The weather in 2019 has been interesting, to say the least. I would never have thought there would be more snow in northern Illinois on Palm Sunday than on Christmas. Only positive is the snow is moisture for the ground. April snow brings May flowers?
No lambs to report yet. My ewes are getting big and starting to develop bags. Should only be a couple of weeks. Next month, I should have several to report on. It will be really interesting to see what colors and color patterns the Shetlands have this year. Shetland sheep have more possible colors than any other breed of sheep. They can be white, different shades of gray, black and different shades of brown. Even two different colors are possible. We have some bloodlines with this possibility, as well as the possibility for spots. Each color and markings has a traditional Shetland name. Each color spins to a really nice yarn and gives a great natural color variety.
The mill has been busy preparing for spring fiber festivals. I was able to spin a lovely morrit light-brown Shetland fleece to a two-ply yarn. This turned out nicely and will make great yarn for knitting. I also dyed a lot of white wool to make bright colors for needle felting. Once I had enough basic colors, I was able to blend some colors and make interesting combinations. I was thinking spring as I chose colors.
One of the combinations was a light blue and yellow. Those who remember their color wheel, blue and yellow make green. I kept the amount of yellow minimal to not turn the entire wool to green. Doing this gave a pretty blue with yellow accents. It will spin to a very nice yarn. Many hand spinners like to work with color combinations. I have met a lot of very talented people who can use a spinning wheel to make beautiful yarn. If you have the chance to see a demonstration, I think you will be amazed. Hope the snow melts today. Have a wonderful Easter.