Saturday, October 6, 2012

Organic wool giveaway. Yay!

This week I got the most wonderful package of wool in the mail from Suzy Hausfrau in Canberra.

Isn't getting parcels of supplies in the mail just the best thing ever!

A few weeks ago I noticed Renae (from Suzy Hausfrau) tweeting about a shipment of certified organic, naturally dyed yarn that had just come into her online shop.

Some day in the not too distant future I hope to have my own line of certified organic wool, but until then I am happy to hungrily read and learn the stories of anyone else doing it already.

So Renae tweeted the organic wool and I visited her gorgeous online shop to check it out for myself. And OH MY GOODNESS, the gloriousness of the colours and the names of the colours made me want to know the whole story right away.

So I clicked on the Swans Island website and drooled over stories of antique farmhouses and century old techniques, and natural dyes and extra fine merino wool and the love of the handmade. It really is such an inspiring story.

I am such a firm believer that we should use the best ingredients we can afford in all our making. And this wool is the best, softest, most environmentally friendly, sustainably created, luscious wool I think I have ever come across.





Suzy Hausfrau is the only Australian stockist of the Swans Island wool.

Suzy Hausfrau is a gorgeous online shop specialising in exquisite yarns, patterns and needles from all around the world.

The super lovely Renae from Suzy Hausfrau has ever so generously offered to giveaway to one of your guys two 100 gram skeins of the glorious Swans Island certified organic merino wool in the fingering weight.

200 hundred grams would be enough to make a cardigan, a shawl, several scarves, hats, socks or baby items. Check out some of the patterns on Ravelry here.

I'm thinking about a shawl or braving my first pair of socks with mine. But in the meantime, it is so wonderfully soft that I can't help stroking it against my face and squishing it while I decide.


So if you would love to receive a Suzy Hausfrau brown paper package filled with deliciousness in the mail. If you would love to rub this soft and squishy wool against your face. If you would love a chance to knit or crochet or weave with some of the most delicious yarn in the whole world...then this giveaway is for you.

Leave me a comment and let me know which colour of the Swans Island wool you would choose for your two skeins were you to win. I'd also LOVE to know what you think you might make with it.

We'll choose a winner next week.

In the mean time check out the;
Suzy Hausfrau shop.
Suzy Hausfrau blog.
Suzy Hausfrau twitter (where this giveaway started).
Suzy Hausfrau facebook.
Suzy Hausfrau instagram.

Good luck.
And I hope you have the most wonderful weekend.
I'm off to do the farm chores and then to a wedding. Yay!

Bye! xx

256 comments:

  1. I'll second your comments about that yarn. I bought some seasmoke for my son but made a lovely cowl which his wife has claimed. It's gorgeous stuff. As I said, I bought it but some giveaway raspberry or beetroot would be wonderful.

    I'll also endorse your comments about Susy Hausfrau. Practically same day service and service with a smile, too. I recommend her to everyone.

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  2. All the colours are amazing, but I think I would choose Marine, and make something in that lovely blue for my 2 boys!!

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  3. Your pictures make me want to reach in and touch it! Oh boy, it's all so beautiful, I don't know if I could possibly choose between the rose quartz, sea smoke and charcoal! And after seeing your poncho effort, I think I'd have to make myself a wrap or another shrug, but then there's the baby bits and bobs..who knows!

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  4. I don't think I could go past the teal. My best friend is pregnant. For her first child I knitted a beautiful little newborn cardi. I think it would be nice for her 2nd to have one aswell & this yarn would be gorgeous as a soft cardigan for a newborn bub.
    Love the new blog branding by the way.
    Michelle

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  5. I loved the pics and the names are devine!! My little girl and I love the Indigo and the Beetroot. We would make granny squares to turn into scarves. Beginning crocheters here!

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  6. I read your enthusiastic review of the new yarn so I went and bought a skein in Oatmeal . I would love some Charcoal and Logwood to go with it and then maybe make a love Hap Blanket like the Ysolda pattern . I love Suzy Hausfrau shop and I met her and fondled her yarns at the Celebration of Wool in Canberra .
    thank you both for the giveaway

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  7. I would absolutely love the beetroot one, but I am unsure what I would make with it right now. It's currently 32 degrees here in Brisbane so my mind's gone a bit blank there :-)

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  8. I - N - D - I - G - O .
    ❤❤❤

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  9. It all looks just so gorgeous... I love the potential of it all. I'm just about to finish my very first scarf - knitting inspired by your fine self. I'd love some of this gorgeous yarn in winterberry to attempt a cardi for my daughter... I'm a big believer in all little girls having a red cardi. I'll have to knit it in a few sizes too big as I'm sure it'll take me forever, but I'm up for the challenge!

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  10. It's a toss up between the Beetroot, the Indigo and the Winterberry. If I won, I'd have to make a difficult decision!

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  11. It's a toss up between the Beetroot, the Indigo and the Winterberry. If I won, I'd have to make a difficult decision!

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  12. It's a toss up between the Beetroot, the Indigo and the Winterberry. If I won, I'd have to make a difficult decision!

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  13. super hard to choose, either the spring green or winterberry! What scrummy colours!

