of yarn stached away here, that we've been saving for work just such as this.  It is super fun, and very easy.  Once you get the pattern down, it's easily memorized and away you go.  The color combinations are fun to experiment with and before you know it, you have a pile of squares to sew together for a project.  The yarn tails are not sewn in here, obviously.  I didn't think you'd mind seeing them fresh off the crochet hook.  We are currently out of many of these colors but Posie's 2014 fleece is currently on the wheel, and Claire's is drying...waiting to be spun.  My spinning is slow this time of year until I get all the fleeces in, hooves trimmed, fencing up, and so on.  Then, it's back to the joys of spinning away fleece by fleece!  Can't wait!

Hope you are all enjoying the freshness of spring!

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