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My Flooded Studio and Sales for You!

I stopped by my yarn studio the other night, unlocked the door, stepped in and heard “Kshhhh!!!!”

What on earth? As it turned out, a pipe had frozen and busted and when it warmed back up, water began gushing out of it and flooded the entire building with several inches of water… Paint in the downstairs walls and ceiling (and yes, my studio) was bubbled and dripping.

It was raining in my studio. It was like a huge, shallow swimming pool.

I shut the water off and immediately called several people (my brother and the guy who takes care of the place) and they arrived with shop vacs within minutes.

As I waded through my dyeing kitchen in my soaked house slippers, and looked at my studio which my sis and I so carefully designed a few months ago, I wasn’t sure what to think. It all felt scary and crazy and unreal. But… sort of exciting…somehow?

flooded yarn studio

Fast forward a couple days… insurance is covering it all and we’ve already had the mitigation crew come in, dry up as much water as possible and now fans and dehumidifiers are running.

Studio now looks like this:

empty yarn studio

(NO yarn was damaged so WOO HOO for that!)

As such, EVERYTHING had to be moved to the dry half of the upstairs so I spent Friday organizing, setting up my shipping station, etc. It all feels kinda fresh and exciting. There is still much to be organized as you can see!

yarn studio upheaval

I love it when life throws a curve ball and positive changes occur as a result.  This has already produced miraculous, positive changes in me and in the business. AND for the building owners! Everything will be restored, better than before!

December has been the month of craziness.

First I got really sick, ran out of dyes due to so many orders coming in from my Black Friday sale, couldn’t ship orders in the usual swift manner, etc, etc, got super depressed from various things, including the near-perpetual darkness and extreme cold here in North Pole…

A lady rear-ended my beautiful car (pearl white Jeep Grand Cherokee, my dream car), resulting in $4200 worth of damage (insurance is totally covering it), relationship issues were arising for me, my boyfriend’s car went capoot and then the flooding.


I saw a quote by Deepak Chopra on facebook today, which says, “All great changes are preceded by chaos.”

WOO! I agree, I agree! Changes are happening!

So what does all this mean?


1. SALESI have an ungodly amount of yarn odds n ends. Egads. Having to move it all Thursday showed me that. It’s gonna be listed in the discount section of the shop and sent to new homes, where it can be properly loved and used!

So I’ll let you know. This should start next week!

(AND… maybe I have a boatload of new products already listed in the shop, just not visible yet.. I KNOW! The suspense! All will be revealed in the New Year!!! Hang tight!)

2. All dyeing is currently being put on hold. Well, I CAN still dye, but my dyeing kitchen will soon be ripped up by the sheetrock crew and I’m unsure how much time I’ll be able to spend in there. Not to mention the entire building is like a steamy SHOWER already and I don’t want to add more moisture into the air.

AS SUCH, I’ve typed in the correct inventory amount for each colorway and as they sell out, they are (for now) out of stock. As I can start dyeing again, I’ll add more in. I actually think this is a great idea because I’ll be able to ship more quickly. Whereas before, I kept most things in stock, but if you ordered 1 skein I had to dye, then your entire order would be delayed.

So you can shop for now with what’s in stock and then next week, be looking for all the new items to begin to show up. WOOOOO!!!!

3. LESSONS LEARNEDWe don’t grow by just sitting and having everything go perfectly in our lives. That’s how we stagnate.

I awoke the other night and heard these words in my head, “Our emotions are determined by our thoughts. And our thoughts are within our control.” Whoa. Boom. I knew that already, but it came at a perfect time.

External events are not good or bad in and of themselves; only our thinking makes them so. 

I realized very clearly that I could choose to look on all these events as bad. Or I could choose to look on them as good. I chose this time, to look on them all as GOOD. I have been actively saying THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!! I have been feeling joy in my heart, KNOWING that the Universe provides what I want and need and that tremendous positive changes are occurring. And what we focus on grows. What we focus on grows. 