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  14. stunning! Mine wold be beetroot and raspberry, they are gorgeous and would make an amazing stripey shawl. Oooh I hope I win!
    Love the new banner too Kate, very cute :O)

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  15. Spring green. Gorgeous!
    And for a bit of unsolicited advice Kate - I'd think twice about using it for socks. I've only once made socks out of pure wool and they wore through in a handful of wears. I was devestated. A bit of google research revealed the reason practically all sock yarns contain a percentage of nylon, and I've seen for myself that the socks I knit for the mister definitely last much longer the higher proportion of nylon. He wears them in work boots - 20% nylon lasts for literally years of wear, 10% for a couple of years. Also merino isn't a hard wearing breed - bfl or Corriedale will do a much better job. Keep this luscious stuff for neck or hand wear.

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    1. Unsolicited sock advice most welcome Sooz.
      I had no idea.
      And I'm certain you've just saved me a whole lot of heart ache.
      Thanks. x

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  16. Beautiful! My choice would be seasmoke - What a wonderful heavenly name. I would make the Alpine Frost Scarf (http://www.ravelry.com/projects/AliciaPaulson/alpine-frost-scarf), and it would rest on My Yellow Peacoat in Winter.

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  17. Hmmm any? Winter berry, indigo, charcoal:)

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  18. Maize - definitely Maize. Probably make a simple cowl with it?

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  19. Ohhh the beetroot is yummers! I would love to make a shawl as a gift .

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  20. OOoh so luscious! I think having just completed a throw in rich rad, a neutral tone would be great to compliment it. Perhaps Natural or oatmeal and I would make a cushion or 2 with a textured stitch - cables or popcorns perhaps?

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  21. I love the red you have posted. Gorgeous. And Renae has awesome customer service too

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  22. Charcoal, Garnet, Maize, Teal. I can't decide. Is it weird that I'm wanting to rub my cheek against the computer screen?? I rarely knit with fingering weight, but can see some lovely little close-to-the-skin vests for my girls. I love Suzy Hausfrau, so thanks for letting me know about this gorgeous new yarn. xx

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  23. Sometimes you just have to gRASP the BERRY and make some gorgeous shawls, scarves or beanies with your yarn while having a cup of TEA Leaves. You can look out the window while hooking and watch the GArNET on the dam or admire the INDIGO VINTAGE LILAC flowering in the garden. If all else fails you can't BEET a ....... ;-)

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  24. This yarn looks so fabulous!!!! You are really tempting me...I went to Suzy Hausfrau on line shop....It's so hard to choose a color: they are all beautiful! I'm indecisive between Indigo+Marine (to knit something for me, like a huge shawl) or Rasperry+Seasmoke (to crochet a lap blanket for my pink couch in my crafty room!).....hard decisions...
    Anyway, thank you for this chance,
    happy weekend, xxx Alessandra

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  25. Its almost too hard to choose and check out the yardage on those skeins 480m!
    I have been planning a light summery charcoal cardigan . . so I think I would choose the charcoal colour and knit a Vanadium by Lisa Mutch. That would make me very happy indeed.

    You have picked a stunning colour! Can't wait to see what you do with it.

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  26. How beautiful! It was a hard decision between Winter Thyme and Teal, but I think I'd pick teal :)

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  27. Ohh the choice is hard, but I would have to choose the Rasberry or Garnet and crochet something for the kids room. I have been thinking about some cute crochet pillows for their beds and these colours would go perfectly.

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  28. What gorgeous colours...and organic to boot. I just love, love, anything teal so teal it is. I can see a sumptuous lacey knit scarf for myself or a hat with matching mittens for my grand daughter.
    Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway.

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  29. Raspberry would be my pick - and how nice it is of you and Suzy Hausfrau to offer this!

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  30. Oh my! How to limit it... I would probably stick with the blues... marine, indogo, sky blue! Beautiful! (love your new header too!)

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  31. I think it's Spring Green for me, and I'd turn my skeins into a shawl - perhaps Summer Solstice Lace Shawl (by Wendy Knits) that I have had my eye on for late summer evening knitting.

    So glad to find a local (online) retailer of beautiful yarns.

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  32. Oh Kate could you possibly make this yarn sound more desirable?? For me its a tough choice but would come down to a toss up between indigo and teal. I like me a bit of variegation :)

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  33. Oh my! How wonderful! :-) I would LOVE the Maize colour :-) I have recently started knitting socks & I'm thoroughly addicted & I think the Maize colour would be perfect for a pair of happy, sun-shiny socks!

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  34. So hard to choose between oatmeal or winterberry, I think winterberry would just win. So glad to find someone in Australia selling it.

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  35. Ahh, yes.. I've been drooling over that wool too! If I was the lucky winner of the wool, methinks I'd a skein each of Charcoal & Seasmoke to make something stripey with. Mmm, yes, something stripey for me!

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  36. ooooooo looks divine. Rasberry or Seasmoke sound gorgeous

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  37. Winter Thyme or Garnett - mmmmm - i can feel the gentle comforting softness around me now - a simple shawl just for me is what i would make!!! (just cannot resist beautiful natural yarns).

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  38. The yarn is so beautiful. When reading their website I love how they say the colours choose them. The colours are all beautiful and I was swaying between raspberry and seasmoke. I love them both. I think seasmoke and I'm thinking of cardi. :)

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  39. This is the best giveaway ever. My new grandaughter in the U.K. Would love something handknitted in the beautiful yarn. Maybe beetroot or sky blue. She is just 6 weeks old and tells me she likes handknits from natural yarns and nothing too cutesy! (I think that was her mother talking)

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  40. I'd definitely make a shawl from the Charcoal. I think I'd need a darker colour to go with my handmade wardrobe.

