More Of Suzy’s Shawls Coming Soon….

Suzy’s had spun wool

It’s almost that time of year again when I sell Suzy Fatzinger’s shawls right here on my blog.

She has two just about done and two more in the works.  As many of you know Suzy started selling her Shawls at our Bedlam Farm Open Houses.  When we stopped having the Open Houses, I continued selling them on my blog every fall.

Suzy (who one of my oldest sheep is named after) hand spins all the wool she uses in her hand-knit shawls.  Some of it comes from her own Mohair goats.  And some of the wool she gets from her favorite fiber artists.

That ball of yellow wool (with the ears popping up behind it.  I have to ask Suzy which of her animals they belong to) comes from my sheep.

We did a trade back in 2020.  She knit a scarf for Jon’s daughter Emma and I gave her some of Liam’s raw wool and a bump of yellow roving made from Liam and Rosemary’s wool.

Suzy hand spun the yellow roving and used it in a couple of her shawls. Now she has a little bit left and plans to use it along with the wool (in all those rich fall colors) it’s on top of in the picture above.

Every year when I sell Suzy’s shawls I post pictures and videos of her goats.

Some of you may remember seeing pictures of Larry her angora goat.  I was sorry to hear that Larry died this fall.  He was old and Suzy was worried about him having to deal with the coming winter.  He died naturally one night in the barn before the cold weather came.   Suzy said the other goats were sitting outside the barn when she found him as if they were holding vigil.

I wish such a death for my older sheep when it’s their time.

So far Suzy has one shawl in fall colors and two others in blues and neutral colors.  It will probably be another week or so before they are ready to be put up for sale.  As soon as they are, you’ll see them here.

Suzy’s Goat Larry

Two Of Suzy’s Shawls In Process

Suzy’s wool for a new shawl.

As I wrote yesterday Suzy is working on some new shawls.  She sent me these photos of the wool combinations she’s planning on using.  You can see the blue and purple or Tanzanite locks in the lower right corner.  And she’s already spun two of the purples, one mixed with white, but she still has to spin the green roving.

I’m already thinking African violets and lilacs.

In the bottom photo, you can see Suzy’s next shawl on her knitting needles in process.  The handspun yarn has so much character and adds a texture you can’t get with machine-spun yarn.  Notice the light blue locks.  They look like they’re spun into the white wool.  I’ll have to ask Suzy if that’s correct or if she knits them in.

Now I’m trying to imagine what each of these shawls will look like.

Suzy’s Shawls

I named my sheep Suzy after Suzy Fatzinger.  Suzy was grazing by herself under the apple tree this morning.  Fate pretended to herd her. 

Both of Suzy Fatzinger’s Shawls sold quickly.  But she does have more.

I’ll be posting more of Suzy’s shawls for sale in the next couple of days.  She has four already done and is working on two more.

It’s always a surprise when Suzy sends me a photo of the shawls.  They all look like a signature Suzy Shawl, but they are at the same time all unique, with their own stories.

Suzy’s Shawls For Sale. Just In Time For Valentines Day

Winter Sunshine is  65″x 20.5″ and is $150 + $8 shipping.  You can buy it here.  Or email me at [email protected].  I take checks, PayPal, and Venmo.

When Suzy was telling me about the latest shawl she was making, she said it was natural gray and white with a strip of mustard or maybe pink for Valentine’s Day.

She still hadn’t decided.

Gray and pink are lovely together, but in my mind, I could only picture the mustard, like a bit of sunshine on a winter day.  Ultimately, that’s what she chose to do.

With Suzy’s blessing, I named her shawl Winter Sunshine.  It’s 65″x 20.5 ” and is $150 + $8 shipping. You can buy it here in my Etsy Shop.  Or you can email me at [email protected]  I take checks, Paypal and Venmo.

I’ve lost count of how many of Suzy’s Shawls and Scarves we sold this winter.

Usually, she takes a break after Christmas, that slow, going-inward time of year, and starts spinning and knitting again in the spring.  But this year, since her shawls are so popular and so many of us are spending a lot more time at home I asked her if she was interested in making more.

