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Feederbrook Farm

| Monday, November 25, 2013
 
 
Feederbrook Farm is a small family owned and operated farm in Maryland. 75% of the fibers used are from our very own Sheep, Angora Goats and Llamas. If they run out of wool they will buy from other local fiber producing farms. All yarns are hand dyed and hand spun by me using dyes that comply with OTA (Organic Trade Association).  Feederbrook Farm located in northern Baltimore County, Maryland and has been family owned an operated since 1971.   We focus on producing high quality hand spun and hand dyed yarn from our sheep, llamas, alpacas and angora goats and from fiber grown on other Local fiber farms. We raise a number of breeds of sheep but are currently specializing in Teeswater, Blue-faced Leicester and  Shetland Sheep. Our products include, hand spun yarn (featured on etsy.com), Locally milled yarns (found in numerous yarn shop in several states), roving and patterns . "Farm Yarns" are sold at a few shows in the spring and fall,  out of our farm store  located on the property and on line.  We offer educational opportunities such as individual and group classes, school trips. Educational opportunities range from spinning, dyeing and animal husbandry to cheese making, canning and raised bed  gardening .
 
This farm is so much more than yarn and cute looking sheep.  Feederbrook Farm has several programs, classes and sells a variety of wool items.
 
I am pleased to share with you my readers the uniqueness of these yarns.  What I have to show you is really unlike any other yarn that I have had the opportunity to share with you. 
 

 

Entropy

 
 
Entropy Yarns are a new line of artisan yarns. Hand dyed by Feederbrook Farm and milled in Pennsylvania it is a nice 2 ply DK weight yarn with aprox. 13 wpi and is 100% wool. Has nice loft and a good hand. One 4oz skein is approximately 260 yards. The yarn line is named for the randomness of the colors when Singles are plied together. The colors gradate and change as you knit along. As Entropy means the study of randomness within a system. Skeins are similar but not completely identical.The dyes that are used comply with OTA (Organic Trade Association).
 
 
Ok...all of you who are spinners, do you notice how much this looks like a hand spun yarn with the barber polling.  I absolutely love the look and concept of this yarn.  This would make the perfect pair of mittens and a hat.
 
 
 
 

Shepherd Spun *New*

100% USA grown, milled and hand dyed using organic dyes. This single ply yarn is mill spun to mimic a consistent hand spun non energized single. Dyed prior to milling the colors are in medium to long striping repeats. All of the colorways in the multi are named after some of the members of Feederbrook’s Flock (Ava, Maggie, Fig, Una and Win.) The color repeats are also random as skeins in the same dye lot are similar but not identical. There are also 12 solids to pair with the variegated multi colors. In addition there are 10 hand paint colorways that are part of this collection that pair nicely with the solids. The Hand Paints are dyed across and have less pooling of colors within projects. Fiber is 62 spinning count or 23 microns. Nice soft lofty yarn.
 
 
 
 
Look at just what is possible knit with this beautiful yarn...
 
 

 Thank you again to Lisa for such a fantastic review of her yarn!!
 Please take a few minutes and visit the Feederbrook Farm site and educate yourself on the amazing job they do to bring you these products.
 

Feederbrook Farm receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!

Just remember;
“Anything can happen when you put on a pair of Hot Pink Socks”

~Stephanie~
 
 For One of you lucky readers, you will win the featured skein of Shepherd Spun !!!

In order to enter the Give Away you must

As always:

1. Make sure you are a follower of my Blog
2. Tell me what you would knit with this beautiful yarn
 
The winner(s) of the drawing will be announced on Monday December 2nd 


June Pryce Fiber Arts Winner

| Sunday, November 24, 2013
 
 
So you are all aware of how I do each weeks drawing, you were allowed to post a comment on the Blog or on Ravelry. Comments 1-5 came from the blog and 6-8  came from Ravelry. Neither has a better chance of winning or loosing, they are all put through the random number generator.
 
 
 

 
 The winners of  a "Knit Link" are:
#7  "Tracylovesyarn" Tracy  [Ravelry]
 
 
 
#6  "Dartfrog911" Cheri  [Ravelry]
 
 
Thank you all to everyone who participated in this week's review postings. Winner(s), remember to get in contact with me so that I can get your prize out to you.
Thank you again to June Pryce Fiber Arts for a fantastic review!!!