Already relationship issues for me are being healed; in ways I didn’t know possible. The insurance process for both my car and the building has been effortless, swift and actually enjoyable.

And through it all, I’ve learned to really and completely LOVE myself and know I deserve all good things. And that, yes, these events ARE good things. All is most definitely well and I haven’t been happier in years. Possibly… ever.

So all is as it should be.

Have an enjoyable day, dear friend, and thank you for reading!


What helpful methods do you use when events don’t go the way you planned?


By | 2017-09-04T14:05:10+00:00 December 29th, 2012|Inspiration, Life Musings, Yarn Shop News, Yarn Studio|23 Comments


  1. Alisha December 29, 2012 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    I am so sorry to hear about what happened to your beautiful studio and your dream car!! BTW, love Jeeps…we have 2.

    I’m glad that insurance is covering both.

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!


  2. Sara December 29, 2012 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    Wow! You have inspired me as my life *is* chaos all the time. I try to roll with it but perhaps I need to try harder to rise above it. I love what you do and how you put your product, and yourself, out there. Thank you and I’m so glad this has turned into a positive experience for you.

  3. Debi December 29, 2012 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    As a teacher I had gotten into the notion of making lesson plans for my life as well as my classroom. Then I had children and realized there could not be any plans that could not be readjusted on a moment’s notice. I became alerted to and aware of my surroundings to “read” if situations were working or needed changing. Once I “let go” of trying to keep on a path just because that was how I planned it, I realized it wasn’t the planning I needed to adhere to, it was being open to change that made me more successful, both as a mother and as a teacher. So now I keep alert of my life and the people around me and open to the idea that there is always more than one way to achieve a goal. It’s just a matter of deciding what the new way needs to be when my first choice doesn’t work. Keep happy. Keep flexible. Get a natural light bulb to ward off the gloom and remember how very special you are to very many people.

  4. Nana89 December 29, 2012 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    I Love the EXUBERANCE yarn my GodDaughter sent me–it was a total surprise and I am looking at using it starting tonight as soon as I finish the afghan I am making—This is a perfect site for lovers of yarn

  5. Patricia Anthony December 29, 2012 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    Hope I can Order your sale yarn online…Please Let Me know or Is This Just A Walkin Store sale?? I Understand By leaving my email i will receive your newsletter free of charge..Thnks…Pat

  6. Janet Brattin December 29, 2012 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    What a mess!! But you took the bull by the horns and poof!! What an inspiration you are! I am so thrilled no yummy yarnie goodness was destroyed or injured in the process!!! Best wishes to you!!

  7. carmelle December 29, 2012 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    I love your positive attitude through all of this…I am happy for you that there will be positive outcomes for you….Hope your New Year is full of great things for you….

  8. Sue Ostergaard December 29, 2012 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    I’ve had several floods in my basement, and your pictures reminded me of the first one, when everything was floating in 2′ of water, and anything stored in cardboard was ruined. The memories sucking up all the water from the carpeting are rushing back. You had people to call for help, which I didn’t, and I never want to have to go through something of that magnitude again.

    Good luck getting everything dried out. Heat might help along with the fans.

    Sending prayers that 2013 works out so much better for you!

  9. Tasneem December 29, 2012 at 10:18 pm - Reply

    I love how you’ve taken such a situation andd turned it into something positive. I would be devastated if something like that happened to me. Keep up the positivity andd inspiration for others!

  10. Betty December 29, 2012 at 10:47 pm - Reply

    When I first read that you had your studio flooded I thought oh no! Wet yarn……trying to dry a lot of wet yarn in the winter!! Then read where you said no yarn was wet. so glad you had insurance on everything and they were good to respond so fast. I have always found that you should always calm down and balance the good with the bad when something like this happens. We have had a few flood disasters and have learned to have everything up on shelves or in plastic tubs if it has to be on the floor. so glad everything worked out for you. Wishing you a great New year!!

