memories of juneau giveaway

May 28, 2017






Perhaps you're like me and think the best kind of travel souvenir is a skein of yarn. While in Alaska last week I visited Seaside Yarns, a pretty knitting shop in the historic town of Juneau.  I went in specifically to purchase locally produced/dyed yarn and man, did I hit the jackpot!  Upon entering the store, I was faced with over a dozen cubbies filled with Northern Bee Studio yarn grown and milled in the lower 48 states and hand-dyed in Juneau, Alaska.  I was so excited and exclaimed to the sales lady that this was exactly what I was looking for!  I told her I was interested in making Joji Locatelli's new Mystery Wrap and she said she had just been playing with some colors for that herself. While she helped me with my selection I admired her keen sense of color and praised the hand-dyed yarn, then asked her if she had ever met the dyer.  She said yes, that it was she!  The adorable Melissa Highfill is the owner of Seaside Yarns and the resident dyer of Northern Bee Studio.  Meeting her and visiting her yarn store gave me a wonderful memory of Juneau I won't soon forget.

If you visit Juneau this summer, Seaside Yarns is a must!  I promise you'll love the store and I hope you are lucky enough to meet Melissa.  Her shop is a quick walk from the dock and right in the center of the charming little town.

Giveaway

Melissa was kind enough to give me a Taste of Alaska yarn kit as a giveaway for my readers.  The kit contains 5 mini skeins with a total of 425 yards of her hand dyed 100% superwash Merino sock yarn, enough to make Melissa's free pattern, Memories of Juneau scarf, or anything else you fancy, like socks! Colors include Dirty Glacier, Juvenile Bald Eagle, The Madam's Velvet Couch, Sitka Spruce and Mineshaft, colors reminiscent of Southeast Alaska's rich landscape and vivid history.  

To enter the giveaway, become a follower of this blog, then leave a comment at the end of this post. For a second chance to win, like the Knitionary Facebook page, then leave a comment under the post that has the picture above. You MUST leave either your Ravelry name or your email address.  If you don't leave one or the other, I won't be able to reach you if you win!  This is open to international readers. Good luck!














Below is what I took home for me.  Five skeins of Northern Bee's fingering weight Little One for Joji Locatelli's Mystery Wrap KAL.  Right now is not the best timing for me to dive into a big shawl but I was wooed by Joji's promise of lots of garter and texture with a little bit of lace, plus I couldn't wait to try out my new yarn.  Little One is a soft 100% merino wool and has the warm, buttery feel of a fine wool.  The tonal highlights seem to make each stitch dance with color.  I love it.  I was able to finish Clue 1.  Spoiler alert, pictures below!






We love the magnificent scenery and the friendly people of Alaska and if you ever have a chance to visit this beautiful state, you should!  Another highlight of Juneau was the Alaska State Museum.  It is located in a beautiful new building and is also within walking distance of the dock.  Inside you'll find the most magnificent and perfectly preserved artifacts of early Native Alaska history, including everyday and ceremonial clothing, weapons, and religious artifacts--all beautifully displayed.  It's true I tend to love most museums but this has become one of my top ten.

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121 comments

  1. Looks like you had a great time representing the Giants, too! Thanks for the chance to try this lovely yarn. Rav = pjknitsufos

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  2. What a lovely shop, like yarn heaven! Would love to win that yarn and get squishy with it.

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  3. The colors are rich and beautiful! Would love this!! Great scarf!!! Thank you!!! ~ Wendy
    Ravelry = WendyWeb

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  4. Gorgeous yarn! Looks yummy and soft. traumaornurse on Ravelry.

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  5. Vacation yarn is the best!
    Nctwila

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  6. I hope I will be the lucky winner and I also hope to visit your lovely shop one day!!!❤️ Ravelry name: beaudoin16

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  7. Wow!! What lovely colours!! I can almost feel the softness of the yarn draped around my neck. Thanks for the chance at having that wish come true.

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  8. Yep, I love the colors and the shawl! 😊 One day, I'll visit Alaska. It's on my bucket list.

    Rav: passionfruit3

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  9. scooper372@msn.comMay 28, 2017 at 10:15 AM

    Beautiful colours and what a gorgeous yarn shop!

