Would you like to win a kit to knit up your own Boreal sweater over the holidays? Well, my nice friends at Artesano are providing the yarn for you to do just that! One lucky winner will be able to select their own colourway from Artesano’s great range of aran shades, and I’ll send you the pattern. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me your favourite thing about Winter. We’ll announce the winner on the 20th December. Good luck, everyone!

COMMENTS ARE NOW CLOSED! JENNIFER HAS WON!

1,510 thoughts on “Boreal giveaway!

  1. Winter, is my favorite time because. I can hibernate with all my fiber and yarns and knit until it hurts and I can knit no more….until the next day.

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  2. I love having an excuse to just be at home, enjoying my surroundings, family, and my kitchen. During the summer, we’re always out running around. However, wintertime forces us to slow down and enjoy each other more.

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  3. I love how snow mutes outdoor sounds and covers the remains of summer gardens, leaving a clean canvas upon which I can imagine all the delights pictured in the plethora of seed catalogs arriving as surely as the holidays in winter..

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  4. My ponies in the snow, all fluffy with their winter coats, the chestnut looks incredibly rich against a snowy backdrop.

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  5. Wool!
    And possibly open fires and stews and Christmas, too, but the very first great pleasure of winter is pulling out the properly thick woollen jumpers and dresses. I like to imagine that bright frosty walks are also on the list, but I am both lazy, and a resident of a soggy climate, so walks are less than frequent.

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  6. My favorite thing about winter (this winter anyway) is the puppy seeing snow for the first time, and then sliding across the deck.

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  7. My favourite thing about winter is the change of light, sunny days seem so bright and crisp with a frost, a clear sky at night shows all the star in all their glory. Even the dark nights have a faintly purple hue as the sun goes down and winter always means many twinkling Christmas lights as we walk home.
    Yesterday I saw a Kingfisher sittimg on a branch in the gorgeous winter sunshine, this morning the canal had frozen so the children could all skim srones successfully!

    On another note I am new to knitting and love your blog. I am currently attempting Owls as my first jumper project. Thank you for the lovely patterns and pictures

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  8. What I love about winter is being warm and cosy whilst it is snowing outside and the coming together of friends and family at Christmas time. I also enjoy looking back at the past year and remembering the good times, the challenges, the decisions made and the way life has taken you…..
    Have a lovely Christmas and a healthy New Year Kate.
    Tracy xx

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  9. My favorite thing about winter is walking in the snow with my two labs and watching them frolick and chase each other in the snow. They do it with such glee and when they jump over the snow, they look like they are smiling!!

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  10. I think you caught it in your design – the light snow on branches and the ground – not enough to make walking difficult but enough to make you know it is winter.

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  11. Lighting a fire after a long walk in the cold with my family and curling up in front of it with a mug of hot chocolate. Marshmallows are a bonus!

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  12. What I love about winter: being cozy inside when it is windy and raining outside, making big pots of homemade soup with home made bread for dinner, hot tea and knitting or spinning by the fire, walking the dog in the crisp air and watching him roll joyfully on the frosty ground and, of course, woolen sweaters.

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  13. I love watching my cat snooze on the window ledge above the radiator, head wedged under the lamp, with the occasional glance out of the window at the birds who are able to munch on the bird feeders at peace as she is too warm and indolent to move.

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  14. Time at our Scottish retreat enjoying the myriad of wintry weather, from both inside & outside, while being wrapped up snug in cosy knits.

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  15. What I appreciate so much about winter, especially when it starts snowing or there is ice outside, that I can imagine so well to be a careless child again, just enjoying the moment, having the small clouds of breathing, the sun light reflected in snow crystals, really a good moment to re-energize!
    Unfortunately there is not always snow and ice in Holland, in that case I close the curtains in the evening, have a good fire in the fire place, a nice drink and wander away in thoughts, I love that feeling of your home embracing you..

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  16. I love it when there’s been a snow fall that covers all dead leaves, dark, empty branches and dirty roads, making a thick, white, silent carpet, where you can go out and walk around in a new world, where everything is sleeping under the snow and waits to be renewed in spring, walking around in a snow fall looking at the delicate tiny crystals – and then come in for some tea and sit and spin or knit! And if anyone would have some snow to send, we would love it here in Middle Sweden – just a few days before Christmas it is still green here and daisies flowering….

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  17. In my experience winter never lived up to the ideal. Instead of cocoa and fires and softly falling snow, I had the regular work schedule, compounded by holiday obligations, and a dead dry landscape. This year I’ve moved to live on the border between real-life winter, as above, and ideal winter. In the foothills where the Rocky Mountains rise abruptly out of the flat plains, I drive east onto the dry, dead plains every day for the busyness of work and quotidian obligations. But then I drive home, up 300 feet into the foothills, and I take a walk in my neighborhood taking care to face west, toward the peaks rising thousands of feet overhead just several hundred years away. I see the snow and the dark firs overhead, the twinkling lights of the little mountain town coming on down below, and feel the winter quiet and calm. It feels as though the promise of winter in its full, idyllic beauty is always there, almost within grasp. I love it.

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  18. I love the way our sweet little dairy goats grow shaggy coats and beards. In winter they look like their wild ancestors.

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  19. I think the best part of winter is calling into work and hearing on the recording that it is closed due to snow and then having the whole day to sit inside and drink tea, knit in my favorite chair by the window, and warm my blanket on the radiator. I feel like snow days are free days and so I am not obliged to do anything productive. I can just sit and reflect and enjoy!

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  20. I would say sweaters (knitting and wearnig), Christmas time, Christmas knitting fever and the after christmas day when you knit next to the fireplace stuffed with the stuffed turky from the previous dinner….

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  21. my favorite thing about winter…. it’s hard to choose. i LOVE the first big snowstorm. it makes me feel like a kid, and i just want to go out and frolic and play, and enjoy the wild mutedness of it. but i also love bright january days, when it is cold cold cold, but the sun shines brightly, and bounces off the snow and ice, and the sky is really blue. there’s only a handful of them, but they kind of feel like waking up, and make the rest of winter seem slightly like a fuzzy nap.

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  22. I love winter – the cold, the icy colors and the long nights. Gazing on the winter landscape immediately transports me mentally to Iceland – where my heart and soul dwells. I’m going back to Iceland with a handknitted Boreal sweater.

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  23. The best thing about winter is the turning the page on the year and having another chance to start again, whether it is with friends, family, health or wooly hobbies.

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  24. going to the only wool and sheep show avaible for us and buying ttoo much fleece and wool adn seeing what everyone is wearing forget the competition entries the wearing is so much better and wearing my shawls everday not just afew days. thank you so much fore your blog I really enjoy it and keep plodding along that is what we all do most of the time. Have great christmas and dont overdo it.

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  25. Nowadays my favourite thing about winter is the mild weather here in Argentina, I must say i do miss seeing the snow covered cottages and hillside in Yorshire though and watching the changing landscape travelling on the train from London to Hull.
    It is also strange to have a hot christmas and not a white one!
    Karen in Buenos Aires.

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  26. Glowing lanterns in windows of stone buildings, eating hot stew by the fire, romps over a crystal strewn snowscape, milky black tea in a hand-hewn mug with star anise in it and a dunk of chewy gingerbread, and of course, warm cozy woolen sweaters, mittens, and felted scarves!

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  27. Favourite moment of winter – singing Christmas carols in a candlelit church on Christmas eve. And then going home for mulled wine in front of the fire.

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  28. Waking up in the morning after it’s been snowing and realising it isn’t a work day, cold bright clear days and seeing bulbs coming up and my hellebores in flower.

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  29. Ok, so apart from being a great time for indoors, knitted garments, snow outside, me stayng in nice and cosy; here is my best thing about winter: Spring always comes just when we need it most

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  30. My old pine trees as the winds blow through, and the way the light changes, making long shadows fall as the light streams through. They were planted before I was born, and have stood weathering every cold winter, giving shelter to many a bird and creature; a whole lifetime in the one spot.

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  31. Running errands on a sunny and frosty day followed by the MOST decadent treat – hot cocoa with a roasted marshmallow on top to thaw my frozen nose.

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  32. Walking the dog on a bright, sunny, bitterly cold day through the frozen maple swamps. The trees jut up through the ice and we are free to go places that are unwalkable in summertime. And when there’s a fine dusting of snow, all of the animal trails are magically revealed, with footprints of beaver, raccoons, and muskrats crisscrossing the ice.

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  33. I recently moved from NYC to the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York…we have a long cold snowy time of it…but it gives me plenty of opportunity to wear hand knits almost year round (except for the dog days of summer which is gloriously beautiful). My favorite thing about winter…is when it is snowing and you walk outside at night and the air is so still and everything sounds muffled by the snow falling and you feel like you are the only person around in the whole world.

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  34. My favourite thing about winter is something of which there is none this year – SNOW! Not a single snowflake on the ground come December 17th… this is downright unnatural for my part of Canada. So instead, I will settle on one of my second-favourite things about winter. That beautiful cold light you see mostly at sunset when the days grow far too short, and the way it silhouettes trees against the sky. Bonus points if our family of crows happen to be lounging around in the top branches of the trees.

    Hmmm, following the footprints of songbirds in the snow is great too, but that requires snow as well…

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  35. One of my favourite things about winter is when you go out at dusk on a crisp, cold, clear day and the lights are all twinkling on the frost, and you’re holding hands with some cutie, and you go to a fruit and vegetable shop and buy lots of vegetables and go home and make soup to eat together.

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  36. My two great pleasures are staying at home and walking everywhere I need to go. I love the way winter weather gives practical sense to both these things. It can be an excuse to stay home and work on a project, cook, or read and write, since it’s cozier inside anyway. In the summer months, I sometimes feel like I am missing out on an opportunity- to work in the garden, to jog, to sit in the sun. Then, when I absolutely must leave the warm comfort of my home, why would I want to shovel the car out first? I’d rather spend an hour walking in the snow than digging out a car. I have a long, puffy down coat for just this reason: winter is my season for walking to work, walking for groceries, walking the dog…

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  37. Tardy geese flying south, honking in the clear air. The dogs snuffling in the frosty hedgerows. Cats shaking snow off their paws as they come in heading straight for the fireside. The rosy glow of loved faces after a winter walk. Curling up by the fire to think and be grateful.

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  38. The best thing about winter – frosty walks with Bubba the Golden Retriever. There’s nothing like the crunch of frosty leaves under your boots, especially when you’re wearing warm woolly socks.

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  39. the best part of winter is the slowing down, things are more peaceful, and less pressure to hustle and get things done. A good time for nesting and catching up with friends, projects, and yourself.

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  40. I love the Boreal sweater! My favorite thing about winter is the rain. The redwoods of northern Cali are especially magificent in the rain, when they’re peeking through the fog and water drops from them hours after the downpour has stopped. Everything’s crisp and clean; it’s incredibly beautiful. Thank you for your blog Kate!

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  41. I love it when the light is a deep, translucent blue in the evening. I had always noticed that color and I was delighted when my small daughter, on being left at day care, asked “Mummy, will you come get us when it is blue?”

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  42. One of my favorite things about winter is how much faster sweaters dry. I have a tiny bathroom and with the door closed and the furnace on they dry overnight instead of 24+ hours as is usual during the rest of the year.

