I tossed the hay into the feeder and suddenly the sun was shining again. Already low in the sky, it lit up the top of the trees behind the farm. The gloomy day was suddenly aglow with color and I thought of Suzy’s Shawl Autumn Light.
It has all the same colors, and the same glow.
It’s autumn, so it’s time for me to sell Suzy Fatzinger’s shawls that she has been working on all year. Right now I have two for sale Autumn Light and October Earth.
Not only are they unique in color and pattern, but Suzy hand spins all the wool and hand knits the shawls.
The wool is a mix of fiber that she spins together. Some of it is mohair which comes from her angora goats April, Alice, Ruth and Lucy. She adds a wool mix of Alpaca and Llama roving which come from fiber artists that she has known for years and who create hand-carded roving.
Soft and warm, mohair is one of, if not the oldest, fiber still in use. Angora goats are believed to have originated in Tibet.
Suzy washes each shawl in a natural solution that makes them extra soft.
“That’s your yellow roving“, Suzy texted me when she sent the picture of her second shawl. I recognized it right away. It was from my batch of wool in 2020. But I was just as drawn to the mix of colors on the other side of the shawl.
“Yummy” I wrote back to Suzy about those earthy colors. It’s the color of fallen leaves on the forest floor and the corn drying in the field or already cut. All with a hint of Autumn blue sky.
As you can see in this close up, texture is an important part of Suzy’s shawls. Tight knits combined with loose lacy patterns. A decorative edge one one side, and simple edge on the other.
October Earth is 20″x 71″ long and is Sold.
Suzy’s goats, April, Alice and Ruth. She gets her mohair wool from them and Lucy below…