6.15.2011

A TNNA Recap and Namaste Giveaway!

Well all, I am back from the most wonderful 6 days of yarn, knitting, friends, and more yarn!  Trust me when I say that you don't want me to go through a blow by blow of everything I did at the show... I was a bit of an energizer bunny and I think you might need a nap after reading a detailed account!  
The biggest difference between this TNNA and others was that besides my trunk show at Ravelry I was not married to being in any one booth so I could wander the show floor.  This allowed me to make GREAT connections with vendors and gather ideas for future projects.  I have some potentially AMAZING things lined up for the coming year and look forward to firming up those details so I can share them with you.  The biggest hole in my knitting knowledge base is around yarn lines so I spent a fair amount of time finding "new to me" companies and learning about their yarns and their stories.  

I particularly fell in love with: Frog Tree Yarns (a non-profit that is inspiring), Alisha Goes Around (for Alisha and her polar Bear!), Shelridge Farms (US sourced and milled),  Art Yarns (can you say cashmere?), Anzula (they have an orange I want to marry....), Fleece Artist (might just be knitting on a skein I got at the show!), Juniper Moon Farm (because anything that Susie does ROCKS!), and Koigu (Rhichard might have given me some skeinlettes for Adorn!).  I look forward to sharing more about these yarns and stories behind them as I start to knit with them.  SQUEE!
Photo courtesy RoseKimKnits
Evenings were spent eating, hanging, knitting, and LAUGHING, oh my.  The knit nights held in the Hyatt lobby are legendary, this year I even got to knit and sing-along with Amy while she played her uke.  I met up with old friends, and made lots of new ones.  My roomie was a great support, and excellent at telling me to shut up and go to bed!

Ready for your GIVEAWAY?  Friday night Marly Bird hosted a Designer Dinner which was a lovely way to meet lots of my people all at once before they show floor opened.  Marly put tons of energy and thought into the event and it was AWESOME, so great in fact that we all left with GINORMOUS goodie bags that included.... are you ready?  A NAMASTE Bitty Bag in Lime!!!!  WOOT!  I have a Zuma that I use everyday, Namaste Bags are truly fantastic.
I've been feeling so incredibly lucky and thankful for the opportunities that have been flowing my way lately and it is time to GIVE BACK to you all for the incredible support.  So, who wants to win the bag?  

To be entered to win this Namaste Bitty Bag do these two things:
1.  Leave a comment telling me what you are thankful for right now (it can be this giveaway)with your contact info
2.  Join my mailing list

Comments will be open until Monday June 20th at 12:00 EST... Good Luck!

147 comments:

  1. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I just joined your mailing list and today I'm thankful for my awesome husband :)

    -craftytofu at yahoo dot com

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  2. what a nice giveaway, for that I am thankful. and we finally have wonderful weather!

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  3. Thanks for the giveway & who doesn't love green!

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  4. I'm thankful for how supportive my husband & family are with my design efforts!

    glad TNNA was good for you!

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  5. I am so thankful that my family is heathly and employed and able to give back to the community in many ways. I count myself lucky everyday!

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  6. Laura - Thank you for another great give away. I am thankful today for the my family's health and happiness. And for the ability to connect with other knitters! I am on your mailing list and love getting newsletters from you.

    Karyn

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  7. Thankful that we were just, 10 mins ago, told that my 6 yr olds eyes are going to be ok, maybe needing glasses but ok. Very, very, thankful.

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  8. This is going to sound so squishy, but today I'm really thankful for my inlaws. They are being particularly thoughtful & helpful right now & I know that I could have nightmarish inlaws. I got really lucky.

    I've been keeping up with you on Facebook but signed up for the newsletter too. Glad you had so much fun - it's always fun for us "regular" knitters to hear about TNNA.

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  9. I'm thankful for so many things - the sun is finally out here in California after a very long, wet winter, for my family, my employment, and I'm even thankful for my mischevious puppy!

    I signed up for the newsletter.

    Diane

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  10. I am thankful for my dad's health. He just turned 89 and still works part-time a couple of days a week and is probably more active than I am!

    I just signed up for the newsletter and look forward to receiving it.

    Thanks - Patti/wombatknitter

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  11. Great giveaway!
    I'm thankful that currently everyone in my family is healthy. I'm thankful for the wonderfully, supportive, knitting community.
    I'm already on your mailing list. :)

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  12. I am thankful for naptime right away, because I could really use one!

