Monday, December 6, 2010

New day, new week, new giveaway

Pippi loves the snow!!

It's been way too busy around here.....already. I want things to slow down so I can savor the season instead of rushing, rushing through it, trying desperately to get everything done.

As I write this, it's snowing outside, the animals have had their morning rations and I hope to spend most of today cozy in the studio. We got the little Vermont Castings stove installed not long ago and it's just as I hoped it would be. It warms the studio quickly, gives me just a little glimpse of the flames behind the glass panel and, now that Mike has cut some firewood small enough to fit, I can build a fire in no time at all. Plus, it's just cute!

So, on to the new giveaway. Kristin Nicholas is someone I would love to know personally and attending one of her on-farm workshops would be a dream come true! She is inspiring in so many ways. I love her use of color and seeing her designs makes me want to be more brave in the color choices I make in my knitting. So, for this giveaway I'm offering a copy of Kristin's book, "Kristin Knits", and eight skeins of Julia yarn. The reason I have two copies is because I pre-ordered the book, but when I discovered Kristin was selling autographed copies herself, I decided I wanted to support someone I admire by buying from her directly. The yarn is a scrumptious blend of alpaca, mohair and wool and has 93 yards in each ball. The colors are fabulous and the book will give you plenty of ideas for using it.

Leave a comment between now and Wednesday midnight eastern standard time and I'll random number generate on Thursday morning. Good luck!


168 comments:

  1. What a wonderful package - thanks so much for the giveaway. Happy holidays to you and to Pippi!

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  2. Great giveaway! I am just starting to knit with more than one color and love Kristin too. I follow her blog too.

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  3. Great stove! Makes me want to pull up a chair and knit..

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  4. She is just magical with her colors!!

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  5. Looks like a great way to get inspired!

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  6. I've wanted to try Kristin's Julia yarn for a long time, love her projects and am starting a new Quarters Cap today. Your new stove is going to ground you to your studio, I have a feeling, it's awesome!

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  7. Oh, winning this would be just the thing to throw me into the "colorwork pool"! Thanks for the chance!

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  8. What great colors!!! I would love to have one of those stoves I looks so cozy! :-)

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  9. Luv your cute little stove...just what I need for my cold and drafty craft room!

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  10. Ohhh...color. Kristin creates such cheerful designs. Thanks for the chance!

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  11. Kristin's color sense is wonderful and offers us some encourement to break lose and have fun. The yarn you've chosen looks extrememly encouraging to me! Thanks for offering such a generous prize!

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  12. beautiful colors and would love to win!!

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  13. So jealous of your cozy wood stove!!

    Love Kristin and have wanted to try some of her patterns, please enter me in the drawing!!

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  14. I love that stove! I really want one! And I love the colors of all those yarns; I haven't done much colorwork besides stripes. I should really try it.

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  15. What beautiful colors. Please enter me too!

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  16. That looks like fun! I've been wanting to try her yarn. (Love the stove!)

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  17. A wood fire in the fall and winter, there's nothing like it. I read Kristin's blog all of the time and would love to win the giveaway. Thanks for having one.

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  18. OMG! I love the colors. What a treat to be able to win this! And just in time to make last minute Christmas gifts!

    donna - firstlite@nyc.rr.com

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  19. How beautiful and generous of you! Enter me in your giveaway. Love your blog -- I arrived at it via Kristen's.

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  20. Thanks! A lovely book and lovely colorful yarn....

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  21. I love Kristin's work. Nice giveaway--the yarn colors are beautiful.

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  22. I am so jealous you have had the chance to take a class with her! What fun- I like to picture all the sheep in the adorable sweaters!

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  23. Pippi looks wonderful in all that snow! What a beautiful giveaway - I have followed Kristin's blog for a long while now.
    Enjoy your fireplace!

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  24. Such gorgeous colors would be fun to make something with. What a great giveaway!

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  25. Hello from Shell ~
    ~ what wonderful gifts ~
    I love your llama friend, the perfect face for a holiday card.
    I'm dreaming I have a stove like that :) Kristin is amazing, I would loVe to knit with her terrific yarn.
    thanks,
    Shell
    YarnSoup@yahoo.com

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  26. I love Kristin's books and her blog. Now she's introduced me to yours! Thanks for the fantastic give-a-way!