June Pryce Fiber Arts

| Monday, November 18, 2013
 
 
Well Cheryl & Jennifer from June Pryce Fiber Arts have done it again!  They have come up with a totally original and stunning new product that is now for sale in the shop.
 

Knit Links

What are Knit Links you all might be asking, let me introduce to you a brilliantly and beautiful new piece that needs to adorn any and all of your knit ware.
 
Knit links are shawl pin and button alternatives for hand-knits.  Like Shawl pins, they keep your knits in place while adding a decorative touch.  Better than buttons, you can switch a Knit Link our on a whim. No Button holes needed!!!
 
Knit Links are great to keep scarves, cowls, shawls and cardigans in place.  Simply wrap the garment around your body as you would like it to sit, and slip the Knit Link through all the layers to hold it.
 
Look at this detailed diagram to get a feel for it.
 
 
Better yet...check out this video link
 
 
 
 

 
This is just one of the samples that was sent for the review.  They have chosen some stunning medallions to put on these Knit Links.  I love the fact that they are not only functional, but will go with all of my knits!  How many times have we all found ourselves bending down to do something and our shawl or wrap comes tumbling off onto the floor.  No more loose knits, these Knit Links will keep everything in secure place and looking trendy as well. 
 
This would make the ultimate "Stocking Stuffer" for a fellow knitter or maybe you find that you are in need of one.  What a perfect item to include with those whom you have taken such great time and care to knit for this Christmas. 
 
Here are a few more beauties to convince you that you need a few of these...Like you needed my help for that, they speak for themselves.
 
 
 
 

 

  Thank you again to June Pryce Fiber Arts for such a fantastic review!!


June Pryce Fiber Arts receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!




Just remember;
“Anything can happen when you put on a pair of Hot Pink Socks”


~Stephanie~
 
 For TWO of you lucky readers, you will win a "Knit Link" for yourself !!!


In order to enter the Give Away you must


As always:

1. Make sure you are a follower of my Blog
 
2. Tell me what knitted item you would put your "Knit Link" on.
 
The winner(s) of the drawing will be announced on Monday November 25th

Winner of Molly Girl Yarns

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So you are all aware of how I do each weeks drawing, you were allowed to post a comment on the Blog or on Ravelry. Comments 1-7 came from the blog and 8-13  came from Ravelry. Neither has a better chance of winning or loosing, they are all put through the random number generator.
 
 
 
The winner of  a $15.00 credit to the Molly Girl Shop !!! is:
#3  "Betsy"   [Blogger]
 
 
Thank you all to everyone who participated in this week's review postings. Winner(s), remember to get in contact with me so that I can get your prize out to you.
Thank you again to Molly Girl Yarns for a fantastic review!!!
 

Molly Girl Yarns

| Monday, November 11, 2013
 
 
I began knitting when I was 15.​

My mother taught me that summer on secondhand yarn & needles. Took me awhile to make something that didn't look like Swiss cheese, but I stuck to it. About a year later, still knitting, a nice lady at a local craft shop taught me to crochet. I'd been trying to teach myself to no avail, and so she sat me down in the store and painstakingly showed me my mistakes. I was obsessed! I LOVED yarn! I would sit for hours and hours, be it at home, in a park, or on my free periods in the halls of my high school, I was "the girl who knits".
 
Everything here is about the fiber. It may sound a little dopey, but you really do have to let the yarn speak to you. If that yarn doesn't want to be an earflap hat, you'd better believe it won't become one. The fiber, color(s), and weight all play a huge part. The accessories I sell are made to last - something I promise is true. I'd never sell anything I wouldn't buy myself, so I try to ensure to the best of my ability the quality of the items I create.
 
~"Angela"~
 
Molly Girl yarns can be found here.
 
 
 
 
~Hymn For A Scarecrow~
 
 
 
 
 

Bass Line

 
Fingering / 4 ply
460 yards /100 grams
US 1 - 3 or 2.25 - 3.25mm
75% Merino / 25% Nylon
 
I am in love with Molly Girl Yarn!  She has such a talent for seeing color and bringing it to life on her canvas, Fiber!!!!  I tried really hard to get some good pictures in all lights so that you all can see how many color changes are actually in this skein of yarn.  Everything from a tangerine orange color, sunflower yellow, to dusty baby pink.  Not to mention all the transition shaded in between. 
 
