7 January 2016

Absolutely Lovely Giveaway



Hello and a very happy shiny New Year to you!

I'm a little late to the party I know but, to be perfectly honest, it's taken me a while to get back into any sort of rhythm after the festive break.  My sleeping pattern seems to have gone totally to pot over the last week or so and I've been waking up at 3am each morning with a manically busy mind.  I really need an uninterrupted eight hours every night or I get ever so discombobulated.

Anyway ... before anything else, I thought I'd kick off the year on a positive note by holding an Absolutely Lovely Giveaway.  It's been a while since I've hosted one and I love the idea of bringing some prettiness to somebody's January.  I've had such fun putting these bits together.  They include:-

❤️ 100g skein of hand-dyed alpaca/merino/silk in dk weight (approximately 210 metres).
❤️ Sunshine & Bloom colouring book for grown ups.
❤️ Cath Kidston notepad and pencils.
❤️ Cath Kidston pencil/notions case.
❤️ Cath Kidston pocket mirror.
❤️ Absolutely lovely postcard.

I will also be including a couple of other surprise bits.


If you fancy the chance of winning this parcel of loveliness, what I should like you to do is simply leave a comment on this post, citing one absolutely lovely thing about January.  Let's share a bit of joy with each other.  Ooh, please also include your email address or Facebook/Instagram name if you are a 'no reply commenter' so that I can get hold of you.  That's it.  It's open to anyone, anywhere in the world.

You have until 5pm GMT on Friday 15th January 2016.

xxx

Edited to add : I'm so enjoying reading your comments, thank you!  I forgot to mention that I will wind the skein into a ball for the winner if they'd prefer.

15/01/16 17:00 GMT : Entries are now closed. Result announced shortly!

310 comments:

  1. Happy new year! What a lovely idea. This January I'm excitedly having lots of time to crochet as im on finally on maternity leave preparing for my first, long awaited, baby to arrive in February. Xxx jenny.commin@gmail.com

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  2. I love January for snuggling indoors with a hot cup of cocoa, an open fire and some crochet, listening to the wind and rain on the windows.

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  3. How pretty! I like getting back into a routine and eating normally again! sara@marjoram.me.uk xx

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  4. What a lovely Giveaway, thank you! One nice thing about January is having a whole new year to look forward to.

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  5. Happy new year, the best thing for me this January is moving into our new house where I can finally set up my craft room πŸ˜€ After having everything in boxes for what seems like a lifetime, πŸŽ‰ What a lovely giveaway this is x

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  6. January is a time for new starts and reawakening of plans/ideas that fell by the wayside the previous year. I always buy a new notebook just before New Year and write the years plans/goals and review last year's (and generally realise how much didn't get done!) Your lovely giveaway would be perfect for helping to set those goals :) my instagram names is luciejwill xxx thank you and Happy New Year x

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  7. This month is good to start a new beginning,almost like spring. It's a time to relax and enjoy your self. Stay warm, crochet or do other crafts. I am home recovering from knee replacement surgery,so I am trying to be positive. Dolres2be@aol.com

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  8. Happy new year and thank you for holding such a lovely giveaway, this January I am look forward to our massive holiday we are having this summer after not having one last year after moving home. I'm also planning the decorating since we have been in our house a year and it's all settled down now. Helen@giftsbyhelen.co.uk

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  9. Happy new year! I've got a massive happy happy surprise coming up this month! I can't wait!!!!! @hello_kerrin_bee

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  10. Thank you for the chance to win all the way from down under in Australia. I love January because it is Summer school holidays down here. I am a fulltime teacher but would dearly love to be a fulltime dollmaker. This month off has given me the chance to spend on making sweet little people for sweet little people!
    Thanks Anne
    annysmith_1@hotmail.com
    https://www.facebook.com/ricepuddingbaby/

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  11. Candles! (Fake ones with a battery now that we have small kids, but real ones after their bedtime!) and my boy's birthday, and knowing we've passed solstice :)

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  12. oh, how sweet! I love the month of January (also), but your nice idea makes it even more beautiful :-)

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  13. Hi Heather how kind of you to do this. January to me means a clean slate. All that promise of new adventures. Bring it on. Xx

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  14. I love January, New beginnings, logs fires, crochet, fluffy blankets, and long walks with the dogs.

    Thanks Laura xx

    laura.fyfe@btinternet.com

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  15. I love starting our home education school year off with a new topic - this term? Doctor Who based lessons with every subject covered and plenty of chances to watch past episodes.

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  16. Amazing giveaway! The best thing about January is getting the children to create their thank you cards after Christmas, it's great to see them scribble away and post them in the post box and even lovelier to get a thank you card or letter in return. It's a good month for gratitude x lu51ade on IG x

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  17. Such lovely gifts! This is very generous of you. I am also enjoying getting back to a more normal routine, crocheting whatever I fancy trying, and snuggling under warm blankets as the cold days slowly pass.
    kidelaney05@yahoo.com

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  18. That IS such a lovely giveaway! Thank you for your generosity. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’• I am looking forward to cozying up in my sewing room next to my sewing machine when the weather is bitter cold and churning out bright and cheerful project bags for my shop, Holland Handmade Co. 🌷

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  19. I hate taking down the decorations and lights, so in January I love to go out and buy bits and bobs for the lounge to fill the void. This January I have bought some all year round fairy lights, candle holders and some yarn to crochet a comfy throw. I love January because it gives me the perfect excuse to do such things!

