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Why We’re Leaving Alaska

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 we’re giving most everything else away to family and friends) and heading for the south.

We’re saying good-bye to Fairbanks, Alaska in favor of a warmer, sunnier climate. North Carolina.

It’s funny. I get many, many emails from lovely peeps who are fascinated that we live in Alaska. It seems to be the dream vacation spot for many. So many people want to see the Northern Lights, experience the 24-hour daylight, see whales (none in Fairbanks), see the regal snowy mountains (can’t really see those in Fairbanks either, except on a super clear day way in the distance), and more.

I always smile with understanding because Alaska is very, very cool.

Interesting Tid Bits About Alaska

•We have 4 seasons: Summer, Already Winter, Really Winter, Still Winter.

•It’s cool to experience 30, 40 and even 50 below zero F. You can throw a cup of coffee in the air and it will disappear before hitting the ground. It’s really cold. So cold it hurts to breathe and open your eyes. I always wondered why my eyes didn’t freeze open. When you bend down to plug your car in, your jeans feel like sheets of ice on your skin.

•Plug your car in? Yes. In winter you have to plug your car in for several hours to warm up your engine parts and start it about 20-30 minutes before going anywhere. This inevitably led to me just hanging out in the house mostly.

•And the dark. It stays dark most of the winter, with a bleak blip of sun peering up over the horizon for a dim, hint of a day.

•But then during the summer, it’s daylight all the time! You can shoot off fireworks for the fourth of July but you can’t see them super well…because it’s not dark. And if you’re like me, you have to wear a sleep mask and have dark curtains so you can get some sleeps at night.

The summers are ridiculously gorgeous when the sun is shining. Some years you get more sun than others. It’s a bit rainy this year, which I’m actually loving since I know we’re headed to a winter with actual daylight and decent temps.

So how did we decide where to move?

We just picked a random place in the US. Literally. We looked at various factors, like taxes, climate, proximity to family and other cities, etc, and ultimately just went on a big road trip in the south and decided on North Carolina.

We just…knew. Call it intuition. Or don’t. It just feels right. I could almost physically feel my heart lighting up when we drove through there.

So why exactly are we moving? Warmth, opportunity, adventure and because…

We want to. It’s time.

So we’ve spent the last month preparing, working our booties off in the yarn biz, and in 5 weeks we’ll give all our furniture away, rent a small Uhaul for the yarn and a few other items and off we go down the Alcan.

We’ll hit up the Edmonton mall, my niece Kami and her hubs, Ross in North Dakota, be off to see my parents and other family in Arkansas, Tim’s family in Alabama and then to our new home.

We know no one there. We have no home. We’ll officially be homeless. How fun! What an adventure. We’re so ready.

We’ll settle into our new life and get all busy with the yarn business again. And life as usual.

We’ll just be a bit warmer. And the idea that we’ll be able to get in our car and drive to a neighboring city? Crazy! What a novel, precious, wonderful thing!

It gets hot, you say? Air conditioning, my friend!

Life is life no matter where you are and YOU ultimately make your life what it is, but it’s sure a lot easier when you’re not freezing your patootles off in a cold, dark house.

That’s just us, though.

We are hoping to be able to continue to ship orders for you even during parts of our trip. We’ll see how that goes.

Life is a juicy peach waiting to be devoured. And we’re plucking it, slicing it and baking it into a scrumptious pie.

Oh, yes.

Stay tuned. We’ll surely be posting pictures and updates and whatnot. Fun stuff.

Thanks for reading! I haven’t been blogging much lately as we’ve been working 7 days a week, shipping, sorting and recounting inventory, sending it off to its new homes.

The pic above is me right this minute, here in the College Coffeehouse, making time for this blog post.

Until next time, dear one.

Stay your sweet self.

XOXOXO

Chandi

By | 2017-09-04T14:05:01+00:00 July 3rd, 2014|Inspiration, Life Musings, Travel Updates|209 Comments

209 Comments

  1. Tori H July 3, 2014 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    I wish you the best, while I LOVE Texas, where I live, I have family in North Carolina and it is BEAUTIFUL!! You will love it they actually have seasons which we do not either. Safe travels and blessings to you both!

    • Muriel July 12, 2014 at 1:45 am - Reply

      Chandi,
      I wish you and hubby the best in your new adventures. But I must say it saddens me a bit. You see I only just found you and your fabulous yarns and I too live here in Fairbanks!! So sorry we haven’t had a chance to meet in person I’m sure we’d have many fun knitting times together.
      Muriel

  2. Mary Ann Teft July 3, 2014 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    Just found you. I’ve always chosen safe and am physically older but understand and love your verve. Safe travels. Can’t wait to experience your yarn!

  3. Shel July 3, 2014 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    It’s probably worth noting that not all of Alaska is that extreme. Southeast Alaska is much more mild. *Waves from Sitka* Sounds like you two are in for an amazing adventure! The Carolina’s have a lot to offer and are beautiful. Looking forward to hearing about your travel adventures.

    • Amylisa July 9, 2014 at 2:40 am - Reply

      Shel, I was born and raised in Sitka! My mom is still there, though I am now stationed in more tropical surroundings. I was just there a couple weeks ago for a visit 🙂

  4. jules m. July 3, 2014 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    let me be the first to welcome you to NC! i live on the coast- Beaufort NC and its beautiful here. Although summers can be very humid, and right now we are about to be hit with a hurricane. otherwise its a great place! lol

    • Jennie July 12, 2014 at 4:36 pm - Reply

      I live just past Beaufort, further Down East. Funny to find someone local commenting!

      I wonder if they’re heading for the mountains, the piedmont, or the coast? North Carolina has something for everyone. But I agree, I really like the coast as well.

  5. Dari Trout July 3, 2014 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    Your adventure sounds wonderful!!! I applaud your ability to just DO, and not just THINK about doing. Congratulations and good luck! 🙂

  6. Stephanie Ann July 3, 2014 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    So exciting! I enjoued your tidbits about Alaska 🙂 I look forward to reading about and seeing pictures of your adventures along the way!

  7. Pattie July 3, 2014 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    What an adventure! From Alaska to N.C. ! You will love NC- and if not try South Carolina- my personal favorite! And both need yarn shops or yarn supplies!
    Safe trip! And have fun buying new “stuff”.
    P

  8. Lisa Schofield July 3, 2014 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    Hi Chandi,

    I’m so excited to hear all about your new adventure. Think of all the new places you can discover in your new home city. I’m looking forward to reading more updates, travel safe, good luck and thanks so much for sharing.

    Lisa xo

  9. Joanne Keith July 4, 2014 at 2:05 am - Reply

    Enjoy your new home wherever it may be! Not all who wander are lost!

  10. Jill J. July 4, 2014 at 2:05 am - Reply

    Good luck Chandi! Have a wonderful journey i hope the both of you find everything you’re hoping for. =)

  11. Louise July 4, 2014 at 2:08 am - Reply

    Wishing you both the best & with your positive attitudes life will be great! Travel safe!

  12. Janet G. July 4, 2014 at 2:08 am - Reply

    How very exciting! Godspeed to you both.

  13. Sandra July 4, 2014 at 2:10 am - Reply

    A year ago today we were broke down in Whitehorse on the Alcan highway – hit a frost heave and broke the spring on our camper. We spent five days and two thousand dollars in the lovely city of Whitehorse. 🙂 We were traveling with my brother so we did have fun – went sightseeing in the area but was glad to get back on the road to Alaska where we spent about a month traveling around. I wish you safe travels and much happiness in North Carolina – been there too and it is lovely.

  14. renee July 4, 2014 at 2:12 am - Reply

    Best of luck with the move! Safe travels and we will look forward to seeing you up and running again.

  15. Valerie July 4, 2014 at 2:13 am - Reply

    Good luck on your journey! I spent my whole life in CA (44 years). My husband got relocated to UT a year ago so here we are & this Cali girl had to get ready for the snow! Good thing my hobby is crochet & knitting!!! I never thought I’d leave San Diego but I’m actually happier in UT. Go figure! I’m still saving to buy your beauties from my wish list so I was happy to read they’re going with you. Have a great adventure!!!

    • Brooke July 4, 2014 at 4:03 am - Reply

      We are in Arizona right now and thinking if relocating to Utah. Hubby says it’s beautiful…

  16. Karen Alayne Burr July 4, 2014 at 2:15 am - Reply

    Good luck, have a safe trip….life is always an adventure! How exciting!

