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, May 2, 2017
Gloppy, sloppy mud!
The farm is unusually soggy right now. The sheep have been out to graze just a little so far this spring because everything is soggy, squishy wet. So this year, we are doing things a little different. Our lambs are growing really fast, taking a lot out of their mothers, so we are doing an early wean this year. The timing is perfect! The lambs are huge, eating ample feed, and in a place they love and is familiar. The moms were taken out of the lamb pen and given a resting space right next to their lambs. They are so relieved to get some rest! You know the timing is good when the lambs delight in the extra room to run! Cabot expressed his feelings by leaping higher than ever and tearing around...obviously feeling fantastical at the idea of the unobstructed space opened up.
So at this time, we are doing frequent barn checks on the lambs, making sure everyone stays where we last put them (with hammer and nails handy for putting fence boards back on!), and getting lots of other work done in between. Summer farm market season is coming super fast!!!
Misty's lovely Country Apple Green Wrap being knitted on our Natural Needles
Watch for these exciting needles at the market this summer!
With all the wind, driving rain, and cold temps we've had, our wraps are the perfect thing to warm you up when you need a little something around your shoulders. These versatile wraps can be easily put on or taken off throughout the day as you move through all the things you need to do in a day. Less active but cool? Wrap one of these around your shoulders and feel real comfort. Feeling warmer when more active? Lay across a chair for a very pretty and cheerful sight...ready for use at a moment's notice!
Watch for more details on these Wheely Wooly Farm wraps coming real soon! And we will have exciting announcements coming equally soon so stay tuned!
PS...Lil' Rainbow's yarn is finished and ready for sale, and now Posie's fleece is being spun. I think this is the nicest fleece she's ever provided us! It's positively dreamy to spin! Next after Posie is Peppermint...one of Minty's lambs. She just gave us her first clip and I can't WAIT to spin it next!
If you are new to the farm's blog, welcome! We are a small sheep farm in the USA just west of the Great Lakes. The flock of sheep maintained here consists in part of genuine Shetland sheep, as well as other breeds for a variety of fibers that keeps the shepherdess and Lead Spinner quite busy. Our yarns and knitted garments have traveled to countries around the globe with customers who find us. From multiple US states to Canada, England, Scotland, Japan, Israel, India, and others, our products have been carried on the global winds indeed! We hope you enjoy learning about the workings of daily life here on the farm, and come back to visit us again soon!