Saturday, December 17, 2011

By Annie Claire- Sponsor Spotlight and Giveaway

Once again it is the weekend (everyone together...*sigh*), which means time to highlight another sponsor (yay!).


When Annie of 'by Annie Claire' first wrote to me about becoming a sponsor, I was a little inspired.  In her short email, she really conveyed the passion she has for her new adventure in life.

Her goal?  To lessen the gap between 'pasture to pullover'.  Annie makes it her mission to make available yarn from small flock farms around her community.  She then dyes these yarns without the use of chemicals and only with the natural pigments from plants and flowers found around her home.

In working this way, you can imagine that various flowers and foliage from different seasons would produce distinctive color families.  And with that, Annie is about to launch her first seasonal group of colors, focusing on the plants in season around this time of year.

On Thursday (December 22), by Annie Claire will be launching the Winter Collection 2011, a collection of four yarns of the season.  Wondering about the colors??  So am I!  But, I do have a sneak peek of one of them:


This lovely burnt orange is made from the toyon plant, which is at it's prime during winter months when it shoots out gorgeous bunches of berries

Not only is this a sneak peek of the color, but these two skeins are up for grabs!  Annie has sent these my way in order for me to send them on to one lucky blog reader.  What do you have to do to win 500 yards of all-natural worsted-weight goodness?  Just leave a comment on this post by Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 11:59 EST (say hi, offer Annie a bit of encouragement, let her know what your favorite thing in her shop is... anything!).  

Want an extra entry?  Become a fan on facebook and let me know you did so in a second comment on this post.  Winner will be announced on Friday, December 23rd (how's that for a perfect early Christmas present?!).


Want to know more about Annie and her yarn dyeing mission?  Check out her 'About' page and read about Why She Does What She Does.  You can also find Annie on the following websites:

(where she also has patterns available to pair with her yarn!)


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220 comments:

  1. Oh wow, the indigo dyed worsted wool in the shop looks fantastic! I just love it...and it's definitely going on my wish list!

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  2. And I also just liked her facebook page...you can tell how much I'm digging this wool!

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  3. I would love any of the yarn, bu the leaf stole pattern is amazing!!!

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  4. Wow, what beautiful yarn! Thank you and Annie for the chance to add it to the stash. :)

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  5. My gosh, that burnt orange color is beautiful! That's my sister-in-law's absolute favorite color in the world ("orange, but not too orange", she likes to say). I'd love to be in the running to win :-)

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  6. I just love her yarn. It's beautiful.

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  7. I totally LOVE the idea of seasonal dyed yarn! I have been looking for a source for naturally dyed yarn and this looks perfect!

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  8. her yarn is gorgeous and i'd love a chance to knit with it. thank you for the opportunity!

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  9. Also liked on Facebook!
    TheNattyKnitter on Ravelry

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  10. Beautiful yarn! I'm excited to find an organic naturally dyed line of yarns!

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  11. The yarn is so beautiful! I love it that she uses seasonal plants to color the yarn.

    TheNattyKnitter on Ravelry

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  12. what an absolutely beautiful giveaway! annie has such a wonderful shop! congrats to her! the yarn looks soo smooshy and huggable! everything in her shop looks lovely. thank you so much for this opportunity to win! xo

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  13. i've become a fan on facebook too!

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  14. Lovely burnt orange. More or less begging to be knit into some leaf-pattern. Very Autumny.

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  15. I love the blue one. Already a fan on facebook.

    Erika

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  16. Eager to experience this lovely stuff on my needles. Thanks for sharing your passion with us knitters!!

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  17. love the natural dye yarn! ^__^

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  18. Read the post, looked at the shop, beautiful yarn!

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  19. Lovely colors of yarn. Looking forward to seeing more!

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  20. ...Also became a fan on Facebook. Hooray!

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  21. Beautiful yarn! I have so many friends that would love something knit with naturally dyed yarn. Awesome!

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  22. And I just became a fan of her on Facebook

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  23. What a great thing to make such natural and locally made yarns available to the community and to us! Love the colors :)

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  24. What a lovely yarn, and a great business concept!

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  25. Oh my! These are beautiful! I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for these next week.

