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Text Box: About Shetland Sheep— A primitive, small, hardy, Northern short-tailed breed from the Shetland Isles, primarily kept for its fine soft fleece.  Shetlands come in a variety of 11 main colors ranging from jet black to palest gray, deep, dark chocolate brown, to a light golden champagne, and lustrous white.  These colors are usually called by their original Shetland dialect names such as musket, emsket, & moorit.   In addition, there are 30 markings in the Shetland breed.  The Shetland breed standard calls for fleeces that are  fine, soft, and crimpy for exceptional knitting and weaving yarn.  Shetland wool can be easily hand or mill spun as it’s 2 1/2” to 6” range is appropriate for hand carding, flicking, drumcarding, and mill processing.  The very fine wool on some Shetlands can be spun at a cobweb lace weight whereas other Shetland wool is more appropriate for sweaters and spun at fingering or sport weight.  Shetland wool performs exceptionally well spun finer, giving added value to your hand or mill spun Shetland garments.  It also does well spun thicker in worsted or bulky weight yarns.  Some Shetland wool felts beautifully, giving a light-as-air felt piece or heavier, depending on your desire.
     Shetlands range from 70-100 lbs for adult ewes and 90-125 lbs for adult rams.  Ewes are normally polled but some lines have small horns.  Rams normally have beautiful curved horns but a few are polled or scurred.  Shetlands are a personable breed and some can be quite friendly.

She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. Proverbs 31:13

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