Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Yarn Postcard #1 and Addi Giveaway!

Update: The contest is over! I'm turning off comments so people don't enter because it makes me sad that they won't get a chance to win, haha.

When the fine folks at Skacel asked if I wanted to try the new Addi Lace Clicks (with an extra set to give away) I was like, "No thanks I hate free stuff OH WAIT THE OPPOSITE OF THAT IS TRUE YES YES YES."

And then, when they invited me to take part in their Yarn Postcard project (which I'll explain shortly, but it involves yarn) I was like


And an exciting piece of mail it was!

boxofyarn


But let's talk needles, first.

So when you open the box, you are confronted with this foxy leather-esque case:

addicase

The black was nice and all, but I love the brown. Way sexy. Let's open 'er up, shall we?

addiinside

Oooh yeah you like that, don't you, you naughty needleset. What's in your cute little pocket?

addigauge

Why it's an Addi needle gauge (important to have around, since Addi sizes are sometimes slightly different from other companies) and a quality control card. Thank you, Vivien Nichau! You also get the cute little gold Addi pin. Awww.

additips

And there they are, in all their glory. The set contains size 4 through size 11, and unlike the normal Addi Lace needles, they have the shiny-slick nickel plating (more like the regular Turbos). Personally I love this, because I vastly prefer that finish to the grippier brass. The tip is still pointier than the normal needles, but don't seem quite as sharp as the other Lace ones- another good thing for me, since I'm always stabbing myself, haha. This new generation of needles is shorter than the old ones to allow you to make 16" needles, which is SO FRIGGIN EXCITING- I never bought the older sets because I use 16" almost exclusively (hats, you know.) I know some people don't like the way shorter needles feel in your hands, but these aren't any shorter than the 16" fixed needles, so if you're used to using those, you'll be totally fine.

Speaking of totally fine, let's flip that sassy needle case over and see what's going on in the rear:

addicords

It's your cords! To me these seem pretty much identical to the ones on the fixed needles, and you get 16"- 40" (including 20" which is another great length for hats- hooray!)

Of course I wanted to take them for a test drive, and that's where the yarn comes in. I'll talk more about the Yarn Postcard project in the second installment, but basically I was asked to share my impressions of some yarns in a surprise "care package" and sort of document this stage in the yarn's journey through its yarny life. Later it might become a design, but for now, we're just getting to know each other.

First up:

sumerinoprint

Schulana Sumerino Print
100% "purewool"; worsted weight

The first thing I thought when I grabbed this yarn was "SQUISHY!!!" It's very soft, quite smooth. The dye job is very unusual...sort of splatterpainty, and reminds me of an urban 80's look a little bit. I decided to swatch this one up to see how the colors would fall:

sumerinoprintswatch2

Very nicely, actually. I'm not sure it's really a "print" but it gives it a nice textural look. It's got small, very smooth plies- not too splitty, but I'd still recommend using a duller needle than the lace tips. I think this would be a great non-itchy wool for next-to-the-skin stuff.


natura

Austermann Natura
46% Merino, 28% Viscose (from bamboo), 12% cotton, 7% Baby Alpaca, 7% Super Kid Mohair; worsted(ish?) weight

That is some serious blending, haha. This yarn has a shiny, solid core surrounded by a cloud of soft-fluff-ness. I knit it up on the recommended 7's, but I'd definitely recommend going up a few sizes more than that to give the halo an opportunity to breathe and bloom. This yarn has a really fun texture to play with...somewhere between a cloudy mohair or brushed alpaca and a smooth bamboo yarn. I will admit, a few of these yarns have names that seem very strange to me, and this is one of them. It doesn't seem very natural at all- more like cool and high tech.

naturaswatch

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violon

Schulana Violon

50% Merino, 25% Alpaca, 25% Nylon; bulky weight

I looove this layered-color look. The photos are actually lightened a bit so you can see it better- it's a very rich color. This yarn is like a fairly normal, medium-dense aubergine wool yarn surrounded by a black alpaca halo. I'm going to have to do something super gothy with it, definitely. Again, I'd use bigger needles than were recommended (I used 9's here). I should probably say at this point that I am a tight knitter, though, so the recommended sizes are probably fine for most people, haha. This yarn is pretty soft, though probably not neck-soft for pansies like me because of the alpaca.

violonswatch



cashmerequeen

Schoppel Wolle Cashmere Queen

35% Cashmere, 45% Merino, 20% Silk, DK weight-ish

(Ok, maybe it's because I've watched two seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race in a week, but I can't help but think that "Cashmere Queen" sounds like some kind of uber-glam sub category of drag queen. Also, "Cashmere" is totally a great drag queen name. But anyway, back to the yarn....)


I am in love with this minty color. I'm not normally into pastels, but mint is usually the exception. This yarn doesn't feel very much like you would expect it to- it feels like it's been lightly fulled (it probably has, I suppose.) It's not at all itchy, but it's more smooth and crisp than you might expect- sort of like a plant fiber blend or a crisp silk. It seems very dense and has super lovely stitch definition- I definitely plan on using it in something really textured.

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Ok, that was a lot of photos (good thing everyone with dial-up gave up on me years ago.) We'll stop there for today but I'll have a whoooole lot more yarn to show you soon. In the meantime...


Let's give away some Addi Clicks!!!
I've got a brand-spankin-shiny-new set of Addi Lace Clicks just like the ones above that I'm going to give to one of you lucky denizens of blogworld. Need I remind you, these things don't come cheap, so GET EXCITED! For the record, they performed perfectly- they're easy to click and un-click once you get the hang of it, and they didn't come loose on me once. The join is very smooth and I pretty much forgot I wasn't using regular ole Addi's (except that the tip was slightly pointier and I could change what needle size I was using without standing up or generally putting in any real effort. Woohoo!)

To win, all you gotta do is this:

Tell me in the comments where you'd most like to take your new set of delightfully-portable Clicks- your dream knitting vacation - and what you'd knit there. (For a bonus point, twittarians, tweet this contest and post a link to prove it.) I'll randomly select a winner one week from today.

