2.11.2013

giveaway #104

The two winners of the blogiversary giveaway are:

Stranded Things & Fracksmom

Congratulations! Please contact me at yarnonthehouse@gmail.com to collect your prizes.


The internet world is so funny! Recently I met a super cool knitter/designer/indie yarn dyer/entrepreneur by the name of Annie - all through the powers of the fabulous site called Pinterest. Let me just say... if you're not pinning, you are NOT living. Anyway, I ran across Annie's sweet online yarn store, annie yarn, via a Ravelry ad link, and I promptly fell in love with her colorway Olivet:


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I pinned it, which I actually don't usually do with yarn colors, but this time the pinning mood just struck. A few days later, I received a nice email from Annie telling me that she found me by the traffic my pin had generated to her site and she would love to do a giveaway on the blog. It was truly internet, pinning, blogging destiny! She also offered to send me a skein in a color of my choice along with a copy of her lovely Wheatberry Lace Shawl pattern to try out. How sweet! Check out my beautiful shawl!


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Pattern: Wheatberry Lace Shawl
Designer: Annie Riley
Yarn: annie yarn butterfly sock
Colorway: Robin's Egg
My Rav project page here
Modeled by: my fancy fence


The pattern was a treat to knit up and I love the lace design. Those geometric diamond shapes are so in fashion! Not mention how much I like the way the patterning flows down the shawl. It was simple with enough lace to keep my attention. I knit the shawl in less than a week's time even with making mine slightly bigger than the original pattern (note: I had a yarn that contained more yardage). I'm really happy with how this turned out and it's my favorite color too! I would paint every wall in my house this color if my husband wouldn't kick me out because of it!

I had a chance to do a written interview with Annie as well…


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1. Please start by telling us a little bit about yourself and what you do?

Hmm. This is a tough one for me. I’m not very comfy with talking about myself (wonderful for an interview, right?) but I am getting better at it! So here goes…

I am a twenty-something Georgia gal who loves Jesus and, when not knitting, loves to write novels, read books, take photos, dye yarn, play violin, spend time on Pinterest, play with my Australian Shepherd named Shalom, do some cooking, and sit in my wingback in the sun (that’s where I’m sitting in the photo of moi). Oh, and I love horses and horticulture and astronomy… Eh, I’m boring you, aren’t I?

For years I’ve been a yarn addict. Especially when I discovered local yarn shops and the hand-dyed yarns they carry. I would look at the shelves of yarn and think, “Could I dye yarn like that?” The little spark of curiosity turned into a small flame that was kind of smothered for a while. I’ve gone through a lot of change in the last couple of years, and yarn-dyeing was one of those maybe-someday-I’ll-dust-off-that-idea things. Then in fall 2012, I felt like God told me it was time. Come to find out, my yarn-dyer friend was at the same time feeling God moving her out of the business. That was a shocker. But we worked through the changes, and she so kindly furthered the little bit of knowledge I had acquired from watching her dye yarn. And then all of a sudden, the pieces fell into place, and I was dyeing my own yarn.

My journey as a knitwear designer began in 2009, months after really getting into knitting, when I wanted to design my mom some special fingerless gloves for Christmas. I enjoyed taking a ball of yarn and an image in my head and turning it into something beautiful that people can enjoy knitting and wearing. I realized God gave me an eye, a talent, for design. So my mom encouraged me to put my pattern on Ravelry, helped me name it, and the rest is history.

2. Your hand dyed yarns are just my style - semi-solid beauties! Can you talk a little bit about what inspires you and how you come up with your colorways?

Thank you! Kettle-dyed semi-solids are what drew me to dyeing yarn in the first place. Hand-painted yarns are gorgeous, too, of course. I love building palettes, but I like to think of them as individual colors that work together. So that’s sort of what I draw from when thinking about colors. I look around me and see colors everywhere. I think of foods and places that hold fond memories for me. I also enjoy pulling colors from God’s beautiful creation. In fact, I’m thinking a few nebula-inspired colorways would be so fun to create!

3. Do you have a favorite colorway or yarn that you offer?

Yes!! My [current] favorite colorway is February Sky. I wanted to emphasize the purplish hues of the clouds on a wintry day. I thought about naming it January Sky, but it just didn’t work. My second fave would be O’Tealy because I’m in a teal kick -- I just painted a bookshelf in my room a bright, happy tealish color!

As for my favorite yarn, I think it’d be Annie Sock. But Madison DK and Worsted tie for second.