  17. Jackie Bartlett July 4, 2014 at 2:15 am - Reply

    Safe travels!

  18. wendy July 4, 2014 at 2:17 am - Reply

    You will be so much closer to me. Yay, the yarn will arrive sooner! Lol Good luck on the move, I think you will love it.

  19. Colleen July 4, 2014 at 2:18 am - Reply

    Wow! Congratulations on your new adventure! I am so excited for you. I lived in Hawaii for several years and it was nice to get back to the continental US where it is so much cheaper to live, easier to visit family and CHEAPER to MAIL things! I can’t believe how much that must add to your costs and shipping times! Where in NC are you looking to move? I’m so excited for you. Now is the perfect time to move when you are young and have no kids. Good for you and best of luck!

  20. Barbara July 4, 2014 at 2:18 am - Reply

    Hi Chandi!

    What exciting news. I live in maryland (head of the Chesapeake Bay, born and raised) but spent several years living in NC. Just curious, and you don’t need to be specific, but am wondering if you’re thinking of settling on the western side, the eastern side, kinda in the middle or where it never snows?

    Safe travels!

    Barbara

  21. Leslie Herbert July 4, 2014 at 2:19 am - Reply

    I am very happy for you! I lived in Anchorage 4 years and I liked seeing Alaska, but could not see staying forever. The winter dark was so depressing and the summer so gorgeous and exhausting with the constant light. 15 years later I still have nightmares about the light going away in the fall and feeling claustrophobic. I also vacationed in North Carolina during high school and loved the coast. Now I live in Montana which is my favorite place in all the world. I hope you have a wonderful journey and land in a perfect spot!

  22. Ginny Ogno July 4, 2014 at 2:19 am - Reply

    Hi Chandi. So excited for you. You will love NC. I have many friends and family there. Asheville seems to be a town that caters to fiber geeks. Nice festivals also. I live in upstate NY in the Catskill Mts. The town I’m in Summit, is also know as “Little Alaska” so I have a small idea of how you feel. I am considering moving to Mooresville, NC. More mountainous, which is what I like. Will be going there some time this summer to check out some amazing town houses there. One little bit on info. The “Triangle” as they call it consists of the Raleigh, Durham, Cary, area just happens to be a more expensive part of NC. Probably because most NYers have settled there and brought their expensive ways with them. Either way, have a wonderful trip with lots of love & laughter along the way. Will keep you & hubs in my prayers. BTW when is your wee one due?
    Ginny, (who loves your yarns) lol

    • Justine Arrasate Lloyd July 4, 2014 at 2:52 am - Reply

      Hi Chandi!

      Good luck on your move! I live 20 min. from Williamsburg, VA so we will be neighbors now! LOL I am originally from the Catskill Mountain area in New York State, and personally…..my dream is to move back North!!! I would dearly love to move to Vermont where I spent every summer with family as a child. To me, there is no place like the lovely Green Mountains of Vermont and maybe someday, my path will take be back there. Way too hot for too long here in the South….for me. Have a safe and adventure filled journey~~~~~

  23. Astrid July 4, 2014 at 2:20 am - Reply

    Sounds like a huge adventure! Wishing you and your hubby a safe and fun trip while driving. Hope it all goes very well.

  24. Sharon July 4, 2014 at 2:20 am - Reply

    What about California? Everyone loves Cali.

  25. Nina Martin-Anzuoni July 4, 2014 at 2:24 am - Reply

    There are beautiful parts of North Carolina. Good luck in your journey and have fun!

  26. Pam July 4, 2014 at 2:25 am - Reply

    Have fun exploring on your new and exciting adventure, can’t wait to hear all about it. If you miss the cold you can always visit my home the Adirondack Mts.

  27. Cara July 4, 2014 at 2:25 am - Reply

    Chandi;
    I wish you all the best in your adventure. I am jealous!
    You will only be 12 hours away now if you decide to ever create a dye workshop!

  28. kendra July 4, 2014 at 2:29 am - Reply

    WE will welcome you to North Carolina where are you moving to I am in Jackson, NC if you are near enough we can meet up sometime and I can introduce you to everyone we know 🙂

  29. Joy Mitchell July 4, 2014 at 2:29 am - Reply

    I’m happy for you. I’ve done the same thing a couple of times which is how I ended up in Texas more than twenty years ago. Enjoy the adventure!

  30. Cheryl Brake July 4, 2014 at 2:32 am - Reply

    My husband is from NC. It’s a beautiful state, I’m sure you will love it there!

  31. Mandy L July 4, 2014 at 2:32 am - Reply

    Okay, so I know you didn’t ask, but I just want to say that if you are looking for any recommendations of places to settle down in NC, I am more than happy to help you out. 😉 I’ve lived in NC my whole life and can’t imagine living anywhere else (although, coincidentally, it has been my sister’s dream to move to Alaska!). One of the things you might find out about NC is that most people who live here, passionately love this state. 🙂 I hope you guys find the most fabulous place to live and that your adventures exceed your expectations! I’m quite envious of your free spirit!

    Oh, and if you end up somewhere near the center of the state and find yourself wanting to teach folks about dying yarn, you can bet I’ll be there front and center! hehe 😉

  32. MindyZw July 4, 2014 at 2:38 am - Reply

    Chandi – totally understand your thoughts about moving. My husband and I are also moving south in about 7 weeks. We will arrive before you, but of course we aren’t traveling as far. It was a thoughtful process and for us it just feels right. Best of luck to you as you get settled. I so enjoy knitting with your yarn. Looking forward to seeing your new yarns.

  33. Claudia July 4, 2014 at 2:40 am - Reply

    The title of your pic should be Reflections. That was the first thing I thought when I saw it. You and your husband will have a big new adventure ahead of you. 🙂 Keep us informed of the happenings during your trip to your new home. I love following your posts on FB about your new yarns, the awesome colors, your silliness, and the items you very quickly knit or crochet (I would love to know your secret there…LoL).

  34. Hélène July 4, 2014 at 2:41 am - Reply

    Good. Life is always a surprise when you live it like a gift. Happy to have news from you and enjoy with the move !

    I have also made a great move some years ago, from France to Québec, because of
    writing and Love.

    Hélène

  35. Steph July 4, 2014 at 2:42 am - Reply

    Very happy for you, there’s nothing like a good adventure and you’ve got a doozy coming up! Happy great travels, following your journey will be a treat. Definitely looking forward to following your yarns!

  36. Hilda Miller July 4, 2014 at 2:43 am - Reply

    My sister who lives in Fairbanks and her hubs drove to Alaska. The adventure continues for you and yours. Hav met many yarn folks from NC so you will be in good company. I had hoped to get there to meet you in Alaska but you will be closer. I am in Kentucky. Maybe Paula will get over there to Santa Clause before you go. Best wishes.

  37. Pamela Emerson July 4, 2014 at 2:45 am - Reply

    That sounds so Exciting. Safe Travels on your journey.

  38. Sharon S July 4, 2014 at 2:46 am - Reply

    I so appreciate your moving to warmer climates. We lived in a small town in Alberta, Canada. Not far from the famous West Edmonton Mall. But the winters were sooooo cold. Finally we gave up and moved to Victoria on Vancouver Island, Canada. Now we are so warm, happy and best of all … No mosquitoes. Yeah! Safe journeys!!!

  39. Sam July 4, 2014 at 2:47 am - Reply

    Come join me in Asheville! Its beautiful and there is never a day where you couldnt find something to do, completely different from the day before! The food and culture in this area is amazing and welcoming! Moving to Asheville was the best decision my fiance and I have ever made. 🙂

  40. Lisa Jennings July 4, 2014 at 2:50 am - Reply

    Congratulations on your new life in North Carolina! We’ve lived in Winston-Salem, Wilkesboro, Mooresville, and now, Calabash/Sunset Beach, NC, so we have experienced the whole range of altitudes and climates! The best thing about living here is that you can go from the mountains to the ocean in a matter of hours, and the people are very friendly and welcoming! I hope you love it here!

    • Heather Register July 4, 2014 at 11:42 am - Reply

      Howdy neighbor! I live in Columbus County! (17 miles from you). How cool is it that two southeastern NC both love a blog about yarn and Alaska!

  41. Shanan July 4, 2014 at 2:54 am - Reply

    It will be most awesome fun for you! We came to Tasmania from Missouri 18mos ago with no home but a cousin of my husband lives here and they helped heaps. I too only brought clothes and yarn on our flight with no forth coming shipping containers. Left everything else behind! I’ve done it before, New South Wales to Missouri and all 4 of us lived with my mother for a little over 2 yrs. What an adventure! Of course there was the first time in 1998 when I left Missouri with a few bags to meet my now husband in Cairns, Qld, we were married 6 weeks later. So I guess my adventure started then LOL. Blessings to you both!