    Instagram @leasowesview

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  20. Gorgeous items! One great thing about January is the days continue to get longer as the month progresses - spring gets that much closer!

    wgarlock@optonline.net

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  21. Thank you. Jumping in puddles and windy walks along the beach are good in January. :)

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  22. Loving the giveaway. I like be January as its a fresh start to make positive changes, the cosy nights in and it's the month I gave birth to my beautiful wonderful 10yr old daughter who as been absolute credit to me. xxnessa84xx IG

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  23. What a lovely giveaway! The lovely thing about January is knowing the days are getting a little bit longer and lighter and that Spring is around the corner! IG @charliebarleymo xx

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  24. Hello, my absolutely lovely thing or things about January is that I can make lovely pretty fibery things for myself! What an absolutely lovely giveaway too!

    Amanda.devine9@gmail.com

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  25. Ooh this looks so nice!
    One absolutely lovely thing about January is Burns night! I love getting together with family and friends, ceilidh dancing and eating good traditional food. :)
    My instagram name is sarahroseavrilhayes and my email is sadiebob_93@hotmail.com

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  26. Lovely giveaway, thank you! A lovely thing about January is my beautiful nephew turns 1, so looking forward to creating a woolly gift for him :)

    IG: phaerycakes

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  27. Ooh this looks so nice!
    One absolutely lovely thing about January is Burns night! I love getting together with family and friends, ceilidh dancing and eating good traditional food. :)
    My instagram name is sarahroseavrilhayes and my email is sadiebob_93@hotmail.com

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  28. What a fab giveaway 😍 What I really love about January is the planning for the year ahead. Whether is it planning holidays away, jobs around the home, crochet projects or new adventures with our little girl! The possibilities are endless! I'm @luluwestywood on Instagram πŸ’—

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  29. Ohhhhh pretty giveaway. I love January as with each passing day the days get shorter until the snowdrops come up and you know spring is on its way. Lovely giveaway good luck everyone xx. IG bbabscrochet xx

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  30. Very kind of you to do this. January for me is all about wondering what the year will bring. Filling the house with flowers and the promise of the garden coming to life. Karenahenry@hotmail.co.uk

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  31. Happy New Year to you!, love the goodies in this giveaway, I love snowdrops outside making it pretty and cleaning the house for a brand new year with new beginnings and things to look forward too!xx

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  32. Happy new year to you as well! What a lovely giveaway you have here, I'd like to give it a shot :-). January is the month in which I have my birthday, that brightens up this sometimes dark month! You'll find me on Instagram under judithswinkels. All the best from the Netherlands!

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  33. Happy New Year and what a lovely giveaway!! January is my birthday month and ill be doing lots of lovely crochet whilst cosy, inside from the awful weather. Hope 2016 brings you lots of love, happiness and good times. xxx Kelly (IG - kellyandcrochet)

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  34. What a gorgeous absolutely lovely giveaway! I should really say that my favourite thing about January is that it's my birthday month (to be exact it was my birthday yesterday!) But to be honest my favourite thing is fresh starts. New year, new calendars, new diary, the hope that I might actually achieve a resolution! (This year's main one is learn to knit socks - I'm almost finished my first sock!)
    My instagram name is @hellolouisa 😊

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  35. Happy new year Heather and thanks for hosting a fabulous giveaway!
    I love the end of January here in Australia when I return to teaching as I get to meet my new students and also catch up with my previous students to hear about their summer holiday adventures. It's super lovely!
    P.S. I'm having trouble signing in with Wordpress so my Instagram name is @fromagecat

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  36. Happy new year! January is perfect - all the months of the year still lie before you like an empty canvas that is all yours to paint with fresh new energy! I love that thought. And snuggling and drinking tea. Thanks for the giveaway! xx

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  37. What a beautiful giveaway!! I love the new beginning of january, clearing away the festivities and starting afresh, planning holidays and gatherings with loved ones, then at the end of the day cozying down by the fire with a ball of yarn,,,,,,, bliss x lynne.southall@hotmail.com

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  38. January is a great time for a fresh start and new exciting projects to start flowing through my hands! Wish the weather felt the same brightness and excitement too! ☺ loopylana99@gmail.com or @loopylanacrafts on Instagram
    What a fab giveaway ��

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  39. Hi and Happy New Year to you!! I am hoping January will be a good month for me as it's my birthday on the 23rd. Like you, I have found it hard to get back into daily routine following the festivities and a family bereavement, early in December. I am, however, pushing myself to make this month colourful and inspiring!I have started crocheting colourful Spring flowers to make into garlands, in an attempt to brighten my home and Sunflowers have been my first!! I hope you can get back your sparkle and inspire us all as always, thank you Jan

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  40. Such a lovely giveaway..... January for me is the start of something new....new lofe, new energy its all around us and most of all new nature...plants get ready to root its perfect

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  41. Best thing about January? It's the start of a new year an full of positives and expectations!! Xx
    alisonkennington1@gmail.com

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  42. I love the beginning of January because it's mean a new year starts with good things to look forward to. Also means I only have 9-10 months to wait before I get to see my family in the Uk. Even though it's hot here in Perth Australia I Stil get to knit. I love Cath Kidston items. Good luck to everyone.

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  43. Happy New Year! I love that yarn. So perfect for the spring!