4. You also design lovely patterns. Can you talk about your pretty pattern that you are sharing with us, the Wheatberry Lace Shawl?

Definitely. First, I’ll have you know that it was my very first foray into writing a lacy pattern (hooray!). I’d knitted lacy shawls before, but I didn’t have a firm grasp on how lace worked until I sat down with a pencil and graph paper and started drawing what I saw in my head. Somewhere in there a lightbulb came on, and I realized that whenever there’s a yo, a k2tog or ssk is nearby. It was one of those “duh, I should’ve known that” moments. Once that was illuminated, this pattern became one of the funnest designs I’ve ever done. I loved writing it, knitting it, blocking it, everything. I currently have it hanging on the wall of my office area.

5. What will be next for you? Do you have yarns, colorways or patterns in the works that you can share with us?

That is a question I ask myself quite often. I have a vision of what God wants me to work toward, and I can say that part of it includes a brick-and-mortar yarn shop/dye studio of my own. Getting there from where I am right now as a small indie designer/dyer whose office is her bedroom and whose “dye studio” is the kitchen…that’s a bit fuzzy. It’s okay, though, because I know God’s got it all planned out. If I needed to know it all, He’d tell me. I trust Him to lead me where He wants me and that it’ll be an adventure the whole way. Everything is with Him.

And yes, I do have something exciting I can share! We’re already plotting the next Knitting with Jane project slated for this summer. It’s going to be fun, as (just between you and me) we’re returning to the world of the Bennet family. Can’t tell you which colorful character will be the inspiration, but it will be a fun one!

6. I always like to ask, why do you knit?

I don’t think I’ve ever been asked that question before. Hmm. I knit because I love working with my hands. I love the feel of the yarn between my fingers, the clicks of needles, the lovely fabric woven by stitches. It’s a hobby, yes, and a business, but also a gift. I thank God for it all the time.

7. When did you learn to knit and who taught you?

My first step toward learning to knit was in 2007 on one of those little plastic looms. Real knitting, with all those pointy needles and weirdly-named stitches was way overwhelming for me, so I stuck with the loom for a while. Then I got into crochet. But I felt so very limited with crochet that I finally took the plunge. I got a book and some super-cheap needles and got started. My knits and purls -- or do you spell it pearls? ;D -- were horrible, but I was determined. In 2009, when I discovered local yarn shops, I decided that after making garter scarves and misshapen rectangular swatches, I was going to make socks. So I did. That was my first real follow-a-pattern project.

8. If you were to knit and live anywhere in the world, where would you knit and live?

I would find myself a roomy log cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina -- complete with a killer view, of course. It’s snowier there than here in Georgia, but their summers are nice. I love it there, and the mountains are so inspiring to me.

9. What's been your worst knitting or in your case it could be a yarn dyeing disaster?

I’ve never had a real, honest-to-goodness knitting OR yarn-dyeing disaster (thank the Lord), but there have been a few borderline nightmares. Yeah. I think I’ve blocked them out, though, because I’m not recalling specifics. Something about my sister having to completely rip apart a cardigan design I didn’t do right… And then there was the never-ending design that had to be ripped a couple times. Hmph. I prefer to leave those things in the dark world of knitting problems forgotten.

10. And last but not least, if you were enjoying a favorite drink while reading my blog, what would it be?

Tea, tea, tea. Earl Grey, blueberry, pomegranate, and the list goes on. I LOVE tea, and it goes so very well with knitting and blogging.


Annie has sent over THREE stunning skeins of her Annie Sock along with a download code for a PDF copy of her Wheatberry Lace Shawl pattern on Ravelry. Sorry, the yarn was packaged so sweetly, I just didn't have the heart to unwrap it. Notice how beautiful she has the skeins braided too, and yes, there's a chance to win a Olivet colored one!


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I would like you to do the following if you would like to be entered into this week's giveaway:


1. Read over the rules if you have not done so already.

2. Leave a comment on this blog post by the end of Sunday, 2/24/13. Annie asks, "Do any of my colorways bring to mind a favorite memory?"


I'll randomly pick the winners in 2 weeks and post the results along with the new giveaway, so be sure to check back. Good luck everyone.

Sincerely,

Ve

159 comments:

Sara said...

The February Sky and the Plum reminds me of my friend, Mike, who created several rings for me in my birthstone, amythyst. When he passed away he left me his wonderful loom and I have since learned to weave.

Nhsarab at yahoo dot com

marianne said...

ooh, pretty! I'd love to make some favorite memories knitting with such lovely yarn!