  42. Diane July 4, 2014 at 2:55 am - Reply

    Best of luck to you, glad you are staying in the yarn business! You bring peace and joy wherever you go, even to me on Facebook! If you are happy, I’m happy for you xoxoxo, Diane

  43. Cheryl McDermitt July 4, 2014 at 2:58 am - Reply

    Hi Chandi! I live in Mint Hill, NC, which is outside of Charlotte, NC. I welcome you to our lovely state!! Safe trip and fun adventures to you and your hubby!

  44. Carol July 4, 2014 at 3:01 am - Reply

    Sounds like a cool thing to do and i totally get the plugging in your car and temps down to -30 to -40 as I used to live in Montana!! I love the Pacific Northwest for the mild temps and even the rain. Enjoy your trip and I hope to be able to get some yarn from you soon!! Love the Lavender Ice Cream and I hope you keep that dye recipe to repeat!! Be safe and have fun.
    Carol

  45. Happy Wyatt July 4, 2014 at 3:04 am - Reply

    Welcome to the South! 🙂

  46. dawn July 4, 2014 at 3:05 am - Reply

    its great to know you will still be doing the yarn business, after you unpack. i look forward to your blog from the new place.

  47. Paulette July 4, 2014 at 3:07 am - Reply

    Wishing you and your “Hub” safe travels and may God watch over you both on this new journey in your life together. With your personality you will do well wherever you go. I love it because you will be closer and I may meet you if you open your own shoppe . You have so much to offer. YOU CAN DO IT!!!!

  48. Eileen July 4, 2014 at 3:09 am - Reply

    Wow, that is terrific! You’ve seen Alaska, now you can move someplace more practical. NC is a wonderful, varied state. And if you say you are moving to Asheville, I will be SO jealous! Great artful community. Just love it there.

    Driving across the country is a fabulous experience. Enjoy it all, and have a safe trip. You’ll have more space and good weather in NC for yarn.

    Congratulations!

  49. Andrea July 4, 2014 at 3:11 am - Reply

    What an exciting adventure! You actually have to drive through the city I live in to get to Edmonton from Alaska. I live in Fort St. John, BC. Good luck in your new home!

  50. Elizabeth Clements July 4, 2014 at 3:13 am - Reply

    My husband and I live in Alabama and we are vacationing in Asheville NC RIGHT now!!! Funny, small world. Moving can be stressful and exciting. Wish you the best and safe travels.

  51. Melissa Myersm July 4, 2014 at 3:14 am - Reply

    Congrats! You are moving to my home state! We live just outside of Raleigh, NC. Lived here all my life. Love that we have the mountains and the beach within roughly 3 hours each way. Only thing I get sick of is the humidity in the summer! If you are coming near me, send me a note. Can’t wait to see what you do with the yarn business here. I love your yarns!! Good luck and have a safe trip!

    Melissa

  52. Susan Butler July 4, 2014 at 3:16 am - Reply

    Great! I can’t even imagine living in Alaska. I live in ohio and it’s way too cold for me. When my youngest graduates high school (2017) I am heading to South Carolina. I also know no one there and will be going it alone. I am so excited to head south in three short years. We hit -20 this year and I literally stayed in the house until it went back above zero (except for a science experiment of seeing if we could make ice cream and freeze it outside – yes it worked great).

    So happy for your new adventure and glad you gave someone to share it with. Perhaps I will visit when I get there!

  53. Sherry Ruberry July 4, 2014 at 3:17 am - Reply

    You are coming to EDMONTON! SQUEE! You will have so much fun at the mall. No yarn stores though (at the mall). There is a great one not too far from the WEM (West Edmonton Mall) called River City Yarns.

    Do you know when you will be here? Perhaps I can treat you to a coffee? Congratulations on your move!

  54. Angie Hefner July 4, 2014 at 3:22 am - Reply

    Oh my goodness,I’m a Carolina girl! hope it’s near me. I’m from Morganton N.C. just between Asheville and Charlotte,right at the foothills of the mountains.You will love it! If you need a friend im right here!

  55. Betty McMillan July 4, 2014 at 3:28 am - Reply

    Good luck to you and your husband. We have a home in N.C. (Waynesville), wonderful, neat small town. NC is very fiber friendly and I know you will make a success of your business here. Lots of fibery things to do and always looking for more places to learn to knit, crochet, buy yarn etc. Wishing you the best.

    Betty

  56. Greta July 4, 2014 at 3:29 am - Reply

    What an adventure!! My sister lived in NC for a long time and loved it. I myself live about an hour from West Edmonton Mall, so if you found you needed room for purchases, just let me know and I’ll meet you and take some of that lovely yarn off your hands!!

    Enjoy your adventure!

  57. nena July 4, 2014 at 3:29 am - Reply

    We recently moved from Washington state to North Carolina. We are in the Charlotte area. We moved like you are but we filled a moving truck and we pulled a trailer. Welcome in advance to North Carolina. Maybe we will meet in person. 🙂

  58. Valerie July 4, 2014 at 3:37 am - Reply

    Where in NC? There are some great places here. I am a transplant from PA to NC, about 32 yrs. ago. You have the coast, the piedmont and the mountains. You have the rural and the city life. Personally, I’m in the rural but not far from cities. I welcome you to NC ahead of time.

  59. Teresa July 4, 2014 at 3:41 am - Reply

    Kudos to you both for having the courage and adventurous spirit to make this awesome move. We get only one chance at life and we must do what we love and find that place that speaks to us and says “This is where I should be” and have the courage to change our surroundings when we aren’t in that place. We live in Texas and have been searching for our new place. Texas is too hot, but mostly too humid. I fell in love with Taos, New Mexico recently. Maybe one day soon, I will do a similar road trip to a new place. safe travels to you and Tim during your new adventure.

  60. Sue July 4, 2014 at 3:42 am - Reply

    Hi Chandi, just wondering.. do you take vitamin D because of many months without the sunshine? I love the wonderful adventure you are about to take.. Enjoy <3 xoxox

  61. Carmen N July 4, 2014 at 3:42 am - Reply

    Let’s see… if my calculations are correct and you’re headed through North Dakota and then down to Arkansas, you’ll most likely have to go through eastern MN or Wisconsin.. You know, I’d be willing to save you some gas hauling that trailer and let you “store” some of that yummy yarn at my house! LOL Congratulations on the new life adventure!

  62. Denise Donatien-Coder July 4, 2014 at 3:44 am - Reply

    Awesome!! My family and I moved to Chapel Hill in late 2012! We love this area and it felt like home to us when we visited the area. Good luck with your move! If you move to the Triangle, I have a lot of resources, so please don’t hesitate to ask questions! 🙂

  63. Martha Shaw July 4, 2014 at 3:45 am - Reply

    I live in the central part of North Carolina. If we go west we can be in the mountains in 3 1/2 hours or if we head east we can be on the coast looking at the ocean in 3 1/2 hours. You will love NC. Hubby and I have vacationed in Alaska twice. We flew to Anchorage and rented a car both times. I loved every minute of it and hope to visit again some day. Have a safe trip but have fun along the way.
    Martha

  64. Kate July 4, 2014 at 3:45 am - Reply

    Please have a safe wander to your new home! It sounds like an exciting adventure!

  65. Elizabeth July 4, 2014 at 3:47 am - Reply

    Welcome to NC. Several years ago hubby and I made the 700 mile trip to NC. It immediately felt like home. I think you’ll enjoy living here! Safe travels!

  66. TrishCarp July 4, 2014 at 3:47 am - Reply

    We moved from a cold, winter climate to Charlottesville, VA. You are going to love the climate and the sunny days and mild winters. Come to VA sometime, there is so much history here.

  67. jan mill July 4, 2014 at 3:55 am - Reply

    Good luck from Australia. Why not come here?

  68. Julia Sandusky July 4, 2014 at 3:59 am - Reply

    I am a lot older(70 yrs/o) and about 24 years ago I took a “leap of faith”, walked out on every thing I knew, job, family, etc to marry the love of my life. I have never regretted a moment. Sometimes you just have to do what gives you joy!
    I think the beautiful colors and texture of your yarns show your joy in what you do! Wishing you blessings in your new life. Just keep up with the beautiful, addictive yarn!