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  26. I could not even begin to chose a color. They are all beautiful! Best wishes to Annie Claire in her new business venture! We need more home grown yarn suppliers!
    PS. I don't know how to post on here so I hope I am recognizable to you! Jane S

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  27. Gorgeous! That curly dock root dyed worsted is amazing. I could imagine it would pair beautifully with the leaf stole pattern

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  28. Now I am a freind on Facebook too! Still don't know how to post though! Jane S

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  29. What pretty colors! It's hard to believe that they came from plants.
    katherinelynn04 on rav

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  30. I also favorited by Annie Claire on facebook
    katherinelynn04 on rav

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  31. Hi Annie! I went to check out the shop to choose a favourite yarn colour, but I just can't! I think they're all gorgeous. Okay, maybe the yellow is tugging on my heartstrings a little bit :) Love what you're doing, keep it up! (SarahVV on Rav)

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  32. The color of the sagebrush dyed yarn is beautiful,also love the silver bead stitchmarkers.Thanks for the chance!

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  33. I have "liked" Annie Claire on Facebook and favorited her Etsy shop.

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  34. I think this is a phenomenal concept and totally worth supporting!

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  35. The yarns are beautiful, but it's the recycled glass stitch markers that really caught my eye for some reason!

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  36. I love that Annie and her husband are goat dairy farmers!

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  37. I also liked byAnnieClaire on Facebook. Very excited to see this yarn! :)

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  38. And I liked her on Facebook as Holly P. so now I can keep up with her seasonal releases!

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  39. Absolutely brilliant! I'm always looking for "farm yarn" as I call it. Annie - you are doing a fabulous job!

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  40. Just became a fan on facebook too...

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  41. Beautiful shop! The Winter Collection colors are amazing.

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  42. What beautiful yarns and I love that the sheep they come from are local to her!

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  43. What a great idea! Such pretty yarn. Ravelry ID: MsKatie

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  44. Wow, that yarn is so gorgeous!

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  45. I dream (okay. obsess) about being able to knit the Leaf Stole.......

    Simply gorgeous.

    And yes, I am a fan.

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  46. wow, I love that burnt orange color! Also those gorgeous stitch markers in her shop <3

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  47. also "liked" her page on Facebook

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  48. Absolutely gorgeous yarn! I love that she goes into detail about how they are naturally dyed. The recycled stitch markers are great as well!

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  49. I liked her FB page as well...want to keep up with her!

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  50. gorgeous colors!! so natural and beautiful. best of luck!

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  51. and I just liked her as well on facebook!

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  52. What a crazy-fun thing to do. I hope she gets a large enough customer base to make this business work! uptoypartyATgmail.com

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  53. Gorgeous yarn! I love the indigo yarn. And stitch markers too - lovely!

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  54. Oh, that yarn is beautiful!

    I'm Purlgirl93 on Ravelry

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  55. Eco-conscious yarn for the win! Beautiful work, Annie :)

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  56. Just became a fan on facebook!

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  57. ok, so i am totally obsessed and in love!!! so excited! my email address is amber.edrington@gmail.com

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  58. ohhh! and i also just became a fan on facebook! yipee. amber dot edrington at gmail dot com

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  59. Beautiful yarn and colors! I love supporting independent fiber artists of all kinds. Thanks for spotlighting Annie's lovely work!

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  60. Beautiful yarn! I especially love the cobbled bulky yarn! Beautiful!
    Katie
    Kwalsh717 at gmail dot com

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  61. Beautiful yarn! I especially love the cobbled bulky yarn! Beautiful!
    Katie
    Kwalsh717 at gmail dot com

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  62. I love the concept, and the sage brush color on the worsted yarn in Annie's shop is just lovely! And she's local for me (or at least the same state), which is awesome! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

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  63. Love that hat and the wonderful orange!

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  64. It is so exciting to find an indy-yarn dyer, and in my homestate! I loved reading Why She Does What She Does and I'd love to knit with her beautiful yarn.

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  65. Annie, what a great color palette!

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  66. I just became a fan of Annie's facebook page...cannot wait to get into it!

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  67. I just like her Facebook page as well.

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  68. You have done a wonderful job with sponsors. The sponsors are relevant to your audience, and your posts on them are tastefully done! Nice work : )

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  69. (and i liked her page on facebook : )

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  70. AMAZING! these are absolutely beautiful yarns. I ADORE that she uses natural pigment and a chemical-free dye process. Wonderful!! <3

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  71. (i also liked the facebook page!)

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  72. Oh my what lovely yarn! I really like the "sticky monkey flower" color but they are all beautiful!

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  73. "liked" Annie's page on facebook!

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  74. Beautiful yarn. Her concept is amazing.
    Thank you so much for this post!!!

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  75. I like the Cobbled : Handspun Natural Farm Yarn
    Looks soooooo cozy!

    sophia.komninou at gmail.com

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  76. I liked on fb

    sophia.komninou at gmail.com

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  77. I love the colours...I can already picture some finished projects!