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  44. Hi Heather...Happy New Year. What a lovely giveaway...so pretty. I love January beacause it's a shiny, fresh new year with endless possibilties stretching ahead...time for new starts and lots of dreams for the coming year. I also love it beacause its an excuse for fabulous homemade soups, warm crusty bread buns, log burners, hot chocolate and a cosy, snuggly blanket.....Debbie x

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  45. Maria
    Happy new year to everyone
    Wow such a lovely giveaway and your wool looks beautiful such lovely colours.january means a new beginning to look forward to the year ahead.I love January as snowdrops start to bloom they weren't Morhers favourite flower and when she passes away last year we gave everyone who came to show their respect some snowdrop bulbs so they will all be thinking about her in January.
    mariapolasik@yahoo.co.uk

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  46. Thanks for the chance to win this lovely giveaway. January for me is invigorating. People are all about fresh starts, new planners, new health initiatives. I think it's fun and inspiring.

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  47. Happy new year lovely giveaway :) January is the month of being able to slow down and enjoy after all the hectic events of christmas and new year :) Instgram craftystashbuster.

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  48. The best thing about January.. it is the month I became a mom! And then my youngest was born in the same month. Love your blog! jsbegley@neo.rr.com or Renate Begley on facebook.

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  49. Happy new year and what a great idea could get rid of some of my useless stash this way .. There's a few good things I like in january. .one it's my birthday this month so it's something to look forward with January blues and I enjoy wearing all my snuggly items of clothing.. nothing better than getting ear muffs out :) xx instagram katiescrochet

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  50. Oh how very lovely indeed! I love January for all the plans that we tend to make, of things we intend to achieve and all the makes we plan to complete before Christmas next year (lol yeah right). I'm actually going to start my Christmas makes in January this year I'm determined not to leave it until November as usual :) kisses xx

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  51. I am happy to participate in your giveaway, thank you for host it! What I love the most about January is the open possibilities the new year brings! Wish you a beautiful day :)

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  52. Happy new year, it was 43 degrees c here today, so a lovely thing about January on days like these is getting to swim in the pool and cool down. I'm looking forward to a year of new crochet projects!

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  53. What a cool bundle of things! The thing I love about January is that we're getting closer to spring :)

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  54. ooh! that yarn! The best thing about this time of year is that winter is over (December) and it's now officially Pre - Spring! .......
    and early daffodils and hyacinths are helping me in my delusion! x

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  55. What a lovely way to start the year. What I really, really like about January is all the blank spaces in a brand new diary or calendar just full of possibility.

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  56. What a lovely giveaway. It is absolutely lovely to know that there is a teensy bit extra daylight each day in January.

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  57. What an absolutely beautiful little package. It is often dark and dreary in my part of the world in January but I have decided this year that rather than complain about it I am going to embrace it.....spending the evenings cuddled on the couch crocheting, working on my summer vacation scrapbook....just embracing the season. And you know what, I kind of love it.

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  58. What a surprise! I love it! January - white and cold time it's absolutely the warmest and the most colorful month of the year ;) for me :) because I crochet warm necklaces and earrings (you cen see on my blog) and my mom knitted beautiful scarves in different colors :)
    greetings from Poland for everyone :)

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  59. Ooh, that looks so scrumptious and fun! How sweet you are! I'm excited about January because the days are still short and I have an excuse for sitting in and playing with yarn... And Valentine's candy is out in stores... ����
    Afruitfulnest@gmail.com
    PowerFULLGood on IG ��

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  60. I love January and this year it's extra special as we are planning a big house move. I'm so excited about living in a new City and making friends with people I've not met yet. Oh and looking forward to crocheting beautiful things! X

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  61. What a lovely bundle of joy! There are several things I love about January: it's my birthday next week (although not particularly happy about the '30' part - eeek!), I love snuggling under a blanket I am crocheting on the cold dark nights, but my favourite thing about January is the anticipation of what the next 12 months will bring!
    kate2k55@gmail.com

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  62. January is a fresh start. I always think of January as a freshly made bed, crisp, clean and just waiting for us to rumple the covers. Today the sky is so blue. January is a great month Your giveaway yarn reminds me of the colors of January. They are there bright and cheery, just toned down by the white of the snow.

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  63. Happy New Year! What I love about january are the new challenges of the new year. This year I decided I would learn to knit and that by the end of the year I will have made a pair of socks! Last year's challenge was to learn to crochet! the year before was to sew!

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  64. How lovely of you to 'giveaway' x inspired by your crocheting, my WI knit and natter group have crocheted 3 wonderfully coloured blankets to give away to a local charity group for people with profound disabilities as part of a year long project to 'do an act of kindness a month' Belinda x
    (heyb60@gmail.com)

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  65. My favourite thing about January ...... the daffodils come up!! To me it's a sign of new life and new beginnings, roll on the spring/summer πŸ˜πŸ’›πŸŒ»

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  66. What a lovely thing to do for January. Why I love January - new beginings, fresh starts, the promises of longer days.

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  67. January for me is the anticipation that any new year brings, new beginnings, new dreams and plans and countles new crochet projects and skills to learn. The beauty of the crisp frosty morinings, the snuggling under you lastest make with a hot chocolate in front of an open fire.
    dolly.finn@outlook.com

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  68. I love the freshness of January--the Christmas clutter removed (although I love it during December!) leaves such a clean, fresh slate.

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  69. I love January now because of this giveaway - yah !!!