  69. Rhonda July 4, 2014 at 4:14 am - Reply

    Good luck on your move, I can’t blame you for wanting to get some sun, even here the winters can be tough. You are very inspiring. I hope you like Edmonton Mall, it’s right around my neck of the woods 🙂

  70. Cathi July 4, 2014 at 4:19 am - Reply

    My brother and sister-in-law live in Asheville, N.C. one of the great hand crafting communities in the U.S. You will be amazed at how many places you will find to host classes in dying or spinning or almost anything you can imagine with your yarn. Plus, there are LOTS of people who grow all manner of sheep. The east coast is much closer together (densely populated), so I hope you don’t get claustrophobic from all the folks you’ll be near. The Appalachian Trail is a great place to get away and not freeze. Best of luck!! Looking forward to hearing all about your trip!

  71. Brenda P July 4, 2014 at 4:31 am - Reply

    North Carolina! How wonderful! I have a sweet friend in South Pawley, South Carolina, who is a turtle watch volunteer. Great lady, but much older than you, as I graduated with her. So many plants and so much to do, and hey! Warm enough to do it. Life is good. Love your yarn, your posts, etc. Be safe and enjoy.

  72. Sheila overturf July 4, 2014 at 4:32 am - Reply

    Lol, I lived in Alaska fora while! I know what ya mean! Beautiful place to visit but I didn’t like living there! Too far from everyone, too cold&too dark! Best of luck to you!

  73. Cassondra Hatcher Lashley July 4, 2014 at 4:35 am - Reply

    Wishing you safe travels and blessings!!!

  74. Phyllis Blackwood July 4, 2014 at 4:40 am - Reply

    So happy for you. You bring a lot of excitement to so many lives. Your enthusiasm for life…and knitting…is inspiring. Keep up the good job and I look forward to keeping up with your sites in the future.

  75. Rose July 4, 2014 at 4:46 am - Reply

    Just remember knitting in the south say hello to plant fibers and light knits!! When I was living in Oregon I knit VERY differently then I do here in Tennessee 🙂 I still enjoy it just don’t knit sweaters till fall now because that much fiber in the lap in July is too much! Congratulation on following your intuition I only wish more people would. Safe travels!

  76. Lara July 4, 2014 at 4:50 am - Reply

    If you have time, by WEM (West Edmonton Mall) there is a great little yarn store called River City Yarns. Used to be my favourite place until I moved. I looked up the possible routes you would take to get from Fairbanks to North Carolina, looks like you might pass through Saskatchewan, my home province. Have a ball, you’ll be passing through the prairie provinces at quite a pretty time. Safe travels Chandi, and good luck!

  77. wanda palinkas July 4, 2014 at 4:55 am - Reply

    Makes me think of our adventures to Norway. Climate wise like Alaska. We didn’t know anyone, no home waiting, new language. It was quite an adventure, and now we are here in the US (Calif), I really miss Norway! Even after the snow and dark etc, like Alaska. The people there are warm and down to earth beautiful people.
    Good luck with your new adventure, you certainly have the right attitude to make it work!
    Love and light
    Wanda

  78. Maria July 4, 2014 at 5:00 am - Reply

    Best of luck in your new hometown. Life is an adventure, a good one, especially with the right person at your side. Safe travels.

  79. Mary July 4, 2014 at 5:29 am - Reply

    I lived in Charlotte NC for 7 years before moving to Texas. I was born and raised in Chicago, but I consider North Carolina my home. Charlotte was 2 1/2 hours from the Mountains and 3 1/2 hours from Myrtle Beach. I have family that lives in North Carolina and want to go back to visit them. I miss Grandfather Mt, I miss Ocracoke Island, I miss Hatteras light house. I miss the sea turtles hatching. I miss hiking up and down the Appalachian Trail I miss the Blue Ridge Mtns. I close my eyes and can see them feel them hear them.
    Any idea where in the state you will be settling?

  80. Kelli July 4, 2014 at 5:31 am - Reply

    Best of luck on your new adventure. Living here in MT I can empathize some about the cold winters that never seem to end. I’m sticking, though. I moved to the big city Seattle I had to move back. It wasn’t where my hubby and I belonged. The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway!

  81. Mary Ellis July 4, 2014 at 5:33 am - Reply

    My Daughter and her Husband made a move from St. Cloud, MN to a small town in North Carolina call Youngsville. It is between Raleigh and Durham. They have been there at least 8-9 years. They love it down there. It gets a little hot in the summer but is very temperate most of the time.

  82. Patty Lamb July 4, 2014 at 5:45 am - Reply

    Welcome to N.C. I love it here. We live on the western part of the state. We have a great yarn shop here in Lenoir. Check out Chix with Stix website.

  83. Chrystal Vaughan July 4, 2014 at 5:50 am - Reply

    My friend Dayna did exactly that: moved from Alaska to North Carolina. She loves it! Hope you do too. Best wishes!

  84. Marsha July 4, 2014 at 6:03 am - Reply

    Wonderfull news! I’ve always wondered how you dealt with all thise dark months; I’m in the Netherlands and our great, not all that cold winters already get me down. I hope you’ll bith be very happy, and nice and warm, wherever you end up settling. Good luck!

  85. carol koenig July 4, 2014 at 6:28 am - Reply

    I love your blog! I am totally blown away by how quickly you fire up some yarn and then make something from it. It won’t matter whether you live in Alaska, North Carolina or the south pole. You make life happen. And you make everyone who reads about it happy. Good luck on your move!

    Carol Koenig, Kaslo, B.C. Canada

  86. Rachel July 4, 2014 at 7:40 am - Reply

    Fantastic adventure. .. my son is hopefully flying the nest in September so then we’re free to move anywhere. Good luck and bon voyage x

  87. Sharon Keller July 4, 2014 at 7:47 am - Reply

    It sounds like you have made a great plan! I wish you both happiness always wherever you go. I’m a California girl, born and raised, so I don’t have a clue what that cold you have experienced feels like. I have never seen the east coast ever, but sounds like you are going to have a much warmer exciting time. I bet your yarn drying time will go much faster also…lol. Have fun on your next adventure together! God bless <3

  88. Christa Smith July 4, 2014 at 7:50 am - Reply

    Dear Chandi,

    If you’re hitting the Edmonton mall, why don’t you come a little further East to Saskatoon and I’ll take you and the hubby out for a cup of coffee or lunch or whatever you like. (I know, I sound a little creepy (but I’m not), and the offer is there.) A new adventure in North Carolina? Good for you. Sounds lovely!

    Cheers and drive carefully.

    Sincerely, Christa

  89. Jeanett Marsicano July 4, 2014 at 7:57 am - Reply

    Hi Chandi, not sure if you’ll read all your responses, but I just wanted to tell you this. As I was reading your blog, I was just grinning and nodding my head with understanding. A little more than 3 months ago I did the same thing. I knew I needed to get out of a terrible situation (I know, you weren’t/aren’t in a terrible situation), and I just “picked a spot”! I moved my son and I to KCMO, and I have never been here in my life! I did the opposite of you, though, I came from Miami. Terrible, TERRIBLE, awful place. Oh yes, it is. BUT, before those 4 miserable years, I lived in Virginia Beach, VA, for about 22 years and I LOVED it there! I hope you and the hubs will really like NC. Yes, ENTIRELY different weather. (Air conditioning?…ok…good luck with that…you may STILL be keeping to the house!…lol!) I am so happy for you, and with what your blog says, you guys will MAKE happiness. It’s just IN you, anyone who sees your videos or reads anything you write, knows this. I’m super excited and happy for you guys: savor this adventure!!! I am LOVING my new life!!! And I know you guys will, as well!!!

  90. Mandy July 4, 2014 at 9:24 am - Reply

    Will watch your move with great interest I sit here in West Australia wishing you both the best luck ever, you have to do what makes you happy, enjoy your new adventure fair lady!

  91. Lynn Leach-Taylor July 4, 2014 at 10:18 am - Reply

    As they say down south “y’all” are going to love it! God BLESS and may he keep you both safe as you travel. Looking forward to all of the photos as you go across our beautiful country.

  92. Nancy July 4, 2014 at 10:22 am - Reply

    Oh I shall miss my shipment getting to me in a few days. I do understand the need to try something new. To actually have a fast food place wow how cool! To have mail delivered to your home oh that’s a fond memorie. Lol safe travels to you and may many blessings flow along your path to a new life.