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  43. I love when its cold and clear and the sky is blue and you walk outside and inhale and the air is clean and you feel like it’s the first real breath you’ve taken in months.

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  44. I love ice on the tree limbs. Especially when I can snuggle under a comforter, curl up on the couch and look at the trees from my warm family room.

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  45. I confess to being an “inside” person – a quick walk in the snow and cold followed by a cup of hot tea and a cuddle in a warm blanket means the best of winter for me!

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  46. I knit year round, but in winter, ALL of the lovely yarns take on new meaning … the garments I’ve made can truly bring warmth against the chill winds, and protection from the silent snows that fall. Winter, like knitting, brings peace to my soul and, more importantly, justifies my stash!

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  47. What do I love about winter? The pale winter sun shining its low-lying light through a frosted window, its beams dancing across a room warmed by the heat of a roaring fire, before finally coming to rest on fingers working quickly with the soft cashmere and angora yarn, hand spun, then knitted into a pair of gloves, soft as butter and carefully crafted for a beloved child; memories, dreams and hopes enfolded like a warm embrace within each stitch.

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  48. Like lots of people, my favourite thing about Winter is Snow.
    More precisely, I enjoy walking in the snow storm, when snow flakes cover my coat and my hair, and then I just go back home to prepare a nice hot chocolate, with proper chocolate, milk, cream and a whisk… and enjoy my bowl of hot chocolate which heats up my hands and myself, while watching the snow through the window. I just love this feeling of cozy-ness, and the silence created by a good layer of fresh snow.

    Not to mention the knitting of course…

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  49. The thing I like best about winter is watching the light come back. We think of winter as the dark time of year, but actually the first day of winter is the day when the light starts to return–I like watching where it falls on my bedroom wall each morning, and seeing where the sun sets a little further to the north in the evening. (I have to confess that winter seems also to bring out the best knitting patterns!)

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  50. My favorite thing about winter is that once we get past December holidays, time slows down. There is finally time to spend dark evenings in front of the fireplace just talking and knitting with a cup of tea and something sweet whose baking has helped to warm the house.

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  51. That first, crisp snow is a lark for everyone in our house. The chickens wander along a dugout path between walls of snow, from the coop to the porch and back again. But the one who revels in it the most is Willow, our yellow lab. At nine years old, she has never lost her unabashed joy in “snow romping.” She jumps about, grabbing snow in her mouth and tossing it helter skelter into the air. Then she wheels toward me, planting her front paws as if to say, “C’mon, I dare you!” I toss a snowball in a gentle arc, and she leaps for all she’s worth! High in the air, she closes on it, and it disintegrates into tiny bits that explode from the sides of her mouth or off the end of her black nose. She wheels toward me again, and again I throw. And again she wheels. I can almost hear her laugh.

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  52. I love the way that sounds are muted after it has snowed–along with how snow crunches when I walk. I love the way birds busily fly from branch to branch–causing swirling, snowy blizzards in their wake.

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  53. My absolute favourite thing about winter is bringing out all my lovely woolens! Sweaters, hats, scarves, mittens- I wear cozy layers for months. I have to add this lovely sweater to my wardrobe. It is wonderful Kate!

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  54. I know that is always the same, old opposition cosy home/ frozen outside, but I really have to say that what I most love in winter is breastfeeding my baby, at night, on a warm sofa, while watching the moon and the stars outside, in the dark.
    Zeila

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  55. I love how frosty cold my cheeks get when walking outside, and how special and warm it makes kisses on the cheek from my partner feel. I also love how you can get away with wearing, on average, 3-4 hand knits at a time without looking like a crazy person.

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  56. I adore Christmas and go all out with the decorations, music and movies! I have 6 almost all grown children, and to get them all together is SOOO much fun. We don’t overdo, but just with that number, our family room has always looked unbelievable with all the presents piled up! I love to watch each one’s face as they open up their gifts. My husband told at a party the other day, his greatest thrill at Christmas is watching me prepare for the kids! JOY!

    Knitting with a cup of coffee, in my cozy chair with my fleece blanket across my lap, watching Christmas movies by my lighted tree!

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  57. My favourite thing about winter is that it may snow. With snow, everything looks so much better: messy front yards look nice and velvety, barrenn trees show interesting contrasts in dark and light, or carry impressive heaps on their branches, children suddenly play outside again.

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  58. It’s what I love and hate… the icy pavements/roads that make it difficult to go out and about yet provide the perfect excuse for staying in and knitting and drinking tea!

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  59. I come from Sweden where it’s dark for most of the days during the winter, but when the snow comes it gets a whole lot lighter, that’s my favorite thing about winter. I also love the noise of crunching snow under my feet during a nice winter walk…

    Gudrun

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  60. Wow. I would love to win the pattern and yarn. This design is fantastic, as all of your designs are.
    My favorite things with winter is the cold, crisp air, and being out in the snow. I really hope that real winter will arrive soon. It’s been strangely mild weather here so far this winter.

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  61. Dear Kate,

    Thanks for sharing a fabulous design and for the chance to have a go at knitting it.

    My favourite thing about Winter is simply that Winter is my favourite thing.

    And please keep on going with your wonderful blog. It keeps me going!

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  62. Delurking here… I love the smell outside, when it is cold but dry. The air is so crisp and fresh. And if there’s snow it sparkles in the sun so nicely. Plus this year will be the first year the kids can play in the snow!

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  63. My favorite thing about winter was going for Fackelwanderung (Torch Walk) in Germany, complete with Gluehwein (mulled wine) at the checkpoints…now that I’m back in California, I can only dream of a true winter :(

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  64. SOUP! I love soup season. It makes me happy to have a pot on the stove, and I’ve been known to make two pots of soup a day!

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  65. My favourite thing about winter by far is how much more we get to touch things. More wool on skin; more snuggling with people and animals; more lazy mornings wrapped in a big duvet; more cold hands on warm cups.

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  66. The best thing about winter in Colorado is knitting by the fire as the sunken sun spreads a pink glow from behind the mountains. Finding random brightly colored orphaned mittens left at the ends of branches on cold winter hikes.

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  67. My favorite part of winter is when the temperatures finally drop low enough to allow me to wear my hand-knit socks to bed! (I live in Sunny Florida)

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  68. I like the blue open skey, and frozen sun that shines true frozen spider webs, and than take a walk with self knitted scarf, hat and gloves and coming home were the fire is hot and drinking hot cocoa and just have a WIP nearby the cat on my lab and just knit

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  69. Curling up with tea or cocoa and a good book or project while watching snow accumulate outside.

    Though, this winter, my favorite thing is getting married to my wonderful guy on Dec. 21. That will always be my favorite thing about winter now. :)

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  70. Thanks for this giveaway!
    I love Friday nights in winter- you know that the next day you can stay at home, do whatever you like and not go to work – mind you, this applies to all seasons but at least you stay warm this way in winter!!

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  71. No flies! I hate flies- we are surrounded by fields here in Suffolk and the farmers spread who knows what on them which seems to be a perfect breeding ground for flies. we are plagued- so I like the winter- I can open windows>

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  72. I live in a part of California that has Tule Fog. The fog rises from the damp ground and can stay for 10 days before the wind comes and blows it away. It’s damp and grey and oh so mystical! The best for coming home and sitting in front of the fireplace and knitting while we wait for February when the camillas bloom and the tulips and daffodils pop up to prove that Spring has finally arrived!

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  73. Baked beans, warm sweaters, hot Earl Grey and the bright light that the snow reflects, few outdoor chores resulting in more time to knit…guess that’s way more than one-oops!

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  74. My favorite thing about winter is that all mittens, hats, scarves, shawls and cardigans that I’ve knitted during the year is being used. I just love standing on the platform outside a cold winter morning waiting for the train to take me to work, wrapped in a wool scarf and wearing my varm beautiful mittens. I’m not cold, not shivering, just wrapped up in warm wool.

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  75. Snuggling under a blanket on a freezing cold day to knit and watch an old movie. Oh, and christmas lights (in moderation)

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  76. My favourite part of winter has got to be skiing. A perfect day (which by definition is not too windy and nice wintery sun, that sort of low scottish sun that makes everything look lovely) with some nice snow, my husband and the touring skis somewhere nice and wild. Not too steep, just a nice getting warm slog followed by a down that gives just the right amount of fast without being too hard or scary.

    Followed by a warm shower, a mug of hot chocolate and a cuddle in front of the fire.

    Either that or playing snow angels with the toddler. Or in fact most things involving snow.

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  77. There are a lot of favorite things about winter, once I start looking for one.
    Living about 100 meters from the sea, the most joyful thing is walking on the deserted winter beach, freezing weather, and the sleepy winter sun, low on the sky, doing it’s best to shine, and giving a heartwarming glow with very long shadows to the beach.
    After that walk, there will be hot chocolate and knitting in a cosy room naturally!

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  78. My favorite thing about Winter is bundling up like a Michelin man for a brisk walk on our place – Moon Hill Highland Farm. Though the Highlands are, sadly, gone, their pogged paths still take us to their most-loved corners and hideways. Once the pastures are blanketed, I can still picture these hairy beasts gently moving, large white puffs of vapor coming out of their noses. No wonder we could not find the little white one. ;-)

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  79. My favorite thing about winter is wearing my wonderful, woolly handknits and seeing others in the woolly warm things I’ve knit for them. Another favorite is sitting by the warm fire, knitting woolly items while watching the snow fall.

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  80. Simple…skiing! I love skiing, stopping for lunch, sitting out in the sun and enjoying a beer before getting back on the sticks and taking a few more runs!

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  81. The silhouettes of winter-bare trees, a pint of decent ale by a pub fireside after a good walk, the magical look of rural landscapes, the way that snow can transform an urban landscape, armouring up in layers of wool, knitting or reading to the accompaniment of wind and rain on the windows, proper rice pudding, ginger.

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  82. Winter is actually one of my favourite seasons. After having lived in countries with no, or very little, snow, I now live in Canada. This year it has so far been a bit meagre, but hopefully I can start shovelling soon!
    I love putting on warm clothes (home knit or not) and going out into the cold, while staying nice and warm! Going inside afterwards and getting rosy cheeks….Love it!

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  83. Ice turning the most common weed into a jewel. A roaring fire in the wood stove, a good book, a warm throw, and a quiet hour to enjoy it. Decking my family out in the warm knits I’ve made for them. The crisp blue sky of an icy January day in upstate New York (Hello Grace! A fellow Finger Lakes denizen!); giant snowflakes muffling the everyday noise. Winter is almost my favorite season – autumn with it’s brilliant colors simply wins hands down!

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  84. Winter in the Finger Lakes of NY is endless, but I like to join my husband and son for a few hours of ice fishing on a bright sunny windless day. I can sit and knit and drink warm wine to my heart’s content and watch my men have a grand day too!

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  85. My favorite thing about winter is bundling up in my woolies for a snowy walk. And then coming in to knit by the fire. I guess that is more than one thing. I love winter!

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  86. Having lived 15 years as a transplant in a big city, my favorite thing about winter is heading out to the mountains to snow shoe in the backcountry. There is nothing more revitalizing than the chill air on your face and the silence of the land covered in new fallen snow.

