Monday, June 17, 2013

Contest - Sharing the Lola-Doodles Love

I like browsing through some of the main Ravelry forums and checking out the chat threads dedicated to sales, self-promotion and contests. It's a great way to discover new design and designers, accessories and best of all, new (to me) indie yarn dyers.

I'm always on the lookout for new sock yarn to love. A while back I placed an order for some absolutely scrumptious looking sock yarn from Lola-Doodles Etsy shop. I was attracted by the vividly bright colours and delightful names.


Annabel Lee - 100% superwash merino sock yarn
I purchased Annabel Lee, a superwash merino sock yarn for two reasons: the lovely shade of blue and the wonderful reference to the Edgar Allan Poe poem. (Yes, I majored in English.) And just to break away from my love of blue, I added some Dowager's Prize Rose to my basket. (Why yes, I quite enjoy British Victorian-era literature.)

When the yarn arrived, it was squishy soft and just begging to be made into socks. I quickly cast on Annabel Lee for a special project I'm hoping to submit for publication. It's quite full of cables and the traces of black in the lovely aquamarine add some very nice depth and dimension to the cables.

Juniper Wisp: 80% Merino wool
and 20% silk l
ace yarn


The yarn is absolutely delightful to work with: soft, squishy and with a nice high twist that gives great stitch definition. Pretty much everything I look for in a sock yarn.

Lola-Doodles is run by Temple Trueblood, a true fiber enthusiast, down in the heart of Dixie. In her Etsy shop you'll find lace, fingering and DK yarn that are all hand dyed in very small batches (2-3 skeins each). She also welcomes custom orders, with some of her favorite colorways being the results of customers asking for a particular shade or combination of colors. 

Temple offers a range of different sock weight yarns:
  • Classic Sock - a 75/25 wool/nylon blend 
  • Buff Sock - a 75/25 BFL/nylon blend
  • Posh Socks - an MCN blend
  • Twinkle Toes - 100% super wash merino
Lace and DK lovers aren't left out either. Temple has you covered with a merino/silk lace weight blend and her DK super wash merino wool.
Daddy Likes a Little Scandal - Classic Sock

To make a great deal even better, Lola-Doodles offers loyal fans a fantastic discount: After buying 5 skeins, you receive a secret code so that your 6th skein is a whopping 75% off!

The name of her shop comes, in part from Lola the Wonder Corgi  who, along with Amos Lee, her sweet pit bull terrier supervise each batch of dyeing.  

As usual, I do not accept or solicit sponsorships or do paid/in kind product endorsements. I write about stuff that I've discovered and that I enjoy. All pictures are used with permission by Temple Trueblood of Lola-Doodles, but that's the only involvement. She doesn't even know I'm going to do this:
Killer Tomato: Classic Sock,
75% merino, 25% nylon

Giveaway!

Leave a comment telling me your favorite Lola-Doodles colorway name between now and Wednesday, June 26th and you could win that skein! On June 27th I will run a random number generator to select a winner from the comments and have Lola-Doodles ship your skein to you.
































128 comments :

  1. Wow! That shop has been added to my favorites! I love Sweet Sassy Molassy, followed closely by Release The Kraken. Too many great colors to pick just one!

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  2. I love Daddy Likes a Little Scandal. In fact, I may not make it til the end of this contest before it makes it into my Etsy cart... :)

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  3. Love patience young grasshopper, and killer tomato

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  4. Release the Kraken

    I can just picture my screaming that everytime I knit with it :D

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  5. I love Mother Isn't Quite Herself Today!

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  6. So many difficult choices! The names and the colors are great! Sweet Sassy Molassy may be my new go-to...um...swear. Killer Tomato and Juniper Wisp are wonderful, too. But if I had to pick my favorite name/color combo, I'd have to go with Release the Kraken! (Which in my head sounds as though it's voiced by Mr. Burns - not exactly the correct reference, but amusing nonetheless.)

    -triedandtrue on Rav

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  7. Terrific! Wow added to Faves!!...to choose...Birds of a Feather and Killer Tomato. Thanks for sharing your "find" and this opportunity!