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  10. This is very beautiful. I love these colors! bbassett181@yahoo.com

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  11. Stunning I love this, mamimaycrochet@gmail.com

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  12. Wow <3 the colors :) welmirn@gmail.com Facebook Michele Welk

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  13. Beautiful colors. Whidbeyjeannie@hotmail.com

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  14. The colors bring to mind salmon, thimble berries, inlet waters, and spruce trees. Thank you for the visual feast! SiriFS

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  15. Who doesn't love vacation yarn? Great looking shop. Thanks for this opportunity.

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  16. What a beautiful yarn store! I hope to visit Alaska some day and this would definitely be a stop to make. I love your colours for the Joji MKAL and the selections for the giveaway:) Ravelry name Roslyn68

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  17. Very very compliments for the fine art of hand-dying.. beautiful these natural colors..
    Eliana.libener@yahoo.it

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  18. I'd love to win a souvenir from Alaska! AnneBeanVA on Ravelry

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  19. oh oh OH!!! I just <3 this so very much! We did an Alaskan cruise for our honeymoon last Aug. 2016 and I so badly wanted to visit your shop. I didn't get to because the whale watching tour took too long and we only had 15min to get back to the ship. Next time we go we are going to just spend time in town...LOL Thank you for a lovely give away! ravelry: crescendogal

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  20. Oh my goodness...such amazing colours together! I'd absolutely love to knit with this fab yarn...Janiannie on Rav

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  21. Gorgeous colours, lovely pattern! I'm PeanutPip on Ravelry :)

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  22. I'm in love! My absolute favourite colours and my absolute favourite place! I have such wonderful memories of Alaska.. can't wait to go back. This is absolutely gorgeous! I'm lwhythe on Ravelry!

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  23. So gorgeous! I would love to try them!
    LucyMc96 on Ravelry

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  24. So beautiful, I would love to win this. Tinachova on Ravelry.

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  25. Such lovely colours! Love your joji kal as well! I'm Bambimeis on Ravelry. Xx

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  26. So pretty! Would love this as my next project. belissa on Ravelry

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  27. Gorgeous yarn! Thanks for the chance. Rav: SeraM

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  29. I would love to knit this scarf! I'd love to see Juneau, and this may be my ticket! So lovely!

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  30. Your Joji KAL is beautiful!!! I'm with you--the best souvenir is yarn!!! Rav: KathrynMB

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  31. What an amazing adventure you had! That yarn is gorgeous, what a generous give-away! I started the Joji MKAL but my yarn was not as pretty as yours and I've given up. Ha! I'm Ginni on Rav. Cheers!

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  32. Beautiful knit and yarn seems like a perfect match :) Ohlalalaine on Ravelry.

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  33. Elinborg D. Lár.May 28, 2017 at 11:34 AM

    I would love to try this yarn, thanks for the chance dagmar@mi.is

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  35. Beautiful yarn...thanks for the Giveaway! Rave ID: knittingfan456

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  36. Would enjoy knitting with this very nice yarn. On Ravelry I am known as Browniemom

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  37. Such beautiful colours and the yarn looks so soft. X

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  38. I'm so jealous! That shop looks amazing! Rav amchart

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  39. Would love to give that luscious hand dyed sock yarn a good home.

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  40. Would love to win au h beautiful squishy yarn.. rarely name is journie. Snapple01@gmail.com

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  41. I love a good yarn souvenir, too! And I'm also working on Joji's Mystery Shawl! Ravelry ID: JoannaB

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  42. Love knitting with mini skeins! Ravalry name Wiartonknits!!

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  43. What a beautiful shop and all that lovely yarn! GayLizzie is my revelry name.

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  44. If I won this giveaway, I would think that I had dyed and gone to heaven (in Alaska).

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  45. Looks a lovely shop would love to win this giveaway My Ravelry name is pcollingwood

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  46. Such wonderful colors! I already follow your blog and would love to give the giveaway a try :-) I'm marzo on ravelry!

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  47. Would love to visit your shop...looks amazing! I love the shawl...I am ncgarber on ravelry.