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  87. It is the tucking inside and crafting and knitting of soft yarns that turn into gifts for others….the rhythm of the needles and the solitude also is peaceful. Enjoy this blog so much and miss living in England as we did for a time in Suffolk.

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  88. Winter in California is just lovely — everything turns all green and smells fresh and wonderful, so I think that’s my favorite thing about winter here. My favorite thing about “real” winter, back east where I grew up is sledding! Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

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  89. My favourite wintery things: knitting cosy wool and drinking hot coco (with chartreuse liqueur in it!! yummy!!!). Thanks for all your beautiful paterns and pictures!! I absolutly loved your post about your beloved old intarsia sweater!

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  90. My favourite thing about winter is, as for many others, snow. Or even sleet which I would welcome gladly to the grey snowless Southern Finland. I love the ‘blue moment’ (as we call it, I don’t know if there is a proper phrase for it in English) between day and night as the snowy scenery turns blue. I think your lovely, wintery pullover reflects this beatifully.

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  91. The chance to curl up under a knitted blanket ,wearing woolly socks and jumpers, with my needles and yarn to keep my company.

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  92. Snowshoeing! I get to enjoy the outdoors, keeping warm with the exercise, and the pooch gets to run in the woods and fields chasing rabbits (real and imaginary).

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  93. The best thing about winter: it is full of promises. It is the time when everything ends and everything starts again.

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  94. My favorite thing about winter would have to be SNOW! I live in the south and we don’t typically get much of that white stuff. I love to see it and enjoy watching the kids and grandkids play in it.

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  95. This might sound weird … I love the light. Sometimes the world looks almost flat when the light is gray … when the night sky is a deep, deep blue and the streetlamps are this golden color … I don’t love that there’s less light, but I love that we get more and more after the solstice!

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  96. My absolute favorite thing about winter is getting to wear sweaters, hats, and wool coats. I just love bundling up before heading out into the cold!

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  97. I love to light the fire when we are indoors. Drinking a cup of hot chocolate. Cuddling with the children and the dog. Turning the lights on in the christmas tree. Putting my knitted hat on when I go outside. Being able to wear all the hand-knit items to keep warm outside too.

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  98. Dans une belle maison à la campagne, je suis emmitouflée dans un grand châle, je tricote devant la cheminée en regardant la neige tomber par la fenêtre. Le sapin clignote, le thé est fumant…..

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  99. SNOW!! I love snow. It is so bright and cheery. I do most of the snow clearing around our house. And am happy to do it. I love to see the birds that come to my feeder. And the trees. Just beautiful — As is your new sweater design!! Lovely!!!

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  100. I just found your blog via a link, Borealis is beautiful! I’ve only tried colourwork on small projects but this pattern doesn’t look too scary, just gorgeous. My favourite thing about winter is the first snow (which is supposed to fall tomorrow, fingers crossed). I just love the feeling of snow falling on my face and I love the feeling of stillness it creates when it covers everything. There’s nothing better than looking outside in the morning and noticing how different the light (or even darkness) is and then realising it snowed in the night.

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  101. My favorite thing about winter is the snow, obviously! I love seeing white everywhere and the earth looks so peaceful and clean.

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  102. My favourit thing about winter is to drink a cup of hot coco with wipped cream with my children. All three of us, sitting on the sofa and watching a (christmas)movie and me off course knitting. The picture would be complete with snow falling, but hey, I live in the Netherlands…..

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  103. My favourite thing in winter is the noise which I can hear when I walk on snow. This is so incredible!
    Greeting from Frankfurt, Germany
    Claudia

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  104. Ahhh … the contrasts. White snow and black branches, the quiet broken by bird calls, the cold wind and the warm fire. I love winter.

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  105. First thing in the morning before the day takes off, I love those few moments of peace and quiet looking out the kitchen window; coffee in hand. I see the beauty of my sleeping garden with frost on the grass and find it so peaceful in the morning light. I soak up the quiet that’s mingled with tweeting birds, and feel so grateful for all I have been given in this life.

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  106. My favorite thing about winter: The need for handknits to keep warm, and lovely, cozy yarns by extension. Your new design is amazing.

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  107. My favourite thing about winter is drinking hot chocolate on a cold afternoon while I sit by the window to knit a sweater for one of my nephews. Occasionally it snows here, and when it does I love doing all of that in the snow-muffled quiet.

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    1. Your comment reminds me of some old winter memories I had forgotten about. I know exactly what you mean! Beautiful.

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  108. I love the stillness of winter in a rural setting; the crunchiness of the snow; and towards the end of winter, the sound of water running in a stream as the snow begins to melt.

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  109. Some of the best things about Winter are Christmas, holiday time with family, x-country skiing, and curling up knitting with a good movie and cup of cider.

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  110. My favorite thing about winter has to be the ability to ski. My family has been skiing for generations and we first went to our local (as I see it now) hill when I was eight. There’s something about the feel of my skis against the snow, whether it’s been packed or has freshly fallen, that just makes me want to sail down the slope at top speed; my eyes get watery, the wind stings my cheeks, and I often just laugh my way down the incline.

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  111. My favourite thing about winter is going skating with friends who’ve never been skating! And then being cozy inside warming up with something delicious and steamy!

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  112. winter in north vancouver. close to the Boreal forest. snow and stunning crisp days and weekend running through the mud on the trails of Fromme and Seymour….I love the light (even though there is very little daylight) the colors of fall and then the brilliant colors as Christmas approaches. And most of all as soon as I feel winter approaching then the overwhelming urge to be knitting. I can see me on the Baden Powell in that totally stunning Boreal sweater. thank you for the contest. and good luck to everyone.

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  113. My favorite thing about winter is baking cookies. There’s nothing better than a warm cookie inside when it is super cold outside. It’s even better when I share them with my friends.

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  114. I love the skies in Nova Scotia in the winter.I see blues,pinks,pastels soft and pretty like really beautiful soft yarn
    season’s greetings to you and your readers!

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  115. Yes! What an awesome giveaway! My favorite thing about Winter is the cold. It means I get to wear all the hand knitted stuff I’ve made. And I love the feeling of cold air in my lungs and how my cheeks get rosy even though I can’t feel them. It also helps that there is a warm place to end up of course, inside by the fire!

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  116. Frosty mornings followed by sunny days. Cosy handknit woollen jerseys, mitts and scarves. A warm fire to sit close to while I knit during the evening. Sun shining on the fresh snow on the hills. Watching my dog, Sally, breaking the ice in her waterbowl and crunching it up happily. Fun!

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  117. Well, I have to be boring and say that my favourite thing about winter is actually getting to wear the knitted garments I have made. Living in Southern California, I don’t get much opportunity! And now with a wee babe to dress, I have far too many crazy bonnets and hats than just a couple of months of 60 degrees will allow for! Winter is, for me, pretty much a full-on fashion show!

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  118. My favorite thing about winter is the cold. The cold motivates me to knit more! One can’t have too many hand knit mittens, hats or sweaters. I like the cold cause it reminds me or home, northern Wisconsin/Canada. The cold makes you feel like its okay to slow down, stay in your warm bed a little longer, eat hearty stews, snuggle on the couch with loved ones. I love winter :)

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  119. my favourite thing about winter is getting cosy!
    … like being able to wear big cosy sweaters without overheating (ah, my big angora cowl neck!), eating comfort food (bangers & mash!), mince pies and cups of tea, putting the winter duvet on my bed and burrowing under it with a book in the evenings, watching the bad weather outside from a warm house, snuggling up with the cats (when they feel like it, of course)… you get the idea!

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  120. Don’t enter me: I cannae knit! But just wanted to say that I LOVE this madly festive jumper and its twiggy inspiration. Favourite thing about winter – what, just one? It’s my favourite season! OK, mucking about in the snow on Cairn Gorm with my family, followed by a slap up tea at the Mountain Cafe in Aviemore. Happy days. :)

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  121. My favorite thing about winter here in the mountains of the NorthBay of Northern California is the moss which comes alive so green , and carpets stones and the north sides of trees. I have been for years trying to capture the colors of our native mosses, but one must view the colors in layers, from browns to brilliant greens to deep black greens to vibrant golds. Yes, it is the moss which is my favorite thing about winter.

    Great sweater Kate. You’re a full-fledged designer now, it’s evident your road to being a house-hold name among knitters will be straight and narrow. I hope I win !

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  122. Your design is just lovely, and so glad to hear you are feeling well.

    I definitely like the chill in the air, though when it gets too cold, I scurry inside to knit by the fire.

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  123. Since I live in Toronto and winter is freezing cold and snow-white, I love going out of the city, say, to a BB and knit or handspin sitting next to a fireplace. We live in an a condo apartment, so we do this as often as we can until March!

    Than you so much Kate for this wonderful giveaway! Please hug Bruce for us.

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  124. What a lovely giveaway, thanks Kate. My favorite thing about winter is getting to wear all my hand knit cardigans and socks. Here on the Canadian prairie we have blue skies and brilliant sunshine on a lot of winter days and just bundle up in layers for the cold. You can always use another sweater here.

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  125. The cold, the cold, the cold. It is such a change from our subtropical steaminess and yes, I know it isn’t very cold here, either, but it is a change, at least.

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  126. My hot water bottle… It’s travelled with me from South Africa to Scotland to the North of England to Wales to the South of England and finally to the USA. We’re best friends…

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  127. I love the excuse to nest during winter. I knit, read my knitting books again. Peaceful, holidays are over, time to create and learn new techniques.

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  128. The wonderful way that people begin to talk to each other in towns and smile at the rest of the world having fun in the snow.

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  129. My favourite thing about winter is absolutely that I get to wear my handknit woolens. Now, I do live in Newfoundland, Canada so sometimes I can wear a sweater @ night if near the ocean but in winter, wrapped up in a warm squishy scarf, hat and mitts is my fav.

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  130. I love the snow sparkling on the trees and the fields of white… I love that it is cold enough for all my warm woolies that I knit… I love the promise of spring that winter brings.

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  131. I love snow days, sledding, snowball fights, warm wooly knits on frosty fingers and ears, and the way that the snow covers up the dreariness and gray left behind from autumn. But, my favorite thing about winter is how good it feels to be cozy and warm inside after a day spent out in the snow. We’re having unseasonably warm temperatures, and rain instead of snow. I’m not enjoying this winter quite as much as usual.

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  132. i love curling up by the fire in woolly sweaters and socks and reading or knitting, and eating hot soup for dinner, while the daylight makes it’s short visit each day. and skiing of course!

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  133. Hot chocolate spiked with amaretto being sipped while I knit my new sweater and watch the snow falling…if it snows in the south eastern U.S :)

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  134. Walking the dogs in the dim light of a frosty night, the stars hanging in the bare limbs of the oak trees like jewels as I walk up the hill. The only light coming from the stars and the moon, reflecting on the snow and the glittering surface of the road until I turn to go home and see the lights of the farms with the further lights of the village strung out like a glowing necklace around the lower shoulders of the hill. The only sound that of our feet and paws on the ice and snow, except for the hoot of the owls and the distant sound of cattle and sheep. And the thought of the warm fire and home-made soup on our return. That’s my winter and I love it.

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  135. For me there is something very special about waking up on a cold winterday with the window slightly open for some fresh air. Just that moment when you wake up and you can smell the fresh snow fallen that night, that moment even the air feels fresher, cleaner than normal and noises from outside are more damped. I have cherised such moments since I was a child, for me that’s winter. And on days that start like that I am at my best.

