Anyone who knows me knows that I'm OBSESSED with Pantone, & specifically the Pantone color(s) of the year.
For those you who don't know, Pantone is the self-identified global expert on color. You can find their work on everything from paint to mugs, and they have remarkable color palettes and a wealth of information to explore.
Pantone releases a color of the year annually. This color is supposed to represent what is happening in the world - it is both a symbol of what we as a global population are going through and what will be seeing in our world throughout the next year.
Last year really threw me for a loop because for the first time ever Pantone came out with TWO colors of the year! Rose quartz & serenity. You can check them out to the left.
I wasn't sold on these colors at first, as I thought they looked a little babyish - but their intention were to instill calm and serenity in a turbulent time, and that started to click with me. As the year went on, I found that I was creating a whole lot of stuff with variations these two colors. I started seeing them EVERYWHERE, and they were exactly what I gravitated towards.
Making my Briochealicious shawl was a beautiful experience for me. I studied abroad in Vienna in Spring 2016, and I wanted to make a keepsake that was entirely Viennese. I gathered yarn for a study abroad blanket, collecting skeins with each place I visited (progress on that has been sloooow going - that will eventually be a blog update!), but I wanted something just of my home, Vienna.
I journeyed to a little yarn store in one of the outer districts of Vienna with my friend Rosie (it was literally in a woman's house) and found a few skeins of absolute beauty that happened to be preeeetty remnant of rose quartz and serenity. I gravitated towards them right away, even though I usually don't go for so much color, and I knew I had to get them.
This shawl feels like Vienna to me. It feels like 2016, with all the adventures, struggles, and joys knit into it. I started knitting it at the end of my time in Vienna (emotional, for sure), continued knitting it as I visited my Great Great Aunt Hermine in the Austrian Alps (one of the women who initially inspired me to knit), and finished it during my first few weeks home this summer - weeks that were full of confused, difficult adjustment and a whole lot of feelings. This project has so much of me in it, and it feels only fitting that of course the colors come from my absolute favorite - Pantone.
My hope is that 2017 is full of all these moments with greenery. I have to tell you, I literally squealed when I saw this color. I love it and everything that it stands for. Pantone states on their website:
"Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose."
I think we need that bursting forth; we need that push to reenergize, go out, and take action. Whatever that action is depends on each unique person, of course, but one of the beautiful things about motivation is that it tends to spread like wildfire.
Think about it: if you come across a person that is full out pursuing their dreams, working towards a cause with all their might, or living so genuinely you can feel it, you gravitate towards them, right? That energy transfers from person to person because it's infectious; seeing someone live their life fully is inspiration in its truest form.
So for me, greenery is a wonderful, visual push to do just that: to live my life fully and genuinely. It feels remarkably relevant, giving that I'm graduating college this year, searching for a full time job (with as much fulfillment as possible), moving somewhere (still undetermined) with someone I love very much, attempting to grow my business, navigating a challenging and divisive political environment, striving to create every day, and trying to just Love among it all. And while a lot of that is certainly challenging, I'm really freaking excited!
Here's some inspiration in my favorite medium (fiber, duh) to push through the year:
(I just love that all the colorways are based in nature!
Click on the photo to get to the yarn's website.)
It's just so bright & happy & lovely! Pantone really knows what they're doing. So here's to energy, connection with nature & one another, & creativity. Bring it on, 2017!