Shetland Sheep: Rich in History, Rich in Textiles

Shetland Sheep: Rich in History, Rich in Textiles! Our farm mission is to enjoy and promote the wonderful diversity of the Shetland breed by fully utilizing to the best of our ability all they have to offer historically. We believe the best preservation and management of this breed includes it's full spectrum of history. We encourage old and new shepherds alike to join in the fun by engaging in fiber arts, especially spinning and knitting, as this breed is so intimately linked with those aspects of the arts.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

BACK OPEN!

It is with great relief and joy that we can say...we are back open!  Yes, our online shop is back open, after a very intense period.  Behind the scenes, the shepherds have been working a TON of hours to bring you a smooth and safe online shopping experience!  We already know it will be appreciated, and we are surely grateful to all who are growing with us slowly but surely!

The decision was made to stick with our earlier store, which is powered by Square, and has proven very trustworthy for us all.  This store has it's limits, but it will satisfy all that is needed so that you can still get your yarns and needles before Christmas, and long after that!  New items have been added, so you'll have to go see! 

Penny's Stocking Stuffer Bundle - for every knitter's dreams!

To reduce the amount of downtime with no online shopping (five days was wayyyy too long already!), things had to happen quickly, therefore, we know all the skeins we have available for sale are not all back in the store.  As the days pass, we will fix this.  If you happen to notice something you'd like in your online shopping experience, that the store is lacking in or could use improvement with, please do not feel afraid to email your comments about such things to us and we'll strive to get things just as everyone likes.  

So much of what we have to offer is not in the online store yet, but we hope to have it there soon!  We did manage to get some pretty gift baskets put together, and had a lot of fun doing that!  Who will the lucky knitters or crocheters be who score these special gifts for Christmas?!?

Well, that's the news at the moment!  Happy shopping everyone, and oh, almost forgot!  Free shipping will be extended through the holiday shopping season as our thanks to everyone!  

Friday, December 8, 2017

A very important announcement

Wheely Wooly Farm's online store has been closed, due to not receiving deposits from a large payment processor.  We have worked diligently to resolve the problem over an extended period of time, with no forward movement towards resolution.  Simply put, our money has been stolen.

We believe that at no time was customer information compromised, and all who ordered received their yarn.  If you ordered yarn through this payment processor, we have been informed that you will be receiving a refund sometime in January. 

It is hoped that, after healing from this burn, that we can start anew in creating a secure, and pleasurable online shopping experience for all of you who desire the beautiful Wheelspun Yarns straight from the farm.  And next time, we will be sticking with Square, who has been very trustworthy for us all.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

CRASH, SMASH, BANG!!

Want to see a shepherd leap into action in one second flat?!?  Probably, not really. lol

Last night, we started feeling like the house was haunted or something.  It was a night frought with problems.  All of them proved minor in the end, but it sure changed the peace we had felt before the wind kicked up.  With gusts roaring up to 50 m.p.h. and temps falling from 62 degrees F here at the farm to 29 degrees 9 hours later, it was NOT a peaceful night!!

The worst to happen was this horrible crash in the basement, followed by farmhouse cat, Maisie Mittens raging into the worst cat fight sounds imaginable!  Hissing, howling, fighting, banging, thumping,  oh boy!  It was nuts!!  We raced down to the lowest level we have to investigate...very carefully.  It seemed something was loose in the basement....a monster?  An alien?  A bear?  lol

No.  It was just Sugar Bear!!!  "Paws" as we call him, seems to have cleverly found his own way into the house.  I think he'd pass an intelligence test, if put to it.  For some reason, he has decided Maisie is a threat.  He chased her and scared the daylights out of her.  They tore up the steps, hissing, howling, fighting, thumping, then nearly fell back down.  She ultimately hid under something he couldn't get under...cause he's a little...ah....fat.  There she was, howling this alien noise at him, he standing there tail twitching.  After separating them safely, we sent him BACK outside.  How on earth did he get in, anyway??

Back to Maisie.  Paws drew blood somehow.  Maisie was in a high hiding spot, licking her ego and wounds.  We started putting things back in order, picking up the stuff they scattered around.  Then, we heard banging on a window.  Scared, we were afraid something was trying to get in!  Then, we saw it!!!  Sugar Bear's FACE!!  We laughed and laughed!  Seems Sugar Bear has learned how to get in, and was very frustrated that we fixed his 'door' tightly in place!

Once that commotion was settled, the wind banged, howled, and raged all night, and all day.  But everything is fine.  The sheep are cozy in the barn, out of the nasty wind.  And Paws?  No sofa time for him today!  He's outside, in his glory, chasing leaves, leaping at leaves in the air, darting after leaves spinning in whirlwinds, and such.  He's having a ball!

The view out the farmhouse windows is always interesting!

Friday, December 1, 2017

WooHoo!




Always feels good to run on nice, sunny day!

Let's see...Posie is in front to the left, then Splashlyn (black far left), Beatrice with pig tails flying, Sweetie or Sweetness is the little white Shetland sheep in center, behind her is tall Jinka, a mess after her first lamb and growing back so fast after shearing, I almost forgot I sheared her..., to right and behind Sweetie is Peerielyn, the rest are Rosebud, Buzzy, Misty, and Phloxie.  The rest are out of sight of the camera.  Love them all!!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Still Cracks Me Up

Just thought we'd share a silly moment from the farm.  This was taken a few years ago, when sheep dog, Swifty was younger.  He's a Border Collie...a farm dog.  Farm dogs are barn dogs.  You can bring them into the house, but they find it a bit off.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Whew!


Early morning sunshine shines on the booth here in this shot from back in early September.  I'm sorry to say the needles with the yellow balls are sold, as are some of the skeins.  It has been a very busy summer for us here at the farm!!  Things moved quick this year, especially the moorit!  It's been hard to keep moorit in stock, and we are eagerly awaiting for Saxony, Peerielyn, and the others to bring us more of their beautiful yarns.  Needles were also very popular all summer.  Our yarns traveled the globe again, in some cases, to countries they've already been to.  We so enjoy talking with all of you out there!  Hearing of your countries, states, projects, and memories makes our summer!  And this year, we had the most amazing experience...one sheep, who had many different colors on the table for sale, all sold out in one day, to at least three different customers who did not know each other, and who visited our booth at different times.  That's simply amazing!!

Our 15% off CyBAA Monday sale ends very shortly, along with our FREE SHIPPING offer in expression of our gratitude to you, our customers, for following along through the growth with us all these years.  Looking ahead, it does get a bit overwhelming, so what is a shepherdess to do?  Spin!  On the wheel right now is Misty.  Just off the wheel is more lovely Penny.  Morning Glory is also being spun right now, but being a lamb, her fleece is messier than I think I'll sell.  It's a soft, rich black fleece, but has VM in it.  We are building gift baskets with enough natural colored yarn to make a wrap...included will be a pair of wrap  needles and pattern.  What a great gift!  Keep watch, for there are many things ahead for your knitting/crocheting pleasures, as well as warmth with style! 

I never thought I'd say this...but I think winter is gonna be too short!!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Needles are now in the new store!

The knitting needles are now in the new store!  We didn't have the proper images ready for them, but we know so many of you have already seen the needles in our booth at the farm market and already have needles picked out.  With this in mind, and the fact that the holiday season is literally just around the corner, we knew we better just get them out there.  Better images will be coming in time.  Thank you so much for your patience, and remember, for a limited time,  the shipping's on us!