    Joyce D Tao, Sweden.

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  136. My favorite thing about winter is how clear the sky can get at night, when the moon is full, and it looks like you could just reach up and pick it out of the sky like an apple still hanging on the bare branches of the trees. You never know when a night like that is going to come along, and when it does, it’s magic.

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  137. I’ve not had a chance to read all the ideas that folks have shared (because I was so excited to find this). And so, there might be some duplication here, as I can’t imagine anyone not responding like I have:

    It’s the smells of winter that get me.
    There’s the smell of the air just before the snow starts to fall. Sharp, grey, energized.
    And, the smell of a super-cold night– sharp, too, but without the grey tones. More like the deepest, clearest midnight blue. It just sparkles.
    The snow bounces the light, but it seems to echo smells, too. So the balsam, piney, woody smells of trees can finally be enjoyed on their own, separate from the earthiness of the forest floor. Those smells are brown and green and warm. They punctuate and balance out the sharp.

    No other time of year smells like this; we just have to breathe it in while we can. It’s just so yummy.

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  138. Winter for me is downtime, moving at a bit of a slower pace, the cold weather inspires cooking and baking and warm woolen adventures whether it be spinning or knitting or just bundling up. Wood stove warmth replaces the warmth of the sun and provides the setting for snuggles and family time.

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  139. I just LOVE snow. It’s my all time favorite thing, the world gets quiet, no one drives…I make hot chocolate, go for a midnight walk..it’s just so fantastic.

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  140. I love long, crisp walks in the winter countryside, preferably with a friend, and then afterwards a lovely cup of coffee either back home, or at a cafe. x

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  141. Noticing the branching patterns of bare trees against grey blue skies, as varied as individual personalities.

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  142. There are so many things that are wonderful about Winter. Cold, clear days when the sky is blue and the air seems to sparkle. Trees that become something more akin to architecture with the shapes that their branches make. The joy of coming home in a cold day into a warm house. Wonderful, hearty food to sustain and warm me. The beauty of snow – the way it transforms a landscape, that very specific crunching noise of snow underfoot and the way that snow changes sound. And best of all being able to knit and wear wonderful woolly creations.

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  143. What I like most? Any temperature under zero, cold and snow, because they are the best and one nearly logical explanation and excuse to my husband when I am buying more wool and I am starting make more projects.

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  144. Winter clothes! Jumpers and scarfs and hats and mittens and BOOTS! Sooo much better than summer clothing :) I love getting wrapped up warm and stomping about in my boots (AND they have penguins on the bottom so I get to leave cute footprints in the snow!) xx

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  145. The thing I like about crispy cold winter days is going for a nice walk with my husband and chocolate labradors then coming home to a warm cosy house and cuddling up with a hot drink and my knitting

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  146. Wrapping up warm, going for walks, snowboarding, mulled wine… Winter is my favourite season, I love everything about it really. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  147. That’s a beautifully festive sweater – reminds me of vintage ski jumpers!

    My favourite thing about winter is snow picnics with flasks of hot chocolate, gingerbread biscuits and a red-nosed son to cuddle up with. Always ends with a sneaky snowball pushed down the back of a coat collar, and now he’s 17, it’s not usually his any more!

    Thank you for organising this very generous giveaway – Happy Christmas to you and yours x

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  148. What I like best about winter is making snowmen with my children.. Then going inside for some hot cocoa and homemade cookies.

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  149. My favourite thing is having new slippers and PJ’s to wear after a hot bath on Christmas Eve.
    Then sitting downstairs with the husband listening to Carol’s and drinking mulled wine :)

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  150. My single favorite thing about winter is snowboarding, but I love tons of thibgs about winter. Like hot chocolate, hot apple cider, baking, bundling up and snuggling under big blankets, to name a few.

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  151. I look forward to a tradition we started one year when my husband wanted to go out for dinner Cristmas Eve, look at lights and then attend Midnight Mass. We live in a small town so nothing was open except Speedway Gas Station. We decided to go inside and believe it or not, they had enough choices to satisfy everyone. We had the best time picking out items for each of our meals and my kids always talk about it.

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  152. This time of year the sun sets at the end of the main road of my neighborhood just by the time I am heading home. On days that are wet and cold it is more spectacular than ever. Even though I have seen beautiful sunsets at gorgeous places I love this almost daily treat in the middle of my daily life.

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  153. My favorite thing about winter is the morning after it first snows. We wake up and Sadie our dog gets soooo excited! She roots her nose in it rolls in it and loves catching snowballs. After a good long play we come inside and she takes the most peace filled doggy nap. It’s my favorite because it’s her favorite : )

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  154. The snow, the snow, the snow!!! But we’re having very little this year Our Boreal (ski ranch) is making snow! :(
    Beautiful sweater!!!

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  155. Oh what a nice design! I L O V E it. Just like I LOVE winter. Coming home after a long walk in the cracking snow with my self knitted gloves, hat, scarf and warmwinter socks. Defrosting your red nose with some hot chocolate or hot cinamon wine, baking nice waffles and warming up at the open fire. I like it when it gets dark early and you can see all the nice little lights in the warm houses. Having a lot of time to knit nice christmas presents and look outside the little birds that can find a lot of extra’s in our trees.

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  156. What I like about winter is the snow, going outside, kids playing with their mittens on cords… making snowmen (or snowcats), snowball fights where your gloves are getting soaked, then getting inside to side beside the Christmas tree with knitted ‘julekuler’, have a cup of hot chocolate , then take your favorite warm sweater, put old newspapers underneath, dust up your ice skates from underneath the bed, put your (self-knitted?) hat on to get out on the frozen canals and make a long ride!

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  157. My favorite thing, which is a relative rarity in Seattle where I live, is going for a walk the morning after a snowstorm. I love the quiet; the fresh cold; the transformed world; the smell of snow.

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  158. darker days, lighter nights, chilly winds and slightly over-chilled rooms, so that I finally could wear all those knitted scarfes, vests, sweaters, cardigans, mittens, hats :)

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  159. I love the dark, cold and windy days (like today) if i can stay inside all cozy and warm. Knitting next to the Christmas tree with the kitty next to me. ;)

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  160. About winter I enjoy the sparkling of white frost on the pavement as I walk home in the evening, past all the houses with their windows illuminated and decorated. Clad in warm, wolly clothes and a big warm scarf I have just finished knitting the day before, I watch the white clouds of my breath in the air. At home, I’ll prepare a cup of warming ginger tea, sit down on the sofa, switch on some calm nice jazz music and start knitting.
    – Well, maybe this scenery has slightly changed since my daughter was born in April: I will be walking with her in her pram and I can’t think of knitting before the evening when she’s asleep. Life with her is fun and her grey eyes sparkle as we go for a walk in the winter landscape. I can’t wait to teach her knitting in a couple of years! And I love winter both the old and the new way.

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  161. Hello,
    My favorite thing of winter is walking on the beach. I love the emptyness of that place so full during the summer. I’m now leaving far but first thing I will do after coming back is going to see the empty beach.
    thank you for that game ! and sorry for my bas english

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  162. my birthday!
    kidding aside, my favorite thing about winter is that the lack of daylight hours makes me appreciate them more

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  163. I live in California, so the best part of winter is any sort of weather that remotely resembles Winter: lots of rain; cold temperatures( for these parts ); the smell and feel of the cold air; being able to dress for this sort of weather. Also, lots of kitties on the bed!

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  164. …coming home to a warm house after a walk through the grey and cold, eating by candlelight, hot cocoa, wearing the sweater from shetland yarn which i spun myself, Adventskaffee on Sundays with my family, sitting on the sofa and reading books for my not so small kids cuddled under a nice wool blanket, the week between Christmas and new Year when everything finally slows down to snail pace, …..

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  165. My favorite thing about winter is sitting doing all the cozy things inside like knitting and baking bread and reading while the big snowflakes fall outside. Can you tell I’m nostalgic about winter since I live in sunny California?
    Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful pattern and yarn!

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  166. My favourite thing about winter is being cosy and warm inside when it is cold and bleak outside, especially when I’ve come in from that.

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  167. This is a fabulous design! My favorite thing about winter is walking around at night through town when very few people will venture out…and the feel of breathing in really cold air, the stillness of it, and the resulting brilliant night sky.

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  168. That sweater is So Lovely. My favorite thing about Winter is the deep, rich colors of the roses in the garden. In Northern California, we only get a few nights below 32 F, so the roses keep blooming well into the wintertime, and as the nights get colder, the roses’ colors become more concentrated and even more beautiful. I would love to knit a Boreal sweater :-) I think I like it almost as well as I like the Paper Dolls sweater! Thanks for designing it.

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  169. I live in the Southeastern US so one of my fave things about winter is no mosquitoes. Plus I love twinkly Christmas lights.

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  170. Hello. My favorite part of winter is inhaling the crisp, cold air on a chilly morning walk on the way to work (although when it gets to -30 C I’m sure I’ll be saying its my warm sweaters!). Take care, and please keep designing your wonderful sweaters. You are truly an inspiration :)
    -corina

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  171. sitting near the flickering lights of the christmas tree, preferably holding a cat or a sleeping baby, and just breathing in the smell of the tree, letting my eyes and mind wander. or my favorite part of winter might just be snow. can’t decide. ;)

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  172. I like the cold days that make you want to stay inside. I don’t have to do all the yard work. I can knit and read instead.

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  173. crisp, starry nights. clear sunny days, powder snow, and cross country skis. being able to wear the beautiful aran sweater my mum knit me. sitting in front of a cozy fire with a cup of tea and my knitting. tiny twinkle lights in my window against the dark outside.

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  174. Why, knitting,of course, would be my favorite winter activity….after coming in from the cold from a long walk then making yerba mate tea and cozing up in my knitting chair. Mary in Cincinnati

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  175. I’m not a fan of winter actually. I despise feeling cold or even thinking about being in the cold. However, I must admit my love of the winter clothes. There don’t seem to be many bright colours during this time of the oranges, browns and many shades of grey are lovely to look at. So my favourite thing about winter hands down are the clothes. Oh and snow days which give me at least one day off work where I can just sit and knit.

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  176. My favourite thing about winter is being able to enjoy being wrapped up in wool. The Canadian winter offers lots of opportunity for bundling up!

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  177. My absolute favorite thing is playing on a snowy day and then sitting in front of a roaring fire! The best.

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  178. I love the cold feeling on one’s face after a long walk outside. Then coming in, having a fire and reading or knitting. Glorious.

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  179. I must admit that I am not a fan of winter, especially of winter like we have here in Iowa. But — I do like the fact that I get to wear all the mittens and scarves and cowls and hats that I’ve knit myself!

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  180. That almost inaudible sound as snow as it falls and the light at night when its snowing. (Snow seems to be a common theme in these comments.)

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  181. The best part of winter? Sitting by the fireplace, all nice and cozy and watching the snow fall. Oh, and of course, the cold weather makes me want to knit!

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  182. I love days where it is just 25 below zero (celcius) and the sun is out and there isn’t a cloud in the sky. It’s even better if that day comes after a week of -45 (or colder, I grew up in western Canada) so even that feels warm. What I like less is getting a sunburned face after a long walk on such a day – I’ve gotten some bad burns in the middle of January!

