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  • July 11, 2022 3 min read

    I don't stock every yarn in the world.  That's not my thing.  Even though I have a ton of space, I'm pretty particular about what sits on the shelves.  I like to leave a little room for those super special things that I didn't know existed, but can't live without once I've seen them. 

    Entropy DK from Feederbrook Farm is one of those yarns.  I found Entropy on my travels in Oregon.   We had just left Multnomah Falls - one of the most spectacular things I've ever seen, and it was a happy accident that my friend, Sarah Keller's shop, Knot another Hat was literally half an hour away.  Okay, so maybe it wasn't an accident, but my husband doesn't need to know that - let's keep it just between us. 

    Anyway, that's where I found Entropy - at Sarah's shop.  This yarn is gorgeous.  It has everything - Bluefaced Leicester fiber, a subtle color shift, and a spectacular marled effect that makes it look like hand-dyed handspun. I loved it so much that I bought a sweater quantity.  

    At McMinville, when we finally got cell service, I searched the web to find whatever I could about Feederbrook and my new favorite yarn.  I was thrilled to see that it's made right here in Maryland.   What is it they say about happiness in your own backyard?  Well, yeah, that.   

    I contacted Feederbrook Farm owner, Lisa Westra right away, and got the sweetest message on her answering machine - if she didn't answer, it was because she was in the barn caring for the sheep.  Oh my gosh, can I tell you how much I love that?  This yarn comes from a real shepherdess with real sheep.

    I left a message and we played phone tag for a while, but when we finally did connect, and I liked her immediately. She told me that fjor a long time she had made this yarn, by hand, from the fleece of her own sheep. She did all the combing and carding, dyeing, and spinning herself. Just consider that a minute.  Pretty amazing, right?  

    Eventually, when the demand for her yarn exceeded what her own flock could produce, she purchased a quantity of Bluefaced Leicester fleece from Great Britain and acquired a small mill so she could continue her very hands-on approach to creating this stunning yarn.  

    So even though Entropy isn't created on a spinning wheel that you might imagine, it's still a very artisanal product.  While every colorway has an overall palette, each skein is unique, which makes it very exciting to use. 

    Lisa told me that she's also a science teacher, hence the name, Entropy, which you science types know means disorder.  The color names are all scientific terms too - from Kinetic Energy to Flash Point.  Isn't that so fun!?!

    As I said, I have a sweater quantity of Entropy DK in Nebula, and I've been surfing Ravelry for a pattern I like.  Many of Andrea Mowry's designs use a similar yarn. You might like Metamorphic which would have you alternate Entropy with a solid yarn. 

    Interestingly, the colors of Kelbourne Scout are a perfect complement for Entropy, and it would be my top pick for a blending fiber.  Or perhaps Junction is your jam, with its pretty yoke and dotted solid. 

    If you enjoyed her Nightshift design, you might want to try Shifty, a pullover with the Nightshift stitch pattern that would use several colors of Entropy.  

    You could use Entropy for a simple colorwork sweater like Avena where the colorshift and marling shine in wheatlike shafts swirling around the yoke. 

    Honestly, you could use Entropy for any sweater - its colorplay and subtle texture would take plain stockinette to a whole new level.  

    But whatever you do, don't take too long to decide.  This yarn took more than 4 months to get here, and it's going fast.  See the colors and order here



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