  11. Ruth December 29, 2012 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear of the mess with your studio and car but happy to hear of no personal injuries. Also glad to hear of your tremendously optomistic outlook. It would have been so easy to curl up in bed with the covers over your head and moan your way into a gigantic funk. Bravo for your attitude. The best of luck redecorating and getting back into the game. I discovered your website accidently, but expect to return. Hope the new year is full of success.

  12. Melissa December 29, 2012 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    Whom ever Debi is in the above comments… you are an angel of insight! I love this blog and yarn and all… so best of all, bountiful wishes of joy and good tidings in the New Year… order follows <3!

  13. Suzi Smith December 29, 2012 at 11:29 pm - Reply

    Hang in there! Things will be great in the new year! you have an amazing attitude and an amazing business.I look forward to all your beautiful yarns and creations every day:)I have been crocheting for about 45 years it is still one of my favorite passtimes.Ihave fallen on some hard times lately but I cant wait to buy some of your awesome yarn! Soon I hope! Thank You!!!

  14. Hélène December 29, 2012 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    Your reaction is the right one !!!
    I truly believe that nothing happens without a reason !!!
    if we do understand this, if we love and trust ourself, then each obstacle becomes a reason for moving on towards something we really want to see happen .
    Sometimes it means : new direction, new way of looking at life, new strength
    BRAVO !

  15. Julie Burns December 30, 2012 at 12:54 am - Reply

    love your positive attitude, glad that insurance was in place and is coming through for you! Take care, looking forward to a new year of knitting, crafting and sewing. All of these things help me feel productive and happy when things are not as I would like them to be.

  16. Lindi December 30, 2012 at 2:10 am - Reply

    So sorry to hear about the flooding and the Jeep. I wish I wasn’t so far away – I would come and help if I could, even if it was to de-traumatized the yarn, lol.

    Not too long to the New Year so here’s to a great one for all of us! With your beautiful yarns and inspiring outlook on life, we’ve got a very good head start!

  17. Diane Dern December 30, 2012 at 2:17 am - Reply

    As my Native American family would say…Hokaheh! It’s a good day to live. It’s a good day to die. Magic happens everyday. Every morning be thankful to be alive no matter what you are going through at the time.

  18. Trish December 30, 2012 at 5:34 am - Reply

    So sorry to hear about your “flood”, Chandi. You do have a wonderful attitude, all things happen for a reason!

  19. Diane December 30, 2012 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear about the tragedy ~ and happy for the thinking that turned it into something else!!! A little story ~ I am fans of a musician named “David Hickey”. At the last show I atended, he discussed what Dec 21 really means (not the end of days) His take was that it means a time of great change. The world is changing and humans are changing for the better. I prefer to think like that and this turned out exactly that for you. Keep up the awesome creating!!!!

  20. Sharon December 30, 2012 at 5:18 pm - Reply


    Hey, baby…sometimes life can just be like another country song. Like Rodney Atkinson says, ” If you’re goin’ through hell, keep on goin’. Don’t slow down. If you’re scared don’t show it. Face that fire. Walk right through it. You might get out before the devil even knows you’re there”. (link to Youtube version of this song attached).

    You’re stronger than you know. Wiser than you think. Braver than you can believe in this moment. This is just another chapter in the adventure of your life. I’m looking forward to seeing you persevere and continuing to create, experience joy, triumph over upsets. ..and live the happy life you were meant for.

    Hang in there, little one.


  21. Denise December 30, 2012 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    All good things come from God, but He sometimes leads us through the desert first. Thanks for another inspiring post. Glad to hear you are handling all the adversity in such a positive way! Keep it up!

  22. Barb January 8, 2013 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    Hi Chandi!
    I am a fellow crocheter in Alaska on the Kenai Peninsula, I came across your site while on facebook and love the colors! You do beautiful work and am so glad to find someone in Alaska doing such fine work! Sorry to hear about all your challenges, but may the new year bring many new blessings! Your shop looks amazing!

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