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  27. new day, new week, new blog, new book (maybe!).
    p.s. if i won, i can supply an address in the US.

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  28. Oh my gosh! What a wonderful and fun give a way! I love Kristin and follow her blog. Love her yarn and books. Thanks formthe opportunity tomparticipate in this great give a way:)
    Laura T

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  29. Your little stove is adorable. You didn't mention the smell of fresh burning wood though :O !!!!! That's the best part !!! I bet you are loving every minute of having that heat your little room. I know I would !

    The yarn looks scrumptious and not to mention the great book too !

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  30. The yarn is so beautiful. I also read her blog as well as yours. Both are generous in sharing your lives with all of us. Thank you, rosevta@hotmaillcom

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  31. HI- just found you via Kristen's blog. Living in Chicago 'burbs I love living the farm life vicariously through blogs - happy to find a new one. I love the wood stove - a great way to stay warm in the winter.

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  32. This is what is so good about the internet; finding another knitting blog. I love learning what other knitters are doing and have been a fan of Kristin's blog for awhile. Thanks for writing. Chris

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  33. I found you via Kristin's blog and will add you to my blog reading. Your giveaway looks wonderful. Wondering where Vesailles, KY is located. Grandparents from Mt. Sterling.

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  34. I love Kristin and her blog also! That's how I found your blog. I would love to enter your giveaway, thanks for the chance.

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  35. I have just spent the entire week knitting Kristin's pattern for Swirly Twirlies from her Julia Yarn. I am making the hotpad size using a wide variety of colors. The yarn felts so beautifully, which is a relief since I've not done much of that and these are Christmas gifts. I would be so excited to win more of this wonderful yarn...and her book!!!

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  36. The package for giveaway looks wonderful and I love her book.

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  37. I love your description of your day - and I hope you dd get to spend it in front of that lovely little stove.

    I, too, love Krsitin Nicholas and have had the pleasure to meet her several times, but have not been to one of her classes - yet!

    I have also knitted up some wonderful projects using Julia yarn and her wonderful patterns.

    Thanks for highlighting her and I love your blog!

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  38. What a wonderful giveaway and so inspiring to knit with more color! Thank you so much for the opportunity :)

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  39. Oh the colors, quite lovely. GReat giveaway!

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  40. How generous of you. Kristin is a gifted designer

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  41. Great giveaway. I love the pictue of your wood stove. I love Kristin's books and yarn.

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  42. This is a great giveaway! I would enjoy using that Julia yarn!

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  43. Oh how just totally wonderful of you to have this giveaway!! I would love to win this book! The colors of your yarn look fabulous. No matter how cold or gray out side as long as you hold vibrant colors of wool your always warm.

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  44. Love the little wood stove, as it is so cold here in NC! And they predicted a milder winter this year, too, ha! I would love to win/receive the book and yarn. Thanks for the give away.

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  45. Fantastic giveaway. I adore Kristen's work and her yarn. I would LOVE to win this unbelieveably generous package.
    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you.

    yerkeb on Rav

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  46. I just picked up her book at the library last night, and was drooling over the beautiful colors. And my name is Kristin!

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  47. Looks amazing!! I love all of that yarn:) Excited about this giveaway!

    tampahockey04@yahoo.com

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  48. I just picked her book up at the library last night, and was drooling over the colors. And my name is Kristin!

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  49. Kathy says
    I would love this giveaway.
    The colors of the yarn are beautiful and the book will inspire that yarn. happy holidays.
    longkathy27@yahoo.com

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  50. What a generous offering - thanks so much!

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  51. LOVE the stove. (Kristin too!)

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  52. Baby it's COLD outside! I'd love to win these delicious colors to knit something warm for my noggin!

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  53. I love, love Julia yarn and Kristin's patterns! I don't have this book and can only dream of winning:)

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  54. Thank you for the lovely give-away, the book looks fabulous and the colors, too! Sara in AL

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  55. This is such a great giveaway! I also love Kristin's work and colourful yarns.

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  56. wow--what a great giveaway...found you via Susan Anderson....add me to your list of possibly random peeps!
    Thanks! Kathy (Beaverton, OR)

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  57. The colors of the yarn look so wonderful.

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  58. I love your stove. I have dreams of someday having a tiny log cabin studio and that stove would be perfect.

