Shetland sheep?

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  1. quailkeeper

    quailkeeper Well-Known Member

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    I've been reading up on the Shetland. What is involved with their wool? I mean how hard is it to turn it into something usable? Please keep in mind I know nothing about wool. :haha: Can anyone post a pic of something they've made with the wool to give me an idea? I've read about the wedding ring thing, so I imagine it must be pretty fine. Anyone raise them in eastern OK or western Arkansas? Any information would be greatly appreciated :worship:
     
  2. bergere

    bergere Just living Life

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    I have never handspun Shetland fleece, though would like to in the future.
    But I have heard of folks, making sweaters, blankets, hats, mittens,, all manner of items.

    Am sure you have already checked out these links, but just in case you haven't....

    http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/sheep/shetland/
    http://www.mrsf.com/sinfo.htm
    http://www.shetland-wool-brokers.zetnet.co.uk//sheep.htm

    For sheep breeders in your area, check this web site out.
    http://www.nebraskasheep.com/directory/Breeds/Shetland/
     

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    lisarichards Well-Known Member

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  4. Shahbazin

    Shahbazin Well-Known Member

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    Here's the breed club website: http://www.shetland-sheep.org/
    Should be a breeders list on there somewhere, too.
    It's very easy to work with Shetland wool - I just pick any VM (plant bits) out, stick some picked through stuff in a dish tub of cold water with a squirt of Dawn (put the wool in after the soap), soak for a little while, then move it through a few rinse basins until the water is clean. You don't agitate fleece, or it can felt. I do sometimes use hot/warm water with an especially greasy ram fleece, but Shetland isn't real greasy so a cold water wash usually does the trick. Then I card it with hand cards, & spin it. I like a chunky, fluffy, woolen yarn myself, although Shetland fleece is often spun fine. It depends on where it comes off the sheep though, the neck fleece is the finest, shoulder & body next, the britch & lower side tends to be coarser (but dandy for heavy wearing stuff like socks!) Individual sheep vary a bit in fleece type, from a shorter, crimpier, more single coated fleece, to a long, silky, doublecoated fleece - ask before you get a fleece or a sheep, what the breeder is selecting for. I love spinning Shetland! Here's a pic of a young Shetland ram.
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  5. quailkeeper

    quailkeeper Well-Known Member

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    Thank you all for your help!! The breeder directory did not have any in Arkansas or Oklahoma. I'll have to keep looking, I think I'm hooked now :rolleyes: Thank you for the link to the projects thats exactly what I wanted to see!!
     
  6. Shahbazin

    Shahbazin Well-Known Member

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    If you check the NASSA website, I think you'll find breeders in your area - here's one of the ones listed in OK:
    Flock No. 70
    Flock Prefix: Fletcher
    Shannon & Don Fletcher
    Fletcher Shetlands
    431454 E 350 Rd
    Big Cabin, OK 74332-8264
    (918) 783-5441
    oaktree@junct.com
    Flock Size: 139

    And here's one listed in AR:
    Flock No. 688
    Flock Prefix: Morninglory
    Ken & Jan Hargis
    Morning Glory Farm
    3168 Ozark Acres Dr
    Benyonville, AR 72712-6365
    (501) 273-9712
    FAX: (501) 271-9570
    kenhargis@arkansas.net
    Flock Size: 53
    Other: Jacob

    (There's several others listed for each state, I just posted the ones w/the largest flocks).