Getting Closer



Jon cut the last of his Zinnia’s from his raised bed garden.  His garden was such a success he got another raised bed so he can plant even more flowers in the spring.

An unusually warm day we sat on the back porch and ate lunch.  I brought my macro lens to get a closer look at the center of a Zinnia while Jon got a little closer to Flo.

Close up of the center of a pink zinnia.

Some Potholders

On of my Sheep Potholders

There was just a bit more the sheep linen towel left so I was able to make a few more Sheep Potholders.  I designed the potholder with the black sheep for Jane. She asked for it a while ago and has been patiently waiting for me to make it.

I still have to make all these into potholders and will get to it quicker, I hope, than my last batch.

Sheep Potholders.  That’s Jane’s on top

I also made a few potholders from scraps I found in my bin…

Two Horses….

A Rhino and Cow.  And the Owl is for Esther who asked if I had one.

Donkey Good Morning/Sheep Good Morning

I showed Jon the three videos I edited my choices down to this morning hoping he’d help me choose between them.  “Put those two up,” he said, “one right after another.”

“What!”  I was incredulous. Two videos in one post! I’ve never done that before.

But even though the idea was outrageous to me, I was also intrigued by it.  Jon suggested they were really a continuation of the other, a Part I and Part II.

I mulled it over. That made sense and they did actually happen one after the other.   So I decided to take Jon’s advice, even if it isn’t my usual style…

Piecing Together A Skirting Table


Tomorrow afternoon our neighbors Lena and Fanny will come to the farm to help me skirt my wool again.  They helped in the spring and it went really well.  This time I’ll have something new for skirting the wool.

A while back someone wrote to me and said that she skirts her wool by putting the fleece on an old screen door and shaking it, letting most of the stuff that get stuck in the wool fall out of it.

I tried this with an old screen window I found in the attic in the spring.  But it didn’t work because the holes in the screen were, of course, too small.   So today I cut the old screen off and replaced it with a piece of fencing. And I just happened to have an old table that was in the hayloft in the barn without a top.  So it makes great legs for my skirting table.

Now I’m just hoping the holes in the fencing aren’t too big. But I’ll find out tomorrow and let you know how it goes.

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 Shawl “Autumn Fields” …Sold

Autumn Fields is 64″x19″ and is $150 + $10 Shipping.  You can buy it here. 

As I was leaving the woods this evening, the setting sun reached under the treetops and a streak of chartreuse lit up the leaves low on the trees in front of me.  It’s just like Suzy’s shawl I thought to myself.

It’s that time of year again. The leaves here are finally turning color.  The grass unusually green is layered with orange, yellow, and rusty brown leaves. And so it’s also the time of year that I sell the shawls that Suzy Fatzinger has been working on all year.

Her shawl Autumn Fields makes it possible to wrap yourself in the colors and light of fall.

Suzy hand spins and hand knits each of her shawls and no two are the same. The wool comes from her angora goats, April, Alice, Ruth, Lucy and Larry. She sometimes adds other fiber artists’ wool she has come to love working with. When Suzy finishes a shawl she washes it in a natural solution which softens it even more.

Autumn Fields is $150 + $10 shipping.  It’s 64″ long x 19″. It’s Sold  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. 

A close up of Autumn Fields.  You can see the yellow locks spun into the chartreuse.
Autumn Fields 
Suzy’s angora goats

Suzy’s Shawl “Turquoise and Carnelian” ….Sold

Turquoise and Carnelian is 57″ long x 17″.  It’s $150 + $10 shipping. You can buy it here. 

When I saw the photo of Suzy’s shawl, the colors said “New Mexico” to me.  Turquoise and Carnelian.  Those are the stones so often seen together in  Navajo jewelry.

Turquoise represents protection and Carnelian anchors us in the moment.

I don’t know if Suzy was thinking that when she made this shawl.  But even if you don’t know the meanings of the stones all the earthy colors that Suzy has chosen for this shawl convey a feeling of being rooted safely in the ground.

I believe this would be a wonderful even powerful shawl to meditate in.

Suzy hand spun and knit the angora wool Turquoise and Carnelian is made from. She knows the wool very well because most of it comes from her goats, Lucy, Alice, Ruth, Larry and April. She dyes her wool different colors every year considering how she will combine them to make her shawls.

Turquoise and Carnelian is 57″ long x 17″ 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 check, PayPal and Venmo. 

Close up of Turquoise and Carnelian
Suzy’s angora goats.  Turquoise and Carnelian is made from their wool. Click here to see a video of them.
Suzy’s goats were just shorn so their wool is short.

Three Bees, Getting Close

This morning there were three bees in the water bucket.  One looked like it might still be alive, the other two I didn’t have as much hope for. I scooped them all out of the bucket and put them on the dahlia’s where other bees had settled for the night and were still too cold to move.

As I walked around the yard, I found two insects and a budding dahlia that I took pictures of with my macro lens. They seemed a balance to the soggy bees.

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