Elizabeth and I had a great time at this year's edition of the Twist Fibre Festival in St-Andre-Avellin, QC. We spent the week leading up to the festival busily preparing ourselves, dyeing a ton of yarn and putting together some new kits for some of our patterns that include beads.
We had a great time at the show, connecting with other knitters from across the region, and getting a chance to brush up on our French knitting terminology! I now know that a yarn-over is "jeté", next on my list to figure out is how to talk about left- versus right-leaning decreases...
One of the fun things about going to these shows is that we get to meet and re-connect with other artisans and fibre producers - this year our booth was directly across from the Canadian National Fleece Competition for the Canadian Cashmere Producer’s Association. Both Elizabeth and I had the chance to chat with Lori from Redeemer's Garden in Chilliwack, BC, and of course we couldn't resist taking home some of her lovely cashmere - it was too fluffy and soft to leave behind!
I ended up with some unspun "cloud" fibre and Elizabeth brought home a little skein of yarn. Her haul also includes a bottle of cider from one of the local food vendors, a shawl pin from Fancy That Creations by Francine, and a very cute needle-felted duck from Melissa Bellemare.
We weren't able to make it to Twist last summer, and we were happily surprised to see how much it has grown since we were last there. It's a great festival with a diverse selection of classes and vendors. Definitely worth checking out if you are in the area!
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This year we're celebrating Sweet Paprika's 15th anniversary, and it's honestly been a bit hard to get my head around where the time has gone! We've been looking back through some of our old photos, and thought it would be fun to share a little retrospective here. Our little business has come a long way in the past 15 years!
Most of the images I'm including are not our polished product photos (although those have also come a long way since the early days), but more of a behind-the-scenes look at some of the memorable stepping stones along our journey.