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  70. What a lovely giveaway. If I was lucky enough to win I would give the wool my to mother-in-law. She will be eighty, yes 80, tomorrow, so that is our happy thing for January. She finally learnt how to crochet last Summer and loves it. She is like a teenager again - so excited at learning something new and finding all the amazing yarns that are out there. She is like a kid in a sweetie shop!

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  71. I really love January as at this time of year we live in Mojacar, Andulucia, Spain. The weather is glorious & the sun shines most days. Even better is that I spend my time in Spain crocheting nearly EVERY day...how lucky am I?!!!! Ldavidge@blueyonder.co.uk

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  72. What a wonderful and exciting giveaway, not wonder there are so many comments. How wonderful! One absolutely lovely thing about January is that it's a perfect time for doing crochet and knitting one of the darker months of the year! January is the snug month!

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  73. Happy New Year. I really love January as it is the time when I declutter the house and dream of all the crocheting and sewing I can fit into the new year. xx

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  74. Hi Heather just made your lovely wrist warmers, had them on today, nice and warm. January is the start of lighter evenings and has a glimmer of sring, with bulbs coming to life and birds perched on the feeders chatting happily

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  75. Thank you! Many best wishes for a healthy and content New Year.
    My favourite thoughts about January are the complete contrast to the (lovely but) chaotic and frenetic December / Festive celebrations. I love Christmas, but I really welcome the peaceful return to daily routine, simpler healthy foods, quiet cosy evenings, bracing daytime walks. I'm not one for making resolutions as I seem to start all my new beginnings in September. Instead, my aim at the beginning of January is just to breathe and regain normality. If I'm lucky enough to win the draw, please would you wind the skein into a ball as I don't have a winder (yet!)?
    Best wishes,
    Heather

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  76. January is a clean slate... a chance to revisit and refresh all my goals. Your giveaway are all the lovely things I adore. Flowers, yarn, so happy and fun for a new year!! (SO hard to find CK products in the US, would SO love to win this, instagram @gerdasgarden

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  77. What a lovely giveaway! Thank you so much! One of the best things about January in my neck of the woods is that the days get longer and that no matter how cold it gets, it's on its way out and warmer days are coming! marilise on Ravelry

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  78. what a lovely giveaway...all those spring-like colors!!! I must admit, I love winter....not for the snow (which we haven't had this year!!!!) but for the 'nesting' and the fires in the fireplace and cozying under all those afghans and blankets I've knit in years past.

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  79. Thanks for the giveaway! I start thinking about my garden in January and begin to order and plant seeds.

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  80. I normally like the cold clear days when the sky is that amazing pale winter blue and the sun is a yellows circle low in the sky even at midday, oh I do hope we have a few of these days soon. hjclarke73@gmail.com

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  81. Thank-you! Such a lovely spot of colour for this time of year.
    I love that January is quiet. There is a peace in it that allows us to recharge and re-ground.
    It can be stark, but there is beauty to be seen in those watery sky colours and sharp silhouettes against them.
    I wish you a happy and peaceful new year!
    Jenn @jennscraftyworld on instagram and blogger

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  82. I love the chance to decorate for a new holiday! Thanks for the chance to win :) Happy New Year!

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  83. Hi, I'm happy today as I've started a drawing course, been meaning to for so long, spent most of the mrnng drawing my boot: without looking, left handed, in 30 second, 2 minutes: loved it xx Alisonharveystyle@gmail.com

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  84. January nights with a hot cup of tea, a big blanket and a easy no-think crochet project are all very lovely!

    IG - @andshelaughs

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  85. Coming home from work and lighting the candles, snuggling up with a warm blanket and starting a new stitchy project...bliss!

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  86. I love the new beginnings of January and the new year. A built in opportunity to start again, do something new, and take stock of everything we really did accomplish over the past year! IG = @rhondagigi

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  87. I was enjoying the warm weather here in Louisiana, but it looks like the chill has arrived. Lana Johnson

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  88. Oooo pretty giveaway! Yarn, Cath Kidston and a coloring book?! Thank you! January is a wonderful time to unwind, enjoy peace and calm after the hustle of the holidays. I take stock of my yarn and look forward to planning my makes for the new year. Instagram - @kcrochet77
    www.superkcreates.com

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  89. Happy new year and all the best whishes to you all!! What I love about Januari is that my dads birthday is on the 23 of Januari and he is becomming 65 years old. A very good reason to celebrate!

    beefree5@hotmail.com

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  90. January can be a difficult month to love, but I think there is something nice about clearing away the Christmas decorations and seeing the house in (a very small amount of) order.

    Thanks for the giveaway! lisejackson000 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  91. Oh my, yarn and Cath Kidston! Too good to pass up. This January is particularly wonderful as we have snow!

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  92. So wonderful to read every ones positive comments. I work hard to relish January, I love the opportunity for reflecting, planning and newness.

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  93. What a lovely prize! My favourite lovely thing about January is seeing little pots of spring bulbs appear in the shops! Hyacinths are my absolute faves x

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  94. I'm kind of glad to hear that my sleep patterns aren't the only ones off-kilter! I've felt a bit like a zombie since the new year started! The yarn and gifts are so beautiful (as is your blog!) and I would love to start the year having fun with them! <3

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  95. What a beautiful idea to give a happiness gift in January x This month I look forward to quietness, small pleasures of crocheting for myself and watching the nights growing lighter as each day passes x

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  96. Happy New Year! Absolutely lovely beginning - thank you for the beautiful give away! For me January is a special month as I have birthday on 14th. Also January is a lovely, quiet month after all the celebration with a beautiful winter/snowy weather (that it was when I lived in Finland). Here in Greece I also feel that it's lovely relaxing time before the spring begans and then soon busy summer. Best wishes from Crete! x Teje
    www.nerospostbox.wordpress.com nerospost(at)gmail(dot)com

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  97. Oh I forgot to add my IG is @aggravistle x

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  98. I love winter walks in the park and having time for long visits with my family. Oh, and snuggling under blankets! Your giveaway is lovely, what a nice bundle of goodies.