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  41. Your yarn looks gorgeous Kate and I love the colors you chose. I really like the blues, greens and natural colors - so many to choose from. A color affection shawl would be perfect!

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  42. I have just been to the wool shop and have bought some luscious blue wool. My nanna and I are going to go home now and get cosy, and she is going to teach me how to knit cable. I had no idea that there was an organic wool blend available in Australia and I will certainly be going to the website to look-my aim is to make Chef a cable jumper in Navy Blue or Grey.

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  43. Thank you for sharing the link to the Swan Island Website, I have just poured over the whole thing....gorgeous photos, lovely wool and such inspiration! Ill be visiting them again. I would love to win some of their scrumptious wool, so many gorgeous colours but for me it would have to be one of the greens...Winter Thyme I think it was called, perfect for another shawl. I'm quite taken with shawls at the moment :-)

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  44. Teal! No, beetroot! Aagh! So difficult to decide. I think maybe two beetroot ones, or a beetroot and a teal one. Hmmm... I like the Indigo too. I would love to knit myself a cardigan. I think I would go for two teal skeins. I don't have to absolutely decide right now, do I? Thanks Kate and Renae, for such a lovely giveaway!

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  45. Wow...great wool, superb colours! The beetroot in simply wonderful, and I don't have a shawl in that colour. Yet! Lovely giveaway this is...

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  46. Wow...great wool, superb colours! The beetroot in simply wonderful, and I don't have a shawl in that colour. Yet! Lovely giveaway this is...

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  47. omg I lurve the teal color, simply to die for! I'd make mermaid hair out of it for dolls as thats what it made me think of when I saw it. Amazing wool! can't believe its in Australia too. Great give away hugs

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  48. Ooo what a glorious giveaway! I would have trouble picking between the maize and the garnet colour! I would also try knitting a couple of little cardigans for my two girls for the spring! I would try using bigger needles so it would knot up quick an not be too warm too!

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  49. I'm thinking a thick scarf in Natural or a family of beanies in Winterberry would be lovely!

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  50. garnet or beetroot are the colours that capture my imagination, but I really am take by all the lovely natural colours. I think I may be visiting her site again soon.

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  51. Such gorgeous colours! I love the raspberry and think a scarf or cowl for next winter is in order. Also can I back up the comments about Renae's beautiful online store and excellent service!

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  52. love the new banner, Kate!
    mmmm i'd choose the sky blue and make a cowl or shawl. i'm in a blue (wool) mood, my hiking pack is stuffed full of wool, most of it blue!

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  53. Oooh Kate I am definitely a 'Marine' girl! I would make a beautiful wrap to wear next winter as it actually does get cool up here in Brisbane. Thanks for hosting this giveaway :) Anny

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  54. I think beetroot is my favorite, although I love some of the other colours almost as much. I think I would try a shawl or a cardigan for my daughter.

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  55. I think the sky smoke and I would make it into lots of things... beanie for my boy, some fingerless gloves for me... oh the possibilites are endless!!!

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  56. Winterberry! A friend just had a baby and it will be perfect for a wee garment!

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  57. Such beautiful colours, so hard to choose, but I think that garnet or Indigo would be the right colours for me.

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  58. I love the Indigo colourway, and would be making the Imogen Cowl by Carrie Bostock Hoge! It's so hard to feel the softness of organic wool through the screen so I hope I get to feel it in real life!

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  59. Oh Kate - that looks like gorgeous wool! I love all of the colours but would probably end up choosing Teal, or Beetroot, or Seasmoke, or Logwood to make something wooly and warm for me!!

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  60. Oooh, the maize is divine and would be perfect for a special hand knit for this Mama. xx

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  61. Wow ....That wool looks amazing. I think I'd start with the red you've picked (I couldn't work out which one it was because the colour on your page and on the suzyhausfrau page look different), then indigo then beetroot

    What to make .... Maybe this http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/magrathea

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  62. Gorgeous stuff, but she's not the only stockist in Australia, www.zigozago.com.au also sells this glorious yarn!

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  63. What a lovely giveaway! The colours are scrumptious but I just love teal and beetroot. I'm thinking a scarf and shawl would be lovely in this wool.

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  64. Thanks for the link up to another spectacular yarn supply!
    I have just pulled my daughters EZ february sweater for the fifth time, but I love the knitting so much it's not too bad... well maybe a little bit...
    to cheer myself up I would make a lonely tree shawl by sylvia bo bylvia in rasberry... mmm
    as yet i have never knit anything bigger than a headband for myself so that would be super spesh.
    enjoying your blog as usual
    thanks for sharing
    Roselinde

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  65. How beautiful!

    I'd love logwood or oatmeal and I'd like to make a Brooklyn Tweed pattern...maybe something like this: http://brooklyntweed.net/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2_4&products_id=19

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  66. Oops - C above is me!
    cmanas.wordpress.net

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  67. I love the raspberry colour and would make a shawl out of it. :)

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  68. Uhnnnnhhhhhhhh! I love it desperately. I would get vintage lilac ad make myself a beautiful lacy poncho and wear it all the damn tiiiiiiiiiiiime xx

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  69. I think one ball of Maize would make a beautiful squishalicious Mara :)

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  70. What beautiful yarn, I have totally fallen in love with the Winter Thyme and am dreaming of a gorgeous summer wrap. Fingers crossed.....