May the luckiest knitter win!!

382 comments:

  1. It might be the first time I'm ever commenting on your blog... altho I just love it!

    I would take my new set of Addi clicks to the Oregon Coast... I'd set up my chair and my blanket on the hard flat sand, jam my butt into the chair and knit until there was no daylight left... Likely I'd knit a hat (or ten)... because hats are not only necessary but fabulous!
    Off to tweet you now...

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  2. Woh! That's an amazing giveaway! You are awesome. My dream knitting vacation is touring the UK and Scandanivan countries to meet knitters and learn techniques firsthand. I would knit gobs of fairisle and Lopi wear.

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  3. https://twitter.com/#!/SugarcubeOD/status/190097298540339200

    Tweeted :)

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  4. OK, so I was thinking I should really choose somewhere exotic, but who actually enjoys knitting in baking hot weather with clammy hands? Not me, that's for sure. So I decided on Prague, where I'd sit in my favourite cafe where they have a Moroccan-style room, curled up amongst their big Moroccan cushions with one of their lush vegetarian spinach omelettes and a hot chocolate.

    Oh man, I totally want to be there right now and not sat in a portakabin office with the rain hammering down on the roof :-(

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  5. I don't have a specific place in mind, only an idea in my head of me sitting in a comfy chair on a dock by a lake or ocean with some fun lace knitting on those Addi clicks in my hands.

    First time commenter, but I do enjoy following your blog!

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  6. Well, no need to scream about how excited this give away is to me. I adore ADORE addies~they are all I care to knit with (I'm loyal like that) so this would be frickin awesome to win~~ please, please, please~~
    Okay, dream vaca would be somewhere tropical lets say Fiji, Bali, Seychelles Islands and I would knit open mesh bags to stash all the goodies I would buy at the open markets. Yep, that is what I will do!
    ~Dawn

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    1. Give them to Dawn! Fiji is my favorite vacation spot -

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  7. Where would I go? Why to Iceland! I'd be knitting ALL THE LOPI YARN! I'd see if I could knit while in a hot natural sauna too. I'm all about double deucing it.

    NessaMcTastic on Ravelry! https://twitter.com/#!/MMAAC/status/190099856222732290

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  8. Well I'm sort of *on* a dream knitting vacay in that we are hanging out on the Rhine for a couple of months and my daily activities are basically wandering around exploring and checking out good fiber and coffee spots. Plus knitting in parks, cafes, medieval squares, etc... Really nice review and now I'm drooling over the clicks. ;-)

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  9. My husband's dream vacation is the Virgin Islands. I have exactly zero interest--I don't want to snorkel, I don't like rum, I am extremely unexcited about getting a tan. BUT it does sound like it would be very pretty, and maybe I would have time to read some books and knit? So I would take the Addis there, and knit something out of linen.

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  10. O.M.G. I want to knit with these needles so hard!

    My ideal knitting vacation would be a trip to Iceland where I would pet a lot of Icelandic Sheep, learn to spin and then knit something from the yarn I made, ride shaggy ponies, and sit in volcanic pools. Then again I would also happily visit Australia for some hot llama action.

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  11. And I totes tweeted about it: https://twitter.com/#!/hmxheather

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  12. My dream knitting vacation would probably be to head up to Toronto for a week, and in-between the sightseeing, just hang out in the fabulous yarn shops - an afternoon at Lettuce Knit, one at the Purple Purl, maybe even head over to Romni for a bit - and I could knit whatever lovelies I found in the shops, because I'd have the Addis!

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  13. ADDI LACE CLICKS!!!!!! That's what I picture Jonah Hill screaming. :-) I did tweet about this giveaway but how do I include the link? Let's see if this works!

    https://twitter.com/a_machael/statuses/190100032052146176

    My dream vacation would be going to Europe. And I would knit whatever I needed to make my stay more comfortable. I'm thinking shawls, arm warmers, etc, knitting in cafes, on ferries, trains, every where!

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  14. What an awesome contest! I love your hat patterns - always functional but with tons of personality!

    Now to the good stuff - my dream knitting vacation would take me to Scotland - where my peoples and some pretty awesome knitting come from.

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  15. Prettttty. I read this last night and was waiting to comment. My dream vacation is to go to greece and I would knit whatever my little heart fancied. Something blue and white, of course. It would be so nice :)

    I am jealous of all that yarn too. I really like the first one, it looks so interesting. I love the miniscule speckled effect, really neat.

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  16. I'd take my Addi Clicks to Japan. Between looking at temples, eating great food, shopping, and looking at everything, I'd be knitting like crazy. :D

    I tweeted as well: https://twitter.com/#!/diordiah/status/190101735845543937

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  17. lucky!.. id take my addis to madrid..and in between gorging myself on tapas and amazing red wine id knit this shawl http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/spanish-ladders..which is perfect for impromptu flamenco dancing :) ...raineoc@yahoo.com

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  18. I would go outside to a park on a sunny day and knit!! I love your blog and would be so happy to win the needles!

    Rachel (yarngirl99 on Ravelry)

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  19. I would love to take those addis with me to the UK! We've been planning a trip to visit my sister-in-law who lives in London and travel all around the UK while we are there. I've never been, so I am really excited. I would probably knit something small and portable like socks or a small shawl so that I can knit in front of all of the major landmarks and capture it on film! I want to knit my way around the UK.... "Oh look, and there she is again, knitting in front of Stonehenge!" or "Oh look, there you are knitting in front to all those sheep in that field, I wonder if they mind..." :)

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  20. I would take them into space! Even Stephen hawking wants to go on the first commercial space flight so I could knit him a little hat as a souvenir. Reach me on Rav as nimbii should I win :)

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  21. Definitely Iceland! Lots of squooshy yarn and beautiful scenery. Bet I could even knit in their hot springs. It would be amazing! Great giveaway, thanks!