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  13. Awesome giveaway! I am thankful for the wonderful people I have in my life, online and off. They make life so much more rewarding and adventurous!

    sillylittlelady(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. I am thankful for my hands that allow me to knit and thankful for my arms that allow me to hug.

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  15. I am grateful for mild, cool weather--good for sleeping with the windows open!

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  16. Awesome giveaway! I'm thankful that I'm back in the same state as my boyfriend and get to live with him again (indefinitely!). I've been on your mailing list. :)

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  17. I am thankful for my mother, who long ago taught me to knit. I didn't stick with it at the time but was able to pick it up quickly many years later.

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  18. I am thankful that I can knit!

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  19. I'm thankful that even though things could be better in my life right not, it is still the best it can be at this time and I am happier than I have been in years.

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  20. I'm thankful for the bag giveaway and for the good weather up here in MI. It's finally time to put the winter coats away. :) Hopefully no more weather in the 40's until Oct!

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  21. I am currently thankful for my health, my love and life! Sometimes bad things happen to other people and watching it makes me so thankful for everything I have!

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  22. Today I am thankful to live in such a rockin' community with AMAZING local food options... <3

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  23. I am thankful that my daughter is finally potty-trained :) It's been a long road and now that we're there, my house is a lot less stressful!

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  24. OH I love that bag! I am thankful for summer vacation!! I had a rough teaching year this year!

    I'm already signed up for your mailing list!

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  25. So much to be thankful for. Right now, it's the rain and cool temps. And, of course, all the wonderful knitting info and supplies that I keep coming across in blogs like yours and others too.

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  26. I am thankful for the beautiful weather today. Especially since it's been raining so much and today, at work, we're having a picnic lunch.

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  27. I am thankful for my wonderful kids, who are really adults now!

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  28. I just signed up for your mailing list.

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  29. Hi Laura, I'm thankful for dates and olives from Tunisia, think I'm on your mailing list, and love your enthusiasm.

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  30. I'm thankful for so many things, but today I'm thankful for my job. Not only because I have one, when so many people don't, but because it's one I love!

    Also, I signed up for the e-news, but under my yahoo account, rather than the gmail account associated with blogger (I never check my gmail). The address is the same, just the extension is different.

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  31. Already on the mailing list. I am incredibly thankful that my mother made a spur-of-the-moment decision to drive 5 hours to spend 2 days with my family and me this week -- and when I went to work, did the grocery shopping and dinner prep with a smile.

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  32. I am thankful for our 19 grandkids!

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  33. I am so thankful for being surrounded by family and friends after losing my dear beloved husband to cancer 2 weeks ago

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  34. I'm thankful for people who make gorgeous yarn and design amazing patterns for the rest of us to knit!

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  35. I am thankful that my son's handsurgery went well and that after his PT things should work completely well!!

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  36. My granddaughter was in a horrific automobile accident and was thrown from the vehicle. I am so thankful that her only injury was a broken rib,

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  37. What a great giveaway!!!!

    I am thankful for my family and the wonderful Ravelry community!

    Signed up for your newsletter too :)

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  38. I've been unemployed for a while and recently landed a new position. It's not my dream job but I'm definitely thankful to have a paycheck again!

    peatmoss83 at hotmail dot com

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  39. I'm thankful for all the wonderful knitting designs that are out there and thankful that I can enjoy knitting every day of the year.

    I'm pretty sure that I'm already on your mailing list - should I sign up again? Thanks,

    Amy
    amy@iceboxofpa.com

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  40. I'm thankful for a certain actor whom I recently discovered. He's gorgeous and talented and it's great fun to watch his movies and shows over and over again. I am on the mailing list but I think that's under my other identity.

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  41. I am thankful that my son graduated from film school and that he and his twin brother are friends again and can laugh together. It has been too long!

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  42. Hadda (rosecomet)June 15, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    I'm thankful for my husband who is soo supportive with my new job that he rearranged his morning schedule at work and take our daughter to school to accommodate my schedule, my oldest daughter is graduating from high school and is going to college. all of my kids are healthy and very smart, and I'm thankful that I learned how to knit and create beautiful garments for myself and my famly.

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  43. I'm thankful the gentle rain that is doing my garden good today.