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  183. I adore the cold and the snow, because I love getting my home so warm and inviting that my friends can’t help but be over here all the time! I think the constant flow of baked goods and warm beverages might have something to do with it…

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  184. Dear Kate – I love Boreal, probably about the most of anything you’ve made! I love that I live in sunny Florida in the winter! When winter comes we can take our knitting to the beach! (Even if I don’t get chosen, I’m going to knit Boreal anyway. :0)

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  185. My absolute favorite thing about winter is hot drinks – cider, chocolate, gluwine, tea, chai – whatever you have to drink, if it’s nice and toasty hot, I’m all over it!

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  186. I love when a snow storm pushes everyone inside to get cozy. Then I tie on my boots and go for a mid-evening ramble in the deserted silence. With the rest of the world indoors, outside is so quiet I can hear the crinkle and hiss of snow falling.

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  187. HI KATE – my favorite part of the winter is looking at the shapes of the bare trees, against the the sky, especially as the sky goes from the blue of day to the navy blue of dusk

    cheers –pat j

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  188. Hot Chocolate made from scratch, of course. Drinking it and looking out the window at the snow coming down. I have on my warm robe and slippers. There is a puzzle on the dining room table and knitting by my TV watching chair.

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  189. So much peppermint! Also, sparkling light — on snow and inside. I am fond of sparkles as a rule; in the winter, I freaking adore ’em!

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  190. My favorite thing about winter is the promise of snowy walks with the dog, the cold air waking me in a way that heat never does, and quietly being in nature while it rests.

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  191. My Favorite thing about winter:
    Snow days….a great excuse to work from home on snowy weekdays
    and on snowy weekends and evenings…. a chance to sit and knit without feeling guilty that I should be taking care of something on that ever growing todo list….

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  192. My favourite thing is putting freshly washed handknit woolies on myself and the kids and heading outside.

    I *LOVE* Boreal – amazing design Kate, I can’t wait to make it.

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  193. The snow, the snow, the snow!!! The beautifull snow of Northern Colorado. The few inches in my backyard. The 20 feet up the mountains. Camping in the snow, looking at the peaks and sipping hot coccoa. The beautifull color snow blocks have inside an igloo I just made. I so much love Winter and the cold.

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  194. The ability to knit. I don’t enjoy knitting in hot weather. Thanks for this great opportunity. The winner is one lucky person!

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  195. Frosty darkness, clear starry nights, hearth and home, spiced cider, singing round the noggin the nog nativity and walking the quiet, quiet fells.

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  196. Nothing can be better than being home with my family for a few weeks at this time of year. I love dinnertime, with all our wonderful conversation, fresh bread, and delicious soup. Then we’ll have a fire, make popcorn, and watch an old favorite movie. And even when I leave again, I at least have memories to feed on for fuel.

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  197. Such a pretty sweater Kate! I love everything about winter, knitting by the fire, walking in the woods with my family and dog, winter food is my fav! It’s all good, but the best part of winter is the quiet.

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  198. Finding a pocket of warm air under the duvet on a cold winter’s morning and enjoying those few minutes before you have to get up and face the harsh cold of the bathroom tiles.

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  199. I love getting all dressed up and taking the dog out for a walk in new snow. Dog weather, we call it. If it is very early, we can be the first to make tracks on the trail.

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  200. Being able to wear sweaters (and scarves and hats and gloves) and when people comment on them, being able to say “I made it!”

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  201. a fire in the wood stove, a hot cup of tea and listening to the hobbit on audio book while starting a new knitting project!

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  202. My favorite thing about winter is getting out of bed in the morning to do something mundane, like feed the cat, and then being cold and getting to crawl back into your warm flannel sheets.

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  203. That first nighttime walk in fresh snow. There’s something wonderful about an untouched expanse of snowy ground — so still, so peaceful. (That might be tonight here, fingers crossed.)

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  204. The crisp, clean, invigorating air. Some of the best workdays start with the frantic sprint to the train, followed by the realization that I’m not as late as I thought, and the subsequent jacket opening to cool down, which lets that icy air in to hit my skin, swish the heat away, and slow my heart. I guess I need to learn how to time things so that I have to run…but only halfway.

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  205. Trite as it is, snow. This is my third Scottish winter, having moved here from a more Mediterranean climate, and I think snow is just about the most amazing thing ever. The neighbours blamed me for these last two snowy winters, saying it’s my fault for wanting it and, well, I do. I have a lot of snow-free winters to make up for.

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  206. My favorite thing about winter is that I can knit big projects that are too warm to knit in other seasons. I love to knit sweaters and jackets and I can only do that in the winter where I live. Of course, I get smaller things knitted in the warmer months, but I really prefer the big projects.

    And that is a beautiful sweater, by the way. Thanks for designing it and making it available. It truly captures the look of the snow on the tree branches.

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  207. what a beautiful sweater! My favourite thing about winter is bundling up in hat and scarf, first thing in the morning and walking to work whilst watching the sky get light. It really makes me happy.

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  208. My favorite thing about winter is sipping hot tea, while knitting wool, and watching a Jane Austen movie. This is best done while curled up under a blanket, with cold rain gently spattering the windows.

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  209. My favourite thing about winter is getting the chance to pile on the knitwear in layers. I’m definitely a sweater girl. ;-)

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  210. Running on deserted trails, the trumpeter swans flying low along our stretch of river, the deep, dark cold of January and a calendar finally free of engagements, appointments and deadlines. I love that winter gives time and space to reflect, plan and regroup for the coming year!

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  211. My favorite thing about winter is those nights that are warm and there is big, giant fluffy snowflakes falling down and everything seems to sparkle and playing outside is wonderful. I also love being cozy under a blanket reading a book while watching the snow fall.

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  212. Snuggling with my daughters under handmade quilts and afgans! I knit during all seasons, but somehow winter makes my girls more interested in picking up their needles and joining me…I love that!!

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  213. My favorite thing about winter is the easy light at the barn around 2:30pm on a Sunday afternoon. The bog trees behind the paddock look painted and the horses are just finishing their lunches.

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  214. I love that crisp, almost metallic smell of the first really cold day. You can smell that snow will be falling soon. It’s so refreshing, and then when you come in from the cold and your cheeks are all flushed and your blood is pumping. What a great feeling of being alive!

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  215. I really don’t like winter. I love fall best. You get the brisk air so you can wear all your sweaters, and it’s just the right amount of cold and yet you can be surprised by an indian summer.

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  216. My favourite thing about winter is the possibility of staying at home on Saturday afternoon, covered with a blanket, drinking tea and knitting. I really enjoy that relaxing time.

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  217. My favourite thing about winter is snuggling in my knitting chair when it’s cold and snowing outside while I knit, drink tea and listen to the radio. Winter makes me want to knit even more than I already do and patterns look even more beautiful.

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  218. I’ve never cared for the cold of winter, probably something about frostbit toes standing on the playground waiting for school to open after walking there as a child. But I still find that fresh snow fall beautiful as it covers all the ugliness in a landscape, perhaps especially a cityscape. A lumber yard can look lovely. The most mundane of things look transformed. It does not last of course as the snow plows come through and throw snow into messy piles on the road shoulders and where people walk soon can be come a sloppy slush, but that first view is lovely. I love waking in the middle of night and looking out at a field of fresh snow and how it just lights up the night. “The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow, gave a luster of mid-day to objects below.”

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  219. My favorite thing about winter is snow falling on the lake. It actuially makes a sound that you can hear, and always makes me calm down.

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  220. I like how quiet it is after a new snow and the pure excitement that my dog has when she gets to play in the new drifts!

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  221. My favourite thing about winter is the low winter light fading as I tramp down the hill from a big day out on the fells/moor.

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  222. My favourite thing about winter is that when I’m housebound I have enough time to read my favourite knitting blogs that just occasionally lead me to something that makes bells ring in my head! Mason-Dixon Knitting led me here, and I’ve just been looking at your book. I want to read it AND I want to knit Boreal. I’d planned to move to Edinburgh a few years ago to finish training as a mountain leader until I met my now husband and ended up in mountainless Oxford. I love the pictures of the mountains and their reflection in the sweater – I miss the hills! Please keep designing!

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  223. The best thing about winter is wearing all my hand knitted things!
    And being a lurker until today, I just want to take this opportunity to say thank you for your designs, they’re the best and I have proof: yesterday I won the yearly local knitting competition with a hat I knitted from your sheep heid pattern!! I’m so pleased! Thank you! Greetings from Denmark

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  224. just one? that is impossible, but briefly, the cold air on my face, to wear various layers of wool and to see the days to star to grow again, Scottish February sky and the first tiny,tiny signs of spring being close!

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  225. I like hiking in the snow. And I’ve come to appreciate and even enjoy the darkness coming early. Taking long walks home in the dark, the peculiar sensation of the light hitting 11am and then 2pm (but never 12pm), and the overall contrast of cozy and crisp.

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  226. My favorite thing is getting away from it! We try to spend the month of February in the southern hemisphere. What a mood lifter!

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  227. The best thing about winter is the transformative power of snow. The first snow of the season is a startling, beautiful change — and there’s nothing like a big snowstorm to alter one’s view of the world!

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  228. My favorite thing about winter is sleeping in under a pile of quilts, because it is too cold out to get up on time.

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  229. my favorite thing about winter may seem odd but I love kicking the snow out of the tire wells of the cars. I usually leave strangers vehicles alone but friends and families are fair game.

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  230. One of the only things I like about winter is that after Dec 21 the days start getting longer:)

    Of course, if I had better sweaters I might not be as cranky:)

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  231. My favorite thing about winter is definitely the holiday season. I love the twinkling lights and all the camaraderie. It’s too bad the holiday season is only a few days in to true winter. I was just talking with a friend and we agreed that moving Christmas to the end of February would make Jan/Feb much more enjoyable months!

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  232. Thanks for reminding me that there are actually good things about winter.
    Cardinals against snowy branches, the crisp sound of snow when the temperature is below zero, wearing all my old favorite handknit wool hats, mitts, scarves and cowls and knitting new ones!

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  233. Mittens. Hopefully handmade ones. Or daydreaming about making handmade mittens throughout the year to use during winter! And the sense of rest, of quiet, of peace and of everyone nestled some place warm, snug and dry to sleepily blink the days away until the light returns.

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  234. Winter is my favorite season. Living in Southern California it means I can actually wear knits and boots and I can knit without fear of felting via my own sweat. I love the light of candles, the smell of baking, my paperwhites blooming, my snuggled up cats and listening to my husband play guitar while I knit. Winter brings out the best in me and I am grateful for its gifts.

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  235. The ice forming on the birdhouse outside my dining room windows. It sparkles in the sunlight and makes great shapes on the walls inside.

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  236. My favourite thing about winter is being the first one to make footprints in fresh snow. Early in the morning, with the moon and stars shining, everything is quiet, with just the faint crunching of snow beneath my feet.

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  237. My ideal winter . . . sitting in a log cabin with a fire going, dog and cat by my side, fresh snow falling with lots of everygreen trees outside the window, cup of fresh coffee, and of course knitting!! Sure bliss!