Anonymous said...

The Olivet colourway reminds me of the lawn in spring. When it's lush, with no prickles for running around barefoot on! Green, lush, soft, cool on the feet and perfect for laying on to watch the clouds.

Stunning shawl too!

missmuffetnz on Rav.

Melody said...

All of them remind me of childhood desserts. ice cream, chocolate, cakes and pies.

Sheila said...

Your gorgeous emerald green made me think of St Patrick's day and the velvet jacket I wore as part of a Halloween leprechaun costume back in college. I clicked on to see the colorname, and it's Ireland. Great minds think alike.

LeStyleophile said...

Your colourways are so beautiful! "February Sky" brings back fond memories of walking around campus in the fading evening light with friends at the start of term... It's my last year at university, so I'm feeling particularly nostalgic!

UmmRania said...

Beautiful yarns, beautiful pattern what a great giveaway! It was crazy when I opened the link my eyes went straight to February Sky and without knowing that that was the name I thought, "wow, that looks like a sky on a cloudy day and it reminds me of my time here in Germany, it seems to be cloudy more often than in Minnesota, USA

Rachelle said...

Apple Festival brings to mind fields of raspberry canes and picking them to fill icecream containers to take home for jam making.

asteride said...

Eventide reminds me of summer days on the beach, snorkeling around with my friends.

Dusiaczek said...

Your colourways are amazing! The Oceans remainds me about the last holiday I spent with my parents in Crete. We had a trip to Santoryn. That's the most beautiful island I've seen in my life. And I have this picture in my mind: white buildings with blue cupolas, blue sky, blue sea and the sun shining. I thought everything was just "blue" until I saw your Ocenas - that is exactly the colour of the sea around Santoryn.

Beathag said...

Ocean colorway actually reminds me of the blue sky in Greece durin summer!

craftink on rav

Jennifer Sadler said...

Peach reminds me of visiting my grandparents in Georgia over the summer growing up. Hot as anything, but always fresh peaches around! Annie, I live in Asheville - even if you don't live in these mountains (yet!) you've got plenty of yarn stores to see when you come visit!

Ely said...

The meryton revisited colourway reminds me of pesto... and making pizza with chicken and pesto is something I always do when meeting up with a particular friend.

Robin said...

Purple Martin reminds me of the night sky and deep sleep.

KnittingViolets said...

All of those lovely shades of green remind me of spring... which I am quite ready for here in chilly Philadelphia!

DebrafromMD said...

The color Ireland reminds me of the wonderful family trip we took to that country a few years ago.

pookie said...

alaska brings to mind the cold and snowy winters in connecticut. ice blue...just beautiful...

pookie said...

alaska brings to mind the cold and snowy winters in connecticut. ice blue...just beautiful...

Kelly J. R. said...

Wheatberry reminds me of a place next to my old house where I walked with my former dog, Riley. Tall wheat grass was growing next to a lake and swaying in the breeze as red wing blackbirds bounced on the stems.

Erin said...

Gorgeous colors, but they don't evoke memories for me. That's not how my brain is wired. I love all of the greens and purples because that is what I always gravitate towards, but I also adore Redemption.

Jaime P said...

The blueis very close to the color of my first knitted shawl. The colors are beautiful

jennybookworm said...

Olivet makes me think of the world around me in Spring when absolutely everything is growing and is almost impossibly green!

Kristen said...

Star anise reminds me of the first sweater I ever knit. Such a warm color!

Chelsea @ Garden-Me.com said...

I love the Wheatberry colorway because it reminds me of late summer walks past fields of wheat and corn. And then I start singing "Fields of Grain" lol! Thanks for the chance :-)

Christine Lima said...

Olivet makes me think of lush green summer grass. And I have many, many great summer memories!

Kassia said...

Plum reminds me of my sister's wedding.... we called it the Purple Party because everything (including her wedding dress!) was purple. Plum is just about the same color as her dress was!!

Rachael said...

The Ireland colorway reminds me of picking paint colors for our nursery. We're foster parents and had no idea if we'd be getting a boy or a girl, a newborn or a five-year-old, so we decorated with grey walls and bright, kelly green accents.

Olivia said...

Star Anise is a perfect match for an afghan my Grandma made. Grandma made a lot of afghans, but the one she made in a color a lot like Star Anise still has its place on my parent's couch (has for as far back as I can remember) and is always the first blanket I reach for when I'm back home. So the color has become synonymous with Grandma (it was also the color of the chair she always sat in at her house...Grandma's chair).

