Shetland Fiber

updated 3/26/18

Raw Shetland Fleece:  

We celebrating the spring harvest;  that is the shearing of our sheep for 2018.    As we do it ourselves, 3-4 at a time, completion of this task always feels good.  The fleeces, laid out on the shearing table, are the fruits of our labor.  Very satisfying.  Also good news is that our new feeding system has decreased the vegi matter significantly in the fleeces this year as we do not coat our sheep.  That makes me happy!

Below I give a brief description and try to rank degree of vegi matter (VM) on a scale of 0-3, 0 meaning very, very little, 3 means not to put it on my sale list.  VM at our farm consists of bits of seedless orchard grass hay or straw.   I did a good skirting of the fleeces as well.

You can tell the length of the lock by the picture; each of those squares is 2 inches.
Anyway I try to be honest about it so you know what to expect.  Let me know if you have any questions.  Price does not include shipping, you can give me a zip and I'll quote you shipping costs.  Generally it's about $20 unless it is a smaller fleece and I can get it into a medium size USPS box, then it's a bit less.



Aurora SOLD

She is one of our older gals but still produces a lovely fleece, fine and crimpy.  Like any old gal there a few long hairs here and there but are easily pulled out to leave you with lovely, soft locks.  Length varies a bit, 2-4 inches.  When I spread this fleece out on the table one thought popped into my mind: light as air!!

VM 1
Wt. 2.2#
Price $48





Fern 

She is young gal of 3 with a milky brown fleece.  It is a medium/fine type fleece with locks about 4 inches long.  There is some VM around the neck but otherwise pretty clean.
VM 1
wt. 3#
Price $54


Bloom

This is soft more dual coated type fleece, locks 2.5 to 3 ".  It is black with some grey fibers and very clean (for a sheep that is).  Carded up this would make easy spinning!
VM 0
wt. 2#
Price $42








Quinn -SOLD

If you like variety in a fleece this is one for you.  Color ranges from medium brown to light grey and is fine and soft.  This is her lamb fleece.  Some VM along back but looks mostly like straw.  Length varies too from 3-5".

VM 1
wt 2.1#
Price $46










Tranquility

Tranquility is just a lamb, this is her first fleece and WOW there is plenty of it.  The staple is at least 6 inches long!  It is a red brown with hint of grey.  Tiny crimps around the shoulders to the mid body, very fine and soft. This would be a nice fleece for combing which would remove the bits of VM along the spine.  Oh and did I tell you it's cat approved?  
VM 2
wt 3.3#
$73

Traquility is "feline approved"

 Summer-SOLD

 

  Summer is also a lamb and this is a most lovely fleece.  It is a bit shorter, locks from 3-5 inches.  Fine crimp dominate this fleece.  It is a medium grey color.  VM 0, wt 2.4#, price $57

 

 

Athena-SOLD

She is a 4 yo with a wavy, medium fine fleece, staple about 4-5 inches long.  It is mostly white to a bit off white with hints of beige.  Very clean fleece, VM 0, wt. 3.9, price $70.












 Cleo-SOLD


 Cleo is a 5 yo Shetland ewe with a medium/fine fleece, a bit more primitive lock structure in places but geneally light and fluffy.  Color is a light grey/brown.  Locks are about 4-5 inches, VM 0, wt 2.2#,
 price $48.


 

 



Prince- SOLD

Prince is lamb, a real sweet heart.  This is a very fine fleece, dark chocolate color (my photo doesn't do it justice) that would card up wonderfully and could be spun fine for a cobweb shawl.  Locks are 3-4 inches long.

 VM 1, Wt 2#,  price  $48.








Victor SOLD

Another lovely lamb fleece from this year.  Victor has about 40% Gotland in him along with the Shetland.  A sweet one with a "V" on his forehead.  This is a fine fleece,  medium grey with white at the very base.  Locks are 5-6 inches long, suitable for combing.  VM 1, wt 3#, price $74.













 Tubaa- SOLD

Another one of my sweet wethers, mr. Tubes is an off spring of Athena and produced a nice soft lamb fleece.  It is light grey with length of 4-5 inches. A bit of veg matter along spine but, as this is a long fleece and good for combing, that would likely come out.
VM 1, wt 2.9#, price $66.







Rachel-SOLD

Rachel is an 9 yo Shetland ewe with a black or very, very dark brown fleece with some silver interspersed.  It is silky and soft to handle and very clean.  Locks are 4-5 inches long. 

VM 0
wt 3.5# price $77




Shetland Combed Top:

Lovely, soft, easy to spin, combed top in a variety of natural Shetland colors.    Includes black, dark brown, moorit (brown), fawn (a grey brown), mioget (yellow brown -sold out), light gray and white.  Make your own fair isle sweater, hat or mittens!  $2.90 per oz plus shipping (let me know about how much you want and your zip code and I will give you a price).



sample of above spun up




Shetland Roving:  

I still have a bit of this left, about 5 oz of the very light brown and about 18 oz of the brown are available for purchase.  Makes a lovely woolen yarn for that fair isle sweater or blend it with dyed fiber to create some interesting shades.  It has a soft hand and makes a lofty yarn.  $2.50 per oz plus shipping.





Shetland roving in light brown and brown


Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the above products.  I try to be complete in my description but may miss something important to you.  To get a quote on the shipping let me know your zip code and I'll get back to you.

Thank you,
Tracy