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, December 8, 2014
That's how I've recently seen it described. What do I mean? Sheep! My favorite breed of sheep have been keeping people clothed and warm for 1,100 winters. Amazing.
It's quite a trip back in time when you think about the Northern European Short Tailed sheep (NESHS). My favorite breed, Shetlands, are just one member of that family. Another popular NESHS is the Icelandic. They, too, are amazing sheep! Equally amazing is what the Icelandic people accomplished with them.
There are many different breeds of sheep that can keep you warm, but few have the track record for human clothing quite like the NESHS have. Most people have no idea. Never thought about it. Wouldn't even know to think about it. Amazing.
One thousand, one hundred winters. Documented. Known. Amazing. Sheep endure through the ages. From richest to poorest, sheep endure. What a story!
Back to the current moment. We have a few scarf balls left! Email us if you'd like to know what colors are available, as that's always changing. Time is running out to give the gift of 1,100 winters! Don't delay! Order your yarn today.