It’s Almost Time!

//It’s Almost Time!

It’s Almost Time!

We leave this week for North Carolina! Woopeee!!!

We have been B.U.S.Y the past few weeks.

Listing all remaining yarn we had, prepping/announcing/shipping the August club, cleaning, cleaning some more, packing, repacking, working out (trying to lose weight for the trip) and such. Appreciating all the wonderful things about Alaska like the radiant sunrises and sunsets.

Our house is empty:

moving from alaska to north carolina

It. Has. Been. GLORIOUS! Apparently I love packing! Who knew!

All dishes/food/utensils have been given away so we’ve been getting creative with our meals. Microwaved broccoli in paper cups, anyone?

microwaved broccoli

We had a few kinks fun moments. We originally intended to rent a Uhaul trailer. Finally got on to order one. WOOPS! They were OUT. If you’re in the States, it’s no big deal, but when you’re the only city for hundreds of miles, when Uhaul is out of trailers, you’re up a creek!

So we went back through all our packed stuff, reduced even more and shipped it all to my parents in Arkansas. We’ll pick it up there and rent a Uhaul to take it into  Charlotte. YAY! We didn’t want to haul a trailer all the way down anyways, so we’re tickled pink.

Other strange occurences: someone hit our car and drove off (bless his soul… what a goober) and someone stole our bike (joke’s on them! We were giving it away anyways. HA!!)

But everything else has gone super smoothly and perfectly. We’ve sold the few big items we had (my drum carder, Tim’s car and keyboard), etc, and then gave everything else away to family and friends and Value Village.

LOVE IT! I never want to buy anything else again! Freedom! Yipppee!!

Good-bye Stuff. Go bless someone else for awhile. We are light and free and ready to hit the road.

Tomorrow we’ll ship all remaining orders (can you believe the site is empty?? CRAZY!!!) and take care of odds n ends and then we drive out soon.

We were planning on Thursday but might leave earlier since we are ahead of schedule. We shall see!

The main worry is, will I have enough knitting and crocheting to keep me busy for the trip?

Panic mode!

I have planned:

1. A stealth baby item I can’t show you. (For my niece, not me)

2. A sweater I “designed” using Amy Herzog’s CustomFit program. LOVE IT!! Using my INK (navy) colorway in merino/cashmere/nylon fingering weight yarn and size 7 needles.

friends show and knitting

3. Some type of crocheted or hairpin lace shawl using my prototype of the ADRIFT (teal in the photo above) colorway, on a tester merino/silk fingering yarn from a new factory.

4. Hermione’s Everyday Socks using my Lavender Ice Cream in merino/silk sock yarn. Almost done, though. Ah! Panic! You might notice they look a bit different from the pattern. I am doing plain stockinette stitch on the foot instead of continuing the pattern. I liked how this yarn was striping and wanted to preserve that look.

hermione's everyday socks on ravelry

I had to rip out the toe TWICE and reknit it because it was feeling funny when I put it on. And if it feels funny, I won’t wear them. Better to redo than not use. Finally got them looking and feeling good and moved onto the second sock:

hermione's everyday socks knitting pattern on Ravelry

5. Rock Island Shawl using a custom color I dyed for this project:

rock island shawl jared flood

6. Oh, I already finished this baby hat for my grand-niece Bailey who will arrive in September, and forgot to show you:

crocheted baby hat


I wish I could give you the pattern cuz it’s so cute, but I just made it up as I went.

Oh no. Is that it? Is that all I’ve planned? And I’ve sold all my yarn. AHHH!!

If you see a frenzied little brunette running around Canada later in the week, wild-eyed and panic-stricken, it’s me and I’ve run out of projects! Just gently toss some yarn in my vicinity and possibly a pattern or two and back away slowly. I should recover fairly quickly.

The other possibility that I refuse to accept is that I’ve packed way TOO many projects and won’t get all that done in a month of Sundays.

*Side note about the brunette… I haven’t mentioned, but I took the red out of my hair a few weeks ago using Color Oops and then went to the salon Thursday and had a nice normal brown put in. Hurray!







So we’ll be keeping you updated on our trip and when we get resettled and all that!

Yes, we’ll be doing the business once we get moved.

Yes, we have TONS of new colors already planned and new yarns being spun for us right now.

Yes, we’ll do more giant yarn giveaways and monthly clubs and kits and new things not even dreamed of yet!

Stay tuned.