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  71. Hiya Kate,

    I'm keen on Maize - my sweet small is a yellow fiend. But I'm thinking of my mum who is the most SUPERB creator of woolen marvels (despite a lanolin allergy that means she has to knit in cotton gloves - imagine that!). She's been most unwell over the last few months and some of her only truly bright moments amongst all the poking and prodding has been working on her never ending project wonders. She isn't well enough to go to the shops just now, so she relies on her cards from Bendigo, Nundle and Biggan to get her through. I know she's really missing the joy of surrounding herself with new colours and textures and that she'd really like to make herself her 'wrapped with love' shawl. A pattern of her own devising that she has made for countless friends when they need a little extra special loveliness in their lives. Something she really needs just now. I know she'd love beetroot.

    xx

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  72. O, they are all so gorgeous...Spring Green or Beetroot, I can't decide!
    I would love to crochet a soft scarf from each :)
    Thanks for the chance to win such a lovely prize,
    melpaddy@hotmail.com

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  73. Winterberry, I think. Love Suzy Hausfrau, and this is so generous of all of you ...

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  74. I couldn't choose a colour so I asked my 3 year old daughter to choose... and the winner is Winter Thyme! Isn't that a gorgeous name! Thank you so much for introducing me to Suzy Hausfrau's online store. I am in love! I've been looking for a beautiful wool online shop for ages. Thanks again x

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  75. They are all so gorgeous. I just can't decide between sky blue, indigo and teal. My dream is to make a shawl - something like Holden Shawlette for example(I still have to learn how to).

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  76. Such beautiful wool, wish I could stroke it! The pretty Rose Quartz is calling me, I really feel the need for pink in my life at the moment, I don't know why as I have always worn dark colours and would say my favourie colour is blue but pink is definately calling my name! I think I would do battle with my nemesis - Socks!

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  77. drooooool!
    i popped over to look through the colours... and the green in the bottom right corner instantly caught me eye. then i clicked through to check out the name and it's called WINTER THYME! an excellent play on words AND my favourite herb.
    and wouldn't it just make the best scarf? or pair of socks? or both? to be worn in the winter thyme :D

    what a fabulous giveaway!!
    hope your weekend is going amazingly (despite the inclement weather, boo!)

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  78. The yarn looks beautiful and I would choose beetroot if I won. I think a cowl is what I'd make. Thankyou for this lovely opportunity.

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  79. Hello Kate. For me it would winterberry - the clocks are going back soon and we will have shorter, much darker days. So winterberry for a cowl to brighten up a winter walk.
    Thank
    Liz

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  80. It looks just beautiful and I would make myself "Urban" by Veera Välimäki in Indigo which is a perfect Ballarat colour and a such a sweet name.

    I hope the wedding was wonderful too x

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  81. Hi Kate... I would choose teal and attempt to knit myself a shawl for next winter. Certainly need it living here in Daylesford :)

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  82. Oh my goodness all the colors are wonderful! Id be hard pressed to chose between the beetroot and the teal.... As for what I would make? Hmmmmm perhaps something just for me since pretty much everything I crochet is for other people. Maybe a cardie or a few pairs of sox? (note to self: buy sock loom)

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  83. I would choose the colour red. I get such pleasure from red. It never fails to make me happy!

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  84. I love the 'Winterberry' shade!! I would love to knitted a 22.5 degree scarf for my Mum as a Xmas gift.
    PS I was very excited to see your farm and your lovely Farmer Bren mentioned in a book I read recently (Mr Wilkinson's Favourite Vegetables cookbook)- such great recipes as well.
    Maureen

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  85. Gosh, what beautiful wool. I loved reading the story behind Swans Island wool. I can't go past the deep and moody Indigo colour, though they are all delicious.

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  86. I love the teal. And I would like to make a poncho with it.

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  87. The Winter Thyme just jumps out at me. It's that time of year in Mid Michigan where we are thinking about bundling up. I love winter wear but it always seems so "dark", I'd love to make a scarf and/or hat and/or fingerless mitts in this color and yarn to brighten up the dark winter jacket! All the colors are amazing for sure and I can only imagine how luxuriously warm the yarn actually is!

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  88. Ohh, I think the sky and marine..and because I have finally mastered socks on 2 circulars I would have to knit socks just for me!

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  89. I love the beet root and raspberry I would make a ripple scarf and matching mittens for winter is fast approaching us. That is if it's open to international readers?

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  90. Oh I love the raspberry coloured yarn it's so pretty. I think I might make a little something for my niece for winter next year, some little booties or beanie perhaps. Thank you for a gorgeous giveaway Kate. x

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  91. I'd make a pretty spring cardi for my littlest girl, in indigo... because a girl can never have too many blue clothes :)

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  92. Ohhhhhhh the raspberry yarn is devine! I would crochet a lovely shawl to wrap myself in for the cold days we can't seem to shake in Melbourne xx

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  93. Love your wool colour but I think teal would be great to make a cowl and it will remind me of the ocean when I am not there. Thank you for sharing. I'm off to search SH site more:)

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  94. What gorgeous yarn! I'm ripped and torn between the Winter Thyme (partly for the name), Teal (love the colour blend) and Indigo (love the name and blues are my fave).

