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Accomplishments of the Week - June 17, 2018

Accomplishments of the Week - June 17, 2018

by Debbie Sullivan June 17, 2018 3 Comments

One of the things I'm most excited about getting done this week is setting up a new bee hive. We've had hives in our backyard for the past few summers, but I haven't been really involved in taking care of them too much (it's been more my boyfriend and his brother's project). Unfortunately this year none of them made it through the winter, so we decided to do a bit of a re-set, with my boyfriend and I taking on more of the responsibility for them, and moving the hive up onto the roof of our building so we'd be less likely to get stung while gardening.

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Accomplishments of the Week - June 10, 2018

Accomplishments of the Week - June 10, 2018

by Elizabeth Sullivan June 11, 2018 1 Comment

This past week has been a tough one: teething baby, husband with a week-long migraine, preparing to move house in 3 weeks... The thing that's kept me going through the stressful week has been my knitting. I'm working on a new sock pattern using Pizzicato in the Palestra colourway to be released next month.

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Accomplishments of the Week - June 3, 2018

Accomplishments of the Week - June 3, 2018

by Debbie Sullivan June 03, 2018 1 Comment

Both the festivals we've attended this spring (the Knitter's Frolic in Toronto and the PEC Fibrefest last weekend in Picton) have been great - a chance to get our yarns and patterns out in the world, and to connect with friends both new and old. But preparing for them keeps me incredibly busy, and I was missing out on getting to spend time gardening, which is one of my favourite things to do at this time of year. 

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Accomplishments of the Week - May 28, 2018

Accomplishments of the Week - May 28, 2018

by Elizabeth Sullivan May 28, 2018

So... I'm a little bit late with this week's post. I had grand plans to post last night after returning home from Fibre Fest in Picton. And of course after a long drive with two kids, all I wanted to do was eat dinner and go straight to bed. But I still want to share last week's accomplishments with you, so here they are!

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Accomplishments of the Week - May 19, 2018

Accomplishments of the Week - May 19, 2018

by Elizabeth Sullivan May 19, 2018 1 Comment

With two young kids at home, it often feels like I run around all week and never get anything done. So, this is my effort to reflect on the week and celebrate successes both large and small, knitting-related or not.

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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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Recipe: A cup of Cha (chai)

Recipe: A cup of Cha (chai)

by Elizabeth Sullivan March 22, 2018 4 Comments

It's no secret that I love tea - which I think pairs perfectly with knitting! Most of the time I drink regular old orange pekoe, or roiboos if I don't want the caffeine, but a cup of chai is always a nice treat and changes things up a little bit. 

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Introducing Sarah, our dye studio helper

Introducing Sarah, our dye studio helper

by Elizabeth Sullivan February 22, 2018

Hi, I’m Sarah! I’ve been working at the Sweet Paprika studio helping out with everything from dyeing to packing to washing and winding. I started out as an intern, spending part of my 2016 summer learning the ropes and lending a hand. I now work with Sweet Paprika part time during the school year. Like Annie (who wrote about her experiences as a dye studio intern here), I am a theatre design student, which means I am often knee-deep in creative assignments and performance designs, especially during the school year.

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Product Review: Sock Stop

Product Review: Sock Stop

by Debbie Sullivan January 23, 2018 3 Comments

Last winter I happened to be in an art supply store, and spotted a shelf of colourful little bottles labeled "Sock Stop". It's a German liquid latex product designed to be applied to the bottoms of socks or slippers to give them extra grip. I didn't have an immediate use for it, but thought it might come in useful someday and bought a bottle on impulse. It now seems to be fairly widely available, and I've seen it since then at several local yarn shops. 

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How to make quick and easy fabric gift bags

How to make quick and easy fabric gift bags

by Debbie Sullivan December 19, 2017

Several years ago, I decided that it was time for me to stop using wrapping paper for my Christmas gifts. We usually celebrate as a family at my parents' place, and wrapping paper isn't recyclable in their municipality - in fact it's not recyclable in many places, and it's not a good idea to burn it in the wood stove either, due to its high ink content. We would often end up with several bags full of paper by the time we were done our unwrapping, and most of it would eventually wind up at the local dump.

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Stars and Snowflakes

Stars and Snowflakes

by Debbie Sullivan December 11, 2017 1 Comment

We're right in the middle of the darkest time of the year here in Montreal, with the sun setting just after 4pm these days. Elizabeth and I have both been doing some decorative crafting lately, which helps to brighten things up as we prepare for the holidays and anxiously await the solstice...

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Happy Birthday to Us!

Happy Birthday to Us!

by Debbie Sullivan November 16, 2017 2 Comments

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. 

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