Caitlin said...

All the colorways are perfectly named! But Pumpkin Farm, especially, reminds me of exactly that - going to the pumpkin farm with my elementary school class, and running through the field to see who could find the biggest pumpkin.

Marilyn a.k.a. Merry said...

Pumpkin farm brings back memories of cruising the Massachusetts countryside looking for farm stands with all my friends. Luckily I took pics that day so have photo memories of it.
Wahoomerryf on Rav

Pensamientos Marcianos said...

Gorgeous yarn! Star anise and tea rose together remind me of my favorite childhood dessert: chocolate and strawberry ice cream :)

fayofthewoods said...

The yarn itself reminds me of time spent doing crafts with my grandmother.

October Rose said...

"Oceans" reminds me of honeymooning on the coast of Nova Scotia. :)

Beth said...

Summer is the sky here in North Carolina on a beautiful clear day in spring or summer. I've never seen the sky bluer than in NC, and your Summer color captures it beautifully.

Sabrina said...

The Olivet reminds me of spring time. All the vibrant green grass and leaves peeping out, after the ugliest part of winter.

susanmhj said...

As I looked at all the colors, I was drawn to the sunset colors. It reminded me of the Garden of the Gods in Colorado, the red rocks and blue skies, beautiful!

NimrodVern said...

Meryton reminds me of lush patches of moss we used to find while hunting for wild blueberries in the woods of central Wisconsin.

florapie said...

Apple Festival takes me back to trips to school trips to a local orchard. My favourite part was when they took us into the giant cold storage room, which smelled just amazing.

Love these semi-solids! Ireland is a perfect malachite green :)

Susan aka paintermom said...

Ireland reminds me of a green moire tafetta gown I sewed for a dinner dance.

Love Eventide as well! Love so many of them!

Elaine said...

Apricot Jam looks delicious!

Nena said...

The plum colorway reminds me of all the Grape cough medicine I took as a child. I love the color purple, but to this day cannot stand artificial grape flavoring!

Karin Ishibashi said...

The February Sky colorway reminds me of my grandmother. We once had a joint birthday party in February.
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Anonymous said...

I have to say, Olivet looks JUST like the colour of the bridesmaid dresses at my wedding! A really wonderful memory :) All the colours are super gorgeous! (SarahVV/Rav)

ypsiknitti said...

Favorite memories? Not really. February sky really does remind me of February but those aren't really good memories (not a fan of dreary February). I do love shades of teal and turquoise so the O'Tealy could easily become a new favorite.

Jen said...

Meryton Revisited reminds me of summertime as a kid... Lush green outdoors, heaven!

katherinelynn_04 said...

The Oceans colorway literally reminds me of the ocean. I went on an amazing trip when I was 18, with all of my friends, to Grand Cayman. I'd never seen water so blue.

sparky136 said...

Star Anise makes me think of chocolate, which I love.

Vikki said...

The Summer color reminds me of the sky as I was lying on the green grass in the yard in the summertime. :) Beautiful yarn.

Drae said...

Oceans reminds me of the sky blue crayon that I would always hoard from the Crayola 64 box.

Elspeth H. said...

February Sky reminds me of my grandmother. :)

Enid said...

The Tea Rose colorway reminds me of the cherry tree in my grandparent's back yard. My grandfather was a little obsessive about gardening, so I think I only got to climb the tree once or twice, if that.

amchart said...

Apricot Jam reminds me of California poppies which I miss so much now living in the midwest.

Jessica Snell said...

Your "Ireland" colorway doesn't bring to mind a memory, unless it's of every green thing I've loved ever. :D It's just such a perfect color green!

rockbridge said...

The olivet colorway reminds me of the day my husband proposed to me, with a very rare, green garnet ring. So beautiful.

setinink said...

Olivet definitely reminds me of the shoes I wore to my high school graduation! Not exactly my favorite memory, but something that I'm very happy about happening.

ChrisC said...

I don't know that any of the yarn colors bring a specific memory to mind for me, but Olivet is totally the color of spring in Michigan, where I grew up. I also really love the eventide color! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Meryton reminds me of the first fingering lace scarf I made, which I knit for a friend. Ireland reminds me of one of my fave colors when I was growing up. I had a beloved short jacket in this color.
hotknitter on rav

Debbie said...

Sunshine reminds me of the peaceful feeling I got at my Grandma's house when I was a child, sitting in her study with the sun shining in. thanks!