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  22. Well, I would take this set with me immediately out on the sailboat. Whether in harbor or out at sea, there isn't always a yarn shop nearby. There is in Harbor Springs, MI, but I digress. I would fill one of the holds with yarn and knit away. I'm thinking the Striped Study Shawl, or Rock Island.

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    1. There's one in Harbor Springs now!?!? (My parents have a house in Petoskey- there's one there but I didn't know HS had one. Yay!)

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  23. I have no idea where this garden is, but I would find it, snuggle up, and knit for hours. http://goodghoul.tumblr.com/post/19268638652 magic

    Plus: A RT for you! http://twitter.com/pileofsheep/status/190104583618560000

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  24. Tweeted too! https://twitter.com/#!/MarinadeDesigns/status/190104781874933760

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  25. New Zealand! Breathtaking scenery and endless sheep. I'd like to explore the south island a bit more. Great yarns to be had in New Zealand! Now what to knit...probably scarves. There are a few lace patterns I've been wanting to try and I just like wearing them!

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  26. Gosh, if I won these, I would throw away my Susan Bates interchangeable set (read:give it to someone who wants it) and then knit so much lace. I'd like a lace shawl to accent my wedding dress this August.

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  27. New Mexico!! I suppose I could be more exciting and pick an international destination, but really, my annual road trips to New Mexico are just about my favorite thing ever. It's so, so beautiful there, the drive includes plenty of knitting time, and there's always a stop in Taos so I can visit Weaving Southwest (where they have a ton of knitting yarns, as well).

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  28. ...and I tweeted! http://twitter.com/#!/hungryknitter/status/190106590387507200

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  29. I KNOW EXACTLY WHERE THESE NEED TO GO. I'm leaving for the Ecuadorian Amazon in two months, to go here: http://www.yachana.org.ec/global_vision_international.php where I could knit my own hammock or something impressive. Whatever it is I won't be using wool since that would be a nightmare.

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  30. Knitting on holiday, hmmm. It'd have to be the Lake District in winter. Where, in a house overlooking the water, there's a fireplace by my super comfy armchair and a big bowl of hot cocoa within arms reach. I'd knit myself a blanket so that I grow warmer by the stitch.

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  31. Great contest, thanks!
    I would surely take my needles to the Montseny mountains in Catalunya, Spain, and while admiring the countryside knit a pair of socks (the ones http://pinterest.com/pin/158681586840827483/)...
    Actually thta's what I'll do in two weeks, except for the great needles!

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  32. I would like to take my addi clicks on a dream visit to New Zealand where I would knit myself a long lace stole to wear on my walks...

    also: I tweeted! :)

    https://twitter.com/#!/MsStrug/status/190107646563590145

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  33. I saw Lauren's tweet and rushed over! If we're really talking dram vacation, I'd pick a drive up the US West coast (I'd have a driver or something, so I could knit; it's a dream, right?).

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  34. I would love to take an Icelandic knitting vacay and of course knit some traditional cardigans.

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  35. Tweet tweet! https://twitter.com/#!/Jaceynotjc/status/190109337589514240

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  36. Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love to take this set on a lake vacation to New Hampshire, and sit on a screened in porch on Squam Lake, knitting away while I watch the loons. Ahhhhh. Paradise.

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  37. I'd take my Addis to Portugal to see my BFF, and then we'd take a side trip off to Uruguay for obvious reasons.

    Thanks to Alex and Scacel for a great giveaway! Good luck everyone (although I do hope they find their way to my house)

    Tweetered! https://twitter.com/#!/OneOfTheHive/status/190103707675934721

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  38. Tweeted! Thanks again!

    https://twitter.com/#!/spcase/status/190110069013225472

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  40. I'm going to Aspen in July for a wedding. I'm already freaking out about what knitting to pack. These needles would make it easier to knit a small sweater or something while I'm there (and/or churn out hats for my in-laws).

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  41. Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!! This is way too exciting for me to think of a good answer...

    I've never been out of the South, so I desperately want to go vacation somewhere cold so I can wear my knits! Maybe Portland? I could visit a few yarn shops and knit along with others using my new Addi Clicks! I'm sure there is plenty to do and see there. :)

    Also, for extra credit: https://twitter.com/#!/ashleybah/status/190105744689999872

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  42. Later this year I'm going on a sailboat cruise on the coast of BC and SE Alaska. There will be lovely scenery and lots of knitting time. Since we'll be on a boat, projects and supplies will have to be compact (woot interchangable needle case). I'm thinking hats and shawls at this point...

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  43. First, may I say that I love your plaid nail polish?

    Ok, on to the contest.

    I would go somewhere nice and cold where the knitting would really fit in and where I could learn about fibers like qiviut. How about the Canada by Rail and Alaska By Sea 15 day tour starting in Toronto? This way, I could knit for a long time and I won't have to give up my prize needles to airport security. I would start out with a small project like hats, but as the trip really got into gear, I would probably take on something larger like a sweater. I'm thinking it would be for my bf, as a thank you for enduring my knitting fantasy vacation. (Also, I could get into Canada easily with my NY State ID.)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  44. I'd finally admit to myself that I need to just knit myself a cardigan in laceweight for summerwear instead of dreaming about it longingly. And it would be made more fabulous by my new ability to knit it on needles that won't snag the heck out of the yarn. Yeah!

    Thank you!!

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  45. What an awesome giveaway! I would definitely go to Taos, because that's my dream knitting vacation, and I've been meaning to get there forever-- and I would go in February because I live in the Midwest, and that would be heaven. I would knit something colorful, and it would probably be some sort of variation on a neck accessory, because those are my favorites, and I wear them every day in my chilly office and chilly house. Thanks so much for such a wonderful giveaway!

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  46. I wish I had it here with me on my winter snowboarding holiday in Canada (I'm from Australia). I dislocated my elbow in the second week of my ten week stay and have not been able to snowboard. But I could have easily been knitting by week four instead of sitting bored at home all day! I was a naughty knitter...didn't bring any of my knitting with me in order to pack light and I am so regretting it.

    At this point of time, I'd knit anything! But seeing they're circulars, probably cowls, beanies or a giant project that sits nicer on circulars.