  93. jana July 4, 2014 at 10:26 am - Reply

    It must be the summer for big moves. I have decided to make a big move as well. I’m leaving my life in northeast Ohio and moving to central Florida. So, I understand all the excitement and anxiety that you are feeling. After living in the same area for 50,years and being single, this will be huge for me. I wish you the best.
    I do hope that because you will be in the “neighborhood” soon, that once you are settled and ready, we will see you at some fiber shows. There are two shows that are wonderful. One is the Great Lakes Fiber Festival in Wooster, Oh and Knit, Crochet Pittsburgh.
    Last……welcome to the east! Safe travels.

  94. susan moran July 4, 2014 at 10:58 am - Reply

    Is that a warm “winter” hat you are wearing inside the coffeehouse??
    If so, I can certainly understand why you are moving to a warmer place.
    I will be “following ” your madcap adventures as you fly south to sun kissed places and looking forward to your new light and easy-breezy yarn creations.
    I think you’re very brave and I wish you safe travels and much joy and success!

  95. Cheryl smith July 4, 2014 at 11:14 am - Reply

    I absolutely love your adventurous spirit!

  96. Rosaria Furino July 4, 2014 at 11:31 am - Reply

    Good luck on your new adventure. I am new to this site and was wondering what brought you to Alaska in the first place. There is so much beauty and diversity in this country. Would love to continue my journey through more states!

  97. Heather Register July 4, 2014 at 11:45 am - Reply

    Welcome to the Tar Heel State! I live in southeastern NC and I know you will love it here! It is the most beautiful place in the world!

  98. Lorraine July 4, 2014 at 11:48 am - Reply

    Chandi, you and your hubby will love living in N. Carolina! My hubby and I hope to retire there in 9 years! I have friends and family that have relocated there from New York and they absolutely love it. You still have different seasons with alittle longer summers and it’s a slower less hectic pace of life! There are many knitters & crocheters, your business I’m sure will continue to flourish. God bless you and keep you safe in your travels to your new home! Happy and safe 4th of July!

  99. D.Perkins July 4, 2014 at 11:49 am - Reply

    I moved to N.C. last year. Love the state but no jobs in the small town areas and extra Taxes, Taxes. on everything so moving to GA mts.

  100. Patty July 4, 2014 at 11:52 am - Reply

    Good luck with your adventure………smart to do it while you are young!
    I am happy to hear you will continue to make yummy yarn.

  101. Kristi July 4, 2014 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    Hi Chandi,
    I’m excited for you and your new adventure! I enjoyed your blog and appreciate that you want to keep us all informed. You’re very personable and that’s what drew me to check out your yarn, which I love! I wish you the very best in life and know you will continue to be successful!! Safe travels and looking forward to those pics!!

  102. Anna Barbara Feagin July 4, 2014 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    I almost jumped for joy right out of my bed. My husband was a little scared! lol
    I have lived in North Carolina my whole life and I can say without any doubt that I love it more then ever! Not just because it has been my home but because when I did go away to college in Georgia, I just couldn’t wait to get back. Our winters are cold but not to cold and our summers are hot but In the shade it’s just right! We have a bit of interesting wildlife, great camping, and awesome cities! I think the best part is that where ever you live there is always something near by that’s of interest! I hope you enjoy it and safe travels!

  103. Kay July 4, 2014 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    Hello from the mountains of western North Carolina.
    You will simply love North Carolina.
    Safe travels!

  104. Maralyn Jay July 4, 2014 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    My son and his family moved to NC 9 years ago. I am lucky enough to be able to visit 4/5 times a year. NC is beautiful, from the beach to the mountains. Last winter they enjoyed some snow, but most years it stays dry. And yes, there is air conditioning. Go safely, see your family, there is a lot to see and do in NC. And the people are very friendly, and most were not born in NC, they come from all over, which makes it nice.

  105. Anne July 4, 2014 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    I’m knitting up a storm with the silk worsted in pansy petals – oh boy! Will post a pic when it is done. Looking forward to more of your wonderful creations. What new inspirations will your new home provide? That will be fun to see. I have a handful of friends who have relocated to NC over the past 10 years. They all adore it there. I imagine you will, too. Especially as your intuition says that is the place to be – good for you for listening. Safe and fun travels!

  106. Wendy July 4, 2014 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    Safe travels!

  107. najahaje July 4, 2014 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    Welcome to NC! You will love it here!

  108. Lisa Shores July 4, 2014 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    How exciting! We’ll be neighbors…I’m in a small town 30 miles north of charlotte. I love living here– you have the mountains to the west and the ocean to the east. Welcome to the South!!

  109. Teresa July 4, 2014 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    Hi Chandi,
    You will love your new move and exploring and visiting with family and friends along the way. No more freezing your butt off or plugging in cars. Daylight during the day. And darkness at night. Ocean breezes, walks in the sand, collect seashells. Enjoy your new adventure 🙂

  110. Joyce Hensel July 4, 2014 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    Blessings to you both! How exciting! If I could choose a place to live I would choose NC ,to. You have the best of all the worlds there.—mountains,beaches, culture,sheep farms,and craft experiences. Keep us informed!!

  111. Pauline Fortier July 4, 2014 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    Hello Chandi,
    I am happy to hear that you and your hubby are taking on yet another adventure together. I hope all goes well and even if you have hickups I am sure you will handle them well. Have a safe trip and can’t wait to see the pics.

    Luv
    Pauline (your canadian freind) 🙂

  112. Dena July 4, 2014 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    You are the most incredible little creature I’ve ever know! I can not wait to have you within driving distance. Coffee, shopping , and sissy time!!! Woop woop!!!

  113. Sue Coolman July 4, 2014 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    How cool, what a decision. My husband and I were truck drivers and I love North Carolina. It’s beautiful in all the seasons. Well winter is a little gray and brown. I went to Fairbanks in March and it was great to visit, but I like Florida. I did my first 50 years in Michigan and decided the next should be in the warm. I wish you a safe trip and the best in your new home. I’m sure you will get inspired for new color ways on the trip. Be safe, and God Bless You.

  114. Julie D. July 4, 2014 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    Hi Chandi!! Congrats on your move and let me be the first (I think) to welcome you to the lower 48!! I’m so excited for y’all! Safe travels and I can’t wait to see what North Carolina has in store for you two! I think you’ll do wonderfully and will certainly fit right in. So happy you’ll be ‘somewhat’ closer to Texas!!

  115. Makenzie July 4, 2014 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    We lived in Fairbanks, Ak for 3 years. I understand wanting to move, part of me still misses it though. I hope you enjoy your new home.

  116. Jean July 4, 2014 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    Good luck on your big move and safe travels! I love your free spirit. NC is beautiful have family there. God bless and God speed to you both.

  117. Suzi Dimock July 4, 2014 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    We live about an hour north of Asheville, near Penland School of Crafts in Mitchell Co., NC – very beautiful. Not a lot of work here, but close enough to Asheville – where there is work – for a day trip and the ride is awesome. You will love it here. We moved here from the NJ shore 13 years ago and do not regret a minute of it. Everyone here is crafty or musical. And there are 4 seasons of beauty and no need to plug in the car. This is a big state and it goes from sea level to the highest mountain east of the Mississippi. Lots of places to go, lots to explore. Enjoy!

  118. Diane Raubenolt July 4, 2014 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    Congratulations on your upcoming move. It’s nice in Ohio too. We have four seasons, summer (in progress), fall (lovely time of the year), winter (sometimes it’s cold and snowy, sometimes it’s just plain cold) and spring (rainy, warm, windy) getting ready to the summer.

    Enjoy.

  119. Maria Alseph July 4, 2014 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    Congratulations and good luck to you, your husband, and your business! I live in Connecticut but my immediate family lives in NC. They LOVE it there, and I love to visit them there! I’ll say a prayer that you’ll find a home soon!

  120. Teri Seger July 4, 2014 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    I was born and raised in New Jersey. At the age of forty, I moved to Ohio. Even though I live in Kentucky now, I miss my family and friends. But it’s nice living out in the county. SO…I wish you and your husband the best. Have a safe road trip and enjoy whatever life may bring you.

  121. Evelyn Stilson-Ouderkirk July 4, 2014 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    Happy travels! Isn’t it wonderful when you arrive someplace and just know that you’re supposed to be there for a while? I look forward to the posts about your journey. 🙂

  122. Lynn July 4, 2014 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    Best on the trip. Enjoy our beautiful country, coast to coast. I’m in GA so come on down and visit HOTLanta? BY THE WAY, love your yarn.

