11.19.2008

travelling

Guess where I am today? Chapel Hill, North Carolina. I'm hanging with Joe as he does some residency interviews, and I'm checking out possible places for us to live. Wherever we end up, we will be there for the next six years! So today the schedule is this: finish knitting the back of my cardigan and watch tv, work out in the hotel gym, and then immediately scour the town for fabric and yarn stores. And sushi. Those are the first things I look for in the town that I might live in. My first impression of North Carolina is that it's gorgeous. And the people seem very friendly. The downtown is cute. Last night we hung out there and ate at a brewery very similar to Free State in Lawrence. So far so good. Except for the rabid North Carolina fans here. I'm still not ready to forgive Roy Williams for leaving KU. Sorry for the sports talk--I was raised to be a KU basketball junky. Tomorrow we are off to Salt Lake City, Utah!

33 comments:

Jessica said...

Hi, Jessica here - been a fan of your blog (and of course your cloths) for a little while now. When I saw that you would be coming here, to SLC, I had to write. This is my home town - and if you would like to know where to find some good sushi, a great knitting store, and a great fabric/knitting store, I would be happy to oblige. Happy travels!

Heather said...

Oh my goodness, we want you in NC! I am sorry that it's so durn COLD right now; this is an unusually cold snap for us. Enjoy the knocking around!

please sir said...

WOW - Welcome to NC! My family moved here from NY when I was 12 (I'm now 26) and I really love the area. Yes, we have the over-abundance of strip malls and chain stores, but it is still a beautiful place to live. You have the mountains and beach both within driving distance...and both AMAZING to see. All 4 seasons, and you will never beat a fall or spring in NC. I've been thinking of moving to a bigger city recently, but I know I will always come back to NC. It really is a special place to call home. I went to school at NcState in Raleigh, so I don't know too much of the happenings in Chapel Hill, but here is a link to some great choices -

http://www.designspongeonline.com/2008/03/raleigh-nc-design-guide.html#comment-31732

I highly recommend you check out Father & Sons Antiques in downtown Raleigh - such a fun store. NC is growing so fast, so it's a great time to be here evolving with it!

Renee said...

I have to second please sir's comments. It is hard to beat NC beaches and mountains and you would be smack dab in the middle of the state with easy access to either. Also, Chapel Hill is great for live music and you can always catch a great band. You may have to get used to the crazed sports fans. The ACC is huge here and you are pretty much required to choose a side upon crossing state lines. And yes, the people are super friendly. Welcome to NC!

Kanta said...

I love your blog, and already addicted to your style, I'm new to blogger so I'm glad to have fallen across your site.

Is Chapel Hill anywhere near Asheville? Its a magical little town that I think you would like!

Suzy said...

How exciting! I got my copy of Stitch and the first thing I want to make out of it is the tulip skirt by you, lady!

Erin said...

I moved to NC after college (I'm a Yankee who married a Southern boy), I highly recommend living here. It's fab.

Meg McElwee said...

I'm pulling for Chapel Hill - it would be great to have you in the area! My husband, Patrick, will be at Duke for at least 6 more years. We love NC thus far!

And, for the record, I think all of this basketball mania around here is crazy. :)

PC said...

Delurking (sort of) to say yay for Chapel Hill! Sushi is not its strong point, but if you like fish Lantern on Franklin Street is amazing. Even if it is cold, you have to have a Locopop. And check out Cafe Driade for great coffee. As Meg said, Durham is fun too -- I love Gugelhupf bakery and all the fun arts and crafts happening on Foster Street. Plus ... best college basketball team in the country. How could you want more?

niki.mac said...

OMG! I graduated from UNC and I miss it so sooo much! If you want the best Sushi in the triangle, take 15-501 towards durham and go to KANKI! Its on the right after you cross over I-40... on Mt. Moriah Rd.

Enjoy your time in Chapel Hill ;)

Kate G. said...

So I will add to the NC excitement. My husband and I lived in Durham for two years (or as we refer to it- the Dirty D). Anyway, I wanted to recommend a fabric store to you- Mulberry Silks located in the Historic Carr Mill shopping center. They don't have a ton of fabric but what they do have is really nice.

April said...

Um, you're famous here. I live in Carrboro ("attached" to Chapel Hill and WAY cooler), and I recently got my hair cut at Moshi Moshi on Franklin street. I brought in a picture of your old cut (I hope that isn't weird!?), and my hairdresser went, "Oh, Jenny Wiksten! I love her blog!" So there you go. Our area is awesome.

amy h said...

Ooh, lucky you! I love Chapel Hill. I was going to move there (or Boston) after college, but a job brought me back to KC. Have fun!

I understand about the basketball thing. I went to school in Indiana. Crazy basketball land. It rubbed off on me.

timshel said...

ha! this is funny to read how many people read your blog in Chapel Hill. I love your blog too and I lived in CH for 7yrs. Mulberry Silks is a must and The Yarn Store in Carrboro is a place I miss daily. Also, Caffe Driade is a heaven sent and there is a really great antiques store in their back garden called Branching Out. Chapel Hill is a WONDERFUL place to be "stuck" for however long. :)

Anna Allen said...