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  47. Awesome giveaway! I absolutely love Addis.
    There are a few places that I would like to travel to, but off the top of my head I would love to go to Norway. I am a norwegian mutt american and dream of the day when I can go and knit scandinavian mittens with other scandinavians. I may knit those before Norway but oh well. Also I have a thing for market bags as of late sooo... add that to the list.

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  48. Bonus point attempt: https://twitter.com/#!/melodytan/status/190115206284845056

    :) Thanks heaps!

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  49. Sweet prize! I've always wanted a set. I would go to Iceland. It would be an amazing vacation spot...

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  50. Mmmmm new needles! I guess my dream knitting vacation would be touring the UK and France, knitting all the way! Haha!

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  51. oh, addi. once i tried you, i could never go back to bamboo. the interchangeable would make things much less expensive (meaning more money to spend on yarn!!)
    my list of dream vacations is long, but i think for a knitting vacation...scotland. in the fall when everything is turning crazy colors.
    ~dana

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  52. I would use my new needles for a tour of the national parks in the area that my boyfriend and I are planning for this summer. I never have the right needles with me, and this set would really help a poor college student!

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  53. this is amazing. YOU ARE AMAZING. i need these.

    if i won, i'd take my addi clicks to paris and knit in the cimetiere du pere-lachaise err'day. or maybe on the grass under the eiffel tower.

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  54. Oooo. Haven't clicked through to the blog for awhile, looks nice! I would take my new needles with me to the Oregon Coast, and then to the Gorge for the annual Dave Matthews concert, and then, since I'm really dreaming, I would sign up for that Icelandic knitting tour and definitely take the needles with me (because airport security WOULD NOT take them away from me).

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  55. I'd love to take this set to Maui and knit up a lovely, lightweight shawl.

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  56. Oh gosh, I would love to take the Addi Clicks to Iceland or Estonia! Thinking more local, Portland or New England! I miss living somewhere cold where I can wear all my knits.

    Also, retweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/ghosthearts/status/190120226636050432

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  57. I would take them to Scotland, (in a few months, when the weather is warm.) Then, I would go to a loch and take a boat ride around the water while I knit something wooly. (This is, of course, after stopping in a Scottish yarn shop.) Also, there would be whiskey involved.

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  58. I'd like to check out Scotland. Oh heck, I'd like to check out anywhere.

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  59. Love the addi lace needles! I would take them to Italy and knit a shawl while sipping on some great wine.

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  60. Oh my! The ability to be able to have 16" interchangable circs? LIFE CHANGER! I'd love to take them to Europe and knit a lace shawl.

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  61. Ooh this is fun! I would take my shiny new Addis with my family to Hawaii for our first Hawaiian vacation and knit my little knitterly heart out while sipping on some pineapple/mango mojitos! The Addi needles are so cool!! And those yarns! Woohoo! I can't wait to try them out myself.

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  62. I would take those babies on a cruise to Alaksa, and knit lots of warm things to keep me cozy during to trip!

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  63. okay. I would love to go many many places but in a dream world. Greece, totally Greece. and I would make this delightful lace scarf (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/crooked-little-scarf) Lace and I don't always get along well but I wonder if that might change if I was using more appropriate tools.

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  64. I'd definitely take my Addis to Italy. I have distant relatives there, and I know the perfect spot where you can see Vatican from. I'd spend my time sitting in the late afternoon sun knitting Kiloran (which would look fan-tab-u-lous with Italian leather boots).

    Christine M ‏ @coolknitchick

    Also:
    http://undefined/#.T4W6KkZlkBI.twitter Go at it fiberistas!

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  66. There are so many great places to go and knit. I would probably choose a trip to the UK, back to the area I went to college (in Lincolnshire, near Nottingham). There are wonderful wool markets and such. Of course, having the addi needles on the plane ride over would make it that much easier too!

    BTW, are your nails polished in PLAID? I LOVE IT!

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  67. I would loooove to go visit Seattle and spend my time visiting coffee shops and knitting Lenore (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lenore-3)

    I also tweeted this contest: https://twitter.com/#!/sparklerawk/status/190128143808466947

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  68. The place I want to see most is Antarctica, but in a knitting sense probably Fair Isle...I mean, sweaters AND Scotland, and life can't get much better than that.

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  69. Congrats on your new Clicks! And thank you for sharing.

    I love kipping, so I would take my set with me when I knit on the Vancouver Seawall or Skytrain. Of course they'd come with me when I travel too. Anything with ribbing would need a variety of needles so I could choose which smaller size to go down to. And I could swatch on the go, with a variety of needle sizes close at hand. Usually I just take my current project and needles after I know which size I need, but now I wouldn't have to wait!

    Rebecca
    knittingwithwords on Ravelry

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  70. I would totally go to Hong Kong - the 13h flight is already tons of knitting time!

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  71. I would take them to the Bahamas. We have gone there once, I had some free time, that I knitted some cotton things (including a g-string for the captain he requested, which was hilarious.)
    robinlscott4 at hotmail dot com

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  72. I would take my new clicks to Ireland to try the wool there!

    Linda in NY
    poughkeepsiered on ravelry

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  73. tweet
    https://twitter.com/#!/robinlscott/status/190132507017097216
    robinlscott4 at hotmail dot com

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  74. I would love to be in Japan, knitting Olga's Aranami shawl with those babies!

    I also tweeted https://twitter.com/#!/cabechler/status/190132196206583809

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  75. I have wanted to go to Prince Edward Island, Canada ever since I read Anne of Green Gables when I was 9. While I was there, I would love to knit Marilla's Very Practical Shawl.

    Thank you for the opportunity to enter the contest!

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  76. I totally clicked "post" too soon. I'd knit a Vostok! (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/vostok) Speedy lace knitting totally matches the speedy HK hustle and bustle!

    P.S. my tweet!: https://twitter.com/#!/stellarclass/status/190133986608160768

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  77. Yummy needles and that yarn looks very promising too! I can't wait to see what you make with it.

