Finish it February

Finish it February

by Debbie Sullivan February 22, 2017 1 Comment

A few years ago Elizabeth proposed that we make the month of February each year "Finish it February": a time to pull all of our unfinished objects (UFOs in knitter slang) out of the closet or from under the bed and dust them off.

This is the third year we've done this, and I still have quite a number of projects to pull out and deal with each year, but I've noticed that although I still have many very old ones (which I keep swearing I'll finish one day), I've been much better about not accumulating new ones since we started this.

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Dye Experiments: New Arietta Colours

Dye Experiments: New Arietta Colours

by Debbie Sullivan January 25, 2017

I've had the idea in the back of my mind for a while now that we really need a few more colours in our Arietta lace-weight yarn. It's a gorgeous wool and silk blend that knits up beautifully, but with only seven colour options sometimes customers just don't find the right one for their project. I finally got a few spare moments in the dye studio to work on this project recently, and I thought it would be fun to share a bit about my process for colour development.

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Recipes: Handmade Chocolates

Recipes: Handmade Chocolates

by Elizabeth Sullivan December 20, 2016 1 Comment

In preparation for the upcoming holidays, Debbie and I had a chocolate making party on Saturday. It was a fun day and a bit of a trip down memory lane for us. Here we share three favourite handmade chocolate recipes along with some tips and tricks for making molded chocolates at home.

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How to sew a zipper into handknits

How to sew a zipper into handknits

by Elizabeth Sullivan November 30, 2016

I've recently designed two vest patterns that involve sewing a zipper into your hand-knit garment: Cabane à Sucre and Autumn Hike Hoodie. If you've never installed a zipper before, don't worry, this tutorial will walk you through each step of the process! It's not hard, but there are a few things you can do to make it easier and more professional looking.

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Recipe: Cranberry Scones

Recipe: Cranberry Scones

by Elizabeth Sullivan November 27, 2016 2 Comments

One of the best things about fall is fresh cranberries. I use them in bread, muffins, smoothies, and applesauce, but this cranberry scone recipe is a particular favourite.

Breakfast at my house is usually granola and yogurt or toast and peanut butter, but a couple of weeks and I had family visiting so I got up early to make these scones for everyone. They are also delicious with a cup of tea in the afternoon if you're not a morning person!

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How to make a multi-coloured pom pom

How to make a multi-coloured pom pom

by Debbie Sullivan November 12, 2016

My latest knitting pattern is a warm winter hat in our incredibly soft Largo Organic bulky-weight merino yarn, and I wanted to top it off with a pom pom. I had the idea that I'd make the pom pom multi-coloured to look like fireworks against the dusky blue yarn, and called the hat Hanabi, which means fireworks in Japanese (and also happens to be the name of one of my favourite card games).

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Review: Vogue Knitting Magazine

Review: Vogue Knitting Magazine

by Debbie Sullivan October 21, 2016

I still have a copy of the very first knitting magazine I ever bought: Interweave Knits Spring 2004. It was an eye-opener for me, since I had spent most of my teenage years knitting from pattern booklets inherited from my grandmother, leftovers from the 1970s and 80s. Here was a whole magazine full of fresh, contemporary patterns, for garments that I would actually wear!

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Pattern Round-up: Finger Puppets!

Pattern Round-up: Finger Puppets!

by Debbie Sullivan September 20, 2016 1 Comment

A couple of weeks ago, Elizabeth sent me a link to this CBC article about a children's hospital in Nova Scotia looking for donations of hand-knit finger puppets. It was just before our September knitting tea, and I was inspired to quickly print off the patterns provided by the IWK Health Centre and gather some scrap yarn to make a puppet or two.

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Unity: An interactive fibre art installation

Unity: An interactive fibre art installation

by Debbie Sullivan September 07, 2016 1 Comment

This past weekend I had the pleasure of witnessing (and participating in) a public art installation involving - you guessed it - a ton of yarn!

UNITY is an interactive art installation which creates a physical representation of that community, documenting our similarities, differences, and ultimate interconnectedness.

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Thoughts on swatching

Thoughts on swatching

by Elizabeth Sullivan August 18, 2016 3 Comments

As designers and yarn dyers, much of our knitting time is spent swatching rather than working on projects. In fact we have boxes of swatches!

Many knitters avoid swatching and I admit that I used to be one of those knitters. I was always impatient to get to the good part of starting a project instead of wasting time swatching. "I'm usually close enough to gauge, right? I'm sure it will be fine."

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Marché des Possibles

Marché des Possibles

by Debbie Sullivan July 28, 2016

Earlier this spring I got an email from Pop Montreal with a call-out for vendors for the Marché des Possibles, which they organize on summer weekends in the Mile End neighbourhood. I happened to mention to my wonderful dye studio interns that I would love to do it but didn't think I had time to deal with organizing it. "We'll do it!" they said, and so I booked us a booth for the weekend of July 16 and 17.

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Book Review: Modern Baby Knits

Book Review: Modern Baby Knits

by Debbie Sullivan July 18, 2016

In the most recent batch of books that we were sent for review from Interweave was a copy of Modern Baby Knits by Tanis Gray. I jumped on this one because I seem to have a lot of friends expecting little ones these days, and was in the market for some fresh ideas for baby gifts. The introduction promises designs that are "easy to knit and have fuss-free finishing, bright colors, easy-care fibers, and modern silhouettes" and the patterns following it definitely live up to this statement.

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