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  238. I think my favorite part of Winter is after a healthy snow fall when it is still pretty outside and quiet and my family is safe at home and cozy. Of course five minutes after this bilssful moment it is time to go out and start shoveling and then it isn’t so blissful, but it is all part of the season. Happy Knitting.

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  239. My favourite thing about Christmas is enjoying a nice glass of mulled wine with my partner whilst decorating the Christmas tree and the joy on people’s faces when they receive a present they really like.

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  240. I appreciate most how things are forced to slow down a bit by the cold and the sometimes inclement weather. Of course, when one adds in the holidays and how lots of folks insist on overdoing it, it sometimes over-rides the slow-down, unfortunately.

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  241. My favorite thing about winter is most definitely cross-country skiing in freshly fallen snow in the forest! Please let it snow this year!!

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  242. I love the very first softly falling snowfall and how all of the dirty, un-peaceful things in the world are briefly covered over and quieted. Of course, then the snow plows come roaring down the road…..

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  243. I love pulling out all of my woolies and wearing them all the time. I also love seeing my boys in their knitted caps.

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  244. The best thing about winter is when my whole family comes over to my parents’ and we go iceskating outside together (or sledding). It’s really fun because we play tag and sing along with the Xmas music they’re playing over the speakers.

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  245. Winter and I have been intimate my whole life (I live at 49° latitude in Canada). I feel joy when he arrives, contentment when we are together and refreshed when he leaves. We have a perfect relationship.

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  246. The odds of winning are infinitesimal, but I love this sweater. My favorite thing about winter is HOT CHOCOLATE. I will return to oohing and aahing about the BOreal pattern.

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  247. I really like your blog and your work very much and in winter i like snow very much and wish you on this way a wonderful Christmas time.
    Many greetings
    Evelyn

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  248. Wait now-forgot to follow the rules.

    My favorite thing about winter is when a wet snow falls, flocking the trees of the boreal forest and I get to snowshoe through the trees.

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  249. I hope it is possible to participate eventhough I live in Denmark! I assure you, we have a cold winter too

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  250. Just lovely!

    Kate, I hope you popped over to Mason-Dixon and basked in the glow, post and comments. In fact, I’ll bet there are a lot of places you can go catch the glow from your well-done work.

    I am thinking I need to be knitting this in my week up in the boreal forest, along the MN-Canadian border.

    Enjoy!

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  251. My favorite thing about winter is SNOW! Snow on tree branches, snow on eyelashes, snow on mittens, snow on sledding hills. I used to live in Michigan, where we got 250 inches of snow annually. Now down in Iowa, we get a measly 40 inches :( . Let it snow!

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  252. Frost crystals that stand above the windsheild – – like small snow flakes, or small leaves growing upwards. shoveling snow and seeing progress of a cleared path behind me! hot chocolate and whipped cream.

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  253. I love winter for so many things. The falling snow which provides the winter play of building snow forts, snow men and sled rides for the children. I love knitting up my favorite skeins of yarn while the wood fire crackles in the fireplace. I love long soaks in the bath and hot pots of soup to warm the bones. And I especially love the month of December which opens people’s hearts towards their neighbors- where ever they may be.
    Thanks for the contest!

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  254. I love snow. I keep hoping for a blizzard. I could stay home to knit… And take long walks in the woods. They are so pretty when it snow.

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  255. I love the “breathing in” of winter – staying home, reading by the fire, cooking together in the kitchen. A nice respite from the hectic activities of warmer weather.

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  256. Sitting in my recliner with two cats and knitting in my lap watching out my picture window as snow flakes fall and an old black and white movie in the DVR….think Katharine Hepburn/Spenser Tracy :).

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  257. In winter people clean out their closets of all the woolies they don’t want anymore. This year I bought a lovely vintage Aran sweater (with the sleeves set straight out of square armholes like the fair isle Kate posted about a little bit ago) and from another year a handspun wool/cotton sweater from Peru with cute llamas around the hem. And sometimes there’s Rowan yarn or that size XXXL alpaca sweater that someone never wore with enough beautiful yarn in it to make just about anything.

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  258. I love winter in Texas because it is the only time it’s not blazing hot! We get two month of cold to savor our woolens.

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  259. As I am doomed to be a constant slave to knitting, winter concentrates the wanderings of my wooly mind. It reconciles me to those unfinished projects I have left behind; and yet, its majestic and severe simplicity make me grateful to every sense.

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  260. Oh, my! So many comments – I bet you’re feeling loved today, Kate!

    I used to hate winter, until I learned to knit – now my favourite part is having the night off work, lighting the fire, and cosying up with the cat, a pot of tea, and knitting myself into a sweater. Love.

    Glad to see you doing so well – I haven’t commented for a while, but I’m loving seeing you on the way back to your old self again, with mentions of fatigue and ill health becoming less and less…. here’s to a happy and healthy 2012 to you…..

    Leah xxx

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  261. My favorite thing about winter is snow and that I can wear my handknitted sweaters and cardigans all the time.

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  262. Winter in Denmark. Not alot of dayligth but so much time to spend indoors with family with lots of candles. But some days, if we have snow and sun, the light is so brigth it is blinding

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  263. I love what it does to nature, frosted twigs and leaves, snow glittering in the sun, icicles, snow-covered trees…

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  264. what i enjoy about winter is sitting in a warm room with a nice cup of tea next to me, my knitting in my hands and to look outside at the marvelous fairytalelike twinkling snowworld

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  265. I like winter because it’s so quiet if you go for a walk with the dog when snow lies. When covered with snow everything looks so virgin. And I can wear my knitted garments, of course.

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  266. I love it when it snows and it sticks to the trees, espcially at night when the lights shine – it is so beautiful. I love to walk in the snow when it’s like that – so peaceful and clean.

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  267. My favorite part of winter is going to Minnesota. We live in Charlotte, NC where the temperature in the winter rarely gets below 30*F for more than a couple of days at a time. Snow is a rare thing for us. Going to Northern Minnesota to visit my oldest daughter is a real treat for this cold weather lover. The ground is invisible because of the repeated snowfall and the air is so cold going into your lungs, you really know you’re alive! It’s a great place to send knitted items from me! She truly appreciates a good sweater, hat or mittens in that climate. I would make the sweater for my beloved Bailey if I win the kit.

    It’s a great pattern, btw. Very original!

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  268. oh this is easy. although i love the fall more (i live outside of boston and new england does fall like no other area) i love winter because the air is so crisp and clean. when the sun is out, it’s so bright that it almost hurts your eyes. the colored lights all over the neighborhood. wearing sweaters and boots and handknit socks. not sweating. heh. even my hair looks better (no frizz caused by humidity). the snow!

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  269. My absolute favorite thing about winter is the bleak harshness (cold, snow, wind) that sort of intimidates me when considering going outside but then the consequence/reward is an invigoration of mind and body and a return to coziness, warmth, food, hot drinks, fire, books and of course, knitting.

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  270. On a night after a snow storm has roared on by there is a sillent time. The ground is covered with undisturbed snow and the moon reflects off of it. The air is icey and I am warmly wrapped in layers of wool. I stand and listen and look at my transformed world.

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  271. The best thing about winter is going for a long walk with the dogs in the snow, throwing a snowball for them and watching the utter confusion on their faces! And knitting by the fire, watching the frost form on the inside of the windows (but only the first time it happens each year, after the first time it just annoys me…), getting to eat lots of stews and drink lots of hot chocolate is good too.
    I just love winter, its the best of all the seasons.

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  272. Crackling ice, brisk walks through the trees to the bookstore and bar, complete with fireplace; mulled cider, my two dogs, and celebrating my birthday surrounded by loved ones and yarn (but especially yarn! and cider). Thanks!

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  273. I started reading the comments, so nice to be reminded about the good things of winter, but seriously, I couldn’t continue reading, there are so many here, I’ll return on a gloomy black day of january :) Snow is good, love it, but I think the christmas celebration with all its lights is the best thing. I live so far north, it is dark almost all day, and all the white lights (so glad the coloured ones are out of fashion ;)) bright my day – and make our home more cosy too.

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  274. My favourite season! I love being wrapped up to the eyeballs in woolly goodness to take the dog for a walk, especially if it snows, and then having to strip back to shirt sleeves because it gets soooo warm under all those layers! It just makes you feel so alive :o)

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  275. The eveloping silence and nearly audible (if you strain and still your breath just enough) sound of snowflakes falling. Not a sound I hear very much in downtown Manchester, but that makes it all the more special when it does come round!

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  276. I love being able to stay cosy and warm inside on the long dark evenings, knitting for ages without needing an excuse for why I’m not doing something more active outside. Bad weather lets me be a homebody without guilt.

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  277. Crisp winter air in my face early in the morning. A whole afternoon inside, reading and knitting. A good invigorating walk, and a hot chocolate afterwards. I love everything about Winter!

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  278. My favorite things about winter are the early morning light and sunrise as I walk out and the way that the air is sharp on the intake and leaves a con trail. I love wool coats and mittens and warm boots and knitting with a purpose for people who will appreciate it.

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  279. I love Snowman building with the neighbourhood children and wearing my favourite knitted mittens, hats and sweaters. Your Boreal pattern is wonderful and would be great in the snow. Happy holidays to you and yours.

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  280. Snow. Thick blanket of snow everywhere – it mutes the sounds so nicely and makes everything look cleaner and somehow better. I just wish we would have more snow this year…

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  281. I love putting up my Christmas tree, all my ornaments have sentimental value & memories. Love putting up the tree with me grandson.

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  282. Like all others I love the cozyness of knitting in wintertime near the fire. What I also really love, love, love are those cristals falling out of heaven and glister like diamonds in the snow. Breathtaking under the moonlight and sparkling special in the sunlight.The beautiful Boreal pattern reminds me of them.
    Seasonal greetings from dutchie Henrica, living in Sweden

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  283. Snow. More precisely, the first snowfall. Every year the leaves turn colour, the wind grows teeth, sky is a paler blue, frost glitters on the grass and I wait, I almost hold my breath as I wait for the morning when the light through the curtains is different, brighter, whiter, and I throw them open to see the world transformed, the everyday rendered wonderful and mysterious by a blanket of snow.

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  284. Definitely digging out all my winter woolies – there’s nothing quite like pulling out a hat or a pair of socks and remembering what I was doing when I knitted them. Or even pulling out something I’d forgotten I’d knit until I de-mothballed everything for the winter.

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  285. If it is storming and snowing outside, I can make myself comfortable with a clear conscience. A hot cup of tea, a few candles, and my knitting belong to it.
    However, I love to compensate for long the winter walk outdoors in the freezing cold, preferably in the woods or around our little lake … I also love the peace and quiet in the woods when it snowed … simply fantastic.

    Best wishes from Germany, Cologne, Ruth

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  286. Lovely pattern and great colour choice. In Danish we have a thing called ‘hygge’. Hygge is sort of both a verb and an adjective and a noun. The best translation is perhaps cosiness, but it is still not a covering word. Hygge is for all your favourite situations, being around your loved ones and doing laid back things, often involving food, and just feeling good. It is difficult to explain, but hygge is definitely my favourite thing about Winter. Walking in the snow covered woods with my family and dogs, getting home and lighting the stove and candles, having mulled wine and Christmas cooking and knitting and chatting – that is hygge.