    So, if I were to have my Addis and I could choose any place I'd like to take them, I'd have to say Ireland. I'd take my camping chair with me and sit on a really high cliff with a spectacular view and knit away. The next think I have on my queue is From Norway with Love, so I guess that would be what I would be knitting!

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  78. I'm heading to Sunset Beach, NC in May and would love to take these Clicks with me! I'm new to lace knitting and this set could take me ANYWHERE in lace knitting. I love my Addi Turbo Clicks but miss the 16" cord. Linda

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  79. Forget the beach! I would take them out on a backpacking trip through the desert in Southern Utah - so my yarn would get that really good campfire smell knitted all up in there. Just sayin'. That's what I would do.

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  80. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/dixiestitches/status/190136081721733120

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  81. I would want to take them to Tokyo and knit a huge lace shawl.

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  82. My dream is to visit the Scottish Highlands. While there I'd hop on board a boat and join an expedition in search of the Loch Ness Monster. During my time on the boat, I would knit a sweater patterned in the family tartan and a few small plush Nessies to give to the crewmen. I would also take several blurry pictures for posterity's sake.

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  83. OHMYWORD. Addi Clicks for the taking? Yes, please!

    I would take my Clicks on vacation to Maui. Wait, what am I saying? Next time I go to Maui, I don't plan on coming back. So I guess I would take my Clicks to Maui, where we would live happily ever after. What would I knit? Why, a cover for my surfboard, of course!

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  84. I would like to take them to Scotland and knit the coziest sweater ever.

    More realistically, I would be just as happy to take them as far away from school as possible.

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  85. I would love to win a set of Addi Clicks and have a staycation at home with my stash of yarn all around me. I would knit all the projects that I have planned and start even more. I would tell my husband that I am in nirvana and all he has to do it take care of the real world and wait on my hand and foot. Oh wait a minute....he already does that. I would still be happy to just sit and knit for a long time.

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  86. I would take them to Ireland, I think. That sounds lovely to me.

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  87. My dream knitting vacation (with Addi of course) would be to go to the Shetland Isles. I'd knit straight from the sheep if possible, but since they have the Shetland Woolbrokers there, that won't be necessary.

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  88. It may be cliche, but my dream knitting vacation would be somewhere warm with a beach; somewhere very isolated. I would knit this lace shawl I really want to knit, or maybe just some socks with awesome yarn.

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  89. Tweeted it: https://twitter.com/#!/Bthe0neand0nly/status/190139084776284160

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  90. I don't suppose that my name will be drawn but I live in hope...May the best person win & that's me. With my retirement looming and designing becoming a reality instead of a dream, this would be the perfect time for a set of these.

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  91. Where will I take the Addis? Everywhere I go! I would not leave them home alone. That should tell you how much I want them. Thanks for a great giveaway. Wish me luck!

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  92. I would journey to the Scottish Highlands. While there, I would join a boat expedition at Loch Ness, searching for the legendary monster. On the boat, I would spend my time knitting a sweater patterned in the family tartan on my new Addi Lace Clicks, pausing occasionally to take blurry pictures for the sake of posterity. I would also use my Addi Lace Clicks to knit ridiculous looking Nessie plush hats as gifts for the boat's crewmen to commemorate the event.

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  93. jilangmartyl@gmail.comApril 11, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    I would loooooove these. I would take mine to Arizona and to the HummingBird sanctuary and knit a great butterfly shawl. I love butterflies.

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  94. I'd love to win! My fave place to take my knitting is the South of France. second choice would be a trip to Sock Summit!

    (Goodstuff on Rav)

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  95. LaurelFaye@nodakyarn I would love to take my Addi Clicks and a lucious lace pattern on a cruise down the Rhine. That a visiting the yarn and fiber

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  96. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/sweetpurls/status/190141952191246337

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  97. Ellen Andresen (Lnand on Ravelry)April 11, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    For my dream vacation, I would have the Addi needles ready and be surrounded by my entire stash, while surfing Ravelry and being waited on by my dear BF, all the while looking out at the marvelous view at my summer cottage in Norway.

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  98. If I was lucky enough to win the set of Clicks, I would head up north to the UP of Michigan and enjoy siting at the shore and knitting all the projects I have on my wish list, starting with a Wingspan shawl.

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  99. I tweeted your contest ! https://twitter.com/#!/brendacastiel

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  100. Ok, I would love to take those to Hawaii and sit on the beach knitting something...uh, I guess it should probably be silk or cotton. Yes.

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  101. Somewhere cold, quiet, and remote so I could cozy up to a big fire! Montana? Alaska? As long as there's snow, I'm happy!

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  102. Iceland, Iceland,Iceland!

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  103. ICELAND. I would buy laceweight Lopi and park myself within sight of a glacier and make a giant shawl, and then whenever anyone complimented me on it I could go "Oh, this? Yeah, I made it on vacation in Iceland. It's so beautiful there" like it was no big deal.

    On a more realistic bent, Joshua Tree and the Mojave. Knitting's great because it gets hot during the day and you need something to do while you lurk in the shade, and since it gets bitchass cold in the winter, you can justify knitting wool hats when it's 107 degrees out.

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  104. I'd take them to Montreal with me!! I'm going this summer, so it would be perfect!

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  105. Well it wasn't technically a vacation, but I spent a semester in Denmark and in terms of knitting that was the best knitting trip every. The danes love their knitting so it was super easy to get yarn, I only had 8 weeks of classes (and only about 12 hours of class a week!) and then I just had to write a paper, so I had TONS of knitting time. And the weather was cold enough that I wore everything I knitted! So I would probably go back to that area (but maybe Norway instead) so I could check out all the awesome colorwork knitting they do (THE SELBU MITTENS!!) and get some really good use out of my already knitted things.

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  106. Ellefurno@aol.comApril 11, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    I've always dreamt of attending a knitting retreat, like Stephanie Pearl-Mcphee's Sock Camp! And what better place to take your knitting needles?

