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.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Shetland Peerie Makkers

 Wheely Wooly Farm has learned of an exciting effort in the Shetland Islands to prevent the loss of exceptional knitting traditions within the Shetland culture.  These traditions have grown out of the keeping of Shetland sheep over the centuries, the very ancestors of our own treasured sheep right here on our farm.  Traditions can only be carried on through the hands of youth, and that is just what a new program called Shetland PeerieMakkers is hoping to do.  Over the next year, it is hoped that more youth will be given opportunities to learn these knitting traditions, who will hopefully continue carrying this special knowledge forward into the future.

 We here at Wheely Wooly Farm are thankful for the opportunity to help keep the exceptional Shetland knitting traditions moving forward into the future.  We feel a special connection to the people of Shetland, through the endearing little sheep that changed our lives, and by the fascinating pursuit of knitting techniques that will provide a lifetime of endless joy.  Please join us in offering support by clicking on this link to learn more! Shetland Peerie Makkers

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