    Love the yarn colors too. I know I need to get brave and try some colorful projects.

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  59. This is such a cozy post, with the alpaca, the fire in the stove and the Julia yarn. Julia! Everyone should have a staff of it! Lovely stuff. Thanks for offering such a great prize!

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  60. I love the yarn colors and the book looks amazing! Thank you for offering another giveaway! :-)

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  61. I don't need the book copy as I already bought one but just sitting and looking at the picture of that rainbow of yarn lined up makes me smile! Merry Christmas to all!
    KatieB

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  62. I could happily sit in front of your little stove and knit for days and days. Happiest of Holidays

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  63. Oh how I would love this book and the beautiful yarns! :-)

    judi7597(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  64. What a lovely giveaway! Oh, the soft things that I could make...

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  65. What beautiful colors! My biggest weakness...yarn and knitting books...in one place!

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  66. Oh my - those are beautiful colors!
    Great giveaway!

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  67. Great giveaway!
    love the book and have always wanted to try her yarn!

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  68. The perfect weekend would be attending one of Kristen's weekends at the farm. And I would love to try her yarn, no one here carries it. Thanks for the giveaway.Anita

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  69. I also love to knit in front of my fireplace.....so relaxing! the books and the yarn look wonderful. lots of knitting ahead!

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  70. Received this beautiful book for my birthday, it is wonderful! My first project was her multi colored "bull's eye hat" which I gave as a birthday gift and currently trying to complete "be happy, be colorful socks" for a holiday gift. She is an amazing and inspirational artist with her colorful creations! How generous of you to share and support fellow artisans!

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  71. What beautiful yarn! And another great giveaway. I would love win!

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  72. such a generous giveaway! and I agree about supporting her directly; I'm like that, too :D

    have a great day!

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  73. What's not to like about Kristin and the way she just covers everything with color. What a great prize! have a wonderful holiday season.

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  74. I love A nice winter-themed post... & Kristin Nicholas' books! I agree, it would be a thrill to meet her.

    Thanks for the great giveaway, & Happy Holidays to you & the adorable Pippa!

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  75. That's a book I don't have, and you know how I love alpaca. The stove looks like you could sit there all day knitting the time away.

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  76. That is the cutest face and picture of Alpaca, I love it. The yarn is beautiful too but what a treat to open your blog and see that darling at the top of your page.

    katjobson@gmail.com

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  77. What a treasure! I'd love to win that fab book and yarn. My daughter, Kelly is a big fan of Kristin's and would love that dreamy package!

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  78. I knit Kristin's Over the Top Shawl and I love it. You can see it on my blog and all that yarn at blogspot.

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  79. The book and yarn (yummy!) love the colors. Very inspiring.

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  80. What a fun package! I love Kristin's designs. This is a nice introduction to your website!

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  81. Looks awesome!!! Beautiful yarn!

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  82. what a beautiful gift! I love Kristin too. Reading her blog is like having a chat with a good friend

    lrpostlethwait@embarqmail.com

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  83. A great giveaway! Kristin is great--I read her blog faithfully, which led me to yours.

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  85. What an awesome holiday surprise for someone. Thank you for doing this!

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  86. Pippi is just the cutest little thing! And what a wonderful giveaway you are offering, thank you!

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  87. I wish I could attend one of Kristin's workshops too! What a lovely package to offer. Thank you!!

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  88. Thanks for the giveaway; Kristin is very inspiring and I'd love to try her Julia yarn. I just found your blog and will be following it.

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  89. Fabulous giveaway! I also love your stove.

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  90. I am a big fan of Kristin! I love knitting her mittens

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  91. What a great giveaway! The yarn colors are beautiful and I'm sure the book is full of great ideas.

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  92. What a great giveaway. The yarn looks fabulous and I would love to win the book.

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  93. I have been wanting this book for a while! The yarn looks yummy too.

    kristinfitzgerald on ravelry

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  94. I love Kristin's work and the yarn looks scrumptious! Would love to win.
    Arrowfeather, Ravelry

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  95. Hi Dianne: I have been following Kristin and her blog for over a year now. I have been fortunate enough to experience a slice of life on Glen Leyden Farm when I took Kristin's 'Getting Stiched on the Farm' weekend extravaganza. It was all about the Celebration of Flowers. It was awesome!! Kristin is all about color and so is her Julia yarn. I have been slowly adding colors to my stash - but would love 8 more skeins! If it wasn't for Kristin's blog I would have never known about your blog and giveaway - so I thank you and Krisitn both. I hope I do not get thrown off your blog for writing so much - but you can never say enough nice things about Kristin Nicholas. Keep the fires burning and the needles clicking. Debi

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  96. Ohhh ... what gorgeous colors would love to see the magic that makes them come to life in the book! And Pipi is too cute! Happy Holidays!