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  107. Crafty Mom Weekend at the Oregon Coast! Rockaway. That Addi package is just so tidy, and it would mean I'd have all the needles I need in one organized folder.

    Or else Toronto...because there are so many fun knitters there.

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  108. i'd do a west coast road trip -- vancouver to san fran! i'd knit a larch cardigan and a quill shawl. mmmm, car knitting...

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  109. I've got this vision of vegging out up north on the shores of Lake Superior, knitting a lace shawl for my wedding. Doesn't matter that my not-yet-a-fiance hasn't proposed yet... he will. I’m pretty sure.

    But one must have the proper supplies to make a garment as fabulous as a wedding shawl, yes?

    Oh, I can tweet this to get an extra point? No problem, Cakers does what she must to get a leg up on others.

    https://twitter.com/#!/cakers81/status/190165314997190657

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  110. Oh my goodness!! I am currently planning a trip to Mongolia for the 2013 summer and I would love to take these Addis there! Mongolia is a place where there are lots of sheeps and goats : means lots of yarn too!! It would be so nice to try the local yarn with these needles!

    Pick me please I know they would be very very useful!! I'm MaryL27 on ravelry!! :)

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  111. My dream vacation would be in South Africa but before I will definitely take my needles to the Guinxo beach in Portugal, where I actually live.

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  112. Those addis are the needles of my dreams!
    Oh, I would love to take them in a camping trip! It doesn't have to be a far or an extravagant distination, just a place where I could knit outside in the nature by the river, the lake or the fire. I'd probably go with a small simple knit like the kalajoki socks.

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  113. I'd take them with me to Chile, knit miles of garter stitch until my brain was thoroughly decompressed, and then some super-complex lace shawl.

    PeachBlossom on Ravelry

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  114. I might take them to the ocean, my LYS or just my comfy chair but I'd love them and use them often!

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  115. After a stress filled week, I'd love nothing more than to be on a lovely beach, where I could knit and watch the waves come in and go out. It would be 80 degrees and there would not be a cloud in the crisp clear blue sky. I'd be knitting a lace shawlette......how nice it would be to have such a compact set of needles. I can feel the breeze now.

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  116. Ooh, that Schulana yarn looks so interesting!

    Hmm. My dream holiday would probably be to the Igloo Village in Norway. I'd lie on a super comfy bed looking up at the Northern Lights through the domed glass roof, and probably be knitting something ridiculously simple and squishy like a lovely garter stitch shawl. That way my fingers could clickety click away without getting too distracted by the stunning Lights :)

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  117. I'd love to have these needles on my trip to Paris this fall. I can see myself now, sitting at a cafe knitting a chic circular scarf. Oh la la!

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  118. There are so many places I'd love to go... but I think I'd take my new awesome needle set to Ireland! We would travel the countryside, picking up Irish wool along the way, and get to know eachother over pints of Guiness. Then we'd make a cably Aran sweater together :)

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  119. I woould cherish these Addis and celebrate our union...wait, this is sounding wrong...let me try that again.

    Honestly? Dream vacation would involve margaritas (which is not wise to have too many when knitting, or you will also have to experience a lot of frogging, which isn't as fun as it sounds), lots of flannel, a warm fire and fresh air. So probably out camping, RV style (have to keep the stash close and dirt free) and with the family under the stars. I'd prefer somewhere I've never been before, so I'd go with more of a dart at the map sort of location.

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  120. Debra in the High Rockies of ColoradoApril 11, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    OOOOOH! Get excited? I was over the top when I heard about your contest. What a terrific prize....I love Addis'. I would love to take these on a cruise to Alaska this summer and sit on the deck watching the forests, then icebergs, go by while I knit something cozy enough to keep my lap warm. Then, while my husband fly-fished, I would watch and knit from the deck of our rustic cabin as he pulled and threw back a few monsters. A perfect 42nd wedding anniversary trip for both of us!!!

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  121. I would take my Clicks down Route 66.

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  122. I would love to win these! I would take them to Iceland, and knit with some delicious lopi.
    My email address is nicole at knitnicoleknit dot com
    -Nicole
    Knit, Nicole, Knit!

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  123. I would take my Addis to Hawaii where I would knit on the beach from sunrise to sunset. I would knit beautiful sweaters for my very sweet granddaughters who are 2 1/2 years old and 8 months old because they will need them back here in Seattle where it is cold and rainy 10 months a year. What a generous contest. I hope I win so I can show those Addis some beautiful beaches!!

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  124. I would take my Addis to Ireland and knit hats, sweaters, and mittens while watching sheep on rolling hills . . . *sigh* so idyllic! I also tweeted about this giveaway. Here's the linkage: https://twitter.com/#!/chrysalis_knits

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  125. I would love to take those addis on my next vacation. My dream vacation would be to Africa to go on a safari. I would probably knit a couple shawls while I was there.

    My Ravelry name is kamama

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  126. Iceland or Rhinebeck, most certainly! Where else would you take Addi knitting needles?

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  127. My dream knitting vacation right now would be a b&b on the ocean with lots of cozy chairs on the docks and by the windows and an endless amount of tea. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  128. Okay, this is obviously meant to be (fingers crossed). I just bought my first pair of Addi Turbos (regular) and then wished that I had bought the lace version instead. Thought about exchanging them and then thought, "No, I'll just have to splurge on a lace pair another time and enjoy these for non-lace knitting." So for sharing my thought process!

    Where would I take this gorgeous set? Around the world in 80 days! ; )

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  129. How wonderful of you to share the wealth! I would take my Addis to Scotland and knit my way around the country, stopping at every yarn shop or farm that I came across.

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  130. Tweeted!

    https://twitter.com/slow_lorus/statuses/190188216102567936

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  131. What a wonderful contest! Great article. I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to win these Addi Clicks. My DREAM knitting vaca would be to Australia to visit their beautiful, beautiful country. But I would be perfectly happy taking them with me to good old Norfolk, VA to visit family and do nothing but visit and knit! Got my fingers crossed.