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  48. I followed you and liked you on Facebook
    wahoomerryf on Ravelry

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  49. Thanks for the great giveaway.

    graczy3104@gmail.com

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  50. Would love to try this yarn �� Rav name is kamelone

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  51. Left a comment but it doesn't seem to be here. Will try once more. I love both the pattern and the colours of this gorgeous wool. Thanks for the opportunity. Ravelry name is MeMaGma

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  52. Wow your yarn store looks amazing! Would love to win the yarn. My Ravelry name is acornknitster

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  53. OMG! Such pretty pretties!
    Rav name: kairochford

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  54. Such beautiful colors from Alaska, a place I want to explore!

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  55. I love following your blog. Can't wait to see you modelling Marmor. Hi, I am Michelle and my email address is Michellepgchua@yahoo.co.nz These skeins looks delicious and I am crazy about shawls/scarves.

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  56. I want to visit these shops in Alaska! They look marvelous! Ravelry-Moonblu

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  57. Lovely colours! Thank you for the opportunity to win this kit!
    Rav name is spstacey

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  58. Such a delightful yarn shop - how lucky are you to have paid a visit. The yarn looks amazing - would love the opportunity to knit with it.

    Ravelry= KathieOK

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  59. Look at all that lovely yarn and colours. Makes me swoon. Rav: cubbiemolly

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  60. Such beautiful combo of colors and I just love merino! I also love gardening and entertaining also in addition to knitting! Ravelry name is cablackwood. ����

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  61. What a find, a wonderful yarn shop with yarn dyed by the owner.
    sallyclarkgray@hotmail.com

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  62. No wonder you look so happy-- I would be too and if I ever make it to Alaska this is where I am going to first .
    Such beautiful yarn and such a lovely shop.
    Ravelry name is Mykichoo

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  63. Gorgeous! It will be warm and soft wearing it in the short autumnal days...thank you for opening to international readers! zukzuk65 zukzuk@icloud.com

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  64. The colours from the pictures are absolutely divine. I would love to win :)
    Ravelry: AmyKate75

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  65. Such beautiful colours - yes please!
    lindarumsey

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  66. Love reading your posts. Very inspirational. Love this kit too and would absolutely love to win. Ravelryname Toniwool.

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  67. I'd love to win these skeins!

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  68. Looks like it was a great time! Beautiful color combo💟

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  69. I wish I was adventurist enough to buy such colours and put them together in one project!
    Instead of each colour as a seperate project....

    Jo

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  70. Absolutely beautiful! Thank you!
    Melissa B

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  71. Thanks for taking us along on your trip to Alaska! What a beautiful yarn shop. I hope to go someday!
    Ravelry: caryleej

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  72. Great colors! I'd love to win the minis. Thanks for the chance.
    Lmecoll on Rav

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  73. I'm an email subscriber! Great giveaway! Rav name: Julia123

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  74. What a delightful yarn shop - the colours of those yarns are wonderful. Thank you both for the giveaway. Ravelry: AJane

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  75. Love the mittens behind you in the shop! Rav name: Nordicheart. Thanks for your blog!

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  76. Would love to knit with this beautiful yarn. The colors for the Alaska scarf are great... Thank you very much.

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  77. Thank you for sharing. The yarn looks delicious. I forgot to leave my Ravelry name in my previous comment. My Ravelry name is Browniemom. Your shop is awesome.

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  78. Such beautiful yarns. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

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  79. Thanks for giving me another reason to visit Alaska!

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  80. I think it's pretty universal that yarn lovers love to get local yarns while vacationing. I have a few such skeins myself. Since it is unlikely I will ever make it to Alaska (although each year I try and figure a way), I think it is so very generous that you and Melissa are offering this very wonderful souvenir. Thank you! My Ravelry name is Venice1093.

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  81. Such beautiful yarn! I need to go to Alaska!
    sklinn on Rav

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  82. What a beautiful yarn shop and yarns. Such a lovely way to remember a place you have visited! Would love to try Melissa's yarn. Thanks for a unique giveaway opportunity.
    Denise - DeeDeeLou on Rav

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  83. Thanks! I agree - that is a great store - I found it when we were in Juneau, and bought yarn there!!
    rav id: joyclark61

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  84. Great colors thanks or the giveaway jlb01@verizon.net

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  85. I love the color combination you are using for your mkal, I like the pattern and think it will showcase your colors.
    knittingdancer on Raverly

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  86. Looking at all of that luscious yarn makes me want to TOUCH and feel it. Please enter me in the giveaway! Ravelry tag is snaysner and email is snaysner@gmail.com. Thank you.

