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What Moving Looks Like

July has felt like molasses.

Sluggish. Distracted. Trying to focus on work. Having lotsa teensy details to attend to with our move.

A brief rundown:

  • We bought a house.
  • We move in 16 days.
  • We are 90% packed.
  • Except the yarn room, which isn’t packed at all.

expression fiber arts efa yarn room

  • We’re hiring movers. Thank Gawd.
  • Our house is echoing. It’s so empty. Hello? Hello. Hello. Hellooooo…. loooo

empty house moving

black and white photo room with spinning wheel

  • We got rid of a ton of stuff. I’m keeping my crocheted poof:

crocheted poof

  • We’re part giddy. Part stressy. Mostly giddy now. Yes, mostly.
  • We’re pooped. All of July has felt so…slow. Like I’m walking through molasses each day. Could this have anything to do with the fact that I’ve had virtually no caffeine? I randomly quit drinking coffee. No reason. I had my first Starbucks in 3 weeks and it was heaven. Heaven is real. I feel my vibrance seeping back into my veins.
  • Now we wait.
  • And wait.
  • And wait.
  • Finding it hard to concentrate on work since… we are moving. Impending move. Move move move!
  • My current workspace is… here, in our sunroom, with most of the furniture gone.

chandi work space

blogging computer macbook cover

  • We did find time to have dinner with our new neighbors so I actually managed to get dressed one day. I was quite impressed with myself.

chandi black and white

THANK YOU for all your moving tips. Whoa. So helpful. We have resorted a little bit to our previous move technique which involves selling everything for dirt cheap or giving it all to Goodwill and rejoicing in the feeling of freedom and emptiness once again. 🙂

As for shop updates, we’ll have a new kit for you soon! It has something to do with this:

rose water cowl

Stay tuned. You won’t want to miss it.

On the reading front I’m currently engrossed in 2 books which I recommend:

How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships  – by Leil Lowndes
– if you’re socially awkward like me and feel like small talk is of the devil, read this lil’ sucker. You can thank me later.

Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life – by Glennon Doyle Melton – she is so open. So honest. So hilarious. I fell in love with her writing on page one. If you’ve ever felt like you’re the only one with problems, don’t. You’re not. We’ve all got our junk and Glennon shares her heart and life so freely that it’s just flat out refreshing. And did I mention hilarious?

On the Knitting and Crocheting Front…

I made a hat. Crocheted. I will share the pattern, but it’ll be a few weeks or more down the road.

vintage crochet hat pattern

I started another hat and it did NOT turn out as expected so got frogged. It’s good for a laugh, though. What was I thinking?

unfinished failed crochet hat pattern

Here’s a sneak peek at another cowl pattern I’ll be popping up in the coming weeks:

sneak peek sugar ribbons cowl pattern crochet

So keep a watch out for all the goodies. Knitting patterns coming soon too, of course. And as usual, I’m listing new shades or restocking old favorites virtually every day.

I do have some NEW yarn bases being spun in the mill right now. Holy mother of all that’s righteous. They are amazing. Hints: A sport weight merino tencel that is plump and shimmering and beautiful for everything from baby blankets to sweaters to shawls.

Also… brace yourself.

A fingering weight version of our wildly popular pearlescent single ply superwash merino wool/silk worsted weight yarn. Hooooooo my gawd. You hafta see this stuff to believe it. I’ve received the first samples, made some changes to how thick I want it and the second round of samples will be arriving any day now. Once finalized, they will be spun and sent to us within 6-8 weeks and then another week or two after that, you’ll start to see them on the site.

new merino wool, tencel and silk yarn samples

And I’ll be designing lotsa patterns for both new yarns.

I’m also debating on carrying this new cotton/wool/alpaca blend yarn. Each fiber would take the dye differently, resulting in super cool effects! We’ll see.

new woolen spun yarn sample

As for new yarns right now, we finally, finally have back in stock our beloved shimmering cashmere. It’s a 50/50 blend of mulberry silk and yes, real cashmere. Delicious. Creamy. Fluffy. Glowing and glimmering. Sensational drape so ideal for shawls and scarves. Fingering weight. I’m currently letting it tell me what it wants to be designed into. I really have a wild love affair going on with shawls and cowls right now. So I have a sneaking suspicion it might be one of those. We shall see. *Insert sinister laugh.. Muahahahahahahaaaaa.

Okay, I’ve blabbered enough.

Holler at me in the comments below with ANY and ALL patterns you want me to design. I will say I generally (not always) like to stick with items that:

1. Most knitters or crocheters can do. So beginner to advanced beginner level.

2. The design is such that it doesn’t matter if you run out of yarn. These are my favorite. Nothing worse than working for months on a project, having 2 rows to go and… you run out of yarn. And since most of our yarn colors are limited edition or semi-limited edition, well… need I say more?

