Wild Life Stitchmarkers
(hand made wooden cut outs with gold coloured rings) AU$5/piece
Hand turned fancy wood WPI pins (measures exactly how many winds per inch your yarn is: great for spinning and weaving !)
Fancy Wooden hand turned Pins
(au$30/wpi pins, au$25/fancy pins)
Baby Shetland Tops (hand dyed 100g/au$20)
The Shetland's roots go back over a thousand years, probably to sheep brought to the Shetland Islands by viking settlers. They belong to the Northern European short-tailed group which also contains the Finnsheep, Norwegian Spaelsau, Icelandics, Romanovs and others.
The Shetland is the smallest of the British breeds and it retains many of the characteristics of wild sheep. Today they are considered a primitive or "unimproved" breed. The number of pedigree animals is approximately 2,000 breeding ewes in the UK which is an increase over the last ten years. They are now classed as a minority breed under the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) having previously been a rare breed.
The wonderful range of natural colours and the high quality of Shetland fleece have traditionally been important to the wool industry of the Shetland Islands. Natural colours are often used undyed to make outstanding Shetland knitgoods. These range from colourful and water resistant outdoor type sweaters and jackets to baby items and the very fine wedding ring shawls; so fine that they can be drawn smoothly through a bride's wedding ring. Shetland sheep display a very wide variety of colors. White is a dominant colour in Shetlands but the sheep can be black, brown toned grey, shaela (dark silvery grey), medium or light silvery grey, ivory, fawn, mioget (golden honey coloured), moorit (reddish brown) or dark brown. Shetland wool is wonderful to spin and knit with. Especially the humbug mix, a unique blend of three different Shetland colours offers a fabulous variety of colour in your spinning ! Whether it be the natural humbug or the hand dyed humbug. Have a try ! :)
Baby Shetland Humbug Tops (100g/au$18)
Mulberry Silk Laceweight (1200meters/100grams/au$33)
Hand spun and hand dyed Mulberry Peace silk with Gold thread (50g/au$32)
Surprises with Camels, Yaks and more Bunny goodies and maybe even more ? !