“People will want shawls in February too, “I texted her.  I was thinking of myself sitting by the woodstove reading as the wind and snow howled outside the window.

And then there’s Valentine’s Day.

Just today I got a Valentine from Jon in the mail.  It’s an adopted Madagascar Hissing Cockroach from the Bronx Zoo named Full Moon Fiber.  Jon got me one last year too, but this year I also got a stuffed roach, a candle and a Zoom meeting with my Roach next Sunday at 12 noon.

But not everyone wants a Roach for Valentine’s day.

A handspun, handknit, mohair Shawl lovingly made by Suzy, is a wonderful gift.  It’s soft and warm, a unique and beautiful piece of functional art.

And there are two of Suzy’s shawls Winter Sunshine and Winter Fields to choose from in my Etsy Shop. 

Winter Fields, is the colors of winter before the snow.  The Chartreuse, a bit more optimistic than winter grass.   A little light in the dark days.  It’s 64″ x 19″.  You can buy it here. Or email me at [email protected].  I take checks, PayPal, and Venmo.

Winter Fields is 64″ x 19″.  It’s $150 + $8 shipping. You can buy it here.

And as most of you already know, much of Suzy’s wool comes right from her own mohair goats, Ruth, Alice, Anne, Lucy, and Larry.  Each one is unique in its colors and patterns.  And if they weren’t already soft enough, she washes them in a natural softening solution.

Here’s a couple of more pictures of Winter Sunshine and Winter Fields.

Take a look out of Suzy’s window behind each shawl and see how Suzy’s color choices are influenced by the natural world around her. 

Winter Fields

Winter Sunshine

 

Suzy’s Shawls For Sale

Suzy’s Gentle Pink Shawl, White, Pink and Gray.  49″ long and 15″ wide at center point.  $150 + $8 shipping. You can buy it in my Etsy Shop.  Or email me at [email protected]

As often happens, Suzy’s shawls sell quickly.  The one I posted yesterday will be on its way to California tomorrow.

But I do have more of Suzy’s Shawls for sale.

The Gentle Pink shawl above is made with natural white and gray with the soft pink is filled with gentle hues and depth.  It’s 49″ long and 15″ wide at the center point.  It’s $150 + $8 shipping.  You can buy it here.

Suzy’s wool comes from her mohair goats Lucy, Ruth, April, Alice, and Larry.  She also gets some roving from fiber artists including some wool from my sheep.

First Suzy’s shears her goats.  Then she either leaves the wool natural or chooses colors to dye it.  After that she hand spins the wool and finally, she knits it into her very unique Shawls and Scarves.

No two of Suzy’s Shawls are exactly alike.  She combines colors and patterns so each of her creations has its own look and feeling.

And they are all washed in a natural solution which makes them extra soft.

Gentle Pink

You can buy any of Suzy’s Shawls in my Etsy Shop.  Or you can email me here at [email protected].  I take checks and PayPal.

Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves is 57″ long and 16″ wide at the center point.    It’s $150 + $8 shipping. You can buy it here.

Autumn Leaves
Pink and Gray

Pink and Gray has lovely pink and white locks strewn throughout the back of the natural gray mohair. It’s 57″ long and 16″ wide at the center point.   It’s $150 + $8 shipping and you can buy it here.

Pink and Gray
Suzy’s Mohair goats, April, Alice and Ruth…
…Lucy…
…and Larry

Two Of Suzy’s Hand Spun Hand Knit Shawls, Sold Out

Autumn Light is 19″x60″ and is  Sold. $150 + $10 shipping.  You can buy it here. 

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.

detail of Autumn Light

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.

Autumn Light is 19″ x 60″ and is Sold $150 + $10 shipping. You can buy it in my Etsy Shop, just click here or you can email me at [email protected].  I take checks, PayPal and Venmo.

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.

Detail of October Earth

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…

Lucy

Suzy’s Scarves and Shawls, All Sold

Suzy’s roving. The brown on top is from my sheep Asher.

It was only a week ago that I put up six of Suzy’s Scarves and four of her Shawls for sale.  As of this morning, they are all sold.

But Suzy isn’t done yet, I don’t believe she will ever be done spinning and knitting.