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  99. What a lovely cheery photo on a wet & windy day! Thanks for offering this giveaway & "Happy New Year" to you
    Best Wishes Natalie xx ♥
    Email: homesweethome73@yahoo.co.uk

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  100. I am so excited to find your blog! It is the exact kind of happy colorful place I like to visit so am adding you to my list! I came over from Instagram and am so glad I did!
    Thecottagenest@gmail.com

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  101. Oh! I love your idea of a lovely Giveaway! The best thing about January is that the days are getting longer, which means more daylight time! Dawn

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  102. Happy New Year what a lovely giveaway! I love the anticipation of all things new that January brings. And a definite bonus was arriving on the supermarket car park this morning and getting a space without driving around dodging Christmas shoppers.
    Charlotte xx
    charlottecb@hotmail.co.uk

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  103. Thanks a lot for this lovely giveaway! January is one of my favourite months. I do live its smell of blank journal with brand new pushed ready to be filled with dreams, projects and ideas. So Happy new year to everyone!
    You can find me in Facebook and Instagram as retalparacual ;).

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  104. My favorite thing about January is the reality that all the hustle and bustle of the holidays is past. I can relax and enjoy the peace and quiet. (elizabethann271@gmail.com) ...that yarn is gorgeous!!!!

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  105. The bitter cold of January in New England means I get to drink lots of tea and wear ALL the handknit/crocheted items! Much of our year here is too warm for large squishy shawls and such so I appreciate the short window of opportunity. Plus, the weather is perfect for making more large garments/items.

    Thanks for the giveaway! Happy New Year!
    -Renee

    Instagram: oh_dear_

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  106. Snuggling in with my family - and crazy dog - in front of the fireplace. Something about the warm fire and cozy setting lets my teenagers be snuggly kids again. I love January for that!

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  107. I love the thought of new beginnings, evenings very slowly becoming lighter, the joy of spring to come and the refreshingness of a brand new year. Your giveaway is indeed lovely. nikimurrayuk@yahoo.co.uk thank you xx

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  108. What a beautiful collection for your giveaway - just seeing the photo made me smile! There are some things to enjoy about January . . . and I've thought for about 5 minutes now and still can't get past my initial reply . . .which is - January is one month closer to warm weather! In winter, I just bide my time waiting for spring. :) tlynn737@aol.com Thank you!

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  109. Thanks for the giveaway. I love the adorable yarn especially.
    I love January especially because its the month with my mom's birthday and I love the chance for her to have some fun!

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  110. What I love about January is no orders so all my time is spent on lovely crochet, all for ME!!! This gorgeous lot would make me silly happy!

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  111. What pretty things! What I love about January is the sense of optimism I get, watching shy little snowdrops pushing through the hard soil, the bulbs slowly waking and readying themselves. I dread January and then it comes and I realise I love it all over again!

    Sarah-rea@sky.com

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  112. Happy New Year Heather. What a lovely and generous giveaway. I love January because there's a whole new twelve months ahead of us full of possibilities. It's a time for dreaming and making plans. What could be better.
    Janet x

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  113. One thing I love about January is the snow we always have, some outdoor activity and then coming inside with a hot drink and some crochet or something and just feel the warmth returning to my body.

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  114. Happy New Year Heather,and thanks for the beautiful give away.What do I like about January,well for one thing I made it....another year yay,my 68th.I love the early snowdrops and sometimes daffodils.The days are slowly getting longer.i don't have to out if I don't want to I can sit home with my hook.....bliss.

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  115. Your Giveaway is wonderful like a dream !
    Franca

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  116. What a lovely giveaway! This January I'm looking forward to beginning to make lots of soft furnishings for our new home.

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  117. A time of new starts and optimism. And new crochet projects!! Daffodils and happy longer days to come too
    Maria xx

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  118. What a lovely giveaway, once all the decorations are down the house looks a little bare and I'm starting to think about decorating rooms and adding some colour too, so this January will see me spending cosy nights on the sofa being inspired on Pinterest.

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  119. January is the start of a brand new year. Ready for all new projects to try and adventures to be taken. Can't wait to try new things x

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  120. Oh yes please, count me in. For me January lovliness is lovely winter walks xxx

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  121. I love January, the start of a brand new year, so many things to look forward to :-)

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  122. Wow, it seems that a lot of people love January!! I love all the new possibilities and new things to come! Also buying flowers again! Happy New Year to you! xx

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  123. The sunrises in January are amazing at my house!

    I'm excited about the coloring book, I've wanted one since I first heard about them.

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  124. January is lovely as it is the start of lots of new things ... New year, new resolutions, new goals, new calendar ... The list could go on!

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  125. I started January very excited that this year, in April, my third baby will be born. Lots of change in our home but I'm feeling very fortunate and lucky x

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  126. What a lovely way to start January. Sorry that your not sleeping well at the moment, there is nothing worst then waking during the night with your head whirling about :( does writing things down help you clear your mind ?