Sounds exciting! I have some friends who lived in NC and raved of how beautiful it is. Have fun out there! :)

Anonymous said...

I know little about North Carolina, but SLC has a lot to offer, especially if you like outdoor activities and it has alot of cultural offerings (including cool craft type shops and good eats, I highly recommend the RED IGUANA restuarant as do many - not sushi, but stellar and unique).

Have fun traveling and I am sure you will have a great life anywhere.

Ellen said...

for some great SLC info... check out... www.yourheartout.com/?cat=68

it has a great "day trip" already planned for you!

elizabeth said...

I just got back from a trip to SLC for an art show. You should DEFINITELY check out Deseret Industries--the Mormon Church's Goodwill, for great thrift-store stuff including these wonderful grab bags of craft supplies!

Lindsay_Loves said...

I'm glad you're so far liking NC! I moved to Charlotte awhile ago, and it's the best city in the south :] you should def check it out !

Michelle said...

oo have fun! i've been wanting to check out Chapel Hill for a while, I've heard so much about the music scene as well.

Kelsey Foster said...

i love your clothes...you are so so talented! thank you for sharing it!

- Tracy said...

Jenny- I almost fell out of my chair when I heard you where going to salt lake. We love Salt lake and have owned a salon south of down town for seven years now. If you are looking for Sushi the place to go is Takashi It is by far some of the best sushi we have ever had. I hope you enjoy your stay.

megan and melissa said...

So cool that you are stopping over in Utah! I live just south of SLC about 20 miles, and there is definitley some cool places to visit. Feel free to ask if you need any advice for cool things to see.
Love your blog by the way! I just got the Stitch magazine with your pattern, and can't wait to try it out.
Melissa
fiddlesticksandfunnygirls.blogspot.com

maggie said...

Hi Jenny~ I love your style- that's why I've been following your blog for the past several months. Just wanted to let you know that I'm from KC and I love it and miss it with all my heart, but I've been living in Salt Lake City for the past 6 years and it holds a huge chunk of my heart too. No matter where you go, you'll find culture, style, and individuality- because that's what you thrive on. Good Luck!

Maggie

The Tilted Tulip said...

Oh Free State Brewery, how I miss thee...
Rock Chalk JayHawk!

Good Luck with the city-hopping!

AsianCajuns said...

Welcome to the south! Chapel Hill is a lovely area, but it could definitely use some Wiksten-inspired fashion!

Munted kowhai said...

Come to Portland, OR!!
Although, I have befriended a few crafty blog friends and alot of them are from the NC/SC area and I can only imagine the talent that is over there!!!

Yuan said...

Here's an interesting take
http://evidentlyeverywhere.wordpress.com/2008/11/25/yuans-in-yuans-out-3/

Jennifer said...

I've gotta jump on the SLC love bandwagon.

I just moved about 40 minutes south of SLC over the summer and I really love it. Being from Los Angeles, I thought Utah would be stiffling, bit it's much different (better!) than I ever thought.

I'm also a sushi lover and you'd be surprised how many options are out there. yum!

toni said...

well, okay, i have to add my two cents.

i am a born-and-bred kansas girl who moved from brooklyn to chapel hill last summer for grad school. i bleed crimson and blue, and i hear ya - the carolina basketball fans are loud and proud. going to a game and hearing them cheer for UNC is just... wrong.

but i must say - i hosted final four and final game viewing parties last season, and even though i was the only one rooting for KU (and roy showed up to the game wearing his KU sticker) the UNC fans definitely had some class and let me cheer.

the weather here is a lot like kansas without the snow storms. don't be fooled, this is not a random cold snap - it gets puffy-coat cold here. but only for 1-2 months. finally, what they say about hitting the mountains one weekend and the beach the next is so true.

come join us in chapel thrill/carrboro and open a sewing shop/boutique! then i'll finally own some wiksten clothes before they sell out!

good luck to you and your hubby!

Laura said...

Hi there,

I recently moved to Carrboro (next to Chapel Hill) and love it here! I believe Carrboro may be more your speed, if you don't mind me saying. This town acts like an incubator for all things creative. On a side note, your blog inspired me to learn how to sew. If you do move here and ever need a guide, email me: laura@12grainstudio.com. We would love to show you and Joe around!

Much love,
Laura

p.s. the coffee is best at Cafe Driade

Anonymous said...

I was born in Chapel Hill ('69). I was raised here. I graduated from UNC. I still live in the area and wouldn't move from this place for anything. Timshel is right about Mulberry Silks and Cafe Driade, but there's so much more than the places. There are so many interesting artistic & brilliant people living in the region. You'd fit in and enjoy it, no problem.

Anonymous said...

If you like coffee, as I do (understatement of the year,) I recommend Bean Traders on 9th in Durham, which is right by Duke's East Campus.

You really can't go wrong settling in the Research Triangle area for medicine, in my opinion. It's huge as I'm sure you know.

Best wishes, and I love your work!