Our Farm: Shetland Sheep & Farmstead Yarn
Shetland Sheep: Beautiful Fiber, Softest Yarn
Our small flock of purebred Shetland sheep are selected for exceptional fleece quality, beautiful colors and patterns and hardy, easy care temperaments.
Shetlands are a miniature breed whose tiny size and hardy nature suit them perfectly as fiber animals, living lawn mowers and backyard pets. Our flock is registered with the North American Shetland Sheep Breeders Association and individual lambs may be registered upon request.
Pure Shetland Yarn: Beautiful Fiber Art
Our beautiful yarn is spun with care from our homegrown flock of purebred Shetland Sheep. Shetland wool is known all over the world for its amazingly soft hand, beautiful drape, bounce and elasticity. We've been breeding and specially selecting our sheep for several generations to ensure excellent staple length, superior softness, strength and beauty.
We harvest our wool each Spring by rooing (plucking) our sheep just as the new year's wool growth begins and they naturally shed last year's growth. This painless process makes our wool softer and more durable with no shearing stress for the sheep and no second cuts or breaks in the wool. Our yarns are locally spun at a small, family-run mill in Eastern PA.
Turn your next knitting or crochet project into an heirloom or gift the fiber artist in your life with this special farm-grown yarn.
Our Pure Shetland yarn is available in three colors: Creamy Ivory (lightest ivory) Antique Ivory (taupe ivory)) and Moorit Brown (medium brown). We also have both DK and Worsted weights available. Skeins are 200 yards, 2 ply.
About Shetland Sheep
Did you know most Shetland lambs are born nearly black? Their fleece color changes significantly with age. You can expect your dark lamb to brighten to a beautiful golden brown to creamy white in time. Our Shetlands have fine to medium wool with a 2-4" staple length, perfect for hand spinning, felting or mill spinning. Our sheep roo easily, allowing you to harvest your wool yourself rather than shearing if so desired.
Sheep are flock animals who are happiest only in groups. Lambs will not be sold individually unless you already have another sheep. Please educate yourself on sheep care before you purchase.
Shetland sheep have a long history - their roots go back over a thousand years, probably to sheep brought to the Shetland Islands in Scotland by Viking settlers. They are a calm, docile and easy-to-manage breed. Our sheep are friendly - eating out of our hands and enjoying being petted and given attention. Although Shetlands are small and relatively slow growing, they maintain natural hardiness, thriftiness, easy lambing, adaptability and longevity.
Shetlands are world-renown for their beautiful wool - one of the finest and softest of any UK breed. This soft, yet strong and durable wool is a delight to spin and is ideal for knitting. Traditionally, the finest of the Shetland yarns, spun from selected neck wool, were knit into lace shawls so fine they could be drawn through a wedding ring! Shetland wool comes in one of the widest ranges of colors of any breed. Everything from the purest white to the deepest coal black. There are 11 main colors and 30 markings, many still bearing their Shetland dialect names. Fleeces usually weigh between 2 to 4 pounds with the staple length of 2 to 4 1/2 inches.