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!
Elizabeth and I have shared our partnership running Sweet Paprika for over 10 years now, but we've been sharing many other things in life for much longer than that - including birthday celebrations!
With my birthday falling on the 16th of November and Elizabeth's on the 22nd, we often had shared parties and celebrated our birthdays together. In fact, our younger sister Margaret was also born on November 16th, so the third week in November has been "Birthday Week" for us as long as I can remember.