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  287. My favourite thing about winter? Wooly jumpers and boots, knitted hats and scarves. Wearing them on a cold sunny day (like today!).

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  288. When I can snuggle on the sofa, in front of the log burner, with my husband, son, dog and cat, all cuddled together (despite the dog’s bony limbs [a lurcher] and the cat intermittently swiping the dog simply for being there ….!).

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  289. What I love most about Winter is the snow, when the sun makes it shine like little diamonds. I love the frozen canals, so you can skate on them endlessly, through a winter wonderland.
    I also love the memory of that Christmas-night when my first child was born: he waited untill the first snow began to fall and so he was born on a white Christmasday. No wonder he loves winter, snow and ice too!

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  290. Are you kidding??!! I would LOVE to win this giveaway – what a great prize.

    My favourite thing about winter is getting out my handknits. I love wearing things I have made and this is easy to do in the winter when you can put on hat, scarf and mittens. I like when it’s cold enough to wear them without arriving at work swaddled in wool, totally over-heating because it’s not quite cold enough!

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  291. my favorite thing about winter is looking at my cats trying to catch the snowflakes outside the window during a blizzard, while the fire is crackling and I am having a nice cup of tea, my knitting on my lap…

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  292. Snow. Hands down (:
    We don’t get much winter weather where I’m at, but when we do, everything usually shuts down and I get a day (or more!) to devote to knitting and drinking hot tea.

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  293. oooooh, wonderful competition, thank you!

    My favourite thing about winter is getting cosy by the fire with my family & our dog. Putting on a good film, cracking the tin of quality street & *knitting*!

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  294. Winter – I love the smell of pumpkin soup on the stove, the tingling feeling on my face after being outside, the colour of the sea, my hand knits being worn day after day, rain.

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  295. Please add my name into the voluminous hat. So many comments, such a lovely prize!

    My favorite thing about winter is seeing the snowdrops poke their little green leaves above the crust of snow… Hope of Spring!

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  296. how nice, what a great idea !
    What I love in December are what we call “Christmas villages” that flourish in the city centers of Northeastern France (it is originally a German tradition) where you can buy all kinds of Christmas treats and gifts, and more importantly, burning hot mull wine or apple juice with spices to drink as you walk home in the cold weather…

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  297. Winter is for me the contrast between the cold outside and warmth inside. What I like most, are the walks with our dogs when it is snowing, the air is crisp and cold and smells fresh and clean. And of course, coming home, drinking hot tea and knitting on a new project ;-).

    Greeting from rainy Germany
    Frau Fröschle
    PS: Terrific design!

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  298. My favourite thing about winter? How long have I got? Hot chocolate, warm knits, a Xmas tree with lights, candles lit and a warm fire, waking up in the dark and seeing the world wake up around you… and lots more. Mostly knit-related ;)

    Ammerins

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  299. Winter is my favourite seasons! I love going out for a walk on the snowy moors clad in as many woollen garments as possible. Then returning to a lovely warm house with the fire going, the smell of roast butternut squash soup on the hob and warm homemade mince pies for pudding. Bliss, especially if there is the prospect of knitting by the fire afterwards.

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  300. The best part of winter is the first morning of snow – waking up and hearing nothing, the whole outside is covered in the silnece of freshly fallen snow. I love it!

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  301. I absolutely love that the whole world seems to get so quiet and relaxed when it is snowing outside… just magic!! :)

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  302. the fluffy snowfalls…the ones that pile up on the tree branches like cotton candy. I also love swapping my summer-knitting-beverage iced tea for a mug of hot cocoa.

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  303. My favorite thing about winter is when is cold outside, the air is crisp and freeze and my baby boy sleeping peacefully and me finally after a long ” busy mama “day ,sitting and knitting and drink peppermint tea :-)) yeah!

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  304. Blimus (said in best Sid James voice) – a LOT of comments! :D
    I struggle to find things I like about winter – it’s never been my favourite season. But since learning to knit, I’ve come to appreciate it a lot more. I’ve spent the past few evenings knitting tiny legwarmer and mitt sets for small girls of my acquaintance – so I think my favourite thing is long, dark evenings with the woodburner turned up to 11 and plenty of knitting to keep me occupied.

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  305. There are so many things I love about Winter but my favourite has to be the way nature reveals the structure of everything and then illuminates it perfectly with the milky sunlight. Beautiful!

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  306. My favorite thing about winter is the cold and being able to wear lots of wool! And of course spending lots of time inside drinking tea and knitting…

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  307. I think it changes every year… but this year, my favorite thing about winter is that I get to come home and wind down for a month before going back to school (I’m a college student in LA, whereas my home is in Northern California). It’s interesting having two domains. One always seems to be an escape from the other, and I guess this time around quiet NorCal is the escape from busy LA. I’m thankful for this winter, and I’m thankful for home.

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  308. My favourite things about winter :- clear frosty mornings perfect for a walk in the park; big bowls of home made soup for lunch; spending those long evenings in front of the log stove with the knitting; planning what will be growing in the garden and greenhouse.

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  309. The best thing about winter is getting in from the cold to warmth, a cup of tea, and a knit. Also making the bantams comfy in their hutch with a freshly-floofed bed of straw.

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  310. My favorite thing about winter is seeing my 3 little grandsons wearing the handknit jumpers and socks that I have spent the summer knitting fror them.
    I knit the same style of jumper for each boy but in his own favorite colors. They look adorable.

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  311. My favourite thing about winter really is the run up to Christmas! Making presents and writing cards to family and friends, brings them all closer to us; and skyping with those too far away to visit. Drinking tea, knitting and chocolate from about 2.30 pm when it gets dark, of course!

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  312. I love baking goodies for everyone during the winter. With the holidays, I like to bake a little something for everyone. I bake for my staff members to let them know I appreciate them, my boss to thank him for being supportive, my neighbors to let them know I enjoy their company whenever I pass by and say hello, the secretaries at the school where I work as well as the maintenance staff. I feel that when you make food for someone, you’re giving a piece of yourself with it, and that’s what appreciated during the winter holidays.

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  313. I love when it squeakes under my shoes when I walk on snow and I love to skii so it is truly a wonderful time of the year. I really hope that I will win this one!!! Your design is so beautiful.

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  314. Definitely not the cold. :) I think my favorite thing about winter is the food — hot stews and soups and hearty breakfasts. Actually, my favorite favorite thing about winter is sitting by a roaring fire, mopping up the last bit of a bowl of stew with a piece of French bread, reading a book and listening to music. (I’m a multitasker. :) )

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    1. Odd. I don’t know why my name is given as “FedTax.” It should be Erin — that’s what showed up when I wrote my comments. Sorry for the confusion!

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  315. I love how winter always makes me think back over the year. It makes me grateful for the good things in my life and my year, makes me feel good about having survived bad things that happened beyond my control, and makes me consider changes I could make to fix bad things that I do have control over. Then after Dec. 22 I like to think about how every day is getting longer and about all the possibility in longer days and a brand new year.

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  316. Snuggling under multiple duvets to keep warm in bed…wrapping myself in blankets, sitting on the couch knitting with my favourite movies or telly programmes on. Can’t say snow, as we usually don’t get any here.

    I just discovered your blog a few days ago and have read backward over the last couple of days…awesome and inspiring, you are!

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  317. On clear cold mornings (Finnish cold = -20C or lower) it is almost painful to breathe, but there is quite a reward for enduring. The air appears to sparkle like stars from the ice crystals. Standing outside before the sun rises facing the sky, it feels like being in space all wrapped in stars.

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  318. Winter is just a distant memory at the moment in Australia! But one of my favourite things is all of the delicious and warming things to eat and drink.

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  319. My favourite thing is waking up to a fresh snow fall, putting on the fire, making a cup of tea and just enjoying the view. On days when I don’t have to go anywhere it’s pure bliss. On the other days, well, it’s something else ; )

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  320. Winter is wonderful! During the cold winter I love walking on the ice; on a frozen lake or the sea. Everything’s still, quiet and -frozen. Yet you know that under your feet there’s another world that is maybe quiet too, but not frozen at all.

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  321. Fabulous jumper and great competition.

    My favourite thing about winter is that sooner or later it’ll come to an end and the interminable rain, fog, damp, cold and thunderstorms will give way to sunny days. If we had proper snow here I might like it more!

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  322. I love cuddling up with a good cup of tea, cozy knitting and a snuggly pup while the flakes fall outside my window!

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  323. I grew up in a cold climate and I loved the snow and cold and wearing warm clothes . Now I live in Australia so winter is July . No snow but I love rugging up in all the woolens that I have knitted . Right now it is summer and that means knitting too , so that I am ready for July :)
    love the newest sweater !

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  324. What do I love about winter…. I don’t love winter, though I do appreciate it. To me it’s a time where my mind gets a little sad. It is a good time for contemplating, slower deeper thinking. It’s a resting period where I sleep and knit and get ready for all the other seasons that I love so much.

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  325. mmm, winter…let me cast my mind back a few months…definitely having the chance to pile layers upon layers of handknits upon my children!

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  326. Here on the farm we refer to winter as “the human season”. We relish the pace of it. There is time for reading, skiing, pouring over seed catalogs, writing letters and (best of all) long hours of uninterrupted knitting!

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  327. I love winter evenings the best. The early, purple twilight and a world hushed by the thick layer of new snow that crunches underfoot as I make my way home. Later, some knitting and a big mug of peppermint hot chocolate…

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  328. My favorite thing about winter is not feeling ashamed that I eat oatmeal (or, as they say in Edinburgh…porridge) every morning. And sometimes at night.

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  329. Winter in California is very different than winter in New England where I grew up. My favorite things about California winters are how clear the skies are, the rainy days, and seeing snow on the mountains that surround L.A. Also, I love getting the chance to wear all my wool sweaters.

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  330. I like a lot of things about winter! I love the cold, crisp air. I love setting the first tracks in the snow, or maybe seeing the tracks of the bunnies who have been there before me. I love watching the woodpeckers, chickadees and cardinals as they battle for the food that we put out (while my cat crouches in the snow, pretending she needs to catch one to eat!) I love snow days, when the school buses don’t run and I get to stay in with my kids, in pjs for most of the day, just hanging out, knitting and watching tv. I also love seeing the days get longer (soon!) and my indoor plants responding with new growth and the hope of spring ;-) Lovely, lovely sweater!!

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  331. I love that winter gives me an excuse to bake something everyday. My apartment is so small baking heats up the whole place.

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  332. I love snowdays. When schools are closed because the buses are not running are a special treat. Time to relax, go for snowy walks or curl up with a good book.

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  333. I love going out when it is so cold that ground is all crisp and the air is almost sharp. And then again I love coming in and having a cup of hot tea. I’d say knitting, but I do that all year round. But I do like seeing my family wearing lots of things I have made!

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  334. It seems we all love the same things about winter – a cozy warm house while it is frigid outdoors, being snug under blankets with a book or some knitting. I also love to lay in front of the Christmas tree and look up into its branches, though that is obviously specific to December not winter in general. :D

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  335. I love everything about winter. I love to wear knits. I love cold walks. I love the low light. I love frost and snow. I love the bare trees. I love the look of dead grass tufting up amongst the evergreen brambles. I love hot chocolate. I love stew. Everything everything everything.