Laura said...

My mom and I used to sit on the porch and eat watermelon in the summer. Such a simple memory. Lovely yarn!

Michelle said...

'Alaska' reminds me of pale winter skies. Annie has some lovely colors!

Kristen said...

Green Tea makes me think of the first haze of leaves on the trees in spring; when you're far away and there's just this bit of yellow-green haziness on all the branches.

Lindr said...

Star Anise is rather leather/horse colored and reminds me of summers spent working at camp in the corral.

InStitches said...

Plum colorway reminds me of a beautiful dress I was gifted as a child. I loved that dress

Orli said...

Raspberry Tea looks like the most delicious raspberry gelato I had once at a tiny little shop in France...amazingly good!

Jill (VAMom on Ravelry) said...

I have to choose just ONE favorite color?! I love them all! I am particularly taken with Star Anise because of the deeply saturated colors. The color reminds me of a dear Bangladeshi friend's sari top.

Lainey Molin said...

The Apricot Jam reminds me of my grandmothers chrysanthemums!

Kayla Shumway said...

The pumpkin farm colorway reminds me of the beautiful sunset my city is famous for. I live in a small city in western Japan, which isn't well known, but people come from all over to see the sunset over the lake. The sky turns a beautiful orange, like the pumpkin farm colorway.

lollyknits.com said...

The Oceans colorway reminds me of the time that my family and I went to Hawaii.. We went snorkeling in this lagoon full of tropical fish, and the water was ACTUALLY that blue! LollyDesigns on ravelry :)

Charlotte said...

Pumpkin Farm reminds me of 6.5 years living in The Netherlands. I didn't "get" orange, but after seeing how the Dutch embrace it, I have new respect for the colour.

Angela said...

The plum makes me think of the purple irises my grandmother had growing all around her house.

Tamara Kubacki said...

Alaska really is reminiscent of ice. I didn't think of Alaska until I read its name, and then it made me think of cold snow that shimmers with a blue tint. Perfect color.

TopHat said...

Pumpkin Farm reminds me of an orange shirt I wore in high school. It was one of my favorites and I looked GOOD in it!

sacha said...

Olivet is the color of my original carpet in my childhood room- I KID YOU NOT! I have many happy memories of playing on that carpet before it was upgraded to a nice tight weave taupe color that endured through high school. I remember many many tea parties on the green lawn of my room:) and I am glad to have had the memory jogged thanks to you!

Anonymous said...

Vintage Peach reminds me of bedroom when I was in High School. My oldest brother painted it for me, and claimed he felt he had been inside a pumpkin all day.

My mom made me curtains that were white with orange and yellow flowers.

I love the yellow orange family......

Fracksmom

Sandra said...

The colorway "Summer" reminds me of the bridesmaid dress I wore at my sister's wedding. I had a 5-week old baby, so I hired someone to make it for me. There were frills at the wrists. Imagine my surprise when the "seamstress" pinked instead of hemming the sleeves!!!
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Ginger said...

No particular memory, but the bright colors remind me of a bowl full of fresh fruit!

Katie said...

Salted caramel makes me think of baking cookies with my dad :)

SherryG. said...

The two light colors remind me of cotton candy at the carnival from my childhood, and the green brings to mind tree leaves on a spring morning. The shawl is lovely.

Sherryglover1 on Rav

nannyjean2 said...

The color green is so pretty and what a nice shawl it would make

meeshelle said...

WOW what amazing yarn colors!! Simply gorgeous! The Oceans colorway gives me a wonderful memory of my wedding in Greece :) I so wish I could go back there again

Lucy said...

Olivet reminds me of the fresh grass that first comes up every spring. Beautiful colors!

Zabbers said...

Oh, what a great question! Oceans makes me think of doing gel electrophoresis for the first time, and the magic (the alchemy?) of working in a really nice biology lab when I got to my new high school instead of just watching the teacher do demonstrations at a regular desk in the front of the room.

Jack said...

The olivet reminds me exactly of a pair of socks I knit for my son as a newborn. :)

InJuneau said...

Ireland reminds of me of my trip there 21 years ago...SO green!

Nidhi said...

Watermelon! A favorite fruit among all my family members, including my dog.

angelpai said...

all the colours are amazing. The minute I saw Olivet, I had a flashback to my early teens (80's) big cardi's/pullovers were in vogue preferably your dad/brother/boyfriend old one. I had an olive green V neck
pullover I nicked from my dad.

