Archive | May 2013

Hang on tight kids… Here we go!!!!!!!

I’m very sorry for having been so quiet recently. It seems like my world has exploded with both positive and not-so-positive events. Where do I start?!

I guess I’ll start with the not-so-positive to get it out of the way. It actually does have a happy ending. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned that I am a HUGE dog lover. I have two dogs, Kirby and Panzer, but they live with my mom. When I left the “bad place”, they needed a safe place to stay. I have since acquired a place where I can technically have them. But they’re happy with Mom and she’s happy with them. Kirby came into my life 15 years ago on May 22nd. He is my first “baby boy.” He went EVERYWHERE with me. He was by my side through the darkest times, often my reason for getting out of bed. Well, two weeks ago Wednesday, we thought we were going to lose him. It appeared that he had had a stroke. I was prepared to say goodbye to him on Thursday. We took him to the vet and she told us that he had Old Dog Vestibular Disease. It looks an awful lot like a stroke, but it’s not. The chances of recovery are VERY HIGH. It’s been up and down with him, but he’s doing pretty good. He was a little weak today, but this knocked the stuffing out of him. Long story short… This was a miracle!

The day I was sitting in the vet’s office with Mom and Kirby trying to decide his fate, my phone rang. I didn’t answer it. There was a message. When I listened to it I found out that I won a bursary!!!!!!! I AM NOW ENROLLED IN THE INTERMEDIATE SPINNING PROGRAM AT FLEMING!!!!!!!!!!!!! So I will be sharing my experiences there when I go in August. I am so excited! And so grateful!

Last, but not least… I am working feverishly to stock up Finnegan Lake Gallery, Kinmount Artisans Marketplace and Fibres with some quality, unique items. And I’m having a blast! I’ve been getting a lot of positive feedback and ideas for some new projects. One thing I want to try is turning slippers into shoes. I found a pattern for that on Ravelry and I’m looking forward to trying it (I don’t have the link handy, but I will post it when I start working on them).

So many wonderful, positive things going on! And there’s a moral to the story… Be careful what you wish for because it may just happen! The other one is if you’re passionate about something and your intentions are loving and clear, the Universe (God or whatever unseen force you believe in) will line it up for you!

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Colour Me Happy

Yesterday I received confirmation of something I’ve been suspecting for a long time. We’re going to time warp here a bit first…

When I was a teenager, I used to figure skate. That was actually the reason I learned to knit. I wanted one of those beautiful fair isle sweaters in the worst way. Skating is a VERY expensive sport, so there really wasn’t a whole lot of money left over to purchase such things. So I made my own. That’s not really where I’m going with this, but it is important too.

I have ALWAYS loved bright, vibrant colours. When I was on the ice, I think I had some of the loudest tights and skate covers out there. I had one pair that was black with fluorescent pink, green, purple and white. Another pair was bright pink with black. Sometimes I wore novelty boxer shorts over top of them (which I know drove one of the coaches crazy LOL). Many times I wore baseball caps. I sure did express myself!

If you’ve been looking at some of the pictures on my blog recently, you may have noticed that the colours are getting brighter as time goes on. Yesterday I was talking with somebody that came into my life as I was starting to rebuild it four years ago after I left that abusive relationship. She commented that when we first connected, I was using mostly solid, muted colours. She has noticed that as time has gone on, as things are falling into place in my life, the colours I’ve been using have been bright, vibrant and happy. When she pointed this out, I had a very hard time not welling up. Reflecting back, she was so very right. What does this mean?

Kyla is BACK.

There was a period of time before my son was born that I was living in darkness. When he came into my life, the light slowly started shining once again. After we left the bad place, it got a little brighter. As I’ve been rebuilding and exploring new paths, it’s been shining even more brilliantly. After hearing somebody else observe this in me, it just makes me so happy. You see, not so long ago I would often beat myself up because I feel that I let that little skater down. Aside from my son who is my world, one of the reasons I’ve been working so hard is to make it up to her. I know now that she would be very pleased. She would love the colours that I’m working with now. She would have worked with them too!

This bag is the latest pattern test I’ve worked on. It is the XL Tote Bag by SoulCandy Crochet. I really like her writing style. I started this bag with the intention of selling it. Now I’m not so sure!

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You can purchase the pattern here. You can save 20% if you purchase by noon CST 5/8/2013.