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  127. Oooh this is definitely a very lovely giveaway! I'm a bit of a thrift seeker, so my favourite thing is the January sales. Crossing my fingers! πŸ‘

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  128. Thank you for offering such a gorgeous and generous giveaway. I look forward to a new start in January and that includes dreaming up new crochet projects in spring colors, and the anticipation of spring bulbs divulging their colors.

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  129. Happy New Year! What a lovely giveaway! I love January because it's a new beginning and a fresh start after the festive period. After a spring clean there is nothing better than a new notebook and pen to write a list for the year, full of possibilities. X
    Instagram @crafty_toadstool

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  130. Something I love about January is that once the decorations are put away the house seems to be spacious and tidy (even if it's not), and I'm reminded of how much I love my home again. I must say that this is a very pretty giveaway indeed. Happy New Year!
    Cathy x

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  131. i like your fb page alot, and would love some of your yarn,for i dont have tooo much money to get yarn every month,or week, there is soooo muh wonderful yarn and not enough time , only two hands *lol
    most i love the daffodil , i always buy them , and best is that when wather is stil cold, i can make myself some tea, cake or buiskuits, and knit as long as i fall asleep :)
    januar is without hurry, and hustle for me :)

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  132. Happy New Year! My favorite thing about January is my sister's birthday on January 1st.

    email is sarah.m.lawson(at)gmail.com

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  133. What a lovely prize package with beautiful colours. I love the evenings getting lighter and planning adventures for the year ahead.

    IG: soozyj

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  134. That's a super giveaway - the best thing about January are the first Daffodils in the shops which just jump into my hands and shopping bag and buying the seeds for our allotment for the year and then dreaming about the brilliant vegetables that I'm going to grow xxx

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  135. January is like Monday, none of us are keen to welcome it but it can turn out to be great and a good starting place for what is yet to come.

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  136. This is such a fun idea! Today it would not stop raining, and I got soaked during the school run. However the lovely part was coming home to my cosy warm house, putting my pyjamas back on and sipping hot tea whilst my jeans dried out. Oh, and the pure joy of my one year old son as he merrily splashed through the huge puddles! Happy New Year x

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  137. Happy New year to you lovely Heather. You chose the perfect name for the giveaway!! January is a great month to start afresh, to cosy up, to live in the present moment....
    Thanks very much for such a generous and beautiful giveaway, Pati xx

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  138. What a lovely idea. I love the new year, so full of hope and of course there's always daffodils ti brighten the nights :)

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  139. Ooh how absolutely lovely of you!!!
    I've only recently found your blog and IG and just love your colours and patterns :)

    The best thing for me about January is the week we have away by the sea every year (leaving tomorrow!!) Being DownUnder, that means long walks along the shore, fresh fruit for breakfast and a bit of sunburn...

    My IG is sandrasfourseasons and my email is sdennis@smartline.com.au

    xo

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  140. Happy New Year Loving your blog, January is always the month to start new projects and to promise yourself that Yes you really will finish all those 'works in progress' this year xx

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  141. Happy New Year! The best thing about January is all the lovely kinds of soup one can make to ward off the cold weather!

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  142. Happy New Year Heather! Oh what a lovely giveaway!!! I'd love to participate! The best thing in January for me is that days are starting to be longer :) Greetings from Poland!

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  143. What I love about January is it is a new beginning. It's a time to relax and knit whatever you feel like because the Christmas knitting is over lol! It's a time to sit by a fire and reflect on years past :) sharonleekeller@gmail.com

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  144. Happy New Year to you. What I like about January is the blank canvas of the new year. 365 days of hope and anticipation of projects and adventures that are limitless in our imagination. A new book into which we can write our own special story.

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  145. I love a new year, its a chance to refocus, open up a new diary with the promise of recording wonderful new experiences xx

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  146. Apologies if this posts twice...

    What pretties and so generous of you to put up a drawing. I would be tickled pink to receive this package. 😍 In a house full of boys, pretty girly things are rather scarce. As for good things in January, I'd have to say the rain. We've had a serious drought here in California and the rain has been a blessing. (Although also a bit annoying if one actually needs to leave the house 😜)

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  147. What a lovely bunch of gifts. Anyone would be pleased. One thing I like about January is that regardless of how it seems, the days start getting longer. My email is lrtnichols@nventure.com.

    Linda Nichols

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  148. i'm stuck at the office, working late again to try and meet an impossible deadline, and i've taken a small break to clear my mind when i stumble across this post and the picture at the top of it and suddenly? i am happy. i am calm. i feel the first blush of summer even though it is most decidedly winter. and that's kind of the brilliance of january, that it provides such a stark contrast for other months. none is quite like it -- all full of beginnings [time-wise] and endings [holiday-wise and plant-life wise]. the fact it marks the birthdays of my sister and my daughter is just a bonus...

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  149. I love how the frost on the grass in the dark of morning looks like fairy glitter! It makes having to go out and warm up my car a treat because of the peacefulness of the quiet morning, and the diamond sparkling of the frost.
    ileana . Boyd *at* gmail . Com

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  150. Hello and Happy New Year!! January is a special time of the Year cause I'm on holidays from work, which means That I can crochet anytime, play with our in the middle of the day, have lunch with my boy and even go to the beach and lay down on the Summer sun - no pressure, no rush, no clocks aloud... I just love it. Best regards from Brazil. ;)

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  151. Winning this lovely package would be the most wonderful way to start 2016.
    There are 2 January babies in the family, isn't that just lovely?