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  78. Best of luck to Annie. This yarn sounds really special!

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  79. What a wonderful idea and such beautiful colors!

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  80. I LOVE the cowell Ranch Hat! That just looks sooo warm!

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  81. Also, I just liked her page on Facebook!

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  82. Hi Annie! Your dyeing is just brilliant ;)

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  83. What beautiful colors!

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  84. Also liked on Facebook

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  85. Annie Claire's approach to yarn is inspiring! I love knowing that the source of yarn is from local farms, and that the pigments used to dye the yarn are 100% organic. So great to know of such a yarn source, and I will be keeping my eye on her shop! :)

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  86. 2nd entry: I am now a fan of hers on facebook!

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  87. The soft colors of nature. How lovely......

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  88. Just liked her page on Facebook!

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  89. Those colors are perfect, and I really love the concept.

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  90. I have always loved toyon! It gets overshadowed by holly, but is twice as pretty! Way to go Annie! Is love to see regional specific color groupings!

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  91. Hi Annie! I go out of my way to only buy wool from small farms so I really appreciate what you're doing.

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  92. Wow Annie congrats!!! Love your shop and your yarn mission keep up the fab work!

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  93. I love the pink and blue shades. I would love to try these!

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  94. I'm so delighted to have found a "farm to table" version of yarn! I cannot wait to view the Winter Collection on Dec. 22nd. You go, Annie!

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  95. I also just "liked" Annie's page on Facebook...

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  96. Even the pictures of that yarn look squishy and delishious, I can only imagine how lovely it is in person.

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  97. What gorgeous yarn! Good for you, Annie!

    Rav ID- cpoor

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  98. Also, I happily liked Annie on FB
    RAV ID-cpoor

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  99. Someday {in my dreams} I would love to have my own sheep and do the whole process from sheering to knitting on my own... I admire you Annie! Not to mention, this burnt orange color is one of my favorites right now.

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  100. The yarn is beatiful ,natural colors are my favorite

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  101. I just liked Annie on Facebook too.

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  102. I like Annie in her Facebook page but loved her winter color way collection , can't wait to order !

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  103. I like her leaf stole pattern and can't wait to see more of her yarn. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  104. I love the colors of the yarn!

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  105. What a fantastic idea! I'm so glad to see this kind of good-hearted work in action. Keep it up!

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  106. I really love that you source locally and dye naturally! And those Recycled Wood Stitch Markers are the best!

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  107. And now I'm a facebook fan. It wasn't hard to get me on board.

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  108. Annie, what an interesting story! I can just imagine learning to shear, wash, card and spin. Not to mention dyeing--love your gorgeous colors. Congratulations on reviving these wonderful practices. I'd love to see pictures at all stages!

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  109. What gorgeous colors. I am so in love with the spun yarn avaiable in your shop!

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  110. hey Annie i just wanted to tell you how inspiring you are. I've always wanted to do something like this. And your work is beautiful!!!

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  111. What a great idea! I love the farm to fork movement and pasture to pullover moment is a fantastic complement!

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  112. I became a fan of her (and you!) on Facebook. About time too!

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  113. Love this! What a great idea - I admire your passion. Also, LOVE that you learned to knit in Finland. I also spent a dark winter in Finland and it has deeply influenced my love of the fiber arts.

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  114. love it! i love the homey feel of all the colours. i'm all about fewer middlemen. i can't wait to see more!

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  115. @owlette

    Thank you!! You should experiment yourself :)

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  116. @josie
    Hehe, we're far and few between!

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  117. "Liked" on Facebook! I love to support indie artists blazing their own way! Way to go!

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  118. (Totally doing this backwards...) Seeing knitters/artists who have Etsy shops always makes me sad that I don't have more knitterly friends. So many wonderful gift ideas! I have to admit, I'm a gadget girl... I looooove the stitch markers! :)

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  119. what a wonderful mission! would love to get my hands on some of that yarn! :)

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  120. What beautiful colours! I love the hues; these are my favourite kinds of shades to work with.

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  121. And I've liked on Facebook! I'm planning on keeping up with Annie Claire's beautiful collections. :)

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  122. I love that orange yarn. It's just AWESOME!

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  123. I've liked on Facebook. Thank you!

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  124. wow these yarns are amazing ! i really would like to try them now i've seen them :) the colours are amazing and the fact that they are all naturally dyed is pretty spiffy !

