5,000 miles driven.

3,478 laughs.

87 Reese’s cups.

70 episodes of Friends watched on my iPad.

58 gorgeous sunrises/sunsets.

52 new family members met at a reunion.

29 homeless days.

14 US states.

4 Canadian Provinces.

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


1 beautiful new home in North Carolina.

beautiful new home

1 messy craft room.

craft room

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

dye job

3/4 of a sweater knitted.

ink sweater knitting

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

yarn organization ideas


And things that can’t be quantified:

Endless love. Undying hope.


Finding balance.

Emotions up. Emotions down. Emotions all around.

Mystery. Suspense. Relief.

And so much more.

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

Several new items we love:

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

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

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


You know what’s next…

An irreverent amount of yarn is coming soon.

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

More YouTube video tutorials.

More, more, more.

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



By | 2017-09-04T14:05:00+00:00 September 14th, 2014|Travel Updates|21 Comments


  1. Myrna Pouyatt September 14, 2014 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    Got my credit cards paid off and I am ready to shop, bring it on, girl!

  2. wanda palinkas September 14, 2014 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    fabulous! What a wonderful adventure you have had!!!

    Blessings to you both in your new life. Wondrous times ahead, a lifetime of adventure.



  3. Denise September 14, 2014 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    So happy for you and your hubby!! Welcome to North Carolina!!! We are sincerely glad to have you here! 🙂

  4. Barbara Blake September 14, 2014 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    You just keep amazing me. What a writer! This blog post, so engaging. Chandi the mega-talented. P. S. love what you’ve shown of your house, so far.

  5. Tonya Willett September 14, 2014 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    Welcome to NC! =)

  6. Shannon September 14, 2014 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    Congratulations to the both of you! 🙂 So glad you’re settling in down here in the Lower Forty-Eight. *hugs*

  7. Linda Feldman September 14, 2014 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    So glad you are finally getting settled and back to business. Enjoy finding all the cool places in your new hometown.

  8. Beth Watkins September 14, 2014 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    Congratulations on your successful move! I’m sure you will love your new home. Hopefully, I will get to meet you in person one day soon… since you are so much closer to Virginia now! If I lived nearby(in NC), I would ask to work for/with you!! Love the products produced and offered.

  9. Linda Rausch September 14, 2014 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    I know how blessed I am !It is so much fun to read about all of your blessings
    & adventures!

    God bless both of you!

    Linda Rausch

    fom Port Austin, MI where ” LIFE is BETTER at the LAKE”

  10. B September 14, 2014 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    I was in Charlotte in April for training. It’s too big for me (I live in Idaho) and too humid (Idaho’s high desert), but I had some AMAZING food. Cajun Yard Dog was hands down my favorite place. Great collard greens, great meat loaf, great red beans and rice. Be still my heart!

    I also ended up at The Fibre Studio and bought my weight in yarn there. The owner dyes a lot of her own stuff, and she has cones of some great yarns (Jaggerspun Zephyr, for example). Definitely recommend going there!

  11. Claudia September 14, 2014 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    Whew! That was a lot of stuff you did in such a short amount of time. The new babies in your family are cuties!! Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us with your new yarn. 🙂

  12. EllenCF September 14, 2014 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    How did you decide on the Shark you got????? Looked at them and can’t decide which model to get…

  13. Millie September 14, 2014 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    So happy for you and your hubby! Can’t wait to see all the new yarns!!!

  14. Christine September 14, 2014 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    Chandi, Congrats on your successful move! I love road trips and you two just did a marathon! Wow! I’m a new follower; I used your YouTube video to learn how to knit a few months ago. I’ve only managed one winter hat for myself but was pretty proud of myself…it will get lots of wear here in Colorado! Now I’m working on a baby hat for my newest grandchild due in December. It’s proving to be a real challenge (I’ve restarted 6 times!)…but I’m determined. I’m seriously considering ordering from the Sept club…loving the Revolution colorway! Thank you for such a fun, well-written blog and for your amazing videos. Very best wishes for your new adventure in NC!

  15. Sharman Brown September 14, 2014 at 11:18 pm - Reply

    Glad you’re getting everything together. I’ve been to Charlotte and found it beautiful. I hope you have a great life in the Queen City….

    • Ruth September 15, 2014 at 6:44 am - Reply

      3700 square feet? Man!! Could I EVER have a stash with that much space!! How cool! So happy for you and your husband, Chandi. Welcome home!

  16. Carolee Brown September 15, 2014 at 1:08 am - Reply

    Hi Chandi,
    Welcome to a warmer climate. We live an hour from Chicago. We get snow and have cold winters but nothing like Alaska. So enjoy the climate. Your silk yarns are perfect. Your home is very large and I’m sure beautiful. Have fun decorating.
    I received “Falling” and organizations it is beautiful. Working on my Peacock scarf. Everyone loves the colors and so do I.
    Let us know when you have more yarn to sell. I love your hair with the reddish color.
    Take care.

  17. Angelina Glass September 15, 2014 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    Welcome to NC!!! I’ve been here about 8 years. I’m originally from Cape Cod, MA it’s beautiful here, ALWAYS something to do, and lots of fantastic yarn shops. <3 Will you be joining the Charlotte Yarn Crawl this month??? https://www.facebook.com/CharlotteYarnCrawl

  18. Kristin L September 15, 2014 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    Wow, it’s cool to see all the numbers broken down like that. Fun! Congrats on all the wonderful craziness! It’s awesome that I could identify which episode of Friends you were watching in the sweater knitting photo, ha ha. Used to watch them all the time. Loved all the beautiful photos in the previous blog as well. Makes me want to take a road trip, even if my hubby and I don’t leave the state.

  19. Jackie Bartlett September 17, 2014 at 11:49 am - Reply

    Congratulations on your move! What a life changing adventure you had lived! Enjoy your new beginnings! 🙂

  20. Joyce Fetty September 18, 2014 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    Welcome to Charlotte!! It is a great place to live and we have a lot of awesome yarn shops!! Cottage yarn, in Mint Hill, is amazing as well as Charlotte yarn. Looks like you have a full plate but if you wanna meet a few locals I will be with two of my friends next Saturday morning, September 27, at Julia’s Cafe & Books doing a little knitting.

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