Outside my window (3)

Posted by on May 28, 2012 in Blogstars 2012 | 0 comments

Allyson is a fellow knitting designer – she has gorgeous urban landscapes waiting for us…

I’ve been living in both Minneapolis MN and Chicago IL for the past two years. My boyfriend is on a career finding mission and moved from Chicago to New York City to Minneapolis in 2010, and I’ve been spending a few months here and a few months there ever since.

So, yes, obviously I can’t commit. But you wouldn’t be able to commit after spending time in both of these cities, too.

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I moved to Chicago in 2003 for college and never left. It’s a crazy fun city full of crazy fun people. I started my business there, I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it wasn’t for Chicago, and I can’t let go.

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I came to Minneapolis picturing a frozen tundra full of blondes and mayonnaise salads. I was partly right – even growing up in Michigan didn’t prepare me for the coldest cold! But Minneapolis really surprised me with its cozy warmth and beauty, and I’ve loved every day I’ve spent here. It’s the best parts of my home state of Michigan and the big city of Chicago put together.

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One day I’m going to have to stop playing both sides of the fence, but I’m glad that day is not today. It’s Memorial Day weekend here in America, the official kickoff to summer, and there is no better place to spend a summer than Chicago/Minneapolis, and I’m going to take advantage of every second.

Allyson Dykhuizen is a knitwear designer and knitting teacher from Michigan who currently lives in Chicago and Minneapolis. Her patterns have been published in Interweave Knits, Knitscene, and knit.wear magazines, and by Lion Brand Yarns. She self publishes patterns and blogs at her site The Sweatshop of Love, and runs Holla Knits.

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