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  132. Tweeted!

    https://twitter.com/#!/jennlucas50/status/190189564483211265

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  133. Also, I'd love to take those babies to Iceland. Or to visit a friend who lives in Copenhagen and has a cabin in Sweden.

    Closer to home I'm sure they'd come with me for some R&R up at a lakeside cabin (preferably North Shore/Grand Marais).

    What a great giveaway! Plus, also love your mani!

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  134. I would say mine would go with me to Maggie Valley NC up in the Smoky Mtns, there is a hotel I like to stay at and when I set outside I am surrounded by the mountains and there is a river that runs behind the hotel. Setting out side in the mountain air with a hot cup of coffee I would love to make a wrap to wear on the cooler mountain nights

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  135. I tweeted the contest, but wasn't sure how to link it back to here

    https://twitter.com/#!/crochet18purple

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  136. I woulds love to take the needles to Maui .. knit in the shade under a plam tree listening to the waves crashing on to the shore. Perfect place to knit a new lace project.

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  137. what a fabulous post! How delightful to receive a box of yarny goodness. Looks like you had a blast with it, too! I'd take my fancy new Addi needles to Camp KIP, in New Haven, Missouri. it's just a few weeks away, so you better hop on it and send them out to me! :-)
    Love your nail polish, BTW!

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  138. I tweet-tweeted your contest!
    https://twitter.com/#!/jenniejava/status/190193383627694080

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  139. Twit twooooo x
    https://mobile.twitter.com/AmyCakingJames/status/190194011338833920

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  140. Oh my. My dream vacation? Probably Europe where I hear they have some mighty fine yarn and needles. But what to pack for the plane knitting.....cashmere undies? Too much? Nothing says extravagance than cashmere underwear.....or Addi interchangeables.

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  141. I would love to take these on a European vacation and I would see how many countries I could knit in! Of course, I would also knit on all the train rides between countries.

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  142. Oh wow! All those needles & the yarn knit up so beautifully! If I won, I'd take my Addi Clicks to Maryland Sheep & Wool to try out all of my new purchases PRONTO.

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  143. My ideal knitting vacation would be a trip to Germany. I'd go from yarn shop to yarn shop meeting local knitters and then after making some new international knitting companions, I'd get an invitation to one of their homes where we'd curl up in some cozy spot and knit and talk for hours or days. The Addi Clicks would be perfect for a trip like that. Easy to pack and carry, but they'd probably take a bit of explaining to get them through customs and security :)

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  144. totally tweeted about this!!

    https://twitter.com/#!/Caitlingaling/status/190197907696254976

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  145. I'd take them and go on my dream trip to PEI. I don't know that they're known for knitting or yarn or anything, but how could you not be inspired by that scenery. The trip from Michigan would also be totally fab and I could stop in Toronto and go to a bunch of shops I've been wanting to go to, and I could stop in Quebec and other places I'm sure I could find amazing yarn in. :)


    I love that first yarn. The blue-speckley is awesome. :)

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  146. I would go to any of the Sandals resorts and blissfully knit socks with my Addis.

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  147. I'd take my knitting to my fiance's family farm, where there's no internet and no phone service, and sit on the porch and knit.

    It'd be amazing.

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  148. I graduate in a couple of weeks. These would be perfect to take across Tennessee as I apply for jobs and attend interviews and seminars. Lots of de-stressing hats are in the future of this teacher.

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  149. I've been wanting some Addis for AGES! & I've already got my destination picked out: I'm leaving North America for the first time in June, to go to Sweden. I want to wander the streets of Stockholm with a new, in-progress hat in my bag! These shorter needles would be perfect!

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway, Alex!

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  150. Oh, I would totally take these with me on my dream trip hiking across England for three weeks. Portable and versatile! There would be accessories aplenty produced from these- hats and cowls for sure. Perhaps even...a Howlcat?

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  151. ooh, me! I'd take the set with me to Turkey... I hear that they have random little boutiques that sell delicious cashmere yarn... yum! I'd find it and knit it all up!

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  152. Oh man, I think I'd be happy going just about anywhere with a set of Addis. If I had to pick though, let's say I take them to Portland for Sock Summit.

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  153. i've always wanted to take a roadtrip across the country! lots of time for knitting with all that driving :) i'd probably make a shawl of some sort, as i haven't tried one of those yet! moonjumper on ravelry.

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  154. I would take them to the beautiful Oregon coast and knit, knit, knit!

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  155. My dream vacation would be in Anghiari, Italy to visit my uncle. I would knit lace shawls in the garden while talking with the neighbor ladies that are always listening at their windows.

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  156. Right now my work is so busy-crazy that I just want to go somewhere QUIET. Somewhere where there is nothing to do except eat, knit, and maybe take baths. Preferably in a bush setting. So though it's not very far (from me), I'd choose a holiday in some secluded luxury chalet in Margaret River, Western Australia.

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  157. I would take these addi clicks on a knitting cruise around the world. Unfortunately I would only be able to knit flat and in the round because of the rum in my pineapple drink but I'll have a lovely wool mermaids tail at the end!

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  158. I'd take these naughty needles and slip in my knitting bag. There they can snuggle and get cozy with the notions and yarn in there, while we travel on our road trip visiting offbeat Americana locations. Making sure to slippy those shinny needles out every so often to work some yarn into fabulous garments and accessories.

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  159. I would take my set to Sock Camp (if I ever get to go!)

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  160. A knitting cruise! Nowhere to go, noone to interupt me, classes with fabulous teachers, and lots and lots of knitters around. Oh yes, I can so see me and a set of Addis together on the ship. I would be knitting myself (this vacation is all about me!) a lovely, soft merino pullover. Oversized and covered in cables - yummy.

    greyowl60 at yahoo dot com

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  161. i would definitely take those on my high school graduation trip to disney world. talk about a need for portability! those needles are sunning and so is that yarn!

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  162. Somewhere with lots of cafes (like Rome or Paris) where I could sit across from a cathedral with a never-ending supply of cappuccinos and just knit the heck out of something beautiful, like a lace shawl. Alternatively, I love knitting on car vacations, because nothing is more fun than going over a speed bump and stabbing yourself in the palm.