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  8. Ooh wow, another one for the etsy favs :D I love Wood Nymph!! Better go wipe the drool off my keyboard.

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  9. Release the Kraken! Really they're all beautiful colors.

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  10. Wow! I've never heard of Lola-Doodles before. I'm so happy you shared! I love the colors and the prices aren't outrageous! I would have to say the color that caught my eye the minute I saw it is: Birds of a Feather --Buff Sock-- Hand Painted Superwash Blue Faced Leicester Wool/Nylon Sock Yarn. I think it would knit up into a great pair of socks - not to mention them being a soft, hugs-for-your-feet socks! Again, thanks for sharing! Corinne (aka anothermst3kfan on Ravelry)

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  11. Ooo, I'm going to go with "Birds of a Feather" -- very striking and reminds me of Chickadees!

    Thanks for the introduction to a new indie dyer. :)

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  12. I love the name "Misdirecting Travellers" but I prefer the colors of "Daddy Likes A Little Scandal". (Funny, both of those are from Hitchcock movies, both of which I've seen.)

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  13. Windingwend on RavJune 17, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    For name and color combination I love "Mother Isn't Quite Herself Today", but I think "Dark Fairie" would make awsome socks.

    Thanks for the awesome givaway!

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  14. Oooo, I want Wisp but it's not my favorite name. That honor goes go Release the Kracken. Do I have to go watch Clash of the Titans now?

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  15. Lucy in the Sky is my favorite...love the turquoise green! Juniper Wisp was a very close 2nd!!! Thanks for the chance at this giveaway!
    Lucia "knittylucia" at Ravelry

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  16. I love Release the Kraken - both the colour and the name.

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  17. "Cotton Candy" is my favorite color!

    Very sweet of you to get Lola-Doodles' name out there with your generous offer!

    Jennie (Ravelry name, smyrnastitch)

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  18. I Love Annabelle Lee!! The color is scrumptious!!

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  19. Killer Tomato or Annabelle
    (kathynancygirl on rav)

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  20. I love Lola Doodles! My favorite colorway is Blushing Bride. Absolutely stunning and super soft!

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  21. Release the Kraken! Killer tomatoes! I can't say those names without thinking about movies rather than yarn but I do knit while watching movies so they definely go together:-)
    MissBunt Rav

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  22. Ooh! Release the Kraken followed by Dark Fairie

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  23. I just love the "Mother isn't quite herself today". In fact, I'm going to have to watch that movie tonight.

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  24. My favourites are actually Purely Purple and Juniper, in that order, but she doesn't have either of those in stock!

    Chocolate Revival is absolutely beautiful (mmm...), and Release the Kraken is luscious. Makes me think of Captain Jack, and that's never a bad thing.

    (I think you may have inspired me to submit an order in a few months as my stashbusting treat!)

    Cait (4mpersand on Rav, if my linky doesn't work)

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  25. The magpie coloration of Birds of a Feather is my favourite.
    skywater on ravelry

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  26. Oh gosh, so many great colors! I am liking the Steel Wool color.

    carriejay on raverly

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  27. I like Release the Kraken best of all.

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  28. I'm not usually a pink fan, but I love Cotton Candy!

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  29. Goodness me! I can't decide between 2! I guess if it came down to it, it would have to be "Release the Kraken", but "Patience Young Grasshopper" is coming in a VERY close second!

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  30. Definitely release the kraken. Awesome colour and colourway name.

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  31. Oh, mine is definitely Daddy Likes A Little Scandal. I haven't made socks in pink/black yet - these would be lovely!

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  32. Her shop jumped right into my favs.

    I am so taken by Release the Kraken -- both the name and the color. Just WOW.

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  33. Choice #1: ALL OF THEM!
    Choice #2: Release The Kraken
    Choice #3: Mother Isn't Quite Herself Today
    Choice #4: Would you consider armwrestling for the Annabel Lee?

    Thanks for pointing out this great shop.