    I'd possibly go with another pair of socks. My second pair ever, the first were way easier than I thought - I can recommend knitting a pair if you are still considering them. A scarf or little cardy could be nice too.

    So many possibilities but I'm leaning toward some teal socks.
    Thanks for sharing this beautiful yarn.
    Little White Dove
    BTW - love the new Foxs Lane header :-)

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  95. I would love the sky blue! I have been reading in bed the last few nights and decided I need a bed jacket to keep me warm, so that is what I would make with the lovely wool.

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  96. Indigo all the way! For my first sock foray x

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  97. Hi ! First comment after reading your blog (and the other one) trough !

    For the skin, my heart swipe between Indigo and teal ! Have a nice day. I don't know what I'ld do with them : I crochet but I'm learning slowly, very slowly to knit.

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  98. Beautiful wools - so inspiring. Love to crochet a shawl for me or baggy beanie for the teenager in seasmoke, he just loves wearing them and the ones he has are poor quality and nasty!
    Lisa

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  99. Looks lovely and squishy! I think the winter Thyme looks like a colour I would love to work something up in.
    Can't wait to see what you make with it. X

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  100. Indigo because I can never resist anything in that colour. I think it would have to be part of a patchwork blanket to snuggle up under next winter- I'm not the fastest knitter! xK

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  101. What beautiful wool. I love both the Winter Thyme and the Teal which seems to be a bit varigated. Thanks for the chance to win. I look forward to see what you make with yours. Happy weekend

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  102. Such gorgeous wool:))) Definitely in raspberry, favourite colour of mine!
    and i think it's time for another cardigan:D

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  103. Seriously delicious! My choice of colour is raspberry. Initially I was thinking of something for my girls, but I think I'd rather make something that will be used for a long time to come. So a cowl or a shawl that can be for my girls and I to share, and perhaps a slouchy beanie if it would go that far!

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  104. Ooooh! Simply gorgeous! It was tough choosing a favorite color but I'm going with the Winter Thyme! :)

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  105. Beautiful wool - I think I would choose Teal though it is a tough decision. I think I would make socks and maybe a hat for my daughter.

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  106. what gorgeous colours. I am absolutely in love with winter thyme.

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  107. Oh my - how to choose just one colour. I am trying to add a little colour into my life, so I would have to say I'd love to give the spring green a go.
    I have to keep knitting down my stash so I can justify adding to it.

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  108. Oh dear, I've never been good at making decisions! My shortlist would be Indigo, Beetroot or Teal. This wool sounds amazing. I've never valued my crafting enough to spend the money on quality materials, but I think I'm getting there. I would like to make a cardigan.

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  109. Oooooh - these photos really do make me want to nuzzle up to the screen. I'd love to knit a stole for my mum this winter and this wool would make it so special. But which colour - they are all so enticing? I think I would plump for Seasmoke as it looks and sounds so romantic x

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  110. Loving the winterberry for sure! What an awesome giveaway. Go the socks Kate. You're up for it.

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  111. wow what gorgeous colors! i'd love to win the raspberry and charcoal. thanks for the chance :)

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  112. Oooh, gorgeous yarn! Thanks for introducing me, I hadn't heard of them before :) I love the Spring Green and Winterberry colors...and I'm itching to cast on socks now that the weather has turned cold here!

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  113. Hi Kate. If i were to win this lovely giveaway i would choose Marine and Natural as they remind me of the sea near where we holiday with our children and grandchildren. I would make a throw rug as they are both beautiful and useful. Take care. X Julie

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  114. Hi Kate, I have never eaten beetroot in my life - but i would certainly be happy to knit with it! I almost never know what I am going to knit when I buy yarn - I hold it against my skin and let an idea come from there! Whoever receives this yarn will be a happy knitter/hooker/weaver indeed! XX Paula

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  115. Oh me Oh My I've never seen yarn so glorious! My choice would be 'Rose' that would become the most delicious jackets, hats, dresses, socks, jumpers etc for my Darling two Great Grand-Daughters Isabella & Milla. Imagine how gorgeous they would look ♥♥

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  116. Hi Kate, I would have to go for the oatmeal colour and I would make the
    February surprise jacket (Elisabeth Zimmermann) for myself. I have been waiting for the right wool to come along. Since I can't buy anything new this month as I am doing the "buy nothing new for a month",this would be the chance to get some beautiful wool in an alternative fashion! You would have to send it to the Netherlands though because that is where I live, I am into the similar stuff as you are, funny how people from the other side of the world can be similar. Enjoy reading your blog, interesting as your seasons are totally the opposite of ours, thanks, Emmelie

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  117. loving the Beetroot colorway!! i think I would make socks and/or a scarf with it!
    thanks for the chance to win!

    ambjer (at) gmail (dot) com

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  118. I would choose the lovely raspberry color, and make my mom a pair of lace sided socks for christmas.

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  119. This is just LOVELY!!! I think Garnet would be my colour of choice!!
    Have a great weekend!
    Esther.
    esjodebeer(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  120. Oooooh I love the teal colour. Thanks for the chance. Yarn looks gorgeous!! Xx

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  121. I actually like all of the colours so I would be happy with any selection ?? I would make something for my baby girl and then maybe an accessory for myself ! I follow your blog regularly from lovely Wales even though I'm an antipodean from Nz . Have a cool day !

