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.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

It's here! It's done! It's here!

The wait is over!  The long anticipated Wrap Pattern is finished and ready for you!  Based on what we hear from you, we think you will love it, for this is a one-of-a-kind pattern!
Look for the PURPLE 3-RING BINDER!

You won't believe what we've included just for you!  This pattern gives you seven variations to enjoy!  It starts with the body of the wrap made with our 100% Wheelspun Yarns, which any knitter, even beginners, can achieve.  Helpful tips are included to keep you on track as you work.  If you are an experienced knitter, this is your relaxing down time knitting!  We all need that, don't we? lol

After the body is finished, the pattern continues with the variations, some for knitters, some for crocheters.  Mix and match the fun variations to create the wrap of your own personal aspirations all with one pattern!  Change ideas and make another.  The possibilities are many!  Start knitting on it this summer for a lifetime piece that you'll be proud to wear, or make one for someone you love!

What else is here and done?  The Wrap Needles!!  We can hardly believe we finally have these done for you.  They are Size 13's with 15 " long shafts perfect for knitting the wraps!  There are many NEW colors to choose from, such as Purple Pizzazz and Hydrangea Pink.  Ker-knit the Frog was so popular, it sold out on the first day!  We are scrambling to make more...

To see the needles, head on over to our new website and click on the Handmade Needles page, or order a pair, along with the skeins for your wrap, from our new secure online shop!  The Wrap Pattern will be there soon hopefully, as a digital sale or hard copy.  For now, you can pick it up at the market any Saturday 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

You won't believe the next thing this busy shepherdess is already working on just for you...hopefully to be finished on time for Saturday's market!

P.S.  The goslings are MUCH larger now and they are the most charming chatterboxes we've ever known!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Gosling Fun!

Sheep farms love goslings!  Geese provide much needed assistance to the sheep pastures.  Around the world, geese help keep pastures 'cleaned up' of things you don't want your sheep ingesting.  The sheep are put out to graze a planned area, then moved to the next planned area when they've eaten the grasses down to a measured point.  Right after the sheep are moved off, the geese are put in.  They love it!  Geese are farm employees, and are valuable to have around.

That said, geese are FUN!  They are cute, easy, pleasant, and a joy to have on the farm.  Our spring goslings are growing super fast now.  They were born...let's see...May 20th.  As you see them here below, they are about half as tall as they are today already!

Baby Geese!

They love water, and have to have it at all times.  We give them a deeper pail with rocks on the bottom for dipping, so they can eat their food.  They also get this bird bath top, with it's gentle sides, cause you know, they have very big shoes to walk in!  As babies, they are terribly clumsy, as you can imagine!  The grass is delicious, full of good things to eat, plus they get starter kibbles.  I think the sunshine says grow, grow, grow!

We love our goslings.  If you ever have a chance to raise goslings, don't hesitate!  They are one of life's simple pleasures not to be missed!