  123. Jo Eaton July 4, 2014 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    Congratulations on making the move Now! My sister had spent her adult life in Durham, NC and I visit there a few weeks each spring and fall. It is such a refreshing change from Maine. I can go there for the fall, after fall is done here and in the spring, before spring comes here then come back to Maine for another spring. Love it. The treat about winters is the days when it’s like fall. Just a nice warm day pops up! How are you feeling? You have been quiet about this new addition. Do you have an idea on location yet? Best wishes for you and hope to see you in NC!

  124. Janine Underhill July 4, 2014 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    Wow, what an adventure! Safe journey and may you find a lovely house to be your new home. Good luck.

  125. Eileen Wormser July 5, 2014 at 12:18 am - Reply

    Good for you! Yes Alaska sounds beautiful but I personally doubt I could love there. Enjoy the adventure! I think North Carolina sounds ideal. I lived in South Florida for 10 years.. Too hot and I enjoy the change of seasons (I’m in New Jersey now) so will you! Yay!

    • Eileen Wormser July 5, 2014 at 12:19 am - Reply

      I meant LIVE there, LOL!!!!

  126. Jannett Ammons July 5, 2014 at 1:16 am - Reply

    Oooh! Where in NC? My small family and I moved here just shy of 8 yrs ago and it’s been the best thing we’ve ever done. I grew up in Florida. Hubby and I lived in NOLA while he attended law school, we lived in Ohio (where hubby grew up) for 14 yrs and then moved here.

    Best. Decision. EVER!!!

    We live in Cary a suburb of Raleigh. We get all four seasons (although we seemed to have skipped spring this yr). 3 hrs and were at the Atlantic while 4 hrs gets us to the mountains. DC, savannah, charleton, Alexandra and Richmond are all a days trio away. That’s not even mentioning all the lovely cities and towns within an hours drive from home. Lots of arts and restaurants to explore. All sorts of outdoors recreation available.

    It’s just wonderful. Im sure you will love it and hope you are as happy with your choice as we have been. Feel free to contact at my email if you want. I know all the good LYS in the triangle area!

    Welcome!

  127. Genise Gerk July 5, 2014 at 2:40 am - Reply

    Congratulations! Good luck in your new adventure.

  128. Franceska Dawn Zweifler July 5, 2014 at 2:43 am - Reply

    Congratulations! I know how you feel, as I lived in NYC my whole life and four years ago, packed it all in and moved to Arizona, sight unseen, apartment rented online, no job, etc. It was the best thing that could have happened to me. I got a job in 3 days, boyfriend in 3 months, and we are living better than we were in NY. Our life in NYC was going badly, rent sky high, I was laid off, he was making next to nothing. Sometimes the best thing you can do is what your feelings tell you to. I know you both will be very happy. Let me know where in NC, as I visit my daughter at Camp Lejeune.

  129. Kellie Walker July 5, 2014 at 4:04 am - Reply

    Congratulations! Where in NC have you decided to settle (for now)?

  130. Núria July 5, 2014 at 7:29 am - Reply

    Chandi,
    I wish you all the best in your adventure 😀
    I’m considering to move to another city… Change is good for the soul.

  131. Gina Thatcher July 5, 2014 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    I live in Boone, NC, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Many great things about NC such as beaches, mountains, city life all in a days drive. Good luck here wherever you decide to settle. I must tell you though that Asheville is a super cool, artsy, eclectic town, and full of artisans and entrepreneurs. You may like it there if you haven’t decided on a place yet to settle.

  132. Judy July 5, 2014 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    This is great news! I live near Asheville, it is so beautiful in the mountains. I wish you the best no matter where you choose. It is a great state to the mountains to the beaches! Let us know how everything goes! Good Luck!!

  133. Sheryl July 6, 2014 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    Super neat! NC is very pretty and warm! Very cool you’re going to go to West Edmonton Mall. 🙂 It is about 5 hours south of me. Are you travelling the Alaska Highway? It goes right through where I live. Maybe I’ll catch a sighting of a celebrity (you) lol good luck and take care. New adventures are always fun!

  134. Jody Hatch July 6, 2014 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    You will be able to grow things outside! Lucky, lucky girl. Good luck and safe travels. I love your colors, there will be new inspirations. Enjoy!

  135. Linda Cannon July 6, 2014 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    I admire what you are doing and think you are very brave to be doing it. In 1982 we left California for Anchorage, where we lived for 3.5 years. We loved every minute of it as did our children, Alaska is truly a joyous and wonderful experience. Friends are like family and you are never lonely. We went from there to Seattle for 9 years and then back to California. We too love being warm and having mild seasons. The place we moved to there was no one we knew there, but we have made friends. Enjoy your adventure, that is the bet way to enjoy life.

  136. Hope Jones July 6, 2014 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    I live in Virginia and I’ve always wondered why people wanted to live in Alaska. It’s gotten down to -10 around here for a night or two in winter but that’s very rare. I couldn’t imagine months of that kind if cold. Welcome to the South! It’s great here!!

  137. mrs vee makes July 6, 2014 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    Glad that u r coming to the lower 48:) U r correct life is what u make it and u and ur husband will fine! Best wishes for the exciting future and keep us posted when u can.

  138. Norine July 6, 2014 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    I was impressed to the fact that you lived in Alaska as well! I admired you so much for the grueling weather and lack of sun. So glad you have decided to make a new life from one beautiful State to another. This way, with my living in Niagara, I can now stop by to buy some of your gorgeous yarn on my way to Florida or South Carolina.

    All my love and wishes to you in safe travels!

    Sincerely, Norine
    Ontario, Canada

  139. Tonya willett July 6, 2014 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    I’m in NC, Raleigh to be exact… Message me if you are moving near raleigh and want some inside info. =)

  140. Melissa July 6, 2014 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    Congrats on the move. My home state is Alabama. The Rocket City, Huntsville, is where I grew up. Hubby came my way and stayed. Now we are back at him home state Arizona. Home is where ever we are. Have fun.

  141. Pat Scattergood July 6, 2014 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    Hi Chandi. Welcome to North Carolina. I live in Charlotte. I’m originally from the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains where my hometown, Boone, is. This time of year it is quite hot and humid in the Charlotte area. This is when I most miss the mountains. If you decide to do store-front sales in NC, just tell me where. I’ll come visit. BTW, you have the “awesomest” colors I’ve ever seen.

    Safe travels.
    Pat

  142. Mai Chang July 6, 2014 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    Oh, my, what a trip you’re going to have traveling around. Best of luck in your new home, where ever it is. Just keep us posted and send plenty of pictures.

  143. Yana July 6, 2014 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    Yes shipping rate should be lower with you in NC right? Lol all jokes aside NC is nice but being down here all my life it gets really boring real fast maybe its because Ive always been in 1 city anyways youll enjoy it drastic change from Alaska though!!!

  144. joy July 6, 2014 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    enjoy the trip. i love north carolina from the outer banks to raleigh/durham and on up ro asheville. all of it is wonderful.

  145. Helen Outen July 6, 2014 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    Hi Chandi,
    I just want to wish you every happiness in your new home and location of North Carolina.
    Good luck in your new home.
    Helen

  146. Bonnie July 6, 2014 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    You will love North Carolina!!! What city will you be moving to? Have family there and great memories of beach vacations!

    Best to you,
    Bonnie

  147. SherryG. July 6, 2014 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    Best wishes in your new home. I love visiting Alaska, but I live in California so it is easy for me to talk when I don’t live with the uniqueness of Alaskan weather. I am originally from Pennsylvania and understand being stuck in the house. I have only visited North Carolina but it is a beautiful state. Drive safely and enjoy the trip. Such a fun adventure.

  148. Debbie Garcia-Luftig July 6, 2014 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    That is SO exciting!!! My husband and I live in southside VA – so depending on where you are settling in NC – we might not be that far away from you!! I love the South…hope you do, too!!

  149. Anita K Wilson July 6, 2014 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    Sounds like a fun adventure, the trip will be a big part of the fun. Every place has its good & bad, occasionally the bad becomes enough for a change. Looking forward to what you have to offer next.

  150. Janis Casey July 6, 2014 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    If you get over near Louisville, Kentucky e-mail me after all southern hospitality starts in Kentucky. I would be glad to show you some sights. Have a safe trip and enjoy the time on the road. So glad you are getting to see some of the good old USA.