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  122. How how awesome this wool is *sigh* I think I'd choose the Teal one and have a go at a Whisper Cardi...

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  123. What a great giveaway! Seasmoke... would look great on my sons! They're both small, so two skeins would be more than enough!

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  124. Kate, this yarn is just lovely! I would choose the Indigo. I want to make a little shawl for the Rehearsal at my son's upcoming wedding. It would match my dress perfectly!!

    ~Best to you!!

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  125. Ooh lovely! I'd go raspberry and winter thyme for a stripey snugly hat. Can't beat a stripe and pink and green are so fab together. So fingers crossed and thanks xx

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  126. Oooh, you sell it perfectly, the yarn sounds lovely....the red is stunning, but seeing the colours al together I think I would (after much scratching of my head) choose the beetroot.....I think i would maybe knit a shawl....thank you for the opportunity to join in a lovely giveaway.

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  127. I LOVE the garnet, winter thyme and teal!!!! I LOVE the teal sooo much! I definitely want to make something for me to wear so I can feel the soft, warm squishiness!!!

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  128. Such beautiful colours to choose from - I'm wavering between teal or a skein each of sea smoke and natural. Have so many things on my project list i could make, A Boxy http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/boxy, a Still Light www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/still-light-tunic an Audrey http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/audrey-in-unst, a lace shawl, a baby blanket. Too many projects not enough time.

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  129. How hard it was for me to pick just one color but I think I would go with the INDIGO> I do like many of the others colors as well.

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  130. Beetroot or teal. A shawl would be my project or a scarf for my daughter.

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  131. Goodness, so many colours, so hard to decide. However, I think I'd choose teal because it seems to have green and blue tones in it and I really like it when wool is not just one block colour.
    I'm not sure what I'd make. Maybe some baby things, maybe a lightweight cardigan for summer to put over lovely tea dresses.
    A lovely and exciting giveaway. Thank you!

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  132. Two of my friends have knitted cardigans lately and it has inspired me to give it a go. This yarn would be fabulous - the garnet is definitely my colour.

    And to have your own organic yarn line - that would be awesome!

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  133. Hi Kate, thanks for bringing to our attention this lovely yarn. I am a beginner knitter, but completely agree with your philosophy that we should use the best quality and most ethically sourced materials for our crafty projects. At the moment I am sticking to very simple patterns but always using the most beautiful yarn I can find, and let it do the talking! As such (and still being in my beginner 'scarf period') I would love to be making my fabulous mum an Ascot scarf out of the gorgeous winterberry yarn for Christmas. And I'm sure one would sneak into my scarf collection too. And maybe a beanie! Thank you for your lovely blog, and also to Renae for donating the yarn! Sarah

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  134. Ohh, so lovely! I had to ask my younger daughter for her favourite pick as it is her turn for a knit. She went for Beetroot and I concur, I think I would love to knit some of that yummy yarn. A cardigan for a 2.5 year old in beetroot yarn is in the queue!

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  135. Soo hard to choose! But probably 'vintage lilac' (or was it lavender?) I would love to try my first cardigan. I would have to finally buy that top down knitting book I've got on my amazon wish list too. That wool looks heavenly. I haven't knitted for awhile but I've decided on the scarf pattern for my best girlfriend and all I've wanted to do this weekend is knit, but I don't know what I've done with the wool she chose!

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  136. I would choose winterberry which is so rich and warm and make the panda pattern poncho or a shawl and some crochet bowls if there was any left!!!

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  137. Soooo gorgeous! I've been drooling over this yarn in the LSY where I was on vacation this summer in Maine, but couldn't swing bringing any home with me... I think I'd pick either Indigo or Logwood, and make something luscious for myself!

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  138. I think I'd choose the Logwood, or maybe Indigo.

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  139. Oh that Beetroot wants to come to my house!! I would quickly work up some bowls to be felted. YUM!

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  140. Hmm I think the sea smoke or sky blue could make me move beyond the scarf!
    Such lovely colours!!

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  141. It looks so beautiful. I think the Charcoal and Vintage Lilac would make a stunning Stripe Study Shawl. Can't wait to see what you make with that gorgeous red...

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  142. Kate ,i would love to knit with this wool, your description fills me with longing to win as i could never afford to buy this wool. I would choose Sky Blue or Marine & would knit a gorgeous scarf so it's soft against my old skin .

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  143. Oh what a wonderful giveaway and I have never before been to this shop so thanks so much for the gentle shove to check it out. I would choose either the "Raspberry" or the "Seasmoke" if I were to be so lucky to win this.

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  144. Such wonderful yarn! Difficult choice, but I'd turn Winter Thyme into a shawl, probably the Acadian Shawl pattern on Ravelry! :-)

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  145. Ooooo, what a lovely giveaway. Is this open to everyone, other than all you lucky people who live in Australia? If so, then my choice would be Indigo for make some socks to keep me warm in what will be my first Bulgarian winter, where -30C is not uncommon.

    It's been lovely catching on on your blog, after weeks with no internet. Quite surreal really, here I am starting a new life in a new country, living on the side of a mountain, with killer views, but still comforted my my fav blogs.