(My Gran had knitted it for him & I have a lovely old photo of my Mom wearing it just after they were engaged.)

I loved that pullover!
My dad passed away when I was 15 and I kept it for years, that colour always reminds me of him.

C J Douglas said...

Annie was kind enough to dye a colourway just for me - Vintage Peach. Talk about feeling special! Peach is my favourite colour and my bridesmaids wore peach gowns in my wedding over 40 years ago so I guess the meory would be that of love!

Lynne P said...

I love all the colorways but Redwood really sings to me. It reminds me of the streaky colors of the sunset as we sail. Best of luck with your yarn business

Rae Lynne said...

Pretty colors! I just love the blues.

The Plum and Frosted Plum remind me of my wedding dress. It was ivory with deep plum accents. It was so pretty.

Stranded Things said...

What delicious colors! They are more tastes than memories to me, mint and tangerine and raspberries. Actually, now I want some ice cream...

melissa said...

O'Tealy makes me think of my grandma. She loved blue and when that particular blue was in in the 90's, she bathed in it. Her clothes, the clothes she made for us, house decor. And when she got much older she reveled in bright colors and even had one of those little housedresses (she called them "floaters") in that blue.

Connie K. said...

Apricot Jam reminds me of the lilies my grandmother grew all around her front porch. I don't know the real name of them, we always called them tiger lilies. My grandmother had the greenest thumb I have ever known and could grow anything. Her house was always surrounded by flowers.

greyowl (ravelry id)

Stickyfingers said...

They don't bring specific memories to mind for me - more an over-all feeling of well-being and happiness. They're so beautiful!

Iva said...

All of the colors are spectacular! However, Ocean and Ireland inspire not any particular memory, but a sense of calm and tranquility.

Best of luck with your business; hope to see more!

Brenda said...

The Oceans colorway reminds me of caribbean beaches. So lovely.

(goodstuff on Rav)

Andrea said...

Olivet is such a fabulous green and definitely reminds me of California!

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CeltChick said...

Yep - Ireland colorway! Hubster & I took a long road trip, and half of the clothes I packed were this color! I was in a super intense "green" phase, I guess.

Pam K said...

What beautiful yarns! I love the greens, as they make me think of visits to Iowa in the summer, where there is field after field of corn. I think I could come up with something for every color:). Rav id. Pamk

Jean Ashley said...

The Meryton Revisited colorway reminds me of a family reunion we attended when I was five or six years old. It was held at my Aunt Mary's house in Wyoming, and we had lunch next to the huge pine tree in her side yard. The roots of the tree stuck up out of the ground high enough to use them as really short seats at a picnic table, which I did, and the amazing color and smell of the tree is one of my favorite memories of all time.

Turtle said...

peach reminds me of my gram's rose bushes. We used to collect the petals for potpourri

rinebird said...

I love the interview & the yarn that beautiful green you loved is my fav,reminds me of the green grass of my childhood,freshly cut and safe.

rinebird on Ravelry

Laurie said...

As long as I can remember, green has been my favorite color! Lime, sage & Olives Oh, my! Your Olivet reminds me of all of the things that I have collected over the years in all of my favorite shades of green! O'Tealy is a close second, with Watermelon coming in right behind. Love them all!
Laurie (lmetzger on Ravelry)

ikkinlala said...

Purple Martin reminds me of buying grapes at the farmers' market. There are choices where I live now, but when I was in university there was only one person who sold them, so sometimes thirty or so people would be lined up before the booth opened.

ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

becca said...

Gorgeous! Love the blue and the green! The colors are so wonderful.

Lisaknits said...

Summer reminds me of the blue sky
when I lay in the yard and look up.

Robin said...

Redemption reminds me of my Dad who passed away in 2002. He was a real character and loved to wear outrageous suspenders. Red was prominent on a few pairs.

Rachel said...

I loved the description for the Raspberry Tea colorway (I also love love love the color!)

-"Cold rainy days spent reading must be accompanied with a cup of warm raspberry tea. Preferably loose leaf."

Growing up in Seattle, every day was a cold rainy day! And I have fond memories of curling up on the couch, drinking a cup of tea with my mom (and dog and cats).

Amanda Vondrasek said...

Your colorway 'redwood' reminds me of the mall trips with my sister! I always tend to go toward that color :)

AmandaVondrasek on ravelry!

kaitward said...

