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100 Days of Patterns

par Debbie Sullivan April 15, 2020

100 Days of Patterns

Since we’re still on a shipping hiatus for the time being, we thought it would be a good time to do a retrospective of our Sweet Paprika patterns. We’ve been publishing our own designs and those of other talented designers for over 13 years now, and have 99 patterns available here on our website and on Ravelry! We decided to call this project 100 Days of Patterns though, since we’re pretty sure we’ll have at least one new pattern released by the time we get through them all...

Starting today, we’ll be sharing a new pattern every day on Instagram, Facebook, and Ravelry, working our way from oldest to newest. We’ll also be highlighting some of our favourite projects made from these patterns here on the blog. If you have a project you’re particularly proud of, please let us know and we’d be happy to share it when we feature the pattern!

We decided not to offer a special discount on the patterns we feature, as we rely on the income from these sales to keep our business going, especially in this uncertain time when we aren’t able to dye and ship any yarn.  All our prices are in CAD though, which keeps them reasonably priced for our Canadian customers, and gives our US friends a pretty good deal right now!

Winter Sonata hat and mitt set

First up is Winter Sonata, a hat and mitt set designed by Elizabeth. She originally developed this pattern as an introduction to colourwork for a class that she taught back when we were in Ottawa. The hat and mitts both feature simple stranded colourwork patterns, with several motif options you can use to customize your project. The large motif on the mittens is created with duplicate stitch.

Winter Sonata mitten knitting pattern with snowflake motif

This pattern was originally published using our Minuet DK base, but over the years our photography has improved quite a bit, so a couple of years ago we re-knit these using our Norwood Canadian wool base and updated the pattern with some better photos. We chose the Pirate Cove colourway for the main colour, with Natural as the contrast colour.

Winter Sonata hat knitting pattern blue and white

Fun fact: the name of this pattern was inspired by the Korean TV drama of the same name. I’d borrowed the series on DVD from the Ottawa Public Library in the winter of 2007 when Elizabeth and I were living together, and we couldn’t stop watching it!

We hope you'll enjoy this little trip down memory lane with us. As I mentioned earlier, we will be featuring some of our favourite patterns here on the blog, but if you want to catch all 100 patterns please follow us on Instagram or Facebook, or join our Ravelry group.





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Norbouillet Project Gallery
Norbouillet Project Gallery

par Elizabeth Sullivan June 28, 2020

It's that time of year again! Our 2020 batch of Norbouillet fleece is already at the mill, ready to be custom-spun into this year's batch of our locally-sourced, 100% Canadian yarns.

This year as we were setting up pre-orders we took some time to look through all the beautiful projects that our customers have made with these yarns over the past few years, and we were inspired to share a few of our favourites here. Thank you so much to everyone who gave us permission to share your photos!

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Indigo Dye Experiments
Indigo Dye Experiments

par Debbie Sullivan June 16, 2020

It's been over two months now since we had to temporarily shut down the dye studio to wait out COVID-19. We've been able to have limited access to the studio again for the past few weeks, and I'm happy to be back! But last month when I still didn't have access I was itching to play with colour again, and realized that in amongst all the yarn and other products that I'd hauled home back in March, I had some indigo dye kits. I didn't have any of my other dyeing equipment with me, but indigo doesn't require heat or mordanting to set, so it was the perfect solution for me to scratch that dyeing itch!

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Lanark gloves project gallery
Lanark gloves project gallery

par Debbie Sullivan May 07, 2020

Lanark gloves (today's featured pattern in our 100 Days of Patterns project) are one of my design contributions to our Cloudy Day Collection, published way back in 2012. They're knit in our Messa di Voce fingering-weight superwash merino, in the Chimney Smoke colourway.

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