Sunday, October 21, 2012

Creating in Pink for Vicki's Scarf Project

Welcome dear friends to my post today! 
I wanted to share a very important post about a new project set up
by an amazingly generous woman - Vicki at 2Bagsfull Blog
where friends wishing to support women with breast cancer
can donate a wonderful gift of either a bought pink scarf or a
hand knitted, crocheted or sewn pink scarf or wrap.
Now you can read all about this project by clicking on the pink
button on my sidebar on the right hand side.

This is a year long project so you have 12 months in which
to create a scarf at the end of which time these will all be offered
to women who are suffering from breast cancer.
What a wonderful opportunity to show how much you care
in offering just a little of your time and energy
to this cause!

Some of you may not know that firstly we have a small flock of
Angora goats and so this is where my story begins.


Secondly, I love to spin wool (not that I have done much of that over
the last two years) and it just so happens that I had some

beautiful scenes of mohair already spun

so what better excuse did I have than to

get out the cast iron dying pot and start boiling up
those avocardo skins that I had been collecting

for a project such as this. 

As I had a large quantity of mohair in 3 scenes
I knew I needed to add more colour so I decided to add
some small quantities of wool dye "Heath" as
well as a few drops of black and gold
silk dyes

and I have to say that I was so very happy with the
muted pink colour I was aiming to achieve.

Wow I really love the fluffiness of this stuff and, to me,
the colour is perfect - it's all about experimentation!

I brought it into the bathroom (of all places!) to photograph
the mohair with a few other pink creations on this antique
dressing table.

I've decided to create a loosely knitted wrap

on these large wooden needles - I have made one in the past
so I just may use the same pattern which is stored in my

Oh! and I just couldn't resist showing you some of our
very first Spring roses - it's a climber -
"Pierre de Ronsard".

I am sure all of you rose lovers know this one -
it has such a pretty green tinge to the petals when it first comes out.

And a few pieces of china in pink - one of my favourite colours!

A little Pink Depression glass basket!

A little pink tapestry petit point purse from the 1920s.

The mohair taken in my studio shows a slightly different shade
but I think the previous images are more accurate.

I can't tell you what a beautiful sheen this wool has and I can't
wait to get started!

Vicki has also created a beautiful woollen and fibre nest for this cause as well as a beautifully knitted and beaded wrap as a Giveaway for you to enter and win so if you
would like to become involved in  this project and 
support our dear friend in
her most worthwhile quest then you have a whole
year to join in and make a beautiful creation that will lift the
heart of just one extra woman in need of some
extra love and support!

Wishing for you another wonderful week 
full of creativity and joy!

Love and hugs 
Suzy xxx


  1. Great cause and your shawl will be lovely and cozy. Love the peeks of your sweet goats, they are so cute tHose angoras....I am amazed at the prettiness of your bathroom.... xox

  2. Oh my goodness, Suzy, that wool is just exquisite! I just knew that if you got involved in this project as well, you'd come up with something amazing. You sure did. Now get those needles clicking away, I just can't wait to see the finished project. I can't get over the texture and colour of that yarn. My fingers are itching to feel it it, and my eyes are wanting to feast on the colour and sheen. SIGH.

  3. Very nice! I love your blog! Wonderful photos!

  4. Suzy, the wool dyed beautifully and the muted pink is a truly lovely colour for this project. I have a real fondness for glass and this smattering of your collection is lovely. Look forward to seeing the progress on the shawl.

  5. Dear Susy, a fantastic and lovely pink post you made, all these lovely pictures to look at, sweet goats, and so wonderful that you can make yarn of their wool, love the yarn you've dyed, beautiful color, and a good project you want to support with your work, cancer is a terrible disease, hope you have a wonderful and creative weekend.
    Hugs and love

  6. Such lovely wool, Suzy! I think there is something extra special about hand spun and dyed yarn over store bought, don't you? (I don't have the means to do it, but I love seeing other artist's photos!)

    Don't forget to enter my giveaway too, when you send the scarf to Vicki! I've made something very special for the project, come and see!

    Jenny at The Modest Peacock

  7. Hi suzy what a fantastic post, that yarn is just beautiful, I loved seeing the whole process, your blog is a feast for the eyes, I love reading it. I think that yarn will make a wonderful wrap and I look forward to seeing your creation soon. I love the muted shade of pink too and the sheen. Silk yarn has that sheen and I just find it dyes really well. jaynex

  8. Oh sweet Suzy--
    Every photo here is like a dream-- so very beautiful. They tell a precious story- a true beginning to ending story-- from the goats to the yarn you spin and dyed . That pink color is stunning-- it will make the most incredible scarf! I can hardly wait to see it and touch it!!

    Thank you for doing this- my dear friend from so far away. Your gift will make all the difference to someone- will give them a warm hug- and a reason to smile! I can't wait to link to this beautiful blog post when I show your scarf. You are amazing and generous. I love you-/


    Ps- my next post comes out in a few days and I gave you a little shout out--)

  9. along with all the pics of your beautiful work I really enjoy your garden. You have such beautiful flowers and bushes. It would be a lovely garden to just sit peacefully in and enjoy.



