Elizabeth and I had a great time at this year's edition of the Twist Fibre Festival in St-Andre-Avellin, QC. We spent the week leading up to the festival busily preparing ourselves, dyeing a ton of yarn and putting together some new kits for some of our patterns that include beads.
We had a great time at the show, connecting with other knitters from across the region, and getting a chance to brush up on our French knitting terminology! I now know that a yarn-over is "jeté", next on my list to figure out is how to talk about left- versus right-leaning decreases...
One of the fun things about going to these shows is that we get to meet and re-connect with other artisans and fibre producers - this year our booth was directly across from the Canadian National Fleece Competition for the Canadian Cashmere Producer’s Association. Both Elizabeth and I had the chance to chat with Lori from Redeemer's Garden in Chilliwack, BC, and of course we couldn't resist taking home some of her lovely cashmere - it was too fluffy and soft to leave behind!
I ended up with some unspun "cloud" fibre and Elizabeth brought home a little skein of yarn. Her haul also includes a bottle of cider from one of the local food vendors, a shawl pin from Fancy That Creations by Francine, and a very cute needle-felted duck from Melissa Bellemare.
We weren't able to make it to Twist last summer, and we were happily surprised to see how much it has grown since we were last there. It's a great festival with a diverse selection of classes and vendors. Definitely worth checking out if you are in the area!
It's a little bit hard to believe, but Sweet Paprika has been in business for exactly 10 years this month! We have a few things planned to celebrate our anniversary, but I thought it would be nice to start off with a little look at where we started, and where we've been, over the past decade.
It all began way back in 2007, when Elizabeth and I, and our other sister Margaret, were all living in Ottawa. We knew we wanted to put our skills to work in some sort of business, but we weren't exactly sure what direction that would take us in yet.
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.