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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!

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Travel Report: Nova Scotia

Travel Report: Nova Scotia

by Debbie Sullivan July 20, 2018 3 Comments

It seems a little crazy that it was almost a month ago now that my boyfriend and I set out for our summer vacation! We left by train to Halifax at the end of June and spent a very full ten days visiting friends and family, and exploring the province in our trusty little Prius borrowed from Carshare Atlantic. I'm not the best travel photographer, as my tendency is to leave the camera behind in favour of just relaxing and enjoying the moment, but I did manage to remember to snap a few photos here and there!

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Developing Gradient Sets - Part 1

Developing Gradient Sets - Part 1

by Debbie Sullivan April 24, 2018

I've been spending some time this spring working on developing new gradient sets in our Crescendo yarn for a couple of different projects, and I thought it would be fun (and hopefully interesting!) to document the process here. 

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Learning to Spin

Learning to Spin

by Debbie Sullivan March 28, 2017

I've been wanting to learn to spin yarn for the longest time, and over the past few years I've picked up a couple of spindles and tried my hand at it a few times. I kept trying to learn in different ways, from books, from online videos, and even did a short introductory workshop. And although I was progressing and getting better it seemed like an awfully slow process.

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Dye Experiments: New Arietta Colours

Dye Experiments: New Arietta Colours

by Debbie Sullivan January 25, 2017 3 Comments

I've had the idea in the back of my mind for a while now that we really need a few more colours in our Arietta lace-weight yarn. It's a gorgeous wool and silk blend that knits up beautifully, but with only seven colour options sometimes customers just don't find the right one for their project. I finally got a few spare moments in the dye studio to work on this project recently, and I thought it would be fun to share a bit about my process for colour development.

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Unity: An interactive fibre art installation

Unity: An interactive fibre art installation

by Debbie Sullivan September 07, 2016 1 Comment

This past weekend I had the pleasure of witnessing (and participating in) a public art installation involving - you guessed it - a ton of yarn!

UNITY is an interactive art installation which creates a physical representation of that community, documenting our similarities, differences, and ultimate interconnectedness.

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Setting up the Sweet Paprika studio

Setting up the Sweet Paprika studio

by Elizabeth Sullivan February 16, 2016

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!

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Norwood Yarn: From Sheep to Hat

Norwood Yarn: From Sheep to Hat

by Debbie Sullivan October 25, 2015

The story of our Norwood yarn started last winter, as Elizabeth and I discussed the idea of adding a new Canadian-grown 100% wool yarn to our products. We really wanted to pursue the idea of adding more locally-sourced yarn, and we knew that we needed to have a plan in place before shearing season if we wanted to move forward with it this year.

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