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.

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3 thoughts on “Colour Me Happy

  1. I am so happy the color came back into your life. So sorry to hear about your dar spots. Jesus makes all things new. I love your bag and too am working on a crochet business.
    I saw on Soul candy crochet lanterns with canning jars just now. I thought I made them up/ invented them. I am working on a pattern to make lantern using my ? beaded crochet techniques- so who knows- someone else might have done that technique before too.
    It is really hard to be original.
    Your post really makes me happy to know you have overcome!
    Be blessed.

  2. Thank you so much for your kind words 🙂 It is hard to be original since there are only so many items and stitches out there. But don’t let that stop you! Everyone has their own writing style and while their end product may be similar, the steps to get there could be completely different. I know of one designer who intentionally avoids looking at what’s new on Ravelry and Craftsy so that she doesn’t let that influence what patterns she’s putting out. Even still, there was an instance where she saw a hat that was similar to hers and she thought that maybe they copied it. It turns out that it was published before hers.

  3. Keep away from the dark places. Sometimes it is difficult and some people might want you to go back to it, but stay where you are with the sun is shining and bright colors reflected. Simple patterns can be all about color and a simple life can be all about colorful happenings in it. Take care and keep all those positive vibes flowing. God loves you and that is what it is all about. If you are loved you can do anything you are inspired to do.

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