  151. Mary Creger July 6, 2014 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    Fourteen years ago, in our mid-fifties, my husband and packed it all up in Michigan and moved to a li’ ol’ mill town practically on the SC/NC border. We live on the SC side of the border. This move has been somewhat a bit of a culture shock. I still haven’t figured out when the appropriate time is to bless somebody’s heart and only recently found out where over yonder is. I still have people look at me , shake their head and say “you’re not from around here, are you?”. I’ve introduced some friends to Sanders Hot Fudge Sauce imported from Detroit and now they won’t eat any other. Some people love our Northern cooking while others want me to cook those veggies til they are truly dead. We left Michigan to get away from snow. We had a snowstorm the first winter we were here. It closed my school district down for a week. We got 12″ of snow. I got a lot of lessons written that week. I love this state. I love the people of this state. Through two bouts with cancer with all the doctors visits, chemo and radiation, surgeries and five months in 2013 in the hospital, I have been very lovingly cared for by my friends and known that my quadriplegic husband would be too! You will love living in the Carolina’s. Safe travels! We’ll leave the light on for ya.

  152. Denise P July 6, 2014 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    You can’t go wrong with NC! I’ve lived here much of my adult life. The mountains and the coast are beautiful and both are only hours away if you choose central NC.

    You guys have made a great decision! Can’t wait to hear more about where you settle.

  153. Dorothy July 6, 2014 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    I am so excited for you and Tim on this new adventure. I also, sold my house last week and am homeless, by choice; for a few weeks. And I’m double your age, but having fun. I am downsizing to an apartment on the lakefront with a garage for my motorcycle. And I am so ready to cut no more gas and shovel no more snow.
    Good luck and keep us posted on your adventure
    Dorothy

  154. Charlene July 6, 2014 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    Fantsastic! You will definitely be warmer! I am in Virginia. Safe travels and moving!

  155. Linda McGurn July 6, 2014 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    I have lived all over the USA and finally ended up in North Carolina! We really like it here, we live about 20 miles from Asheville, Waynesville, which is in the mountains of western North Carolina. We get all of the seasons and rarely any of the extremes. People are very nice and the whole Asheville area is loads with all kinds of art and artists. Hope that you will enjoy you move!

  156. ginny szura July 6, 2014 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    So glad you are moving to NC. It is a wonderful state with everything-beach to the mountains. Snow and sand. I have always lived in NC and wouldn’t want to move anywhere else. Good to visit other places but good to get home. Lots of fiber artists around as well as lots to do.
    ginny

  157. Donna Swanson July 6, 2014 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    Welcome to NC! I’m north-central, near the VA line. You got a lot of ‘splorin’ to do!

  158. Roberta Lumsdon July 6, 2014 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    Congratulations on your move. Lived in Minot, ND for a year. Had to keep car plugged in all winter. Worked nights & had to go out about 4 am & run car until it was warn, so we could go home in am. Now live in Cary NC & love it. Welcome to NC.
    Good luck on your trip.

  159. Judy Bevilacqqua July 6, 2014 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    Have a WONDERFUL trip and adventure – you’ll be making new friends in a heartbeat!

  160. Helen Sigler July 6, 2014 at 11:08 pm - Reply

    North Carolina is great. I live in the piedmont (foothills) of NC and our area is very textile friendly. I have friends with 50+ llamas and I can buy their wool for cheap. Good luck in your travels. 🙂

  161. Maxine July 6, 2014 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    Safe travels. And, best of luck in your new home.
    Next month we’re moving from tropical Florida back to NYC – too much humidity!

  162. Lauren July 6, 2014 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    Oh my!!!
    What an adventure! Chandi and Tim, I wish you both the best of everything. I love reading your lively, carefree posts. You’re young and ready for life…and you both deserve to carve out the best future you can. That’s quite a move…but with your energy and thirst for life and love, you’ll get everything you want.
    Thank you so much for including us in your lives, your travels, your adventure!!
    I can’t wait to see where you’re going, what you’re seeing and your final destination. Have a beautiful, wonderful life….Make it yours!!!
    Hugs, Lauren in W Michigan

  163. Jeanie July 6, 2014 at 11:54 pm - Reply

    Sorry to hear you’re leaving North Pole. I wanted to visit you on my next trip. My daughter and I were there Feb 2013. We loved it there; however, Santa’s workshop was closed the day we were there! I’m sure you’ll enjoy living in North Carolina. Best wishes with your new adventure!

  164. Amy Koorndyk July 7, 2014 at 12:10 am - Reply

    My hubs and the rest of the family picked up and moved to NC from Michigan 6 years ago. I absolutely love it here…. If you can believe it, everything shuts down for a few inches of snow once or twice a year in the Raleigh area. I have been to the mountains and there are many “Yarnies” there. I’ve been to the outer banks and loved it as well… we settled in the middle. In the Raleigh area we are 3 hours from the outer banks and about 4 hours from the beautiful mountains. WELCOME TO NORTH CAROLINA!!

  165. sharon gilsleider July 7, 2014 at 12:10 am - Reply

    Best of luck & safe travels. My husband & I did the same – bagged it all & moved from Maind to Montana. Converted a bus to a camper – lived in that for about a year while looking for land. I would drag my sewing machine out on the picnic table to do my quilting. You gotta do what you gotta do!!! I want pics of you dyeing your yarn at a campground or truckstop!!!

  166. Sheryl Corr July 7, 2014 at 1:09 am - Reply

    Best of luck with your move. We’ve lived in NC for almost 7 years now, and we love it. We’re in Northeastern NC (little town called Hertford), so I hope you’re relocating somewhere close enough to supply this area with yarn. We need a good shop!

  167. Heather J Seamons July 7, 2014 at 1:19 am - Reply

    Good luck with you adventure x

  168. Phyllis July 7, 2014 at 2:13 am - Reply

    Welcome South Sister. I’m excited for you. I have often said if I moved, it would be western North Carolina or Eastern Tennessee. I love those mountains. I live in North East Georgia. I’m not far from North Carolina – an hours drive to Franklin. If you open a shop for public sales, let us know. I would love to visit. Otherwise, I’ll just order it and it will get here a lot quicker. Praying for safe travel and that your adventure will be successful.

  169. Susan W July 7, 2014 at 2:16 am - Reply

    How exciting for you! I’ll be looking for you on the highway as I cruise up the Alaska coastline on a knitting cruise (of course!) in a couple of weeks with a group from Craft Cruises! I’ve been to Alaska many times, but only once in the dead of winter, and it is a gorgeous state. However that one winter visit was enough to learn that living there would be quite a different story! I, too, have uprooted several times in my life and never regretted it. Best of luck to y’all in your new home and look forward to hearing about your adventures! (I have family in GA so speak a lil southern!) Susan in CA

  170. Khristine July 7, 2014 at 4:07 am - Reply

    I wish y’all the best, have a safe trip and good luck in North Carolina. I have friends in Fayetteville NC. I’m happy for you. Take care and God Bless always!

  171. Ruth Close July 7, 2014 at 4:31 am - Reply

    Congratulations! You will love NC. My grandson is stationed there, he’s in the army and my brother was stationed there when he was in the Marines. They both love or loved it there. I have been there once. My brother was amazed at the friendliness of the people. Have a great and safe move. What a wonderful adventure!

  172. Bridget Spelt July 7, 2014 at 4:57 am - Reply

    Wow Chandi! Good for you to have such an adventurous spirit. I wish you all the best on your new adventure!

    Looking forward to hearing about it!

    Love Bridget

  173. Carol July 7, 2014 at 7:22 am - Reply

    I love your joie de vivre! Enjoy and be safe! Lots of loving vibes being sent your way! Xoxox

  174. Carol/CanadianShe_Wolf July 7, 2014 at 9:32 am - Reply

    Well now! Ya coulda stayed in Canada,(I mean stopping at “The Mall” in Alberta & all!…lololol). Enjoy your trip, and be safe about it. Looking forward to reading about this new adventure that you & the hubs are taking on.

  175. Pam Hunt July 7, 2014 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    You are going to love North Carolina!!! Do check out Western NC-Asheville, Blowing Rock, hey, maybe even Franklin (you’d be living in the best place for serious closeness to SAFF in the Fall)! I just retired and we moved to the upstate in SC (very near NC border) from Atlanta and I have never been happier! Love the Blue Ridge Mountains!

  176. Glendus July 7, 2014 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    Happy travels to you, Chandi! I made a similar move nearly 20 years ago and have never regretted leaving VA for WY and finally settling in NW MT.
    I hope you love it down there. Eat some blue crab for me and good Carolina BBQ.

