Saturday, December 22, 2012
North to Alaska!
Around here, I'm busier 'n a grizzly bear eating salmon at Copper River Falls.
I am excited that I'll be joining Alaska Geographic as of the first of this year. This job is my dream job, and I can't wait to get up there, though of course I'll miss Nick, my family, and Snowy and Smokey. Nick and I will celebrate Christmas together with my family, and I fly on the 30th of December. Nick is staying here for a while to sell our home. My aunt Teri, uncle Tom, and cousin Erika and her family are in Anchorage, so I'm really happy I'll be able to see them more often!
Nick and I went to Anchorage for my interview in early November, and since then, we've been prepping for our move. We shipped my car out two weeks ago. The car has to go cross country, then from Seattle it'll go on a boat. By now, I hope it's leaving Seattle to go up the coast.
So, back to sewing...it's fitting that my last Pennsylvania sewing project (completed yesterday, while I was supposed to be packing my sewing room) is this:
Using Polartec WindPro, I used an old faithful KwikSew pattern, 3115. I've made at least ten versions of this pattern, usually using cotton lycra. It's a great yoga pant. Since the polartec windpro has about 25 percent stretch, I decided I'd go with this pattern. I didn't make tights as originally planned, as the fabric is not really stretchy at all lengthwise. The 'bell bottom' should be good for going over boots. I'm a downhill skiier but am really eager to learn cross country skiiing. So that'll be one of the first things I do in my off time once I get to Alaska.
I got the fabric on super sale, directly from Malden Mills a while ago, and although the color is not that great in my opinion, for pants (I prefer a darker more retiring color), they'll work! I was inspired to make these pants, after spending almost $100 on a simple pair of cool weather tights at Athleta. I'm not enamored with the color of these (really, I believe it would be a better color for a jacket) but for sure these will be warm.
Nick and I will be living in Anchorage. It's relatively warm there in the winter, due to the proximity of the ocean. It's an absolutely stunningly beautiful place, and I'm thrilled about the new job I'll be taking soon.
So, I'll leave you now, with wishes for a beautiful holiday season. I'm off to celebrate Christmas. But first, a few last-minute gifts to buy this morning, and then, finishing packing up the sewing room.
I'll see you 'on the other side' !!!