A new line of sock yarn has arrived, and there are so many virtues to extoll here. Really. So you might actually want to read all about it before you snatch some... or click here if you are really impatient.
I'm talking about Bo Peep's Sock Yarn from Farmhouse Yarns. Why is Farmhouse Yarns special? This is what Carol, the owner/dyer (along with her sister) has to say about it:
"Farmhouse Yarns are made in America- we buy wool directly from sheep farmers whenever possible. Many are small family farms with 20 or few sheep.... farms that find it very difficult to compete in a global economy where foreign wool has taken over and has driven down the price of wool. Farmhouse provides local farmers with a valuable market for their wool. Fleeces are hand-chosen for quality, then the yarns are hand-dyed to bring you the highest quality American yarns available."
Heck, that almost makes me want to go out in today's rain and fly my American flag. Hee.
And it's quite lovely yarn. Hand dyed. Machine wash AND dry- though not on a hot setting, people. Unless you want a nice, felted pair of socks. Like most hand dyed yarn, each skein varies in how much of a particular color is on each skein. I've noticed this is especially true for a few of the colors Carol dyes, like Rose Garden, shown at left. You'll see all the colors pictured, but you might see that there is more pink or green, or that the color is brighter or paler. *Oh, and note that while the yarn is quite soft and nice, it's not as soft as oh, say Koigu or Claudia's yarn. Carol says not to be fooled by the texture- it gets softer and softer with each wash.
And if all that isn't good enough for you, I've got an Introductory Special going on- this yarn is normally priced at $22 a skein, but this batch is just $20 a skein. And it's a generous skein too! Over 5 ounces (25% more than the typical one-pair sock yarn).
On a completely different subject, is this foggy weather really pi**ing off anyone else? Please tell me I'm not the only one. Here in NE Indiana, we have been hit with some horrible fog. It's finally letting up today, though the torrential rain has turned into huge flakes of snow. Yesterday, I couldn't even see across the street. I'm avoiding driving b/c I'm afraid of hitting an Amish buggy! Seriously! That's how "country" I am now!