    Fingers crossed, thank you.

    Bloglovin: Jc Loh
    Email: yumihamano@gmail.com

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  152. Thank you for yor kindness.... It would be so much fun to win! The best thing about January is looking over the past year, counting the blessings, and looking forward to a new year of memories! I have three little boys and so every day is new and exciting!!
    melindamciver@gmail.com. Instagram: mmmciver614

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  153. Hello Pink Milk.
    Oh, lovely January. You are like fresh, clean sheets on my bed. Makes me want to hop into the new year and roll around in the newness. :) simplylemons@outlook.com

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  154. Waves and smiles from Georgia in the USA! January brings crisp mornings that capture your attention and evenings featuring wispy sunsets of bright pinks and purples. Thanks for your blog and for this chance to win some fabulous stuff!
    susanfo38 at gmail dot com

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  155. I luurvve January in Hong Kong ... not humid, not hot, not sticky, don't need two showers a day. In other words it's the perfect time for crocheting with that absolutely beautiful yarn and not need to have the air conditioner on to do it!!
    lostinhonkers@yahoo.com.au

    Cheers
    Jo

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  156. What a lovlely give away. I jump in and hope that I win :)
    Greetings from Germany :)

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  157. I usually love snow but we hardly have any where I live right now. Maybe next week. lindagerig@sbcglobal.net

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  158. January, though not my favorite because of shorter days and colder weather, is also lovely because it IS, after all, the start of a NEW YEAR. A time for reflection on goals - both met and unmet. And for us to set goals (New Years Resolutions?) for the new year. A NEW BEGINNING. Time to learn from our past mistakes and start anew to correct them.
    In cold climates, it's usually beautiful and white - that white, perhaps. symbolic of a clean slate - for those new beginnings!
    I'd love to win this lovely package of goodies...this yarn looks so soft and lovely! and such soft, lovely colors!
    Wishing you and all your readers a Wondrous New Year filled with Beauty, Blessings and Happiness! Since I'll be taking my first trip abroad this year, this year, 2016, will be filled with new joys for this older lady (70+). Also taking my first cruise this year, so it's going to be a whole new year filled with all new experiences. Why not? Might as well live this life to its fullest! As long as I Praise God with my life and try to stay in His graces, living a full life beats the alternative, right?

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  159. I love the newness of the new year that January brings and fresh starts,also that it' feels the start of stepping towards the lighter nights that is soon to follow. It's my birthday in January also.
    What a lovely giveaway you're offering, thank you x

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  160. January brings longer days, you can smell the air of summer's promise and that's more than enough :-)

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  161. Good morning such a pretty picture!
    This January I'm looking forward to visiting my mother in Gibraltar for my 50th birthday, and organising lots of activities throughout the year including an IG birthday lunch on Monday 15th February in south east london if you are free! Have a wonderful 2016 @mariwish

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  162. Happy New Year!! January is my oldest sons birthday!

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  163. Happy New Year! I like January best for the snow - that we actually have today :-) - the light that the snow gives, the fire and the candles lid inside, the muscari flowering on my table. We always have quite an active social life in January weekends - catching up upon the friends we failed to see for Christmas. I love that, too!
    Instagram account: Kirsten_L_N

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  164. Hi Heather January brings a reprise of last year and looking forward to all the good things happening during the new year. In my case two weddings and two 30th birthdays in the family for a start. Must start crocheting!!
    thorpe-72@msn.com

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  165. Hi, January is my and my son Birthday, it's cold, snowy but nice in Poland,
    mon.kobylanska@gmail.com
    Regards Monika

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  166. Happy New Year! What beautiful colours in that scrumptious skein - reminds me of those yummy fondant sweets! I love the new feeling of a new year and planning for the coming months and seeing new growth in the garden x

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  167. Happy New Year and thank you for such a lovely giveaway. I love January as it always feels like a fresh start where anything is possible for the coming year and a time to hope and dream :-)

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  168. So delicious �� And January is for seeds of change, like blowing a dandelion clock in the wind and watching all the beautiful clocks disperse settle and grow into fruitful new beginnings....... Here's to a fantastic time ��

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  169. Gorgeous giveaway Heather, the thing I love most about January, apart from my sons birthday, is the cosying up! The fire on, candles lit, bit of crochet or knitting on the go and hopefully some dry crisp frosty days (instead of this incessant rain!) The plans we make and the promise of a whole new year to fill with memories. Claire Jackson xx
    Claire.jackson30@yahoo.co.uk @poinysticksandstring (anonymous as my Wordpress id never works!)

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  170. I love having my christmas tree still at home...I don't know for how much time!! :)
    I love being warm at home while it's cold outside.
    Thank you for the giveaway.
    ofelialamejor@yahoo.es

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  171. Oh how wonderrful! Happy New Year to you dear lady. I absolutely love January because the days begin to get lighter, little brave shoots try to push through the bitter cold ground and the whole world seems so much fresher and hopeful :-)

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  172. January is the first month of the year and that's what make its the best for me. I do start something new this time of the year like this year I started my own crochet n knit blog. Also it's a month of celebration for us as many of our family members including my elder daughter celebrate their birthdays in this month. It's happy smiles everywhere for us. Wish you a fun filled new year and thanks a lot for giving us the chance to win this lovely giveaway.