  177. Diane Meyers July 7, 2014 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    I know the feeling about being in the right place. I felt it when the realtor drove past our house-to-be when we moved to Napa 40 years ago. With all the sun & warm weather maybe you’ll try some wool-free yarns. Hard to find nice yarn I can wear when it goes over 100. Just love your colorways. Happy trails till you meet your home.

  178. Cherie July 7, 2014 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    Good luck to you and your husband!! 🙂 Absolutely exciting news, grow wherever you are planted!

  179. Sue July 7, 2014 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    We moved to NC from NJ…..believe me it is hotter than you think. AC you say but you can not stay indoors all the time….got to go out for food, gas, life etc. We added a swimming pool and that helps in summer. Good luck on your move. My brother lives in Homer, Alaska…he is planning to move to Florida. Wife has family there but talk about hot hot hot….Best of luck on your travels and enjoy the sights.

  180. Amelia July 7, 2014 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    Oh, good luck with the move! I just moved from North Carolina to Pennsylvania last year. Live in North Carolina for 11 years and before that Maryland. NC definitely was just lovely to live in, but you’d better get used to high humidity, hot temps, and pollen. I loved living in NC, but I was used to more winters in MD, so I moved to PA. The fall is just gorgeous, the leaves turn this beautiful golden-red and I actually get snow! NC, you might have one snowfall for the year, which you’ll probably be ecstatic about, given where you’re coming from, but you also get a lot of ice and black ice, too. Also, be prepared to shake your heads at the people around you who go absolutely nuts at the first sign of snow. They don’t handle it well, at all. Good luck and I hope you enjoy. It really is a very nice place to live.

  181. Debbie B. July 8, 2014 at 2:47 am - Reply

    We are moving to TN next week (from NJ). We took 3 years to get from NJ to TN. We decided to travel in an RV and see the country before settling.
    I’m excited for you. Will definitely be some culture shock as I will have from growing up in NY/NJ.

  182. kaye July 8, 2014 at 7:04 am - Reply

    I did that 17 years ago, left Kodak for San Antonio, the sun is a we wonderful y thing, but I like to see it more often in the winter and less at night in the summer. After 33 years in AK I packed up my son, 2 dogs, as nd 2 birds and flew, no home, no car, just a job.

  183. Bethany July 8, 2014 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    NC is a wonderful place for textiles, and there are truly four seasons (especially if you live in the mountain regions). Hope y’all are able to find a home and settle in well, there are many beautiful places in NC and many wonderful people.

  184. NancyGrace July 8, 2014 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    WHOO HOO! Off on another adventure! And it looks like you are taking the right attitude with you. I LOVE those promptings and feelings when you just KNOW your decision is right.

    My husband love to travel together, and when it is a road trip, we always start singing ON THE ROAD AGAIN! Of course, sometimes we sing JUST CAN’T WAIT TO GET ON THE ROAD AGAIN while merely thinking about our next road trip.

    God bless you. Stay safe, and stay YOU, because you are WONDERFUL!

  185. Robin Comfort July 8, 2014 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    WOOHOO! I live only 5 hours from where you are moving, and my dad and most awesome stepmom/bonus mom live 45 minutes away! YAY! You are going to love it. And I have numerous friends who live in the area, including one who is an awesome canvas artist. Charlotte has a big artist community!

  186. Pattie July 8, 2014 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    Oh so glad to hear you will be closer, I’m in Georgia, but I LOVE North Carolina, it is beautiful, especially the mountains, so many things to see there, good luck with your move!!!

  187. Janet July 8, 2014 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    Chandi, you will love your new life. I just know it 🙂
    My partner and I just made a huge move (almost 12 months ago now…but you know what I mean) We moved from one side of Australia to the other.
    Where we use to live had 4 seasons …hot, really hot, damn HOT!! and a little cooler LOL.
    Now we have warm, hot, cool and omgosh cold. I am enjoying it though because now I get to play with really warm wool and not just cottons.
    You take yourself with you where ever you go and as you are so lovely you will fit in to your community with no probs.
    Very best of luck and please take some time off cos we don’t want you to wear yourself out 🙂

  188. Judy Phillips July 8, 2014 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    Well you sure know how to shake things up! Kudos for your bravery and willingness to just plunge in and take a chance. I hope North Carolina is everything you dream of!

  189. Ronni July 9, 2014 at 2:00 am - Reply

    So glad you are moving so close to me!!! I’m in Statesville, just north of Charlotte. Btw, you will LOVE SAFF, the fiber festival in Ashville in October. That would also be a great place for you to get a both and sell and get some exposure down here!!! Can’t wait to have you closer! Might you do some dying classes? You could do that at SAFF , too!!!

  190. Teresa July 9, 2014 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    Hi Chandi! We are so excited to have you join us in North Carolina! I love it here especially because you are not far from the relaxing beaches or the beautiful mountains. You will love it!!!
    Teresa

  191. Colleen Clarke July 9, 2014 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    Good luck with the move. New environment, new inspiration. After living in Northern Alberta for most of my life, I totally understand wanting to see actual seasons (we call ours early winter, winter, late winter, and construction). Enjoy your visit to WEM, wear comfy shoes, that’s a lot of walking in there.

  192. Sally O'Neill July 9, 2014 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    Wow! Best of luck to you and Tim on your new journey. North Carolina is certainly a different climate from Alaska, but I just know you will find this a new and exciting adventure.

  193. bb July 9, 2014 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    Great place; great idea! What city?

  194. Trish Goodwin July 11, 2014 at 12:37 am - Reply

    I wish you both the best. I up and moved down from Connecticut–not as cold as Alaska in the winter, but too cold for these old bones! I ended up just north of Charlotte in the Lake Norman area. It is beautiful here and I can tolerate the winters! My heart is at the beach (which is about 4.5 hours from me) but the mountains (2 hrs away) are beautiful as well. Keep us posted on where you settle in and maybe some of your NC peeps will stop in to give you a great Southern welcome!!

  195. Jennie July 12, 2014 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    We, also, used to live in Alaska, although we were down on the Kenai Peninsula. And that’s been ages ago.

    And, after a brief stop in Idaho, and a longer time of living in northern Minnesota, we now live in North Carolina. We’re out on the Crystal Coast, in the Morehead City and Beaufort area. (And if you want to sound like a local, Beaufort in NC is pronounced like the beginning of “bow tie.”)

    Whether you settle in the mountains, or the piedmont, or the coast, I hope you’ll really enjoy North Carolina! I know we have.

    And, yes, there are times I really miss Alaska. (Don’t try the salmon here, it’s just not the same!) But God’s given me the grace to bloom where I’m planted, so I’ve found things that I appreciate and enjoy wherever we’ve lived. I wish that same mindset for you.

  196. Pat Mann July 14, 2014 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    Good luck with your move. North Carolina is beautiful. This should give you insight as to why many of us use very little wool. Looking forward to more news from you.

  197. Susan M. July 16, 2014 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    I’d be interested to know where in ND you plan to stop for a visit.

  198. Colleen July 24, 2014 at 7:00 am - Reply

    I live in Vancouver, Washington. We are just a 10 minute ride to Portland, Oregon. It is beautiful here. I have visited North and South Carolina and I have to agree with you, it is beautiful there. I don’t think I could stand the summers though, it is very humid. Something that was a thrill for me was seeing Fire Flys. Such an amazing part of nature. I would love to see the Northern Lights, though. I wish you all the luck on your new journey.

  199. Debbie July 27, 2014 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    Best of luck! I totally understand, living in Wisconsin. Two years until we moved south! I can’t wait. I dream of it every day!

  200. Brandon July 30, 2014 at 3:03 pm - Reply

    Best wishes to you both! If NC isn’t right for you, North Alabama is in desperate need of a good yarn shop!!!!!! I love Alaska, and have spent a good deal of time working on the Kenai Peninsula in Homer and Kenai. I had a job offer there a few years ago and would have moved in heartbeat, had I not been caring for parents. My kids still talk about wanting to go.

  201. Donna Jeter March 25, 2015 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    Love NC. You’ll enjoy it after adjusting! Alaska was a fun vacation but I didn’t realize how much no darkness messes with your system.

  202. Joanne Kobussen April 15, 2015 at 11:17 pm - Reply

    Totally unrelated, except that we visited Fairbanks in August a few years ago, and it was 90 degrees~ wonderful.
    My question: Your washable merino sock yarn looks great, but it has no nylon in it. I am wondering if I should add some nylon as an extra thread in the heels? Thanks, Joanne

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