The feel of such a work horse yarn is amazingly soft to the touch.  I would say that not all sock yarns could also work for a cowl, shawl or a next to skin item.  However Angela has managed to do just that with the choice of yarn she dyes on.  Absolutely hands down, one of the better sock yarns that I have seen in a while. 
 
You all should really had a skein of Molly Girl yarns in your stash before the end of the Christmas season.  Who knows, maybe Santa will leave you a skein or two in your stocking. 
 
PS- Make sure you leave directions for Santa as to the web site to find Molly Girl Yarn...lol
 
 
 Thank you again to Molly Girl Yarns for such a fantastic review of her yarn!!
 

Molly Girl Yarns receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!

Just remember;
“Anything can happen when you put on a pair of Hot Pink Socks”

~Stephanie~
 
 For One of you lucky readers, you will win a $15.00 credit to the Molly Girl Shop !!!

In order to enter the Give Away you must

As always:

1. Make sure you are a follower of my Blog
2. Tell me what yarn of Molly Girl you would like if you win.
 
The winner(s) of the drawing will be announced on Monday November 18th 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Right now if you head over to our new shop, use discount code HOTPINKSOCKSFTW to get a special 15% discount on your first order! But don't wait too long  more codes, contests, and fun will be coming soon as we celebrate all month long!

Decadently Divine Winner

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So you are all aware of how I do each weeks drawing, you were allowed to post a comment on the Blog or on Ravelry. Comments 1-11 came from the blog and 12-20  came from Ravelry. Neither has a better chance of winning or loosing, they are all put through the random number generator.
 
 
 
 
 
The winner of this amazing Yarn is:
#18   "Susan"   [Ravelry]
 
 
Thank you all to everyone who participated in this week's review postings. Winner(s), remember to get in contact with me so that I can get your prize out to you.
Thank you again to Decadently Divine for a fantastic review!!!
 

Decadently Divine

| Monday, November 4, 2013
 
 
Hello readers!  This week we have a Decadently Divine Yarn Treat.  I am really excited about this yarn.  Renee is the designer behind this wonderful yarn.

"Decadently Divine yarns was created, in 2009, as a natural progression from Goddess Knits handknitting patterns. The idea came about from a conversation, with another knitter, about a sock club that would feature darker colored yarns.
So with the creation of the Decadently Dark Sock Club, Decadently Divine was born (originally called Decadently Dark yarns). These yarns can now be purchased, on Etsy, and are also offered in yarn clubs available from the Goddess Knits website.
My intention, with Decadently Divine, is to provide fabulous, unique, affordable, top-quality hand-dyed yarns, for the knitter and crocheter alike, that can be used to create anything from a beautiful pair of socks, or mittens, to exquisite lace shawls."
~Renee~
 
Fall makes me really love knitting with colors that I do not normally knit with through the year.  Todays review yarns are just such colors for me.  A warm autumn orange and a fun lavender/pink.
 
 
Color~ Samhain
 
 

 
 
 
Color~ Jelly Bean
 
 
 

Bouncy Sock

  
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi)
 400 yards /100 grams
US 1 - 3 or 2.25 - 3.25mm
100% superwash merino, tight twist
 
 
 I love the intentional speckling of color through out these yarns.  You really have to be good at your craft in order to create this dying effect.  The hues of color that play so well together in these yarns are not only complementary, but they really create the unique color combinations that are shown above. 

I am a huge fan of tight twist in my sock yarn.  Bouncy Sock is no exception.  The stitch definition that takes place with such high twist is to be desired.  It also helps the longevity of your socks when you have such a high twist.  It also helps that it is 100% super wash.  It would be a miss if I did not tell you how amazingly soft this yarn is, talk about a comfortable feel.

 This yarn was made for an amazing pair of cabled or heavy patterned socks!  I can see them now, better get my 'Knit On.'

 Thank you again to Decadently Divine for such a fantastic review of her yarn!!
 
 

Decadently Divine receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!

Just remember;
“Anything can happen when you put on a pair of Hot Pink Socks”

~Stephanie~
 
 For One of you lucky readers, you will win the featured skein of Samhain !!!

In order to enter the Give Away you must

As always:

1. Make sure you are a follower of my Blog
2. Tell me what base and color of  "Decadently Divine Yarns" you would like to try.
 
The winner(s) of the drawing will be announced on Monday November 11th 
 
 
 




 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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