north carolina Charlotte sunset

by Chandi on September 14, 2014

5,000 miles driven.

3,478 laughs.

87 Reese’s cups.

70 episodes of Friends watched on my iPad.

58 gorgeous sunrises/sunsets.

52 new family members met at a reunion.

29 homeless days.

14 US states.

4 Canadian Provinces.

2 precious angels born: Grayson Roy and Bailey Rae (my great-nephew and great-niece) back in Fairbanks, AK. Awwww…….


1 beautiful new home in North Carolina.

beautiful new home

1 messy craft room.

craft room

1 accidental hair dye job in a hotel (turned nearly black instead of medium brown). No worries. It’s softened from when I took this picture:

dye job

3/4 of a sweater knitted.

ink sweater knitting

1/2 of a work room (can’t show you the other half… full of our club yarns!)

yarn organization ideas


And things that can’t be quantified:

Endless love. Undying hope.


Finding balance.

Emotions up. Emotions down. Emotions all around.

Mystery. Suspense. Relief.

And so much more.

Yes, we made it! All the way down from Fairbanks, Alaska to Charlotte, North Carolina. Whew. The move is complete. We’re busy decorating the house, restocking our shop, scouting out our new city, reveling in the simple delights of plastic utensils, a broom and sanity.

Several new items we love:

•Ninja Ultima Blender. Works like a charm for green smoothies, shaved ice, you name it.

•Shark Rocket Vacuum: Get one and get one now. $159 at Walmart. has them too. Light-weight, does hardwoods and carpets, and you pop the bottom off to lift the hose up to the ceiling… stairs are a breeze. It basically steers and pulls itself. I cleaned all 3,700 sq ft of our house in about 30 minutes with it. In love.

• for furniture. Free shipping? OMG!! We just ordered our bed.


You know what’s next…

An irreverent amount of yarn is coming soon.

Brand new colors. Brand new yarn bases. Roving/fiber.

More YouTube video tutorials.

More, more, more.

All is well! Stay tuned; oh Lordy, stay tuned!




Wandering. And Wondering.

August 29, 2014
bison in canada

We woke to the alarm on my iPhone. Eyes trying to open. Deep breaths. Up at 4 am again. Then I remembered. I clutched at my phone to check if anyone had posted about it. Nothing. Had it happened yet? We tossed on our clothes, grabbed our luggage and plowed out the door to leave Whitehorse […]

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It’s Almost Time!

August 3, 2014
alaskan sunset and sunrise

We leave this week for North Carolina! Woopeee!!! We have been B.U.S.Y the past few weeks. Listing all remaining yarn we had, prepping/announcing/shipping the August club, cleaning, cleaning some more, packing, repacking, working out (trying to lose weight for the trip) and such. Appreciating all the wonderful things about Alaska like the radiant sunrises and […]

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Spilled Wine Woven Scarf – Finished Object

July 13, 2014
Thumbnail image for Spilled Wine Woven Scarf – Finished Object

Well, it happened. I was sitting there all innocent-like in my living room one day, minding my own business, when it hit me: The idea to weave a scarf with this Spilled Wine yarn. It had to be done. I raced up the stairs. Hauled my 25″ Schacht flip loom (and 10 dpi heddle) out […]

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Robin Hood Hat Finished Object

July 10, 2014
knit a robin hood hat

So I have this thing with hats. I love them. I have been living in them these past few weeks. Straw hats, slouchy hats, all kinds of hats. And this one is no exception. In fact, it’s one of my all-time favs. Ever. It was supah dupah quick to knit. Especially since I have finally […]

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New Things, New Things and a Good Kind of Tired

July 8, 2014
yarn dyeing

I randomly dyed up this little beauty yesterday. It’s called Lavender and Light. Isn’t she amazing? The colors! The curves! I popped it up on Facebook this morning and boom. All 20 tester skeins sold out lickety split. I dyed approximately 160 skeins yesterday of various colors and I don’t know what it IS about […]

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$1500 Yarn Giveaway!

July 7, 2014
yarn giveaway chandi

CONTEST CLOSED: Ruth Radcliffe is the winner! Oh. My. Gosh. Have we got a giveaway for you this month. We LOVE doing these giveaways and appreciate our customers SO much, that this month, we wanted to do something big. This giveaway is valued at over $1500.00.     It includes all types of luxury yarns: […]

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Why We’re Leaving Alaska

July 3, 2014
coffee house blogging

Oh good. You’re here. I was worried you wouldn’t come. I have news! Juicy news. Grab a hot tea and settle in for a listen. We’re moving. Not just down the street. 4,300 miles away. It’s true. The hubs and I are packing up all our worldly goods (which means basically clothes and yarn as […]

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Expression Fiber Arts June 2014 Yarn Giveaway

June 12, 2014
yarn giveaway free

Another yarn giveaway, for you, my lovelies! These are sooo, sooo fun for me to do and I hope you love them as well! This month, the giveaway is for these luscious skeins of wool and silk yarn (including a sparkly silk one!), some quality circular knitting needles and this adorable, chic bag to carry […]

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How to Crochet – Double Crochet Stitch + Bonus Headband – For Beginners

June 4, 2014
how to crochet for beginners - double crochet stitch

Howdy and hello! Today’s lesson shows you how to do a double crochet stitch! This is one of the most commonly-used crochet stitches and it’s essential you know how to do this stitch if you want to be a crocheter. It’s really similar to the half double crochet that we learned in the previous lesson, […]

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