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  336. My favorite thing about winter aside from the perfect excuse to wear layers of wool–would be the food. All the savory and sweet delights that are made and enjoyed when the weather turns cold and the kitchen gets nice and warm.

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  337. My favourite thing about winter is the warm silent cold. When there is plenty of snow a sunny winters day is almost balmy and eerily quiet, even in the city. And of course following a good day in the warm cold, sledding or skating, is the return to your warm home.
    I can remember as a child, after a day of outdoor fun which included snow angels, coming home to a warm dinner and hot bath. Mom always provided my sister and I with a little extra warmth by heating up our flannel pyjamas and giving us lots of cuddles to keep the warmth in as we drank the perquisite hot chocolate before she tucked us into bed.

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  338. Your sweater is gorgeous – a perfect winter garment!

    My favorite things about winter: fresh snowfall and a cozy fire.

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  339. the best thing about winter is being warm and cosy – or even gettting warm and cosy! I LOVE being able to wear my wool and winter ensures I get lots of chances as well as inspires much knitting and gifting

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  340. One hundred degree temperature differentials: minus 20 F. outside, and 80 F. inside, courtesy of the woodstove! It isn’t always easy to get it up to 80… but boy is it nice when we do.

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  341. What a generous giveaway! I love a snowy evening that is followed by a morning where I get to lounge around the house in the morning.

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  342. Well, as the 860th comment leaver, I think my chances are slim :o) However, your blog is a revelation, Kate! Not only am I humbled by your resilience and courage, but I am so impressed by your knitting. In fact, Wovember and your glorious patterns have inspired me to get back into knitting.
    As for winter, my favourite aspect is the thrill of the first snow and the promise of long hikes with my kids and the dog. (We’re fortunate to live in a really lovely part of southern Ontario, Canada, that intersects with the south eastern reaches of the Niagara Escarpment, and hence Bruce Trail.)
    If you get to reading this, thanks!
    Sarah

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  343. My favorite thing about winter here in California is the special quality of light – filtered, hazy, silver – the sun is so low in the sky, it’s almost always “golden hour”. That, and the knitting of course!

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  344. Chilly cheeks, hot tea, shortbread, snow, and cuddles. Also! When the trees are covered in ice and the sun is shining.

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  345. My absolutely most favorite thing about winter is the day after an ice storm when the sun is out and everything is outlined in glittery whites.

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  346. My favorite thing about winter is the cold. It means more snuggles under covers, hot chocolate/cocoa/coffee, it means warm cookies, mittens, hats, scarves, and all those other things that come with cold.

    Yep, I like the cold.

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  347. Normally my favourite thing about winter is the food. But this winter I will be taking it a step further and, courtesy of my new home with its little raised garden bed out the back, I will be growing my own food. Onions, cabbages, potatoes, garlic, brocolli, radishes and more. This winter I’ll be looking forward to green shoots poking their way out of the soil, and gradually unfurling their little personalities. Then, best of all, will be cooking up dishes with ingredients freshly picked from my garden, and enjoying the food with my lovely fiance.

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  348. i must admit i’m not a fan of the cold, and so i’m big on winter, but some things i do like are fires in fireplaces, fabulous pullovers, home made baked goods and stews of all kinds!

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  349. My favorite things about winter: the early evening light, snuggling into a warm bed, iced over ponds, walking with dogs in the snow, and how woolens become soft and inviting again. Thank you for such a lovely giveaway opportunity!

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  350. Baking, reading under a blanket on the couch, making hats really quickly for people who stand around me tapping their feet…
    :)

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  351. Feeling peacefully snug wearing a woolly while knitting with wool. Somehow knitting in Winter accentuates for me the knowing of those knitters who have gone before.

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  352. Besides being able to wear wool mittens and pullovers, it`s lying in the deep crystaline snow on a dark and clear winter`s night, listening to that special crisp silence, breathing in that wonderful fresh air, and admiring the bright twinkling stars (Orion constellation is my favourite) in the night sky.

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  353. I love my good old fashioned rambles – cross country ski style – with my dog Fergus. Fergie is a medium sized terrior/Welsh springer spaniel mix in his 15th year. He’s slowing down considerably, but won’t be left behind!

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  354. Rain, in Australia it is not as bitingly cold as some other places, but it always rains, and the air is cool and so clean. I love it.

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  355. A snow day, when school is closed and there’s a feeling of adventure in the air. Nothing better than boys returning home, cold and red nosed, elated by a long day of sledding.

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  356. Living in the south, Louisiana, we relish whenever we get some real winter weather. We cherish the days when we can wear a sweater and coat!!!

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  357. Silly as it may seem, now the most favourite thing about winter is the lack of sound from my neighbour’s pool pump, which drives me crazy. My knitting chair is beside that window so in the winter I can curl up, work on projects and enjoy the silence, bliss.

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  358. the light, the brightness of the stars, the smells, wood fires, handknits drying, chocolate, roasting foods. I love winter. The chance of being snowed in for a few days which brings unlimited guiltless knitting

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  359. I live in a climate where the summers are very hot and muggy, and I love the way the cold clears the air. Snow around here is a special treat, too. Warm woolen knits and hot chocolate make the cold bearable as well.

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  360. My favorite thing about winter is SNOW!!!! I love looking at it from inside, I love walking my dogs in it (at least the ones 2/3 who have enjoyed it), I love downhill skiing, I even love driving in it (although I wish those who don’t, and who didn’t grow up in a snowy area, wouldn’t) and I love it til the last flake melts!!!!
    Please say that you get some in your lovely part of the world? It’s where all “my people” come from – and since the rest of my family thinks I’m the flake – I’d love to know that it’s genetic! (and they’re adopted, I’m not!)

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  361. I am not a fan of winter but I LOVE how excited my son always is when it snows. We have such fun playing in the snow together and always have hot cocoa when we come in, even if we’ve only been out for a few minutes.

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  362. Boreal is FABULOUS! …oh, contest…Yes!
    My favorite thing of winter is the magical beauty of the perfect snowflake!

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  363. I was born in Germany but I live in the Arizona desert now so I long for cold weather all year. I love grey, cloudy skies just because they are so rare here. Other people complain but I like “nesting” at home with hot drinks, soup, knitting, what have you. Sometimes we drive into the mountains to see snow and I love watching it fall so silently. We literally roll around in it, have snowball fights, make snow people and drink hot tea from a thermos.

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  364. My favorite things about winter are snow, and the bare branches of trees against the sky. Sadly I now live in a snowless climate where most of the trees are evergreen, so I don’t often get to enjoy my favorite winter things – happily there are many other compensations to living here.

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  365. What a beautiful give away! My favourite thing about winter is all that lovely snow to get outside and play in, and ski in, dressed of course in lovely layers of delightful wool.

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  366. My favorite thing about winter is going out with loved ones and buying yarn and hot coffee beverages and walking around and getting cold and apple-cheeked and then coming inside and snuggling under a blanket with a kitten or two and knitting <3

    Plus snow. Snow is necessary.

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  367. Oh my……over 800 entries already! I hope this tells you how well loved the creative urge of Needled is.
    What do I love about winter? The sights, the sounds, the smells and the sensual touch of winter fill my heart. The sight of sun shining brightly on snow. The sound of boots crunching and squeaking on a very cold snowy day. The smell of a freshly washed hand knit sweater as it gently wraps my body in its utilitarian and spiritual warmth.

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  368. My favorite thing about winter is the long dark nights…just perfect for knitting, crocheting, or quilting…I don’t have to rush around and do anything outdoors after dinner…I just sit quietly with my little shih tzu next to me on the couch, and needle to my heart’s content…it is my very favorite time of year…and the rest of my family thinks I’m a little “crazy”…smile…!

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  369. My favorite thing about winter. The sound of snow falling. It’s a quiet, muffled, full sound like no other. You can almost hear each individual flake hitting the ground. It has yet to really snow here this winter. I’m looking forward to it.

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  370. Winter storms that make snowflakes whisper against the windows and send the fir trees into spirals….the sounds when you are walking in the woods during a blizzard….

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  371. My favorite thing about winter ~ early darkness, chilly nights, cuddling under blankets and feeling like that’s a good excuse to just sit and knit in the evenings! Life slows down a little bit!

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  372. I love seeing cardinals in the apple tree in our back yard. My least favorite thing about winter is a day so cold your nose hairs squeak when you breathe.

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  373. Snow — which is also sometimes a least favorite thing. But the best winter memories are wearing warm clothes, skiing across the local golf course, kids sledding, hot cocoa or a cold daiquiri later in the warm house. Especially, being outside at night in the snow.

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  374. Got so excited, I forgot to tell you my favorite thing about winter: Wool! and all the wonderful ways I can wear it to keep warm in northern Vermont.

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  375. I love how clear and crisp the air is on cold winter days. That, plus the cold weather keeps my ankles and feet from swelling so I can pretend for a moment that I am still a lithe and lovely 20 year old instead of a matronly 50 year old!

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  376. Snow coating the cactus- seriously, it happened down here last winter. There is nothing quite so magical (in an odd way) as seeing the desert coated with snow.

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  377. Honestly, we have winter for so long up here, sometimes it’s hard to find something I love about it. =) I do love excuses to stay inside and knit, and I love watching my son play in the snow. =)

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  378. I love going to my aunt’s house to spend time with my family over the holidays, eating delicious food and walking in the snowy woods by her house.

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  379. I love the beautiful frost patterns that appear overnight on the windows, and the crisp bite of the wind when you head out doors in the morning and nestle down into your scarf.

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  380. My favorite thing about winter? That eventually Spring arrives! :) No, I’m not THAT cynical. There’s nothing like a walk on a quiet night in the snow – everything hushed. Or watching my dogs (labs) frolic in the snow, full of life and joy. There is much to be thankful for in winter and lots of time to spend indoors knitting!

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  381. Re-reading ‘Wuthering Heights’ every February! Its dark-and-stormy passion makes my winter blues pale by comparison.

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  382. I love winter because I can wear sweaters, scarves, hats & gloves to be warm… I love to knit when my hands don’t sweat.

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  383. I love winter! Especially the part of winter that is after solstice… It’s hard to chose just one thing but I think it’s got to be ski-joring with my dog. I trained him myself and it wasn’t easy (and actually it’s still not easy, we’re always working on something!) but it’s so much fun to be outside and working together. It’s very rewarding and I love to see my usual landscapes transformed by frost, snow and twilight.

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  384. ~hello~ my favorite things about winter are~warm knitted things~warm drinks~snowflakes~boots~ my snow covered mountain~fir trees~sledding~snowshoeing~

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  385. I’m experiencing my first “real” winter, having only lived in sunny states where it rarely goes below 40F! So far, for me, I’m enjoying finally being able to wear all my hand knits that I’ve accumulated over my six years of knitting! It feels so great to pull them out from under the bed and put them on and know my handiwork is keeping me and my family warm.

    I just love this pattern. It’s grand.

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  386. The deepening curtain of snow surrounding the house, making our home a perfect shelter for knitting, fireplaces, the dogs, and pots of my awesome mulled wine.

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  387. Walking on a frozen creek, the ice like glass so I can see the water burbling by. Snow drifts so tall I can’t recognize my own yard! A frozen crust on the snow that reflects the moonlight, making it look like a landscape covered in icing. Making a snowman on my deck to keep me company.

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