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  97. I just found your blog through Kristin's. Wonderful giveaway!

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  98. Great giveaway! Thanks-- love the stove, reminds me of winter (it's 80 degrees in the desert today).

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  99. I too would love to go to weekend at Kristin's...so I'll dream wtih you.

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  100. Thank you for a great give-away! Kristin's books are awesome and I love her yarn. This is so generous of you. Thanks again.

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  101. Wow, kristin sent me over here, your pictures are as fanastic as hers. You too should met you are so much alike. I love your stove must be nice to have a studio to sit and knit and spin.

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS

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  102. What a great giveaway set! I was sent here by Susan Anderson. I would love to win.
    Happy Holidays to you and yours!

    traceymccarthy@gmail.com

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  103. Fantastic giveaway! I have been wanting to get into colorwork and this book would be a great way to start. Thanks for the chance.

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  104. What wonderful colors, and a fantastic giveaway! Thank you!

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  105. I would love to have a copy of the book! Am I allowed to participate from Switzerland? All the best
    Sabine

    www.zwergenzwirn.com
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  106. What a wonderful addition to your studio! I can only imagine how dreamy it has to be to knit next to that stove, enjoy!

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  107. What a cozy fire to knit by! I'd love to win your giveaway and dream about your little stove while I knit. Thank you and have a wonderful holiday!

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  108. What a wonderful person you are to share such a treat.Thank you for your thoughtfulness. Seasons Greetings from the southland

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  109. I have used Julia yarn before and it is fantastic. I agree Kristin is an inspiration for the use of color. Great giveaway, thank you for allowing me to participate.

    Leslie

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  110. I really want to read Kristin and try the yarn!

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  111. Glad you like your stove. I got one last year and adore it. So cosy! Please enter me in the drawing. I love Kristin's color work also!!

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  112. Wow. I am so happy to have found your blog via Susan Anderson's comment. The stove looks nice and cozy.

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  113. Found your blog from Kristin's. She is so very inspiring, you're right! I've never tried Julia yarn and would love to have a go.

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  114. This would be a great chance to try this wonderful yarn. What a cute little stove. Keep warm and happy holidays.
    Sue

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  115. Oh my! Would love, love, love to win - thanks for the chance! Stephanie stephi_gordon@yahoo.com

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  116. I also love Kristin Nichols work. She is very inspiring. I wish I lived in New England so I could go to one of her farm classes.

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  117. Love her book. Love her yarn. Would love her book + her yarn!

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  118. OMG! I would love, love this giveaway. I love Kristen and her work.

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  119. You have a Beautiful Blog! I am a huge fan of Kristins colorful ways - she chases the blah out of MN winters! paulsons4@arvig.net

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  120. love those colors. thanks for the chance to win.

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  121. Love Kristen' colors too! Thankyou!

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  122. Kristin is one of my favorites she is so gifted yet so humble and real. We share the same dream come true I would love to go to one of her farm camp classes...guess next best would be winning this lovely contest, thanks.

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  123. Pippi is adorable! I admire Kristin and would love to win your giveaway.

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  124. Happy Holidays! What a gracious giveaway, and I LOVE your new stove.

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  125. I so wish I had that great little fireplace... I just asked my husband if he was as cold as I was... Thanks so much for the give away.

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  126. What a wonderful gesture. I love Kristin's books and colorways. I too would love to meet her in person some day.
    Carolyn

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  127. What a generous offer! Thank you! I hope you get to take a workshop with Kristin. I've done so, and enjoyed them very much (though I haven't had the pleasure of one of her home events).

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  128. Pippi is so cute... Can we see more of him/her??? Your give a way is wonderful. I also adore Kristin's use of color; she is amazing. I enjoy looking of pictures of her home on her blog.