She sent me the picture above of roving that she’s considering combining for a new shawl.  The brown roving on top is from my sheep Asher.  I’m really curious to know how Asher’s wool spins and knits.  And I can’t wait to see what Suzy does with it.

When she has another shawl for sale, I’ll let you know.

More Of Suzy’s Hand spun and Hand knit Shawls For Sale

 

Suzy’s Yellow and Gray Shawl.  60″ long and 17″ from top center to bottom point.  $138 including shipping for sale in my Etsy Shop.

Suzy’s  Shawls sold quickly yesterday, but she’s been busy all year and I have two more of her shawls for sale in my Etsy Shop.

I want to share with you the comments that two people who bought Suzy’s shawls last year left on my facebook page:

“Simply gorgeous. I have two from prior Open Houses. They are truly scrumptious. I loved seeing Suzy spinning and those sweet goats. That natural color wool shawl is so intriguing with the curly locks and the vivid colors of the other is just beautifully complex and equally wonderful.”  Susan

“I totally agree with Susan’s assessment. I purchased two of Suzy’s shawls (one as a gift and one for myself) and they are beyond beautiful: gorgeous color and workmanship and the curls of sheep locks are endearing. Totally in awe of her work!”  Donna

As you can see each of Suzy’s shawls is unique.  Each it’s own combination of colors, wool, and patterns.  These two shawls are made from the same mix of mohair from Suzy’s goats, Lucy, Alice, April, Ruth, and Larry. Along with wool from other fiber artists.

Suzy’s Yellow and Gray Shawl has both natural and dyed wool in it.  Look how those yellow curly locks show up on the natural gray wool.

Yellow and Gray Shawl is 60″ long and 17″ from top center to bottom point.  It’s $138 including shipping and you can buy it here.

Yellow and Gray Shawl
The back of Yellow and Gray Shawl.

 

Suzy’s Purple Shawl is for sale in my Etsy Shop.

I love the way the ends of Suzy’s Purple Shawl spiral in a corkscrew and how the pink locks float on the purple ground like a sky of wispy clouds.

Suzy’s Purple Shawl is 61″ long and 20″ from the top center to the bottom point.  It’s $138 with shipping and you can buy it here.

Back of Suzy’s Purple Shawl.
Suzy Spinning her wool
Suzy’s mohair goat Lucy.

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Suzy’s Hand-spun and Hand-knit Mohair Shawls Are Sold

Suzy’s Chartreuse and Blue Shawl,  16″x58″  $138 including shipping, is Sold for sale In my Etsy Shop.

For the past few years, I’ve been selling my friend Suzy’s hand-spun and hand-knit shawls at the Bedlam Farm Open House.  They always sell out.  This year we didn’t have an Open House, but Suzy still has some of her beautiful shawls to sell.

So we worked out a plan for me to put them in my Etsy Shop and sell them there.

Let me tell you something about Suzy and her shawls.  The wool she spins into yarn comes mostly from her own Mohair goats,  Lucy, April, Alice, Ruth, and Larry.  She chooses the colors to dye the roving (the wool before it’s spun) and “creates textures by spinning curly locks into the yarn.”    Sometimes she’ll add roving from other fiber artists too.

I know from having Suzy’s shawls at the Open House that they are as soft as they look.  Suzy is a perfectionist in her spinning and knitting, as you can see in the photos of her shawls.

I have two of Suzy’s Shawls for sale.

The Chartreuse and Blue Shawl pictured above and below is 58″ long and 16″ from the center to bottom point.  It’s Sold $138 including shipping and you can buy it here. 

Chartruse and Blue Shawl

Suzy also made a shawl using natural wool colors.

Suzy’s Natural Shawl

You can really see the curly locks that she spun into the yarn in this photo of Suzy’s Natual Shawl. All of Suzy’s shawls remind me of seashells.

Suzy’s  Natural Shawl is 48″ long and 14″ from top center to bottom point.  It’s Sold $133 including shipping. You can buy it here. 

The back of Suzy’s Natual Shawl

And now meet Suzy’s goats who provide the mohair that her shawls are made from…

Lucy

You can see where those curly locks come from….

April, Alice, and Ruth
Larry

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