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  44. I am grateful for another day to celebrate friendships, creativity and to enjoy it all with my family.

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  45. I joined your mailing list! TNNA sounds like it was a blast! I am currently thankful that my children are outside weeding my garden and not me! lol michellesstitchwitchery at gmail dot com

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  46. I'm grateful I found your blog! It's quite nice to read and I'll be returning to check it out. Thanks!

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  47. I am thankful that today was a productive day with my students at school. And for this giveaway.

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  48. I am thankful for beautiful mornings when I can do errands, work, or just pick up my latest project which jumps off the needles with a personality of its own !!

    Cory

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  49. I am thankful that the military will be packing up our house to move in 2 weeks and I don't have to pack it up myself. It would be great to have a new knitting bag to take with me on our move though!

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  50. I am thankful to be 37.5 weeks pregnant- the end is in sight!!!!!

    -Jessica, Rav: MonkeyButtBabies

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  51. I am thankful for my family...so very thankful for each of them.... and a savior who loves me. Thank you also for the giveaway!

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  52. I am so thankful mynhoney will grill in a rainstorm!

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  53. After teaching a theatre camp today of 13 rowdy, wired kiddos, I am grateful that I didn't have 13 of my own! (This will make me enjoy my two that much more)

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  54. After teaching a theatre camp today of 13 rowdy, wired kiddos, I am grateful that I didn't have 13 of my own! (This will make me enjoy my two that much more)

    (songsiren1@yahoo.com)

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  55. im thankful for the sunshine today..its been so deary lately outside..and maybe with it my tomatoes can finally grow :) thanks for the super giveaway!! raineoc@yahoo.com

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  56. I'm thankful for my kids. That will always be my answer. Any day, any time.

    Traceymccarthy@gmail.com

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  57. I am thankful for my children and their laughter.

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  58. I am thankful for my husband, he is a great guy and yarn enabler.

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  59. I just joined the mailing list.
    I am SO thankful for my family and my country. AND, I am thankful I can de-stress by knitting.

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  60. I am grateful for spring finally being here and for my garden producing delicious food and for sunshine during lunchtime walks and for my wonderful husband who can really cook and is so sweet to me and for my darling cat and for my fabulous friends and for the soft yarn I'm knitting with right now and for my health and that of those I love.

    kachampagne 67 at g mail dot com

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  61. I missed you at Squam this year, but thankful that I was able to go.
    Naomi

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  62. I'm thankful for friends, old and new!

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  63. I've been following your blog and Facebook but now have the trifecta with your mailing list :) I'm thankful that even though I'm on the other side of the world (Australia) I can still connect with you

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  64. I'm thankful the school year is almost done we could all use a rest!

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  65. I signed up for your newsletter. I am thankful for life itself and the ability to do most anything I want/need to. We take that so for granted!

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  66. I'm so thankful for a healthy family and healthy pregnancy at the moment. I've been feeling very blessed recently.

    Thank you for this opportunity! :)

    raelynne01@hotmail.com raelynne01 on Rav

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  67. I'm thankful for my husband and family. I'm thankful that we are doing ok financially. And I'm thankful I can see well enough to keep knitting:)
    I'm roguerylla on Rav.

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  68. I'm thankful for my life being good. I have had many ups and downs but over all LIFE IS GOOD! Thank you for making me reflect. Oh, cute namaste too!

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  69. I am thankful for the wonder people I have in my life - family, friends, and others. Oh - I am also very thankful to my SIL for starting me on my fiber path 2 1/2 years ago.

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  70. I'm thankful for knitting and yoga - things that keep me calm.

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  71. I am thankful for so many things, family and a wonderful neighbor (Pat) who taught me to knit! Just to name a few.

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  72. That clever ClementineJune 16, 2011 at 12:18 AM

    I am thankful to be alive to see the state of IL legalize civil unions, and to have been able to get here to share in my daugher's joyous day!

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  73. This is so generous of you--I love Namaste bags! Right now I'm thankful to have a great internship AND a promising job interview lined up. So hopeful even in this economy.

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  74. I am thankful for summer and my family.

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  75. I am thankful that my children are happy and healthy!!
    arnerick@aol.com

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  76. I'm thankful for my new life and new adventures even though it is far from Ithaca and all the wonderful people and yarn there!

