Shetland wool has historically been a valuable commodity. Shetlands produce numerous shades of natural wool colours, and this variety means that Shetland is often used undyed.
Eleven main colours are recognised (most including many different shades): light grey, grey, white, emsket (dusky bluish-grey), musket (light greyish-brown), shaela (dark steely-grey), black, fawn, moorit (reddish brown), mioget (honey-toned, yellowish-brown), and dark brown.
In particular, gorgeous Fair Isle patterns can be knitted using different shades of natural Shetland wool. Because the sheep are so small, fleeces usually weigh between 2 and 4 lb (0.91 and 1.8 kg).
If you are interested in trying out Shetland for yourself, be sure to check out both our hand dyed and naturally coloured options.
Gray Shetland wool
Moorit Shetland wool
Ecru Shetland wool
Hand dyed options
Pink buttercup colorway