I have been lucky enough to be selected as a stallholder at the Bakewell wool gathering, to be held at the Bakewell agricultural centre on 9th and 10th October 2021. Fingers crossed that COVID will allow it to take place.
3rd July I'll be in Lowick South Cumbria at an event called The Farmers Yarns, held at the Farmers Arms, the event runs from 10am - 4pm. There are a fantastic selection of vendors attending and at
4.30 pm there is to be a talk/discussion about British Wool.
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The yarns are created using the fleeces from my amazing sheep, mainly Shetlands, but I do keep a small number of other breeds alongside the Shetlands, so I can have some blended yarns made.
For instance if I mix Wensleydale with the Shetland it makes a less bouncy and more drapey yarn, adding some Cheviot to the Shetland makes a more robust yarn that wears well, the 100% Shetland yarn is incredibly soft and really versatile.
All the yarns are created in small batches and are unique, each batch with its own character.
Head over to the shop to see what wonderful yarns are available at the moment.
Climate change, rewilding, carbon neutral and nature friendly are the buzz words of the moment. People are increasingly becoming more aware of the damage we humans are causing to the planet.
Here at Hawkshaw Sheep HQ, looking after the sheep is done as sustainably as possible, the numbers of sheep kept on the farm are at a much lower number than the land could support, to allow wildlife and vegetation space to thrive, the sheep themselves are free to roam and behave in a manner they would if they were in the wild without any human intervention, other than when they are gathered in from the hill for lambing, clipping etc. On the lush green lowland pastures it is how many sheep per acre, on hill land it is how many acres per sheep.
There isn't any land on the farm that could produce hay or silage to feed to the sheep to sustain them through the winter months, so the flock are being bred to be as self sufficient as possible, to survive and produce lambs from what they can forage from the land.
To find out in more detail how the sheep are managed, go to the Shepherds year page.