P.S. Thank you for all the wonderful comments and well-wishes for our trip! We appreciate it immensely!

By | 2017-09-04T14:05:00+00:00 August 3rd, 2014|Travel Updates|41 Comments


  1. Allison August 3, 2014 at 11:08 pm - Reply

    Safe travels Chandi! Glad everything has worked out. Looking forward to seeing your projects.

  2. Lynne K August 3, 2014 at 11:08 pm - Reply

    Drive safe and worse case scenario is you have to stop and find a yarn shop and buy some! lol

  3. Nancy Batt August 3, 2014 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    Best wishes for your move! I made a very similar one last year at this time!

  4. Claudia August 3, 2014 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    Chandi, it sounds like you are well on your way to a new adventure in North Carolina. Have a safe trip and keep us updated. Just throw in a couple of extra balls of yarn in case you finish up the planned road trip projects ahead of time. Happy trails to you and your hubby!!

  5. Beth Rubin August 3, 2014 at 11:24 pm - Reply

    Safe travels!! Your positive attitude will enable you to be happy and successful wherever you are. Keep us posted along the way.

  6. ElizabethL August 3, 2014 at 11:26 pm - Reply

    Safe travels!

    If you managed to run out of projects, there are lots of great yarn stores throughout BC!

    And if you take a route through Alberta – highly recommend River City Yarns in Edmonton. 🙂

  7. carol doria August 3, 2014 at 11:28 pm - Reply

    Safe travels. There are many places to get yarn along the way should you need to do so.

  8. Connie Staley August 3, 2014 at 11:39 pm - Reply

    Thanks for your blog, I enjoy reading it. You look very young and dye such beautiful yarn. You really have a talent. Good luck in your move and I look forward to getting more yarn from you. It was all gone when I went in last night to order.

  9. Rheta Russell August 3, 2014 at 11:57 pm - Reply

    Welcome to North Carolina! I have lived in eastern NC all my life and hope you will love it as much as I do. Charlotte is a great city and a great location.

  10. Denise P August 3, 2014 at 11:58 pm - Reply

    I’ll pray you have safe travels. You’re going to love living in NC. Let me say “Welcome!”

  11. Heather Hughes August 4, 2014 at 12:06 am - Reply

    Have a safe and happy trip. I look forward to hearing about your journey. You have got me knitting again after many years away from the craft. I thank you for that.

  12. Jacqueline August 4, 2014 at 12:08 am - Reply

    Love reading your blog! Thanks for sharing your adventure & passion for life.
    If you were passing through Toronto, I would say stop in for a cuppa and replenish your stash – you’ll love what I have in mine – most of it is yours!
    Praying for safe travels and that you get settled quickly into your new home & life in North Carolina.

  13. Carol Pool August 4, 2014 at 12:11 am - Reply

    Who won the July give away?? ME???

  14. Paulette August 4, 2014 at 12:14 am - Reply

    Have a safe and wonderful trip. Why not pick up some local grown yarns as you travel thru the states. Memory project from your travels maybe!

  15. Eleonora August 4, 2014 at 12:18 am - Reply

    God be with you on y.our travels 🙂 I’m sure you’ve googled all the yarn shops along the way, I know I would

  16. Valerie August 4, 2014 at 1:06 am - Reply

    Have a safe trip, drive carefully. Watch out when you get to NC most forget they have a turn signal, especially around Charlotte.

  17. Laurel Faye Luchsinger August 4, 2014 at 1:13 am - Reply

    Safe Journey to your life . Fingers crossed you don’t run out of projects/yarn before you get to your new home. Looking forward to reading of your travels in the blog

  18. Mandy L August 4, 2014 at 1:16 am - Reply

    My goodness, lady! I would kill for your figure! You don’t need to lose a thing! 🙂 I admire your outer beauty in every photo you share and your inner beauty in all of your posts. <3 Looking forward to seeing what you have planned once you get settled and are up and running again! 😀

  19. wanda palinkas August 4, 2014 at 1:19 am - Reply

    Happy landings!!!

    I hope you will be happy and very blessed in your new home! We can’t wait to see pics of your new home and surroundings.

    All the best


  20. Dani August 4, 2014 at 1:21 am - Reply

    Safe travels. You have a great adventure ahead of you. I am sure you will miss Alaska ( I know I do and we only visited)

  21. Deb Lugiewicz August 4, 2014 at 1:43 am - Reply

    I’ve always wanted to go to Alaska. I just found you and now you are already leaving. But going to an awesome place. I lived in the Lexington NC some years back and will end up back in NC some day. I love it there. Safe and happy travels. Can’t wait for you to get settled and posting new yarns and such!!!!

