As you can see from the photo above, we currently have absolutely no shortage of grass, and the ewes are in great condition. Perhaps too great! With no lambs, the ewes have had no additional demands on them over the winter, reflected in their condition.
We are having the usual few weeks of anxiety about fly-strike, and cast sheep, before the shearer comes in a couple of weeks time, then it will be a relief to the sheep and to us to get them sheared of their heavy fleeces and protected against blowflies and ticks.
We've updated our website, so you can see which shows we've applied to this year and it will be really good to see some of you in person.
I've been lucky enough to get hold of an additional 17 top-quality white Shetland fleeces from a neighbouring farmer, and these will be added in to the 2022 clip. There are really so lovely and soft. It means we can get some additional lace-weight yarn spun. Stocks of lace-weight have been disappearing out of the door at a rate of knots after the yarn was featured in a beautiful shawl pattern in Knitter magazine. Designing patterns is way beyond my skill-set, but I'm acutely aware that buyers need to be be able to see how any given yarn knits up, and its possibilities!
The 2021 clip is currently away at the mill and we are looking to get another batch of pale-grey DK, added to our shop as soon as we can. We'll keep you posted!