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  34. Sushikette on RavelryJune 17, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    My favorite name is Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds - always been a huge fan of the song, and there's something magical to me about the color ;o)

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  35. Such beautiful colorways, it's hard to pick! Especially love 'Killer Tomato' - it's absolutely luscious. Thanks for pointing me in the direction of this lovely shop, and for running this giveaway! :)

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  36. Juniper wisp is gorgeous. One of my favorite colors.

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  37. They all are great. Lucy in the sky is my favorite

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  38. I'm torn between "The Grapes of Wrath" and "Daddy Loves a Little Scandal" - one for the color, the other for the name (although those colors are fun!)

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  39. Sweet sassy molassy!!! And too many others to mention.

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  40. I really like Birds of a Feather. While knitting with it I will think of all the magpies I see in my yard. Second place is Daddy Likes a Little Scandle. Very creative naming and gorgeous colors!
    ~Julie
    strawberrykid on ravelry

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  41. l.o.v.e Ms. Ross' Sewing Circle but they are all gorgeous!
    Ann (soxonfour on Rav)

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  42. Steel wool, all the way. :-)

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  43. I love Sweet Sassy Molassy -- Classic Sock. Steel Wool is great too.
    StaceyKnitsIt ravelry

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  44. Wow. So many fun names, and great colors too!! I think, Misdirecting Travelers is my favorite.

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  45. Release the Kraken!

    All these colors are gorgeous, I might have to buy myself a birthday present. XD

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  46. That was tough! I love everything in her shop but, after much deliberation, I just kept coming back to Killer Tomato. Maybe because a coworker just gifted me with three tomato plants to add to my garden. And because the yarn is lovely!

    greyowl60@yahoo.com

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  47. The Grapes of Wrath--one of my favourite books and colours (burgundy) all in one place.

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  48. I love "So Long and Thanks For All The Fish" because I've loved the "Hitchhikers" series ever since I was old enough to read them.

    I also love "The only pretty ring time" because hubby and I sing that to each other sometimes.

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  49. Wow, love the colors. Names are great,too. I think my favorite is Mother Isn't Quite Herself Today.

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  50. I LOVe Dark Fairie, but it is closely followed by Blushing Bride. Thank you for the heads up on this lovely Etsy shop!

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  51. I love, love, love Release the Kraken!! It's beautiful and the name is so perfectly awesome!

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  52. Lucy in the sky is my favorite. Not only in name but also in color way.

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  53. I like a few, but love the name of "Little Bunny Foo Foo"! I used to sing that with my kids when they were small.

    Karen aka purplepenguin on Ravelry

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  54. All the colorways are fantastic...and the names are just a hoot. I really love Grapes of Wrath. Thanks for a great chance to win!

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  55. Ungh, they're all so gorgeous! I have a three-way tie for favorites, but I think I have to choose Birds of a Feather. The gradated hues with that brilliant splash of white... so versatile.

    Thanks for the contest! I just favorited LolaDoodles's shop, too.

    dappercat on ravelry

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  56. Oh, WOW! How are you supposed to choose between Annabel Lee & Killer Tomato??? Welllllll, I guess I’ll have to go with Killer Tomato.

    su3385 @ Ravelry

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  57. Oh man, I've had her shop on watch for awhile and just haven't had the funds to buy something. So many gorgeous colorways!

    I think my favorite right now is Misdirecting Travellers (purple is my favorite color, as my hair can attest!), though Annabel Lee is a close second!

    Thank you for the opportunity - this is awesome of you!

    rwest81 @ Ravelry

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  58. You had me at..... Chocolate Revival! So many beautiful colors!

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  59. Wow, what fun names! Release the Kraken gets my vote. Arwen79 @ Ravelry.

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  60. Twinkle toes is my favorite

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  61. Ooh, Lucy in the Sky sock weight. Beeeeautiful!

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  62. What awesome yarns!

    My fave would have to be Sweet Sassy Molassy! Such a fun name and vibrant colour!

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  63. Juniper wisp is lovely!!
    But so many beautiful colours...

    lynx-ical on Rav

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  64. I looked at her page and there is so many beauty colors! difficult decision! But the most unusual to me (from solid colors) is Blushing Bride - and I love it!~This is the first place!!!

    But I love Cotton Candy and Juniper almost the same.

