Holiday notice: All orders for yarn and kits placed Dec 21 - Jan 1 will ship on Jan 2, 2019.
Accomplishments of the week - Oct 15, 2018

Accomplishments of the week - Oct 15, 2018

by Elizabeth Sullivan October 16, 2018

I've spent the past week sketching and swatching many, many cable patterns for a new design I'm working on. I love this part of the design process and usually have way more ideas than I can fit in one project, so I often end up with tons of swatches.

View full article →


Patterns for Presto!

Patterns for Presto!

by Debbie Sullivan September 17, 2018

Our bulky-weight Presto yarn is a great choice for a quick and gratifying fall project, and we're really excited to announce the publication of four new patterns using this yarn.

We sent a skein of Presto each to three different indie designers at the beginning of the summer, and they've all come up with great ways to use this soft and squishy yarn. In fact, we were so inspired by their patterns that Elizabeth decided to add a design of her own to the collection!

View full article →


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."

View full article →


Book review: The Beginner's Guide to Writing Knitting Patterns

Book review: The Beginner's Guide to Writing Knitting Patterns

by Elizabeth Sullivan April 28, 2016 2 Comments

When I was given the opportunity to review “The Beginner's Guide to Writing Knitting Patterns” by Kate Atherley I jumped at the chance.

Kate Atherley is a renowned knitting teacher, author, and technical editor. She’s currently the Managing Technical Editor for knitty.com, regularly teaches at yarn stores in Toronto, and frequently travels to teach and speak at events across North America.

View full article →


Shawl Club 2016 – Designers and Artists

Shawl Club 2016 – Designers and Artists

by Elizabeth Sullivan March 17, 2016 1 Comment

One of the best parts about running Sweet Paprika is the chance to make friends with other designers, artists, and small-business owners both locally and globally.

Let me introduce you to all the people who have helped make the 2016 Sweet Paprika Shawl Club happen: Kira Dulany, Fancy That - Creations by Francine, Puretea, Jennifer Wood and Tudor Parau.

View full article →


Kith & Kin designer interview: Sabrina Miller

Kith & Kin designer interview: Sabrina Miller

by Elizabeth Sullivan November 27, 2015

 

Last (but certainly not least!) in our series of interviews with the designers from our Kith & Kin Collection is Sabrina Miller, designer of the wonderful Chili Powder Mittens.

Sabrina is a friend of ours here in Montreal and, although she does have tons of design experience from her work as a set and costume designer, I'm proud to say that this was her first-ever published knitting pattern!

View full article →


Kith & Kin designer interview: Thorn Maiden Designs

Kith & Kin designer interview: Thorn Maiden Designs

by Elizabeth Sullivan November 25, 2015

 

Next up in our series of blog interviews is Rachel Anderson from Ireland, designer of the Blue Skies and Butterflies mittens.

Rachel originally planned to offer these mittens in two sizes, but when I asked her if she could expand the size range from child to adult, she more than rose to the challenge and sent us a pattern with 8 sizes to fit everyone from toddlers to men's extra large!

View full article →


Indie Design Gift-a-Long: Hidden gems

Indie Design Gift-a-Long: Hidden gems

by Elizabeth Sullivan November 24, 2015

I've spent far too long over the past few days looking at some of the 5000+ patterns that are discounted as part of this year's Ravelry Indie Design Gift-a-Long. One of my favourite aspects of the gift-a-long is the way the indie design community comes together to support each other and our work as indie designers. This is a time of year when many of us take time off from our "work" knitting to knit each others designs as "fun" knitting. With this in mind, I wanted to search out some hidden gems. Patterns that I think haven't received as much attention as they deserve. Enjoy!

View full article →


Kith & Kin designer interview: Marie Godsey

Kith & Kin designer interview: Marie Godsey

by Elizabeth Sullivan November 22, 2015

Marie Godsey from Long Island, NY is the designer of the Rue Le Moyne mittens from the Kith & Kin collection. I think these are a great stash-busting pattern and the perpendicular stripes on the cuff add a fun twist to the classic striped mitten.

View full article →


Kith & Kin designer interview: Valeria Kerkkä

Kith & Kin designer interview: Valeria Kerkkä

by Elizabeth Sullivan November 14, 2015

Next up in our series of blog interviews is Valeria Kerkkä from Finland. Valeria designed the beautiful Quatrefoil mittens which I absolutely adore. I particularly like the fact that there are two similar but different patterns - one on the back of the mitten and one on the front. Our model also loved these mittens so I'm currently knitting her a pair as a thank you for modeling for us.

View full article →


Kith & Kin designer interview: Joan Beebe

Kith & Kin designer interview: Joan Beebe

by Elizabeth Sullivan November 12, 2015

The second in our series of blog interviews is with Joan Beebe from North Carolina. Joan designed the Macon Mittens for our collection and was kind enough to knit two samples for us: one adult and one toddler size.

This design really caught my eye with combination of Latvian Braids and cables and my toddler could not wait to try them on when the samples arrived in the mail!

View full article →


Kith & Kin designer interview: Josie Mercier

Kith & Kin designer interview: Josie Mercier

by Elizabeth Sullivan November 10, 2015 1 Comment

One of the best parts about putting together our Kith & Kin Collection of mitten patterns was getting to work with knit designers from all over the world.

First up for our series of blog interviews is Josie Mercier from Belleville, Ontario here in Canada. Josie designed the wonderfully addictive Frost and Twilight Mitts for our collection.

View full article →