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  129. What a great give away! The colors of the yarn are so vibrant! It would be fantastic to win such a wonderful bunch of knitting things! Please pick me! I never win these things!

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  130. That looks like 8 different kinds of fun. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  131. I love your new stove-makes one want to cozy up and knit. Wonderful giveaway. Merry Christmas!

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  132. Very nice giveaway. Love reading her blog too. Her yarn looks beautiful.

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  133. I love Kristin Nicholas's style and yarn, too! :) Great giveaway.

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  134. I've been enjoying Kristen's blog for a long time and now I will get to enjoy yours! Thanks for offering such a generous giveaway! Warm Wishes,
    lila

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  135. I love Julie yarn, colours, feel and would like to be a part of the giveaway.

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  136. I enjoyed the pictures of your studio. The Vermont Castings stove is perfect for the room. We have had a Vermont Castings stove for years and even attended a festival and went on a tour of their factory. I am new at using more than one color on a project and would enjoy reading your book and learning from you. The colors of the yarns are beautiful!
    Have a great holiday and stay warm by your stove.

    Jane Kettlewell
    jkettlewell5@aol.com

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  137. Oh what a colorful giveaway!

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  138. I LOVE Kristin's work but have never used any of her Julia yarn! Would love to win some. Thanks for sharing.

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  139. The snowy pictures are wonderful ... we live now in the desert where green is a memory and snow but a dream ! The yarn is gorgeous ... of course my stash overflows, still I would love to own some Julia .. the colors are glorious.

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  140. Wow! What a wonderful giveaway! I love her work.

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  141. She does beautiful work. Thanks for sharing your bounty!

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  142. I'd love to have Kristin's book, I'd love to have a skein of Julia yarn in any of those colors. To think that the whole bundle could be mine is almost more than I can take... but I'll do my best! ;) Thanks for a wonderful giveaway.

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  143. Great giveaway thanks. lynzward@hotmail.com

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  144. I follow Kristin's blog, she has some great color ideas. Thanks for another great giveaway!!

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  145. Great colors, they keep you warm just by looking! Thanks for the giveaway. J.

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  146. I'm a fan of Kristin Nicholas too -- I love her color sense and creativity. Beyond knitting, I love seeing photos of her house where it is clear her color and creativity are a way of life, not just a way of knitting!

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  147. WOW. Love the colors, Love yarn, I'm sure the book will be GREAT

    biddy05
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  148. I don't have any of Kristin Nicholas' books, but we share the same first name -- and spell it correctly! -- so she must be cool! :)

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  149. Only just starting to learn colorwork--I LOVE her combinations!

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  150. Julia yarn colors look so great. Since I am a person that loves color this is something that would be great to try. Will add your blog to my list of links

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  151. The yarn colors look positively decadent!

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  152. I wish I had a stove like that to warm my feet by!

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  153. Thanks for the great give away..Kristin is a favorite of mine and I read her blog daily. I grew up on a farm and love to knit so all of her comments are happy memories for me.

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  154. I would LOVE to win the Julia yarn! If my comment is chosen, you can pick another for the book. I'm like you, I already have a copy. But I would LOVE the yarn. Pick my number -- two people will be happy!

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  155. I just discovered your site after reading Kristin's blog. Great give-away. Thanks.

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  156. I love Kristin's designs. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

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  157. I just made Kristen's Baby Heart blankie for my new grandson with her Julia yarn. It is a dream to work with...thanks for the give-away!

    Claudia

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  158. OMG gorgeous colors - I love knitting with bright, vibrant colors. Please Santa let me win.

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  159. I'd love to master color knitting. I've been knitting for years and I've stayed away from Intarsia and Fair Isle for the most part. This would give me a chance to dive right in!

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  160. I love this book! I have a copy of it, but I'd love to donate one to the high school library I work in - we have a new knitting group and the kids are really inspired by color. And I know that Kristen's yarns are gorgeous and could be well-used in our Warm Up America project!

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  161. Well I'm too late to enter the give-away, and i can't seem to catch on to knitting, but just wanted to leave a comment- and it is, "wow" A give-a-way sure does generate a lot of comments! And rightly so, it's a great giveaway. You'll have one lucky winner! Hope all is going great over at your farm, and studio... love the wood stove!

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  162. I have her other book, but have not seen this one, nor have I seen her yarn for sale here in Alaska. I'd love to win!

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