    (alp43@cornell.edu)

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  77. Today I am thankful that its Thursday because tomorrow I have the day off which means I get to take my daughter to school and pick her up. The smile on her face as she skips down the path to me still melts my heart after 18 months.

    I'm jodesisme on Rav.

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  78. I am thankful that we only have 2 days left for VBS this year. I want to get back to morning knitting.

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  79. I'm thankful that I've exercised 15 days in a row-- today will be 16. Normally I'm a couch potato.
    ditetre(at)mac(dot)com

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  80. I'm thankful that I've got an "A" right now in the class (dev psych) that made me miss TNNA!

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  81. I am so very grateful that my daughter's 5 mo. old triplets are healthy and growing and showing no signs of any kinds of problems.

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  82. How nice of you to do this! I am thankful that in this time of flooding in Bismarck, my house is safe and dry.

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  83. What a very generous giveaway! (I've just joined your mailing list and am enjoying reading your blog posts)

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  84. What a wonderful giveaway! Anything by Namaste is wonderful. This morning--as everyday--I am thankful for my loving husband who loves me in spite of my shortcomings.

    Deborah

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  85. I'm thankful for my health and for the resources to indulge my knitting habit! And I'm on your mailing list and am thankful for everything I learned in your mystery KAL. :)

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  86. What a cool giveway!Thank you for that! My fingers are "super" crossed!

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  87. I'm currently thankful for some nice weather, at long last! That looks like an awesome bag!

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  88. I'm grateful for the way that my brand-new business seems to be taking off... I'm so happy to be self-employed! :)

    (and I'm already on your mailing list... teehee!)

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  89. I'm just thankful for knitting. I need the de-stressing effect these days!

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  90. I'm grateful that summer has arrived and the hollyhocks are blooming.

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  91. i'm thankful that my 2 boys will be here soon together for a visit. one's in china and the other's in oregon so we can't be together often. i joined your mailing list. thanks for the giveaway.

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  92. I am thankful that I have a husband that understands when I drop everything for a friend in need and stands beside me while I do it.

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  93. I'm thankful for the beautiful weather today!

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  94. I can honestly say that I have nothing in my life that I am not grateful for...I would not change a thing.

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  95. I am thankful for sunny days (after all the storms/tornadoes we have had around here) that can be used for riding around with the top off our Jeep! And I'm also thankful for Malabrigo. :)

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  96. I am grateful for my wonderful mother who gave me the gift of handcraft (thanks Mum...there is a little of you in every knit stitch, in every spin of my wheel, in every quilt...)

    katherine

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  97. I am thankful I got to go to TNNA at all, though I'm sad I missed the designer dinner! It was great to see all these people I admire in one place!

    My contact info:
    keepittoadullroar@gmail.com

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  98. I am thankful for the great comeback of knitting! It is such an exciting craft and there is no end to the possiblities!

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  99. Awesome give away. I love my Namaste!
    Mrswilmer@gmail.com

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  100. Right now I'm thankful for Josh Garrels' new album~ that is free for one year! (joshgarrels.com)

    I'll be super thankful for this giveaway if I win. ;o)

    Off to sign up for mailing list right now. (I didn't know you had one before now.)

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  102. I'm thankful for this beautiful, sunny day! Fantastic giveaway too!

    jenerik at powerweb dot net

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  103. i am thankful for the sense of peace i feel today... it is nice!

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  104. I am thankful for my family! Love them and miss them all so much.

    Elise

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  105. I am thankful for the gift of knitting that helps calm my world after a long couple of stressful days. I love my Zuma,too.

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  106. thanks for the opportunity and TGI(almost)F!

    mma on rav!

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  107. Thanks for the giveaway! I am thankful for my first grandson!

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  108. I am thankful for having more yarn than I can ever knit. And a DH that says if I'm happy, he's happy.

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  109. I'm thankful for my new dog, recently adopted from the animal sheltwr, who has reintroduced me to the joys of evening walks.

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  110. I wanted to hear your TNNA stories in person, but this is a great substitute for now. At this moment I am very thankful for this beautiful Ithaca day.

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  111. I am thankful for the health of my children. They are all wonderful kids and I am blessed to be their mom!