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  125. Good Monday morning! (I can say it's good because I only have to work three days this week!)
    The yarn is beautiful! I would love to read more about how you dye it naturally-sans chemicals. I assume this to mean that you use no "man-made" chemicals, yes?
    Congratulations on your new line...best of luck in all that you do!

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  126. The yarn looks luscious and I would love to give it a try! I also fell in love with her stitch markers and their recycled materials. I have some old jewelry from my mom that I might ask her to convert to markers for me. How wonderful that would be! Thanks.
    Pam H

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  127. Perhaps it's because the weather is getting nice and chilly that I'm attracted to the cobble handspun bulky in Annie's shop ... oh, it's lovely. This holiday season has reminded me how important it is to slow down and gift things that are made my hand (it's a commitment that I'm managing to fulfill). Annie's "pasture to pullover" is a philosophy that I would love to support. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  128. I really love Annie's mission. Using plants to dye wool has always intrigued me. I love her Indigo yarn that's dyed with indigo. How cool is that!

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  129. I love that idea! I especially like how her yarns are dyed with seasonal plants. So cool!

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  130. I love the idea of going back to the basics, and keeping the product unadulterated from chemicals.

    knitterlydesigns on Ravelry

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  131. My favourite item in Annie's shop is the organic naturally dyed worsted yarn in "Sticky Monkey Flower"!!!
    Thanks for the chance to win some of her gorgeous-looking yarn.

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  132. I have also just 'liked' her Facebook page

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  133. I love the earthy look of all the yarns. yuuuummm

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  134. I liked By Annie Claire on Facebook!

    miranda8rose on Ravelry

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  135. Love the yarn. I see a fairisle sweater in there!

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  136. went to FB and hit "like". Of course I do!!

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  137. Beautiful and inspiring. Thanks for highlighting her shop. Always love finding out about new yarns and yarnistas :)

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  138. Hi! I love her cobbled handspun yarn! Thanks so much!

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  139. I "like" her facebook page! Thank you!

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  140. The cobbled handspun yarn is just gorgeous!

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  141. Good lookin' yarn! That soft orange is a comfort color.

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  142. well done, annie! can't wait to see the yarns in all their glory! :)

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  143. Hi Annie
    love the concept of more natural yarn and yours looks really great.

    Bogna

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  144. This looks beautiful- what a wonderful concept!

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  145. Hello! Love the colors of this beautiful yarn. And thanks for the at king inspiration!

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  146. Went to Annie Claire's website & downloaded her cowl pattern! She has great patterns as well as great yarns! Need to call her to talk about yarns before I order. Lovely website as well. Great new sponsor - thanks!

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  147. How lovely! I could definitely put that yarn to great use!

    Kim

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  148. As a fiber artist who raises her own sheep and sells wool locally, I'm in love with this movement. Love.

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  149. i love the title "from pasture to pullover" that is prefect!!

    my sister raises her own alpacas and has just started to process her own line of yarns too...so i totally love the Greener side of non-commercial made yarns!!

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  150. I love natural yarns and Annies' are gorgeous! Thank you for the chance to win some.

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  151. thanks for this great giveaway!

    annie's shop is really nice! i love the cobbled yarn, i have such a weakness for heathered grey yarns. i also love the leaf stole pattern, i'll have to buy that one at somepoint!

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  152. All the colors are beautiful, but I have to say the Indigo is my favorite (I'm a sucker for blues). The idea of using seasonal dyes is fantastic!

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  153. What beautiful yarn! Go Annie!

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  154. I am in love with this whole idea...And the yarn is proof that it is great! I'm envisioning beautiful colorwork with the toyon and indigo dyed yarns!

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  155. Annie, best of luck on your venture. I am excited to follow you to see what lovely yarns you produce with the help of Mother Nature.

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  156. This is beautiful looking yarn! And I deserve a little something for myself too....

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  157. These yarns look lovely- I love the idea of natural dyes.

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  158. Annie does beautiful work; the yarn looks very squishy and the colors are very nice. I also like her recycled stitch markers. RethaKnitsAlot on Rav.

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  159. I also liked her on FB. RethaKnitsAlot on Rav.

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  160. My favorite thing is the yard of course. All of it!!

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  161. I became a fan of Annie's on facebook!

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  162. i love the yarn, of course. i also love the stitch markers. and luckily, i need new ones!!!

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  163. Hi Annie, I'm in love with your red cabbage dyed yarn, and also love that you so publicly allow your mom to correct your spelling of Fair Isle. My favorite thing, well, I like a lot, but the first favorite thing was your pattern for Leaf Stole. It looks warm and inviting.

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