    Jak x

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  146. It is hard to choose. I agree with you on the names, they are lovely. But I'd go for charcoal and I have been wanting to make a cardigan I found on Ravelry called 'Deco' for a while now after coming back to knitting from a long RSI absence. I think the charcoal will make this cardi very flexible.

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  147. I love the "maize" and I would use it to knit a beautiful cabled cushion.

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  148. I would pick vintage lilac and charcoal to crochet some flowers.

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  149. Hi Kate - gorgeous yarn, you lucky lucky person! For me it would have to be the Logwood, firstly because I love all things neutral but also because of the name! Is it not the best name ever??? And what would I make, well, it would have to be Glenna's Lakeshore Shawl which is so dreamy (see http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lakeshore-shawl). Good luck with your choice and project! xxx

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  150. I love Suzy Hausfrau's shop and would love the opportunity to try the Swans Island wool. I would knit my toddler boy a wee little vest to keep his chest warm for next winter, perhaps Tikki's fratello or zig vest. I would also love to try something different from the usual boy palette and go for the Winter Thyme or Maize.

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  151. Ooh, I love it all! I think the indigo is the one I would choose and knit a lovely cardigan for my gorgeous girl. It looks so soft and would definitely pass her 'itchy' test!
    Thank you for your lovely blog - you have inspired me to knit a milo vest (it's almost finished too!)
    Yasmin

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  152. i love the winter thyme (what a beautiful name!) and i think i would knit a cardigan for my little one. x

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  153. I think sea smoke would be a beautiful neutral background in a crocheted blanket.

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  154. Wow,this is amazing and so generous of you.If I do win it will be hard to choose,but for the moment I pick Swans Island Certified Organic yarn (Oatmeal) for my bag and Swans Island Certified Organic yarn Beetroot for my daughter hat and mittens.Thanks for the chance to win this lovely yarn.

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  155. Wow! what an awesome giveaway - thank you to both of you ladies. I wandered over from Bunny Mummy's blog <3
    The color of wool that pulled the hardest at my heart was Beetroot - isn't that purple color just gorgeous!? I'd love to knit a pretty shawl-like scarf to wear :)
    Smiles, DianeM

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  156. What heavenly colours! I love them all.

    I would love to give two beautiful bundles of this woolly goodness to my very crafty mother in law. She lovingly crocheted an absolutely gorgeous little blanket for our youngest baby girl which was absolutely loved by us all. Sadly, it was recently taken from our pram while we were at story time at our local library and we are all quite devastated at losing this treasured item. I would choose the seasmoke (amazing and unique colour and love the name!) with highlights or details in rosé quartz.

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  157. That yarn is beautiful! What a thoughtful giveaway.
    I love the color you picked, but I really love Logwood. I think it would be beautiful knit up in a wrap or shawl.

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  158. Thank you Kate for the WOW inspiration, your blog is my morning cuppa tea. Garnet is perfect, but it is so hard to choose just one colour. The way the wool is so carefully prepared and coloured just makes me want to burst! We are experiencing the most amazing early fall weather ever. I can picture knitting a Fern Spencer - Shetland Lace sweater, out on the deck in the morning sun, but then I might want to choose Logwood, Lilac or ..........so dreamy.

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  159. So many beautiful colors! I would love to make myself a shawl with the charcoal. Wouldn't it be a magical winter with that shawl wrapped around me?!

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  160. I Have just been to drool over all the colours - I think I would use winterberry to make a shawl - so many beautiful wools on her site . It is a very generous giveaway - thanks for the chance to enter.

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  161. I would make Alpine Frost in sea smoke as a gift for my mother for Christmas! Beautiful yarn, thanks for the giveaway.

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  162. Such lovely. rich colours. I would choose the spring green and make either a featherweight or a peasy cardigan.

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  163. Winterberry looks warm and toasty for me
    Can't wait for you to give organic wool a try. Love to support Australian grown and made. So I will be keeping a lookout for it in the future

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  164. What a luxury this yarn would be. As a relatively new knitter, I have always dreamed of one day mastering the herringbone stitch. Oh that stitch makes me swoon, it's just so gorgeous. So I think I would dedicate this yarn to the Big Herringbone Cowl from The Purl Bee. Yes, that is what I would do. As to the colour? Well, I choose Maize in all it's yellow goodness.

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  165. They're all such gorgeous colours it's so hard to decide! I quite like the Teal, Raspberry and Winter Thyme, but might just let my girls choose for me if I won :)

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  166. Beetroot is my favorite! We also attended a wedding recently, aren't they wonderful?!

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  167. Beetroot is my favorite and I would make a shawl to add a splash of colour to the cooler times in Tassie. thank you. Leanne

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  168. oh my oh my oh my! they are all just so delicious...the red in your post is delightful, and the beetroot and teal just scream make and do! im thinking about newborn baby cocoons for my sister in law...treating it as some kind of therapy for my coming to terms with my empty belly (3 boys already)...whatever do i do now? do you know what i mean? even got those motherley yearnings in the paddock with our cows the other day....but a fresh, 15 minute old calf will do that to you...i've ordered the teal already! take care kate

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  169. All the colours are amazing but I think that the beetroot and the raspberry ones are my favourites. If I had to choose I would select the beetroot. I can just see my nieces running around in some pretty little cardigan or jumper that I've made for them.

