Above the Clouds

Above the Clouds

I couldn’t BREATHE. I stared with eyes wide and mouth agape; half smiling, half in disbelief.

I’ve flown over these mountains dozens of times. I was born and raised in Alaska (living mostly in Juneau where the only means of escape is via plane or boat) so you would think I’d be totally used to the Alaskan mountains by now.

But apparently not.

I flew down to Anchorage last weekend for some rest and recouping (*Ahem, read: Shopping and eating too much).

On my way back, this was my view.

The pilot swung around so we could see the gorgeous Mt. McKinley. HELLO! Stunning.

I seriously stared out the window like a goon the whole time.

The weird thing about this trip, though, was I didn’t take any yarn with me. Weird, I know!! I ALWAYS have knitting or crocheting with me on trips, as it makes the time fly by on planes. Pun totally intended.

But I wanted to see how I’d respond without my usual constant yarn companion.

I have to say…

I did okay! I started reading The Tapping Solution by Nick Ortner (AMAZING and LIFE-CHANGING! I even thought about buying a copy to include in one of my giveaways for you… that is how amazing it is. You should definitely check it out if you have anything in your life you’re unhappy with (don’t we all?) ).

So anyways, back to not breathing.

I was stunned and awed. It seriously amazes me to be ABOVE the clouds. Blows my mind every time.

I bet you know where this is headed, huh?

Whenever I see anything beyond gorgeous I have to turn it into yarn.

Sooooo…. using my new huge 32 quart pots, YAY!, I dyed up this new colorway for you, on 2 different yarn bases: Sock weight and Worsted weight, both superwash merino wool. Hurray!

And guess what it’s called? Yup. ABOVE THE CLOUDS.

above the clouds wool sock yarn

And here it is on the worsted weight…you can see each skein is a wee bit different:

hand dyed blue worsted weight wool yarn

ALSO, I’ve been listing SCADS
of new colors on the site and they are selling out FAST. Good heavens. So take a peek around the site if you like and if there is anything you fancy, you’ve got to grab it fast.

In other news, I’m headed on a longer vacation to Portland/Seattle for a friend’s wedding and to do more shopping and eating. SOOO! VERY IMPORTANT! No orders will be shipping from August 8th at noon Alaska time until August 20th. We’ll then start getting your orders shipped out in the order they were received, so please allow a few extra days. Things usually get reaaally backed up after a trip.


And while I’m blabbing, I’ve been knitting a sweater. If you like my Facebook page, you’ve probably seen the updates, but here is what I’ve got so far:

Pattern: Simplest Sweater on Ravelry

Mods: I’m doing 1×1 ribbing at the bottom.

Yarn: My superwash merino wool in worsted. Colorway is currently not available. I might try to dye some up after my trip, but for now, the ABOVE THE CLOUDS shade is the closest I have. It will take about 3 skeins for this size (34).

Well, enjoy your day! I’ll keep you posted about my trip and sweater progress and the project I start next (hopefully today if time permits!)

Oh, yeah and we’re headed to the fair today. YEESH! What a ton of info I’ve dumped on you.


Until next time when I blab your head off again…



By | 2017-09-04T14:05:04+00:00 August 6th, 2013|Dyeing Yarn, Knitting, Travel Updates, Yarn Shop News|11 Comments


  1. Colleen August 6, 2013 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    Have a good trip!

  2. Linda Knisley August 6, 2013 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    Absolutely beautiful colorway, and the sweater is stunning! Have a fantastic vacation!!

  3. Kathy August 6, 2013 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    So enjoy this blog and following your exploits (oops projects) through Facebook. Enjoy your well-earned vacation. Will be watching for new stuff to come up after the 20th. Don’t eat too much so your new sweater will no longer fit. Enjoy, Chandi.

  4. Leslie Bauer August 6, 2013 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    Love your stories, your yarns, etc. I wish you would make some African Violet again. I would totally make a sweater out of it!

  5. Karla Hartzell August 6, 2013 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    I am also a fan of the tapping solution and agree that your view from the plane window was all consuming!! Thank you Chandi!

  6. Emely August 6, 2013 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    While you’re in Portland, I’d be thrilled if you’d come on down to Corvallis (about 90 miles south of Portland). I’ve suggested that our local yarn shop (Stash, LLC) stock your yarns, as it features Northwest spinners and dyers. And I’m ADDICTED to your yarns! We (my sis, Nancy, and I) would be thrilled to meet you in person! Safe travels!

  7. Patrish August 6, 2013 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    GORGEOUS colorway! I foresee lots of cowls & shawls – perfect for summer & cheerful in winter.

  8. Lynda M Otvos August 6, 2013 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    Oh my, what a gorgeous post to start my day. I have spent the last several days lovingly fondling the silk Aurora yarn that came while I was sick so I’ve only just begun to appreciate its amazingness !~! Much of my “fondle time” has been spent wondering if I should try to use it on my loom next semester or wait until all three of my subscription sections arrive and then try to work them together into a larger piece for a wall hanging maybe ?~! I Love This Process and than you from the bottom of my heart for being part of it.

  9. Barb August 7, 2013 at 1:57 am - Reply

    Oh wow,
    I love the new Over the Clouds colorway and was seriously excited to learn you are a fellow Alaskan! I lived in Sitka for a number of years before moving to the interior for a few and we are now living in lovely Kenai. Next summer’s trip to Anchorage for shopping should include a get together for Alaskan fans of your beautiful yarns! I would love such a gathering, always enjoy getting together with others who love fibers!

  10. Sherry August 8, 2013 at 6:02 am - Reply

    Oh what a beautiful picture and such beautiful yarn!!! The yarn looks just like the sky with clouds, love it!!! I can’t ever get over how beautiful the mountains are and really enjoy seeing them from above. My husband has done a lot of reading about tapping and has used it for himself and for me. It works wonders, that is for sure. Sounds like you will be near my way, as I live in Washington. Have a great time on your vacation and stay safe.

  11. Lisa Schofield August 13, 2013 at 4:27 am - Reply

    Hi Chandi,

    My fig yarn arrived today, it’s so delicate and beautiful. Now I just have to decide what project to use it on….yay!

    Lisa 🙂 x

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