Happy Birthday to Us!
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.
This year, I asked our parents to pull out some old photos of our celebrations, and they came up with some pretty fun ones! The two above are of Elizabeth's 4th birthday celebration, when I was two and Margaret (held by our grandmother, who was later to be our knitting teacher) was just a few days old.
Among the other gems my dad sent along were these photos of Elizabeth's 3rd birthday. She says she clearly remembers the green and yellow cake from that year. It looks like it was pretty tasty too.
These last two are from the same year, celebrating my first birthday (with a little help blowing out the candle from my dad). I seem a bit worried in these snapshots, but I've learned since that birthday cakes and candles are lots of fun and nothing to be alarmed about!
This year we're very lucky to have Margaret and the whole rest of the family in Montreal this week. The festivities will include afternoon high tea and an evening of bowling with family and friends. I can't think of a better way to celebrate!
Except of course here at Sweet Paprika, where we're holding our 8th annual Birthday Sale. All of our knitting patterns, kits and hand-dyed yarns are 25% off from November 16-22 (no coupon required). Happy Birthday Week everyone!
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The story of this pattern starts back in 2008 when Elizabeth and I, along with our sister Margaret, decided that we wanted to make a blanket for our parents as a gift for their 25th wedding anniversary. Elizabeth suggested we base our blanket design on the traditional Attic Windows quilting pattern, and she came up with a simple technique to knit the squares.
We wanted to share the basic technique for the Attic Windows squares, because it's so adaptable, and so much fun to play with! So, we decided to create a free "recipe" version of the pattern, that shares the basic technique as well as a step-by-step guide on planning your Attic Windows project.