February Breed Study: Shetland Wool

Such a beautiful red, perfect for February !

This months breed study is 2oz of Shetland Wool, hand dyed in a scrumptious red called Frosted Hearts Don’t Melt. I love spinning Shetland wool and can’t wait to start spinning this lovely wool. My plan is to spin thin as possible and then chain ply. I am aiming for another 70 yards of finished handspun, which would be doable.

“Shetland Sheep are one of the smallest of the British sheep. The ewes are usually hornless, and the rams have nicely-rounded horns, not too heavy, nor too close together. Their head is well carried, their face is of medium length with a straight nose and bright eyes, the back is straight and of medium length.  They originated in the Shetland Isles, but is they are now kept in many other parts of the world. They are part of the Northern European short-tailed sheep group. Shetlands are classified as a landrace or “unimproved” breed. They are kept for their very fine wool, for meat, and for conservation grazing. “ – Livestock of the World

There is also a great post on Northwest Yarns about Shetland Sheep . This website is a great source to learn and know about the fiber you are using, or might want to use. Check out their blog about knowing your fiber.

Do you like knitting with Shetland wool?

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