  10. Hello Suzi!
    What a wonderful wool and colors! What will you knit with it!

  11. This makes me want to start from scratch and hand dye all my wool. You are such an angel supporting this great cause, Susy! Adore your beautiful roses! xo's Pam

  12. What a great idea! Dyeing your wool brings back memories of using onion skins & chrysanthemum petals to make lovely colours for my spun wool!

    I love your beautiful roses too!

  13. Lovely post Suzy, and your yarn turned out beautifully. I love the soft pink colour you devised. Looking forward to seeing your creation.

  14. Hello my dearest Suzy, What a wonderful cause to get the wool dyed and knitted into a wrap. I love the texture of your wool and the color turned out just beautiful. Your angora goats are so cute and look so fluffy. I'd like to hug one :-).
    Have a wonderful week!
    Big hugs and love,
    PS: Hope to get to the PO today or tomorrow.

  15. OH my dearest Suzy, your post is a photo trail of sweetness and goodness,and such beauty.
    Dear Vicky, have so generouesly started this wonderful project, and your scarf, will be so loved and admired from the woman whom recieve it.
    Your goats are so sweet looking ,and I love you shows us from where the precious yarn comes-your dyeing process, and the most lovely finished result. This garden of yours is like the Garden of Eden, sweetest Suzy, what beautiful roses you already have,- my treasured friend.
    I wish you a happy and cosy afternoon and evening, sweetie- you will soon here more from me.
    Love you and hug you.

  16. Great post girlie! I love the fact your scarf will come from your home as well as your heart. I enjoyed seeing the dyeing pot and how the wool turned out. The roses are absolutely beautiful! I have my yarn to begin my scarf as well, but now that I have seen yours I am thinking I need to raise some sheep, shear the wool, spin it up and do some! Like I said from your heart!

  17. Dear, sweet Suzy, What a beautiful post my friend! You have such a beautiful heart and are always thinking of ways to bless others. You have certainly blessed me! What a wonderful project dear Vicki has going. She has a beautiful heart too! I enjoyed reading about it and seeing all of your gorgeous photos! Your angora goats are so sweet! I especially love the one lying on the iron bench! The mohair you spun is so pretty and I love the shade of pink you dyed it, and with avocado skins! You have amazing talent dear heart! Oh, I love the photo in your bathroom. You create the most beautiful vignettes! I love all of your pretty pink things. The pink tapestry petit point purse from the 1920's is exquisite! I love your gorgeous roses! I know you are so happy to have spring arrive and the return of your beloved roses! Thank you for sharing this and thank you for visiting me and for your sweet and loving words! I hope you have a beautiful week filled with blooming roses and happy hours! Love and hugs to you dear friend! Paula

  18. Oh Suzy, first I was oohing and aahing over the goat on the bench, then I was doing the same when I saw that beautiful yarn on the line and THEN I saw it lying on your GORGEOUS quilt!!!! and was speechless! The photos are so beautiful of your dyed yarn on your dresser.

    You have so many talents that I am amazed. I love how you just continue to fill your life up with more and more beauty my sweet friend so far away. How I wish you lived next door so I could learn your from you. Blogging with you is the next best thing though! How lucky am I to know you!

    The rose is such a lovely rose. I will have to try to find one and see if it will grow here.

    Sending my love your way....

  19. such a gorgeous post Suzy. I love your sweet wooly friends. lovely wool they make too! Hope you are doing well! xoxo

  20. Extreme wooly goodness! I'm not a pink-lover, but I would definitely change my mind over this. And I can almost smell those roses!

  21. What a lovely pink post, Suzy! I'm totally in love with your beautiful roses and your yarn turned out beautifully too. I'm curious what you will knit with it!

    Have a great day!

  22. Hi, Suzy. Indeed a worthy project. And your mohair yarn picked up such lovely shades of pink. Very enticing! Love your photography as well!
    best, nadia

  23. Suzy Your yarn came out beautiful, what a great idea. I love the idea of this project, maybe I will pop on over and check it out, such a good cause. Hugs my friend, Marilou xoxo

  24. Dear Suzy
    Here I am catching up with this post and oh my goodness how I adore your goats especially the goat lounging on the chair.
    The photograph of your dyed wool in your bathroom is so beautiful.
    It is incredible the depth and breadth of your talent.
    P.S. I forgot to mention the divine roses.

  25. I absolutely love the colour it turned out, so very pretty and I'm sure your finished wrap will be exquisite! Your roses are breathtaking .... thank you for such a lovely post :)
    - Jeanette

  26. I love your pictures. But the best is the sheep on the bench!


Thank you so very much for stopping here to say hello and to see what I have been creating. I really treasure each and everyone of you for your comments. It is so appreciated....Suzy

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