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  170. I love the Spring Green and Raspberry. Me thinks I could make me a nice cardi :)

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  171. Seasmoke - because even the name is dreamy!

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  172. I was just drooling over this yarn on Suzy Hausfrau last week (I still have the site up in another tab). Isn't it delicious?

    If I were to win this yarn my colour choice would be the Indigo, and I'd supplement those two skeins so I had enough to make a Still Light tunic (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/still-light-tunic). It's been in my Rav favourites for ages and I think it's time to make one.

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  173. Long time reader first time poster!! ;) That Raspberry colour just grabbed me, l can totally see myself making a nice cardi for Spring days & cool Summer nights...sounds heavenly right now!!

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  174. Oh I love that teal... and I would make a scarf for each of my lovely daughters who live in New York. If it is not enough to make two scarves I would maybe mix in some of the natural or oatmeal - both yummy. I love to knit and it never gets cold enough here, so they are often the recipients of my creativity.

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  175. Seasmoke would make an awesome cowl. These are gorgeous!

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  176. i would definitely get the beetroot, but all the colours are stunning! if i don't win, i think i'll have to splurge and get some! I'd definatley make a gorgeous detailed shawl like the maia shawl with it!!

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  177. Hi Kate - what lovely yarn that is! Will go and drool some more a bit later. I'd really love some of it in Winter Thyme, cause it's my favourite colour, adn if I had some to knit with I might actually make something for me! I feel like I've been knitting for others for the last few years!

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  178. oh wow! how beautiful... I think I'd choose the spring green, as I'm on a mission to inject a bit more colour into my wardrobe. as for patterns, I have a whole section in my ravelry queue just for fingering weight cardigans - maybe I'd finally get roung to making laura chau's castlegar cardigan, or perhaps emelie. mmm, daydreaming about pretty yarn and knitting. thanks for the giveaway!

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  179. What georgeous yarn My next project is to knit some socks to go under my Brand new Hunter boots. I love the earthy colours. Her website looks great.

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  180. Teal and Beetroot would be my two picks I cannot pass up a variegated colour. Thanks for introducing me to this lovely shop!

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  181. I think I would choose the raspberry to make a light cardigan door my little niece, Rose. The colours are so lovely aren't they. Hope you have a wonderful week.

    Colette

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  182. I hope international delivery is also there.. I would pick Raspberry and Charcoal to make a beautiful shawl .. Gorgeous yarn, hope I'll be able to feel them on my face soon :)

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  183. Beautiful. I'm struggling to pick a colour as they are all beautiful. I think I'd learn to knit some long length mittens for next winter.
    I love that Renae spells her name the same as me! You don't see it as often.

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  184. They are all so yummy looking, but if I had to pick one it would be the teal.
    I'm just learning to knit and I would use them in a stripy sweater. One for myself since everything I knit seems to be for my boys or my man.
    Ps. I love your blog :)

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  185. Beautiful teal and winterberry!

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  186. What gorgeous yarns, the colours are amazing but Maize and oatmeal would be my pick. I'd make me and my lovely girls a shawl each, we're all so desperate to have one like I knitted their Nana for her birthday. I love the story behind the yarn, might have to get my own wee flock.

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  187. Lucy in Aberdeen ScotlandOctober 8, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Ohh. so beautiful. i would choose the rose quartz and seasmoke (such a lovely evocative name for a colour) and make shawls for me and my girly. pink with grey for her and grey with pink for me.

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  188. Thanks for the chance to get my hands on such mouth watering wool. The colours are just drooley!!.

    I would have to choose the raspberry and beetroot as my favourite colours.

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  189. I feel a teeny tiny cheeky for entering as I don't comment often, although I visit your blog EVERY DAY, no not stalking at all. You are pretty much living my dream only yours is on a HUGE scale compared to my little dream. I would choose Vintage Lilac and Rose Quartz, nothing in my head to make with it, just to smooch it and love it a while.
    xo Sandi

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  190. Back in June I read your post where you had cast off on a cosy hotty. inspired I picked up knitting needles and even did the cables! The winterberry and garnet would make some lovely soft cozyotties and beanies to send for Xmas to my 16 year old cutey patootie daughter in Germany and her host sisters. She blogs her adventures too! and life of a lucky 16 yo on exchange is pretty good, but she is still s long way from.home so the cozyottie would be just the trick.

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  191. I would pick Spring green.
    Thanks for the chance!

    Anna

    ksurty@aol.com

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  192. I just purchased my first skein of Swans Island last weekend.....it would be funny if I won, as I only live a couple hours away from them, but the yarn would be coming from the other side of the world......I am attracted to greens, but on a grey kick now, so Id choose charcoal.....Id make a hat or cowl and some mitts with it....

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  193. I, too, am loving the greys right now, so I'm liking the look of Seasmoke and think it would make a beautiful scarf.










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  194. Swans Island Certified Organic yarn (Beetroot) - would be my choice. These beery colours are my colours this autuum ( i am in germany) and I would like to make a shawl. and i've got already matching shoes from my weeding (2 weeks ago ;-))
    thanks for the chance to win this!

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  195. Ah, to pick one....Winterberry...or Winterthyme...or Teal??? It does look so soft, and your discriptons confirm that!

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  196. Raspberry or seasmoke...or maize. This yarn looks so soft and scrumptious. Thanks for the chance to win.

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