The colorway O'Tealy reminds me of the first (and last) time I attempted to dye my own yarn, using kool-aid. Didn't work out to well for me, I made a huge mess, and never went back to it! The yarn looked okay but everything I knit with it turned very pool-y.

Jade said...

The Alaska colourway reminds me of when it was snowing really heavy and I took the dog out in it, and she loved it, acting like a little puppy.

Zenitude said...

New Leaves is my favorite. It reminds me of the great trees surrounding my house.

Kathy Wallace said...

Oceans reminds me of the trip I made to San Francisco last year to visit my best friend.

Meredith said...

Raspberry Tea reminds me not of a memory, but of a feeling. It reminds me of seasons, of being aware of summer evenings and fall leaves. I love it.

Frankly Beka said...

Pumpkin Farm- Autumn has always been my favorite season. I remember going to pick out pumpkins for carving every year.

and

Oceans- One Christmas my family went to Cairns, Australia. We went on a glass-bottom boat tour of the Great Barrier Reef, and the water was so blue. Bluer than this yarn, believe it or not.

Anonymous said...

Sunlight, I remember when i was a child playing in the park rocking back and forth on the swing going higher and higher to see which one of us would kiss the sun.. I won everytime. Remdemption, is the color of my butt when I got in trouble with my borthers.. While they had is coming...

Purplefrog5 on Rav

Arlene said...

I know I should say the Vintage Peach reminds me of something to do with peaches, but actually, it really brings me back to summer childhood days when the ice cream man came, I got my favorite every single day, the same thing, a creamsicle :)

Kati said...

I remember my first longing for something - and it still is in my heart.

There is one place in the world which makes me satisfied, happy, complete: there is wind. There is a very warm and blinding sun. Birds, sheep, green, green grass and a horizon to the end of the sky over a green-gray-blue ocean. The air is salty.

In my memories, all the blues and greens unite to a beautiful deep teal. Thanks, Annie, for this touching color O'Tealy...

knitsewcrochet on ravelry

Heidi said...

My mother loved all things green. The Olivet is exactly the color I remember her livingroom rug.

ne-knopka said...

Beautiful yarns!
Olivet-Summer, my favorite season

Anna

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Calypso Hope said...

Love the vintage peach. Reminds me of sweet oranges picked and eaten under the orange tree at the end of winter season.

Jessica Powers said...

'Sunlight' is the colour of the lovely, real custard my partner had yesterday in a travel stop. It's always a shock to come across real food at tourist bus stops, so I was delighted with my sandwich and then pushed over the moon with the taste I got of his custard square. It was a simple pleasure on our last leg of driving home from holiday.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful colours!

The three colors shown made me remember a wonderful summer afternoon with my Love. We packed a picnic lunch and went out to the country. The blanket was just about the color of the peachy pink yarn. Olivet the grass and the blue the sky we gazed upon while holding hands. I can see it very clearly in my mind.

Thanks! riverwatcher on Rav

slmiller8 said...

The Plum colorway reminds me of the first thing I can remember knitting-a sweater. I was about 10 and my mom taught me how to knit and I kept bugging her about making a sweater. It was just a basic sweater as I remember, but I don't know if I even finished it; I think I got bored with it.

toomanyufos on ravelry

Laura Kieras said...

Annies sock-summer reminds me of the ocean. I lived in Hawaii for 9 years and I loved the color of the water. When I see this yarn, I can smell the salt air mixed with the plumeria blossoms.

Spring said...

The green remk nds me of a trip to Scotland!

Jessica said...

New Leaves, Apple Festival, and to an extent, Purple Martin, remind me of my 'grannie', my dad's mother back when she was alive. Our houses shared a back yard and there were blackberry bushes growing across the back fence, which she and I would always pick together and then she'd get me a little sugar to have with them in pne of those little clear plastic cups from oatmeal containers.

The colors remind me of this because of the saying she taught me that had to do with the colors of the berries throughout their growth: White as snow but snow it ain't, green as grass, but grass it ain't, red as blood but blood it ain't, black as ink but ink it ain't. This saying always reminded me of Snow White too, one of my favorite movies at the time.

Isa said...

Wow they are all so lovely!!! I really like the Meryton revisited, it reminds me of a cool bright morning in some forest - darkish green yet still capturing a lot of light.

Thank you for the giveaway

phaedra96 said...

I really love the Green Tea, Vintage Peach and Salted Caramel. Cannot say they work together, but I love them.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Olivet reminds me of Fresh mown grass in the Summer months, the smell especially.
rosebob on ravelry

Anonymous said...

