In Volume 2, Annie continues her reflections on life as an intern in the Sweet Paprika studio, and how the things she's learned will be incorporated in her plans for the future. If you missed Volume 1, you can find it here.
Creating a new set of colors to dye yarn can be quite confusing. Since the beginning of my internship I mainly followed recipes. When I was given the mission to create a new one, I realised that I didn’t really pay much attention to how each of the colours influences each other when you mix them. Each colour has its own ‘’strength’’, if I can say, and it gave me a hard time to get the colour I wanted to create. In the end I made a big, hot and charming mess of the workspace and got a color I didn’t plan at all. So, just like a lot of things in our world, my recipe is a combination of miscalculations and mistakes, which still gives us a majestic result, named: Dramatic Bubble-gum.
All You Knit is Love
My grandmother once taught me how to knit. Long story short: I knitted for a while, stopped and never got back to it. So, being an intern with Sweet Paprika I had a lot of pressure to learn again, which I finally did. Debbie showed me different ways to knit and I even started to make a hat. I really didn’t expect to like it that much but now, I always want to knit! Get ready: everyone is getting knitted socks for Christmas.
Super Sweet Paprika
It’s been several years now that I have studied and worked with different forms of art. Right now, I am a scenography student, which means I have to develop a lot of diverse skills about costume, props and set design. My internship with Sweet Paprika has added a lot of new strings to my bow. Most importantly it was the first time that I worked with fabric. Practicing the whole process of dyeing and learning how to manage different colors and textures is a necessity when you design costumes.
Generally, I really enjoyed working with all the new techniques. It was very refreshing to start by being perfectly ignorant about dye, and finishing as, let’s say, ‘’functionally competent’’. As an artist, learning from scratch is always an empowering process. Experimenting with a new medium and technique is the best way to push your creativity further. Plus, you get new skills to brag about. I am very grateful for all the knowledge and practice Sweet Paprika gave me. It has opened up new possibilities for projects and experiences, which is very rewarding.
Thank you Annie for telling us about your experience as an intern. It's been great to have your energy and enthusiasm in the studio this summer, we'll miss you!
Summer is a time when I gravitate towards certain types of projects: lace (not too hot and bulky), socks (small and portable), shawls (don’t have to worry about fit), and crochet (fast).
Hitting three out of four of my vacation-project favourites, this seems like the perfect time of year to review one of Interweave’s latest compilation books: Classic Crochet Shawls. This book includes 20 shawl patterns from the Interweave archives, so some may look familiar as they’ve all been previously published in either books or magazines.
Russian grafting is a method of joining live knitting stitches and is used as an alternative to Kitchener stitch in our Argyle Christmas Stocking pattern. It is a good choice here because the stripes on the toe would not align exactly if you grafted using Kitchener stitch, so the decorative Russian grafting is used instead.
This particular method of Russian grafting uses a crochet hook to join the stitches. Use a crochet hook that is the same size or slightly smaller than your knitting needles. Russian grafting can also be used to join two separate pieces of knitting.
Annie, one of our interns in the dye studio this spring, has been documenting her experience so far. Here's a little taste of what it's like behind the scenes from her perspective:
Today, I mixed some blue dye. Like with the other colors, we have to be very careful with the recipe. Mixing colors feels like being in Breaking Bad. With my gloves, my apron and my mask, I probably look like a mad scientist. It’s probably my favorite task, creating beautiful colors.