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  65. Thanks for another etsy shop to stalk. ;) Loving the Lucy in the Sky colorway!

    Rav ID: kamidake

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  66. Wow those are gorgeous.....I think I may have stumbled upon her shop once before, and was sad I couldn't afford anything. Dark faerie is probably my favourite!

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  67. Thanks for sharing the LolaDoodle find I hadnt seen this great place yet :) Such lucious colors and great names so hard to choose just one. Favorites would have to be Juniper Mist and Sweet Sassy Molassy though Birds of a Feather might have to come home to me soon.

    JatKat (on rav)

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  68. Curse you, now I need to buy some MORE yarn!Really hard to pick a favourite colourway, so I'm going to have to list two! Birds of a Feather is absolutely beautiful and practical, as I can wear those colours at work. So after your giveaway that's the one I think I'll buy. So I can make something that I can actually wear at work. However, Daddy Likes a Little Scandal, is my absolute favourite colourway, although somewhat whimsical and I have no idea what I'm make from it :P

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  69. I actually like two of the colorways, but can't decide which I like better the Ms Ross' or Juniper Wisp. I'm patricialonnie on Ravelry.

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  71. Loving the Only Pretty Ring time..so so pretty!

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  72. I'd have to say either Steel Wool or Grapes of Wrath. But there are a lot of beautiful colours in the shop!

    -Ravnejenta on Ravelry

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  73. Misdirecting Travellers is my favorite. Shop added to faves!

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  74. Lisa (Bluencnxn on Rav)June 18, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    I love the Dark Farie colorway--two of my favorites in one skein, what's not to love! Misdirecting Travellers is a close second. Definitely another Esty shop to add to my list.

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  75. Being over the pond, window shopping is as close as I'll get to these beautiful skeins.

    My favourite is Sweet Sassy Molassy, followed by Killer Tomato. Either of these would look brilliant as a pair of Trellis and Coin.

    hells456 on Rav.

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  76. They are all so pretty! It's so hard to choose just one! I love Annabel Lee and Release the Kracken, but the top choice for me is Dark Fairie. My mom would love Ms. Ross' Sewing Circle, since she was born on July 4th!

    Lyndeepitiak on Rav.

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  78. I love the Annabel Lee

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  79. Love Ms. Ross' Sewing Circle Buff Sock because of it's Red, White and Blue. So patriotic.

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  80. Lavender Honey....yumptious!!

    Lucyj from Ravelry and LSG

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  81. I love them all--but my favorite is Anabel Lee. Poe is one of my all time favorite authors!

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  82. Boy Tough Choice! I've had my eye on Juniper and Anabell Lee for some time now!

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  83. haha, Killer Tomato is a great name. I also like the name Release the Kraken, though I always pictured the kraken as being green!

    What gorgeous colors--I've added the whole shop to my favorites... can't wait to try some out!

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  84. What a choice to have to make! I'm torn between Killer Tomato and Mother Isn't Quite Herself Today. I am going to have to go with Killer Tomato.

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  85. Daddy likes a little scandal.

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  86. I think I like the Annabel Lee the best but I don't see it offered on her Etsy page

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  87. Daddy like a little scandal , so do i

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  88. I am on a grey kick these days - and STEEL WOOL is my favorite right now...

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  89. Thakns for All the Fish is my favourite.

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  90. I love the name Sweet Sassy Molassy, and the color is wonderful too! Blushing Bride is such a great and fitting name for the colorway too

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  91. It is hard to choose between Steel Wool and Release the Krakken, but since the name makes me giggle, I would choose release the Krakken! Thanks for the opportunity :)

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  92. Oh my gosh! They are all so beautiful! Let's see, Release the Kraken or Killer Tomato or Blushing Bride. So hard to choose. I guess Blushing Bride would win as number one choice, just because it is lighter and would show off al the beautiful twists and turns in your patterns!

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  93. I love The Only Pretty Ring Time, and Dark Fairie and Juniper, and...and...and... I favotired this shop...beautiful colors and I love the names. I too was an English major, the names add to the fun for me too.