  22. Sue Naegels August 4, 2014 at 2:27 am - Reply

    Don’t drive faster than your guardian angel can fly! Safe travels!

  23. Nina Martin-Anzuoni August 4, 2014 at 2:57 am - Reply

    Chandi if you start running out of yarn let us know. I am sure someone will live near the highway and can toss you a few skeins.

  24. Y. Webb August 4, 2014 at 4:30 am - Reply

    Praying for safe travels for you both. What an awesome adventure you’re on…sounds like fun! Love reading your blog and looking forward to hearing about your “road trip” as you travel cross country.

  25. Mary Ellis August 4, 2014 at 5:34 am - Reply

    I told my daughter about you and what you do for a living. She says she knows some people that race alpaca’s. So if you are interested let me know and I will tell her!

  26. Pat Collingwood August 4, 2014 at 8:04 am - Reply

    Enjoy the journey to your new home.

  27. Arlene August 4, 2014 at 10:13 am - Reply

    Have a safe journey! Side note, kinda looks like all the projects you wanted to take are half finished?

  28. Wendy August 4, 2014 at 11:32 am - Reply

    Wishing you safe travels and happy adventures in your new home!

  29. JEAN August 4, 2014 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    Safe travels Chandi to you and your husband. I hope you find your new home asap. I love you yarn, your blog and your free spirit. Wishing you a safe trip, and lots of love, laughter and yarny things in your future. Keep us posted on your travels and projects. We love to see and hear!

  30. Kim Morris August 4, 2014 at 10:33 pm - Reply

    YAY! Welcome to my home town! Glad to have you! 😀

  31. Diane Raubenolt August 5, 2014 at 12:19 am - Reply

    Be safe.

  32. AriesKnitWit August 5, 2014 at 5:46 am - Reply

    Have a safe and fun trip! If you run out of projects, you can always pick up some souvenir yarn (isn’t that the best part of a trip, anyway?) Just be sure to pack a set of interchangeable needles so you can start any project on the go…and maybe a few smaller size circulars because most interchangeable sets start at size 4.

  33. Linda Marie Finn August 5, 2014 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    Love Love my yarn and surprises Chandi, thank you !
    Had to share and brag on you on my wall on facebook !
    Blessings and traveling mercies.

  34. Cryssi Jeffries August 6, 2014 at 11:00 am - Reply

    Praying for safe travels for you two as you head off on your journey! I am excited you’ll now be on the East coast! Happy trails!!!

  35. Mary Toepfer August 7, 2014 at 3:01 am - Reply

    Hope your journey is filled with lots of memorable moments. Prayers for safe travels.

  36. Pixie August 9, 2014 at 12:23 am - Reply

    Wishing you and your hubby safe travels! Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us after you get settled in and saving the dollars to purchase your goods.

  37. Marion August 9, 2014 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    Safe travels and I look forward to hearing how it all goes and if you have to stop and buy more yarn. xx

  38. Robin August 11, 2014 at 2:24 am - Reply

    Wishing a safe trip for you and the hubby! I can’t wait to see what yarns you dye based on our four NC seasons! Gorgeous I’m sure! I bet you’re going to laugh when we have snow/ice storms in NC. Our cities become paralyzed!

  39. Pam Wong August 15, 2014 at 12:21 am - Reply

    It’s Christmas again! My Yickety Yak Chocolate arrived today..it’s scrumptious! Wishing you safe and Fairweather travels on your journey..love following! Pam

  40. Kymber August 21, 2014 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    Oh my smurfs, I swear I come looking for more yarn at least once a week, this site being so empty is just so unsettling for me. I am so jonesing for some new Chandi yarns!!!! It’s so bad I have actually been ordering dyes and yarns so that I can make my own, I don’t know if it is going to work but I just have to get a yarn fix soon!!!!! I’ve actually been putting off ordering any yarn, but it’s time to start making scarves, hats, throws etc… I stocked up on my cheap yarn when they had it on sale but it is just not inspiring me and I need to keep my hands busy or my mind wanders to things I am trying so desperately not to dwell on. I hope y’all are having a great trip, getting great ideas, and getting new yarns dyed up soon!!!!

  41. Lilia February 6, 2015 at 1:46 am - Reply

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