3. Women’s accessories. Sometimes men’s. I currently don’t have children to try cute kid’s patterns on. But if that changes, I’ll let ya know.

4. Simple 2 or 4 or 6 row repeats. Or something. You can create absolutely stunning projects that are super easy to create. Love themmmm.

Watch my next design NOT fit into any of those rules just to be obstinate. Ha ha ha. Such is life.

So let me know!! I always value input. So long as it’s helpful/constructive/kind.

😉

HEY! Have a great day. I said so.

Bye now.

Chandi

By | 2017-09-04T14:04:51+00:00 July 30th, 2015|Life Musings, New Items, Yarn Shop News|45 Comments

45 Comments

  1. louise edwards July 30, 2015 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    Love your updates. Glad you hired movers. Love the pink and yellow yarn for the cowl. What is it? I made a top with your Wild Watercolors yarn, love pink & yellow.

    • Chandi July 30, 2015 at 9:04 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Louise! It’s one skein of my Sugar Ribbons Dewy DK!

  2. Freda July 30, 2015 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    Love it all….of course! 🙂

  3. Lynne Baltzer July 30, 2015 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    I would like more patterns for crochet hats that do not fit too close to the head. Have been making up ones on my own but not too successfully. I usually due the last 3 to 5 rows in knitted ribbing. Just include needle in a roe of sc. Can’t get crochet ribbing to contract enough for winter hats.

  4. Brenda Martin July 30, 2015 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    Chandi you are tooooooo much! I don’t know how you do it all.

  5. Yve July 30, 2015 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    You socially awkward???! That is hard to believe! I plead guilty on that one tho! Lol – I shall look into your suggested reads for sure. I think its so sweet how connected you stay with your fellow yarn admirers! Everything you create is a gem. I’m in the process of creating a newborn snuggle sack with your Frozen Dream I just can’t decide on a pattern! For now I have it on a pedestal until I dig in! Anyway excited to see all the goodies you have coming up YaY! Well a Happy Moving, Happy Settling In, Happy Creating and Happy Delish Coffee! Lol Take Care!

    • Chandi July 30, 2015 at 10:00 pm - Reply

      I’d love to see the snuggle sack!

  6. Christy Swaringen July 30, 2015 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    LOVE reading your blog and your updates. Part of the molasses is moving and part is probably getting used to hot weather after living in Alaska. The coffee will help you through it girl – hot or iced. Need. More. Crochet. Patterns! Scarves and hats!

  7. Keyana July 30, 2015 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    You inspire the heck out of me. Thank you!

  8. Naomi R July 30, 2015 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    I love your blog and your yarn and I wish I lived near you to help you out!! All patterns are welcome. You inspired me to learn how to knit and have made several of your patterns, although I’m an advanced crocheter! ! You will be in your lovely house soon, so enjoy the ride! ! Talk to you soon Chandi! !!

  9. Maria Delgado-Pontani July 30, 2015 at 11:36 pm - Reply

    So glad to hear everything is coming together for you – albeit slowly. Love these updates and getting glimpses into your life!
    Can’t wait to see the new colorways!

  10. Darlene July 30, 2015 at 11:54 pm - Reply

    Chandi, you amaze me. Trying to get ready to move, trying out sample yarns, designing new patterns, etc., etc. You wear me out just thinking about it. I’m looking forward to the pattern for the crocheted hat pictured above!!

  11. Kymber July 31, 2015 at 6:18 am - Reply

    Crochet hats, hats, and more hats!!! Maybe some hat, scarf/cowl sets, oh and fingerless gloves that are actually functional as well as cute, I have found so many patterns that are adorable but totally would not work for anything but looking cute. I am chopping my hair off this weekend…I like to do my big changes every 5-10 years, and turning 45 just seems to scream new do to me…it’s gotten so long and heavy my head and neck need a break, so I’ll be cutting 12-15 inches off and sending it off so some sweet little angel can have a beautiful red curly mane again. So I’m in major hat mode, I am looking forward to new hats and pink hair, I just love these major change birthdays they are too much fun!!!

  12. Lorraine July 31, 2015 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    Your new home looks faaaaa booo luss! Looking forward to more beautiful yarns…

  13. Kay Ivey July 31, 2015 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    Thinking of you today…and praying for a quick and easy move. Love the pics and patterns…..doubly love the yarns. You brighten my day with each email. Thank you!!

  14. Ginny C July 31, 2015 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    Are you staying in South Carolina? Thought maybe it might be too hot for you after Alaska! LOL. Relax…it will get done…and before you know it – viola – you’ll be all moved in.