Pumpkin Farm makes me think of every Autumn I have ever had, my mother had a sweater in that exact shade:)
reiki on ravelry

Anonymous said...

The color 'O-Tealy' reminds me of the sea when we go down to the coast for holidays
apple380 on ravelry

Anonymous said...

The Olivet color brings to minds all the Fresh greenery that arrives in the Spring months.
ilovemypad on ravely

melosa said...

I can't say that they evoke an actual memory, but I will say that I am especially drawn to your gorgeous earthy colors of greens and browns. Strangely for me, especially Olivet. :)

KRHknitting said...

The Eventide reminds me of my husband's blue eyes. ;)
Thanks
KRHknitting on Ravelry

Debbie said...

February Sky reminds me of, well, the February sky! My dad and I have birthdays this month and most years it is rainy and cold on my birthday so the sky is that color, but having a purple (amethyst) birthstone makes up for the rainy and cold.

Anonymous said...

The colorways in the giveaway photo remind me of my Grandma. I remember fabric (I think curtains in a room) in her house of flower patterns with these colors in there.

I love the Olivet!

StaceyKnitsIt ravelry

Desiree said...

The February Sky reminds me of playing outside on late summer days :) Thanks for the giveaways!

Ravelry ID: Nonosmom

Anonymous said...

Redemption reminds me of the time when my Mom used to like to dress me in red clothes as a girl - I didn't like it much then,but now I do. Hurray for red!!!
Beautiful yarns Annie!.
Pavla

1 Mom said...

The colors remind me of summers gone by. The blue ocean, peachy bathing suits and the fresh cut lawns.

Ólöf Dröfn Eggertsdóttir said...

Alaska reminds me of glaciers in my home country Iceland and sunlight reminds me of days on the beach in the South of France in my late teens.

What a great giveaway!

Catherine said...

Olivet is the color of the lichen growing on the black lava rocks in Hawaii. It just sings.

LuisaM said...

They are truly beautiful.
I can't think of just one memorie but they are everywhere...

Marlitharn said...

Apple Festival reminds me of the red plaid hooded cape I had when I was little that made me feel like Red Riding Hood, and how I wore it the Thanksgiving it was so warm all Mom's flowers were still blooming and Grandpa dragged my sister and me out to the flowerbed after dinner to take pictures.

Olga said...

They all remind me of summer, which i wish was here already!:)

knitmish on Ravelry said...

The colour "New Leaves" brings to mind spending spring days and summer nights at my parent's community garden cabin in Germany. The concept of community gardens is a bit different there, with big plots that hold a cabin, lots of lawn as well as flower beds and a veggie plot. We'd have BBQs and spend whole weekends at the cabin- lots of fun!

Alice said...

February Sky remind me of my dear father, whole loved to wear shirts of that colour.

Krys @ Keeping Plus said...

All the colors are so incredibly beautiful. The Redwood reminds me of the Popsicles my brother & I used to have when we were kids. They used to stain our lips, with the same orange hue. :)

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mommieof4munchkins said...

Alaska colorway reminds me of the awesome glaciers we have visited in Alaska! Moving there in just a few short weeks and am soooooo excited!

elflyn said...

Raspberry Tea reminds me of the cups of raspberry leaf tea I drank while waiting for my baby to be born. Then the bunch of glorious tulips I received following his birth.

Emily said...

The Frosted Plum reminds me of playing in my grandmother's lilac bushes in the spring. They were so big, little tunnels and "rooms" had formed that we could play house in.

CoggiesMIL said...

Salty Caramel sounds like a yummy Super Bowl snack, and Watermelon reminds me of summer picnics:D
Awesome giveaway--again!!

C Gibson said...

I love the blue colorway pictured in your post. Reminds me of my first glimpse of Carribean ocean on my honeymoon. Lovely!

Lesley said...

Meryton Revisited reminds me of hiking in the New England woods in the summer when I was younger.

Carmen Nuland said...

Robin's Egg reminds me of our recent trip to the Gulf of Mexico ( I wish I was still there!)

Lizzi said...

Tea Rose reminds me of a skirt that my mum knitted me when I was about 6 or seven. I loved it and thought I was the bee's knees.

Gwenn said...

The Vintage peach reminds me of the orange sherbet cones I used to eat as a child..yum!

Kristine Hipps said...

Both the blue & the olive just make me happy! Beautiful yarn. Thanks for The chance to win it.

Wild said...

O'Tealy reminds me on sew vacation :)

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