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  87. Wow! I think that is the nicest looking yarn shop I have ever seen! It would be hard not to take a sample of it all home. patchouli(dot)moon(dot)studio(at)gmail(dot)com

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  88. I ❤️ mini skeins and indie dyers ... as an aside, the Juneau Beach fundraiser was my fave when I worked at Walmart.
    NaturalBornKnittr on Rav :)

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  89. I love the yarn and our trip to Alaska was one of our most memorable, no yarn shopping though because I hadn't started knitting again yet. Klcowan66@gmail.com. Thank you.

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  90. Love the colours. I would love to try my hand at dyeing. My great grandfather was a woollen dyer in West Yorkshire. Godiva on Ravelry.

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  91. Gorgeous colours and wonderful photos. Thank you for sharing. Ravelry name is tekuitiknitter.

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  92. What a gorgeous shop! Thank you for sharing your travels.

    tktl on Ravelry

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  93. Can no longer knit with skinny yarn, just want to say, beautiful choice of colors, love Joji Locatelli, wonderful refreshing yarn shop, and isn't it nice all the coincidences that oocur in the knitting world, especially when we travel. Chloe

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  94. I've been to Juneau. It's beautiful. Love the yarn. Chichimama911@live.com

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  95. Would love to visit Juneau and this little gem of a yarn shop. Such exquisite colours. Would love to explore and touch the yarn. I really enjoyed reading your blog. Thanks Ravelry name is: Wellingore.

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  96. I enjoy your blog. Your photography is wonderful.

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  98. My dream trip is to Juneau and I'll be adding a side trip to the yarn store... Pictures are awesome and all that beautiful squishy yarn, mmmmmmm......
    Revelry name is sdonasnrse & email sdona_snrse@ymail.com

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  99. My memories of Juneau are my Honeymoon almost 18 years ago. This would be a great addition to those memories!

    Rav: ma2three

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  101. My husband was on a two-week mission trip to Cordova, Alaska, last summer, and he met the owner of the LYS called "The Net Loft." She, like your new friend, was warm and friendly, and when my husband told her that for a memento of his trip he wanted me to make a scarf from some locally dyed yarn, she helped him pick out a couple skeins of a lovely Worsted Alpaca/Merino/Silk yarn in the color called "Morning Fog," dyed by local artist Shelly Kocan. It knit up like a dream, and he wore the scarf every day this past winter.
    So I would be thrilled to win another locally created Alaska yarn kit!! Thank you for entering my name!!
    Karen Schneider ~ my email is aprilfool@charter.net; on Ravelry as karenschneider

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  102. A particularly wonderful post. I love the scarf pattern and have put it in my Ravelry favorites. Thank you, and Melissa at Seaside Yarns, for making the Taste of Alaska giveaway. I'm "MariosMom" on Ravelry, and would like to enter the giveaway-contest. Now, on to your lovely Facebook page....

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  103. That is gorgeous yarn. Definitely on my list to check out. Thanks for the chance to win. (abingham on ravelry)

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  104. Colors are amazing and the scarf is beautiful. I think I am going to be the lucky winner.
    cahockett@aol.com

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  105. I really enjoy your blog! Thank you for the chance to win this yarn! I'm sakuradreamer on Ravelry.

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  106. I also went to Seaside Yarn a few years ago when I was on an Alaskan cruise too! I bought Melissa's own yarn--Tree Huggers Wife, I think the name was. I made a Clapotis scarf with it and every time I wear it, I'm reminded of the beauty of Alaska. Love reading your blog, Kristen! My Ravelry name is YesIKnitThat, and my other name is Annie. :)

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  107. Lovely yarn and beautiful pattern! - DancerIsKnitter

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  108. Looks like a delightful shop. Beautiful yarn to knit a lovely shawl. Thanks. Rav: grannygail

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  109. I keep coming back to this post for the eye candy: the colors of your shawl and the cool clean natural light in the Seaside Yarns shop. I once met some Juneau residents on a Hawaiian cruise of all places and they acted like they were living in America's best kept secret. After reading your post I can see why. Chloe

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