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Shetland Sheep

We have 5 of these small sheep currently. Shetland sheep are calm and charming in disposition, docile, and intelligent. 

Shetland Sheep are a heritage breed dating back a thousand years or more and are related to Soay sheep. They have primitive characteristics such as a naturally short fluke shaped tail, small size, and fine bone structure. They are famous first and foremost for their fine, soft, naturally colored wool that is very lightweight and warm. This wool was one of the two pillars of the Shetland Island economy for centuries. Some Shetlands have wool that 'roos' or sheds in the springtime while others require shearing each year.  Ours are sheared every Spring once it's warm enough for them to enjoy the weather without their coats.

Garments made from Shetland wool can be next-to-the-skin soft scarves to warm, soft outerwear sweaters. It is a fine wool with crimp and is normally used for knitted garments with good memory such as stockings/socks, hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, shawls, under clothing, and the famous Shetland sweaters. It is a 'longish' wool, around 3-6", depending on crimp. It is sometimes good for felting and some fleeces are very silky. As it is a heritage breed, there is quite a bit of diverseness found within the breed, especially in the colors and patterns that run the gamut of browns, blacks, greys, and white as well as spots and patterns. All in all, it is one of the premier handspinning fleeces to be found.   Our sheep range from a white (cream color) to Very dark brown.

We have wool available in many forms - raw fleeces, roving, and handspun yarns.  Just let us know what you're looking for.

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Shetland Sheep
Felicity, my yard sheep
Betty Boop, the black shetland
colors of Shetland yarn
Felicity eating clover
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