Sometimes, Small is Best!
I got my first two Shetland sheep, Betty and Tapioca in 2014. I knew I wanted Shetland sheep after reading about their history and characteristics -- then seeing them at The Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene, Oregon. These smallest of sheep breeds is a primitive -- keeping many of its ancient instincts and physical characteristics, like a short tail and the release (shedding) of its fleece. We learned to see the "rise of the weep" the way the fleece acts on their bodies when it is released from the skin. I learned what kind of pulling worked -- how much, how fast, and how to move about the body.
All the Shetland yarn on this site is from our sheep -- the ones we feed each night, move to new pastures often, and roo and vaccinate once a year. We clean, card, draft and spin each fleece so you can choose among the subtle shade differences in each animal. You get to meet the sheep for each yarn skein in that yarn's description, its history, character, and a picture.
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Meet The Team
Founder & Shepherdess
Kyra was 13 when we went to The Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene, OR. She fell in love with the fluffy little sheep of the show. At the next show (after we had provided some fencing and modified the horse barn for little sheep) She began picking out sheep to buy and deciding who gets bred. All the sheep are registered to her.
Founder & Mill Operator
Donalee (Mom) grew up in Boring, Oregon, raising all the typical farm animals, sheep, horses, cows, chickens – even pheasants. She was a 4H girl, training and showing horses. It was a good life and taught her about taking responsibility for another life, another soul.
Robert (Dad) was raised on Arizona clay and Colorado snow. He had horses and burros and his own 4H days. He remembers well how the animals had to come first, since they could not work the well or help themselves to the grain.
Rook and Bishop
Livestock Guardians and Sleep Aides
Rook and Bishop (as pictured) help us to sleep at night and get non-sheep work done during the day. Rook came to us from a rescue -- but readily took to the farm and is good about alerting to danger from coyotes, hawks, and eagles. Bishop came to us as a puppy from a local farm. He is good natured but impressive to those who stop on the road to look at the sheep.