As some of you know, Debbie and I had to move studios rather unexpectedly last August. Although it was very stressful at the time, Debbie managed to find us another studio within a week, and the new space is wonderful! But because we moved in in such a rush, we didn't have a lot of time to set everything up the way we wanted last fall. In an effort to start out the new year with a more organized and efficient work space, part of January was spent shopping for new shelving and storage bins. There are still a few things to be done, but it's really coming together. Here's a little photographic tour for you:
This is what the studio looked like when we moved all our stuff in
We still need a few more storage bins here, but it's getting there!
Dye powder ready for mixing
Dye stock solutions
One of the many work surfaces for dyeing yarn
Hand-dyed yarn, waiting to be skeined and labeled
If you're in Montreal and want to come say hello and see the studio in person, please contact us! We're happy to have visitors, but we're not there every day so do make sure to make an appointment before dropping by.
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.