    • Chandi July 31, 2015 at 10:24 pm - Reply

      Still staying in the Carolinas! We love it here.

  15. Merry Miller Moon July 31, 2015 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    Good luck with the move Chandi!
    I’m still very strongly suggesting you read the ‘Outlander’ series by Diana Gabaldon, if you ever get any free time. Most beautiful book series ever!

  16. Cryssi Jeffries July 31, 2015 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    This is like SO totally a personal want, but I have wanted to crochet a nice big, loose, breathable summer sweater for the longest time, but can’t find a good pattern. If you wanted to create a pattern just for me, that would be fabulous! 😉 just teasing but not….lol

    Good luck with your move! Prayers for a smooth transition!

  17. barbara wright July 31, 2015 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    Chandi I want to make the Vitamine D swseater out of one of your fingerling weight yarns when are they going to comed on sale I need about 1300 yards?

    • Chandi August 2, 2015 at 12:57 am - Reply

      Just shoot me an email with exactly what you’re looking for and I’ll let ya know what we can do. 🙂

  18. rebekah July 31, 2015 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    I would love to see a good crochet pattern for men’s slippers, all the ones I’ve found so far aren’t very cute (or manly lol!), or they are poorly written…
    Or slippers for anyone really it’s one of my favorite crochet accessory 🙂
    And we are over half way through the year 😉

  19. Shirla Ghadaki July 31, 2015 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    I can empathize totally with you re:THE MOVE. Hubby and I moved on the 5th of July to an apartment, downsizing even more than we had previously. So far I still have my crafts at our son’s house in storage and I hope to be able to keep them. Be blessed. I love seeing your newly dyed yarns and I can dream as to what one could do each and every one of them!

  20. Karen Albee July 31, 2015 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    And you have time to read??!!! lol The books sound interesting. Keep on keeping on, but don’t overdo it. ? There’s a happy medium in there somewhere! ? I can hardly wait to see your new cotton/wool/alpaca blend yarn! Sure hope it works out!!! ❤️??

    • Chandi August 2, 2015 at 12:58 am - Reply

      A happy medium. Yes. That sounds like a great idea. Thanks, Karen!

  21. Deborah July 31, 2015 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    Oh my gracious, your moving again! Hope your still gonna be in the Charlotte area, makes me happy to know that someone who’s work I admire so much is in the same city as me. Good luck and remember to breathe!

  22. Valerie Stanley July 31, 2015 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    Oh, I can’t wait for the new pearlescent fingering yarn!! I was seriously just wishing I had some of those colorways in a thinner yarn? You truly are an inspirational person! You also inspired me to knit (as I learned from your videos) and I also crochet. I am currently using your Latte sock yarn for sandals and I LU-HUV it! Thanks for the beautiful new colors and as always your sweetness. I’m praying for your move as well, sweet girl!

  23. Myrna Pouyatt July 31, 2015 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    Wow, moving and yet you still have time and energy to post blog and new yarn. I love the patterns you have designed already and like some of the other comments, I too, love seeing your post and new yarns. I just wish I could afford to buy more often. Love the new crocheted hat, can’t wait for the pattern for that one. And yes more patterns that only require one skein of your fabulous yarn would be great. Hope the move is smooth and that you will be wonderfully happy in your new home. Still so grateful for your knitting tutorial, it has made me a faster and better knitter, thank you, I so appreciate you and your work.

  24. Michele July 31, 2015 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    Chandi- Like some of the others had posted before, you are truly an inspiration to knitters and crocheters everywhere, and have shown how beautiful, sexy and fun working with yarn can be! Thank you so much for the helpful videos. I’ve learned so much from you! Here’s hoping your move goes well without too much headache. So glad you and the hubby are staying in Carolina. It’s such a great place to be! BTW- I would love to know more about the crocheted poof you have in the picture… do have the pattern available or know where I can find it?

    • Chandi July 31, 2015 at 11:36 pm - Reply

      Thank ewe! It’s from Bed Bath and Beyond.

  25. Debbie August 1, 2015 at 12:24 am - Reply

    I love love love your blog, knitting patterns, and yarns! The colors and pictures are so beautiful! Since I knit for relaxation, I appreciate the simple, yet pretty patterns. Please keep posting shawl and cowl patterns! You are amazing! Good luck with the move!

  26. Diane August 1, 2015 at 6:06 am - Reply

    Wow; congratulations in the new house! No wonder you’ve been feeling “sloggy”! It will get better. Besides, you’ve done bigger moves! You can get a lot done in two weeks. Hang in there! ?