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  173. I love January because my daughter returns to regular football training and matches after the Christmas break. They not only give rhythm to our week, but she loves it and its a time for our family to spend time together cheering on a united cause! Vicky from Birmingham

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  174. January means Hope to me... the start of a year full of projects and dreams to come true. @melimar82

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  175. January brings with it possibility. I love the clean slate, the fresh start, the potential, the excitement of what's to come. I love the chance to become better, to do more, to dream bigger. Happy New Year to you and thank you for the chance at this lovely giveaway!πŸ’—

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  176. It's my birthday month! What could be more uplifting and my lovely kind husband takes me away for a mini break which includes wool and craft shops. Happy New Year to you all! The giveaway sounds great!

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  177. What an amazing giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity to win. I live in Australia and its summer holidays here for six glorious weeks so lots of time for crocheting, knitting, reading, relaxing and more crocheting - my favourite pastime! ��❤️

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  178. What a fabulous giveaway - so much loveliness! I always think January is a month when you can plan the year ahead and set goals to try to achieve throughout the coming months. It's a month full of new ideas and the willingness to reach for the stars and take on new challenges! My challenge is to perservere with my crochet and I've just started your Round Cushion pattern - this cushion is what made me want to learn to crochet as I just adore it. And now this month I think I'm ready to attempt it after much practice - so January is the month of the Round Crochet Cushion (with roses!) challenge! Caroline - Swallowbarnvintage IG

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  179. the one thing i like about january it's my partners birthday and my lovely daughter's birthday i don't get to see her much as she does not live in derby with me and she travels a lot with the job she does and it would have been my dads 82nd birthday who i miss a lot

    i had a ankle fusion in october and i have been in plaster for 12 weeks and it finally comes of for good on the 12th january that i am looking forward to

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  180. January is a special month for me, as two of my seven children were born in January! The younger of the two, my daughter, is an amazing knitter, who LOVES Cath Kidston...! I would love to win your giveaway so that I can share it with my daughter! thank you!

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  181. Beautiful giveaway it is - Enjoy feeding the birds with 4 feeders - so many different ones.

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  182. Hi this is a lovely giveaway, what I love about January is the simplest thing the evenings start to get brighter, every evening there's another little stretch , giving you hope, and the buds start popping out, and spring flowers start to shoot up, endless possibilities to new hopes, dreams and the year ahead. My Facebook is Michelle O Driscoll with 2 boys sitting on footballs!!

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  183. I love January. It's our slowest month of the year as the kids' activities slow down. It's time to relax and soak in everything around us.

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  184. January is a chance for me to relax after the Christmas excitement, stay indoors and do crafty stuff and await the sight of the first early lambs in nearby fields. Love your blog Heather.

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  185. I love that new year beacuse my husband started to make me my very own small room so that I can have all my yarn and my favourite crochet chair and a good lightning. I love the yarn you show on the give away, it reminds me of a sweet I was eating when I was a child. @castafiorisa

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  186. I bought the first bunch of daffodils of the year. Love them! Also fairy lights. Fairy lights are for life not just for Christmas. Thanks for arranging the give-away. Such a lovely idea.
    sooze@talk21.com

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  187. I absolutely love January as it's the month my beautiful boys were born! And mine too.
    Janice Ellie

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  188. January is special to me because it is a chance at new beginnings. For me, this January is about reconnecting and making stronger connections in many ways. With one friend I am tackling clutter the Marie Kondo way- each of us in our homes in New Hampshire and Australia. With new friends I am taking part in a group sewing project to make lovely outfits for women coping with sickness or bereavement, and most exciting of all, I have found again a friend who is like a sister to me but who faded away in the busyness of life and my three moves.

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  189. What an (absolutely) lovely idea! I've got to confess it's not my favourite month, but for me the highlight of January is on the last Tuesday when Shetland celebrates Up Helly Aa and those of us who no longer live there can watch the webcast of the torchlit procession. I usually go over to my brother's flat, we get a takeaway and watch the webcast and reminisce. In a cold dark month it's the highlight! Also on the cards this year is a trip through to Edinburgh to see the Turner in January exhibition - more light in the darkness :-).

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  190. The New Year is a chance to wipe the slate clean and start anew!

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  191. Hi Heather! I would be ever so happy to be the proud owner of some Cath Kidston beauties! If I ever made it to the UK I think I might buy the store! Have a Happy New Year!
    Catherine in Marshall VA USA

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  192. Ohhh, pick me, pick me ( hand thrust up in the air ). I must say I love snuggling in and shutting the curtains without guilt in January, but with a promise of light to come...

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  193. Hot chocolate with marshmallows in my Winnie the Pooh cup, a cozy nest in front of the fire, and a new project with some lovely yarn. Nuff said!⛄️

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  194. What a pretty bundle,my favourite part of January is waiting to see the Snowdrops!

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  195. I love the idea of a fresh slate to fill,an empty diary,tulips in the shops,early lambs in the field behind my Dad's house and my wedding anniversary. That is a very pretty prize. My Instagram name is cinders74.nn. Thanks and a very happy new year to all!

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  196. What a lovely giveaway! What I look forward to in January is my oldest son's birthday. January might be a long dark month, but it's the month when I first became a mum and nothing can make a month more special than that in my opinion. (I'm @myhousefulofboys on IG)

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  197. I have TWO favourite things about January....the birth of my twin sons! Born on the 15th January 1986....my lovely lads :) :)
    Pamela

    Pamela.soper@btinternet.com

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  198. January always feels like a fresh start with the New Year. Time to regroup and move ahead!

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