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  163. Oh man.... well, my first instinct was to say I'd go to Vienna and Berlin since I have friends there, but... I've never been to the U.K so I would go there (England, Scotland and Ireland... have been reading blogs by knitters in the first two, especially, and am aching to go). But then there's also Italy.... Can I go to all of these places?

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  165. I would like to take them to my first trip to Rhinebeck NY sheep & wool fest with my great friend, and use them to make her new baby a cardigan! She gets to pick the yarn. Thanks :-)

    Andrea

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  166. i think i'd go somewhere in england... maybe paris... and knit myself a slouchy hat, along with a cardigan!

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  167. I'm ready for summer - so give me these addi lace needles, some linen yarn, and put me on a warm sunny beach with crystal clear turquoise waters. I'd knit a lace linen wrap for the evening.

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  168. I would go to Scotland!

    heather at knoxinsocks dot com

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  169. Tweeted it!

    https://twitter.com/#!/nerdknit/status/190236269824061441

    heather at knoxinsocks dot com

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  170. And tweeted for extra credit

    https://twitter.com/#!/Sheila_OKeefe/status/190236156842086400

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  171. What a fabulous giveaway!
    I'd take the needles to Iceland (where I'm headed for vacation next month!) and knit a laceweight shawl, probably Jared Flood's Rock Island.

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  172. I would take them to Rome to knit a lovely, lacey shawl!

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  173. Ooh, this is so nice of you! :) I would take the needles to Hawaii. Between eating delicious island food and swimming in the clear cerulean waters, I'd knit a nice lacy beach coverup ;D

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  174. I'd probably take them to home to Ireland. Stop by Donegal yarns, pick up something woolly and knit myself a big cozy cardi.

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  175. Okay, a girl can dream, so if I could take these needles anywhere, I'd sail around the world. And I think the Traveling Woman shawl would be a fitting project...

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  176. I'd love to knit whilst looking across the beaches of Hawaii. Feeling the sand under my feet in the shade as I practice my lace knitting.

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  178. Oh lovely! I want to take a train trip through the Canadian Rockies and knit a lacy tam and cozy cabled sweater. (PS - Love your blogs!)

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  179. My dream knitcation would be Ireland and Scotland, I'd probably make something old fashioned and cabley in a tweedy local yarn.

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  180. I'd love to go to Scotland and knit a nice cabled cardi. I'd settle for a b&b a few hours away and any of my current projects.

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  181. picture me, knitting after a long day hiking on the Milford Track in New Zealand. Okay, you don't know me so you can't picture me, and I know I'll be crashed out from that long day hiking..but it would be nice to have the option to whip those babies out and knit if I wanted too. Probably need to be something smallish and simple like socks or a hat.

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  182. Okay, most importantly, you're nails are awesome. How did you get that texture/stripe/awesomeness to happen?

    Next importantly, I would take my that cute little package (of needles, of course)to Iceland, then to England and work out the perfect baby blanket for one of my nephews, because the best kind of baby blanket is just like the best kind of baby, one you can send home with someone else.

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  183. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/gidgettm/status/190257951456497664

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  184. I studied abroad in Costa Rica in college, and every weekend we'd ride the bus for a few hours to go visit some amazing new place within the country. I'd love to vacation there again, minus the classes during the week - and knitting is the perfect thing to keep you busy on long rides from one beach/volcano/rainforest to another. I'd like to knit a nice big lacy shawl to use when it gets a little chilly at night.

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  185. And tweeted! https://twitter.com/#!/ejw147/status/190261820920049665

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  186. I'd love to be sitting at a cabin next to Lake Michigan, on a deck, knitting. And possibly a nice glass of wine. :-) I'd be knitting a lacy shawl I saw out of Malabrigo sock yarn. Love it!

    Tweeted : https://twitter.com/#!/knitkt/status/190268218089283584

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  187. Sarah (sshoemakerAThotmailDOTcom)April 11, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    I would love to be knitting in an outdoor Parisian cafe right about now :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  188. Sarah (sshoemakerAThotmailDOTcom)April 11, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    And I suppose, just for kicks, I'd knit a beret!

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  189. First off, here is my tweet:
    https://twitter.com/#!/mtrepzilla/status/190276247736172544

    Secondly, I'd knit a nice lace shawl, in the outer banks of North Carolina. I tried this once, and it didn't work out. Next time, next time wil be better!

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  190. On the deck of one of those little houseboats you can rent to lazily cruise along the rivers in Ireland. I'd probably be knitting fingerless mittens with some lovely Irish yarn.

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  191. What a kickass contest!

    I went to London when I was sixteen and totally fell in love. I'd love to use the beautiful Addi's to knit on a cozy couch, looking out a huge window at the city on a rainy day. With a mug of tea of course!

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  192. I'm planning a big remodel of my backyard. I can see myself knitting some cowls out in my new hammock.

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  193. As one of those rare male knitters...I would love to take them on my next cruise. Just came back from my first cruise from LA to Mexico. It was great. I sat on the balcony ready to knit....only to find I brought the wrong size needle for yarn and pattern. So this would greatly help.

    Thanks

    What about you...your favourite/life long vacation?

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  194. I would take them to Stitches South in Atlanta, then out to the Nordic Museum in Seattle and then . . wherever the road leads us

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  195. marjieonsabra (Ravelry)April 12, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    I would take the addis on the Windjammer J&E Riggin (out of Rockland, ME) and knit one of Bill Huntington''s hats.

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  196. Oh, my dream knitting vacation--somewhere quiet and snowy (don't really care where, exactly) in a cozy cabin with central heat :) and a fireplace where I can knit and see the snow fall, and go outside and play in it whenever I want, then come back inside to snuggle with the cats and knit some more.

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  197. Addi Clicks?? And I have a chance to win them? Oh, my.
    Doesn't sound all that dreamy, but I would take them along on a week long sailing cruise with my Dad. After losing my mom last year, I am cherishing every chance to spend time with him.

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