  27. Shannon August 1, 2015 at 9:39 am - Reply

    I definitely know what a move looks like. I just did it myself. It took a month of steady persistence, but I managed to pull everything off. I know that it will work out for you, too! 🙂

    I love all of your patterns. If there were more hours in the day, I would make all of the things! I am such a slow knitter/crocheter, though. I started on my Champagne Cowl ages ago, and have only still gotten through the first ball of yarn. I keep putting it down and then picking it back up. I need to high-tail it, as the holidays are coming and I have to make goodies for everyone!

    Anyhow, take care…and make sure to devote some time to *you*. 😀

  28. Beth F August 1, 2015 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    I have been out of town and didn’t realize you were moving. Wow… How do you find time to still be so upbeat and post amazing emails? You are my inspiration ~ always happy and making everyone around you smile with this blog.

    Since winter is going to be upon us before we know it, here is my wish list for patterns (crochet): slippers (maybe slipper-socks? For both men & women), leg warmers ~ pretty/fashionable leg warmers, but I don’t think you could ever make ugly ones! Hats for fall, not too overly warm, but just right for standing in line at haunted houses ☺️.

    And anything else you make is always. ALWAYS appreciated!! This is, without a doubt, the absolute BEST yarn & crochet/knit blog I’ve ever seen!!

    Thank you for always bringing a smile to my day. Oh, please post pics of your beautiful new home, so we can all see when you get moved in!!

    And last, always take time out of your busy day for you and your hubby?.

    Beth

    • Chandi August 1, 2015 at 6:26 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Beth! I appreciate that. We will post lotsa pics for sure.

  29. Kendra August 2, 2015 at 1:42 am - Reply

    OMG! I would loveif you could make a tutoorial on this adorable little dog bed I know my dog would love it so much! dohttps://img0.etsystatic.com/026/0/5684801/il_340x270.556414226_mo0q.jpgg

  30. Linnea August 2, 2015 at 2:31 am - Reply

    Chandi, I love reading your blog. Your spirit is so refreshing and vibrant! Thanks for just being you always.

  31. AJ August 2, 2015 at 2:59 am - Reply

    Hey, Chandi!
    Is it weird that I hear your voice when I read your blog? lol.
    Happy moving! We moved across town last November, and it was hectic. I am so excited for you; I can’t wait to hear more about your new place when you’re all settled.
    Of course, and as usual, I am looking forward to all the new fiber-related stuff you’ve got coming our way!
    Best wishes and see you around the ol’ internets!

  32. Lorena August 3, 2015 at 1:49 am - Reply

    Hi Chandi,
    Wow, you are one busy lady. Will check into those books you mentioned as I could use some tips on both subjects. Love reading your blog and checking out all the new and gorgeous yarns you have for sale.
    As I type this I am just finishing up my second ever pair of socks. This time 2 at a time Toe Up Sock. Love the pattern from a LYS that I was fortunate to take a class with from the owner. These socks are custom fit for me, soooo Now that I have the pattern fit right, I’m ready to purchase luscious yarns. Life is tooooo short to knit with anything but the best.
    I’ve been reading about your Resilent (?spelling) yarn and wonder if 1 skein typically makes a pair of socks (ankle to mid calf) with a small amount left for any repairs that might be needed in the future. I want to order but don’t want to get caught short.
    Thanks for all your inspiration, patterns and lovely yarn. I think I’ve finally ready to order some of your yarn, since my second pair of socks really do fit well.

    • Chandi August 3, 2015 at 11:06 am - Reply

      Yes, one skein will make a medium pair of socks. If you’re going up your leg, you’ll wanna get two skeins just to be sure.

  33. renee August 3, 2015 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    I love knitting cowls so happy to hear more patterns are coming. In fact, I am knitting my July insider club cowl today. Waiting in pre-op with my mom before her cataract surgery and the nurses all exclaimed at how beautiful the yarn is 😉
    You are a conversation starter!
    Good luck with the move!

  34. Cara0888 August 10, 2015 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    Wait, you moved from the house you had found last summer? What a whirlwind!

  35. Eleanor August 12, 2015 at 12:44 am - Reply

    Can’t wait to get my first email from you. Your yarn and your colors are just “AWESOME”

    Good Luck on your move.

    Eleanor

  36. Em September 17, 2015 at 6:57 am - Reply

    Hello Chandi,
    Found your blog through a FB Crochet page and came along to get the pattern and yarn for your beautiful Boho Shawl. Your yarns are amazing and so very beautiful. So pleased to see that you ship world wide, I only taught myself to crochet last year and am now totally addicted to it.
    I live in Nottinghamshire, England.
    Wishing you much happiness in your new home,
    Marguerite (Em for short)

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