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  112. I'm thankful for so many things - that I decided to learn to knit for one! Also, that my father is doing well and I will be able to "spring" him from the nursing home on Sunday and have him over with the rest of the family for a BBQ! Looking forward to the newsletter~

    LindSamm on Ravelry

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  113. I am thankful for this giveaway, but I am thankful that I can knit andfor the community I have found thru knitting. I have a new family to add to my others and I am grateful.
    Martha

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  114. I am thankful that even faced with all the hard time we have had, my son (20) continues to be grateful, humble and awesome. Bring light to my world everyday.

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  115. Great give-away! I am thankful that it's not as hot today as in the last days.

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  116. I'm thankful for the ability to knit. So far, it is what's keeping me sane today. LOL!

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  117. I am thankful that both my DH and I are working and that my mother is feeling better! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  118. Im thankful for my health, my hubby and children, and for my friends!

    lizlivingbarefoot@gmail.com

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  119. Joined your email list

    lizlivingbarefoot@gmail.com

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  120. I am thankful for my husband, healthy children, and a steady job to support my knitting habit!

    Melissa

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  121. Will rejoin you email list. Think I am already on it.

    Melissa

    mnashawati on Ravelry

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  122. Heh, I am thankful that the naked baby sleeping on my lap has not peed on me. (Yet.)

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  123. What a wonderful give away. I have joined your mailing list and have favorited your blog. I look forward to following your blog and seeing all of the wonderful designs you come up with.

    I am Thankful for my family and my wonderful Husband, who sends me out to yarn shops when he knows I need a break.

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  124. I am thankful that my teaching contract didn't get renewed and I can think about other exciting opportunities. Great give-away. Thanks!

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  125. Dealonnia Alberson-CookJune 17, 2011 at 11:52 PM

    I am thankful that God and my husband have given me the opportunity to quit my job and spend more time knitting and with my dear mother who has dementia before she loses her mind totally. While I am sick, I pray to God that I am granted disability.

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  127. I'm glad you had a great time! I'm thankful it's the weekend. :)

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  128. I am thankful for having the opportunity I have going to college to follow my dream ... and graduating next year and having a GPA of 3.7

    Ashleykeegan on Ravelry.com
    OR
    ankeegan@cincinnatistate.edu

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  129. Thank you for this giveaway!

    SEBCJen on Ravelry

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  130. I am grateful that all our guests will be gone before lunch today. :-)

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  131. Great trip report!

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  133. I'm thankful for TNNA. Our LYS comes back with so many wonderful new ideas to share.

    plynn on Ravelry

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  134. I'm already on the mailing list, but I'm thankful that there are only 3.5 days of school left in this year. Now my knitting time can expand!

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  135. What a generous giveaway!

    I am VERY thankful that I was just offered an awesome job! That way I can do what I love, and save money to go to VKL!! YAAAY!


    Eliana

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  136. I am so thankful to have met you at TNNA over the weekend! We are excited about incorporating some of your designs into our future classes!

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  137. since today is Father's day, I'm grateful for a patient and loving husband, who has been a wonderful father and partner and who I love dearly.

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  138. I'm grateful I've sold out of the Butin necklace kits, since this means I have to place another order :) I'm doing a class/knitalong on it, but as I said, I sold them all before I had a chance to even post about the class :D

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  139. So glad TNNA rocked for you! Here's to great connections and upcoming opportunities!

    I'd love to win that bag, it is my color to be sure. I am thankful for friends like you, of course. :)

    (btw, I'm already on your mailing list!)

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  140. What a great give-a-away. Already following you on Twitter :)

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  141. I am thankful for Amazon Prime and expedited shipping which just saved me from having to waste 60 freshly butchered chickens.

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  142. I'm thankful for my family, and a cozy rainy Monday. Love the recap!

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  143. Yesterday I was and AM thankful for fathers, especially mine who is only with me in spirit. Today I am thankful for all the designers like you who share their talents and knowledge with us all. NAMASTE!

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  144. I am grateful for my yoga practice. Namaste is a Sanskrit word that means "the divine in me greets the divine in you." this is how I greet my fellow yogis and how I attempt to approach everyone I come in contact with.

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  145. I am thankful for family and friends, without them life would be so hard and with them, life is wonderful!

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  146. Would love to win the bag.........

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  147. Thank you so much for sharing the bounty of TNNA.

    Today I am grateful that our CSA starts up on Wednesday - and there will be PEAS.

    I am scifiknitter at gmail dot com.

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