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  94. Hi everyone! I am Temple of Lola-Dodole's and just wanted to say THANK YOU to Hanging on By a String for such kind words about my little shop and to all of you for your compliments! Made my day to read this! I am in the middle of dying up a large wholesale order, but should have more shop updates soon--if there is a color you love that isn't listed just convo me! Again--THANK YOU!!!

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  95. I really Lo-o-v-e The Only Prety Ring Time... such pretty colors!

    Ginger (ginchet on Ravelry)

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  96. I love Release the Kraken. You didn't ask for a story, but I'll give you one anyway lol. My brother is 6 years older, and back in the 80's we kids didn't have much access to movie choices like we do now. This is maybe the only movie we ever agreed on. It wasn't a hard choice like between the movie Annie and the movie ET lol

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  97. I love Release the Kraken, followed closely by Grapes of Wrath.

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  98. Gorgeous yarns. I love the Lavender Honey Twinkle Toes sock yarn
    rosebob on ravelry

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  99. I love Moola
    apple380 on ravelry

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  100. I am another fan of Release the Kraken!
    I am yknitt on ravelry

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  101. I am in love with Wood Nymph! Beautiful colors!

    I love Annabel Lee too! (I played Edgar Allen Poe's mother in our high school play lol :)

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  102. I love "The Only Pretty Ring Time"! It reminds me of when Gene Wilder sings that little ditty in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The colors are so pretty, too! I'm k8erpillar on Ravelry :)

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  103. I like the shade Release the Kraken, this would make a fantstic shawl or pair of socks
    rav id: reiki

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  104. My favorite is the shade Wood Nymph, the Earthy tones really appeal to me.
    ilovemyipad on ravelry

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  105. I love the names! I'm attracted to the blushing bride colors.

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  106. I love Sweet Sassy Molassy. It reminds me of fall, when the leaves start to change.

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  107. I love Release the Kraken, beautiful dark color, great for a shawl.
    asteride on Ravelry

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  108. Killer Tomato is beautiful! I also like Steel Wool.

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  109. I'm mad about turquoise! Juniper is my color!
    patmom on Ravelry

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  110. dmckenna
    I love Release the Kraken - such a wonderful intense colour, and am somewhat taken by Grapes of Wrath.
    Thanks for the recommendation - the shop & these yarns have just gone into my favourites.
    D

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  111. what beautiful colors! Juniper Wisp Lace is my choice. What a generous sized shawl that would make!
    Thanks!
    lindaran on Rav

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  112. What beautiful yarn! I love the Lucy In The Sky colorway! Definitely adding to my favorites!

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  113. Killer Tomato or Lucy in the Sky! I can't choose! Love em both!

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  114. "Killer Tomatoes" Nuf said!

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  115. oh such pretty colours and brill names but i fell in love with Sweet Sassy Molassy -- Classic Sock -- Hand Painted Superwash Merino Wool/Nylon Sock Yarn

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  116. I was leaning toward Release the Kraken because I loved the color and the name... but the Harry Hamlin ref put it over the edge!

    Release the Kraken!

    ...and thanks for pointing us to such neat yarn :)

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  117. Love all the yarns and its colors, so beautiful all if them. I thing one of my favorits is Juniper Wisp Merino Wool and Silk Lace Yarn, and also Killer Tomato Wisp Merino Wool and Silk Lace Yarn.
    It's a lovely shop.

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  118. Favourite yarn name?
    "Patience young Grasshopper"

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  119. Thank you for the referral! Colors are just plain lovely!!! I think my fav is Lucy in the Sky followed by Misdirected Traveller, which is strange since I tend to lean towards the reds. :)

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  120. Killer Tomato had me singing the theme song, so I guess if I had to choose, it'd be that...

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  121. I would have to go with Killer Tomatoes, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes has got to be my cult classic fav!

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  122. My favorite has to be Dady likes a little scandal

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  123. Joy on Ravelry,
    For a chocoholic like me it has to be chocolate revival buff sock. Those little breakthroughs of purple really make it shimmer. Though if I am lucky enough to win, it will challenge my eyesight knitting with such dark yarn....

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