Fingerless Mitts – New Hand Knit Items – Handcrafted in Red Deer, Alberta (Canada)

blog fingerless mitts_9320A brand new pair of fingerless mitts has just been completed. The mitts are made of 100% Canadian produced wool that has been hand dyed in natural dyes (marigold and madder).

blog fingerless mitts_9323Four color stranded knitting makes for lively patterning and a bit of fun.

blog fingerless mitts_9315These fingerless mitts give an almost full thumb coverage, plus coverage to the beginning of the fingernails allowing for maximum warmth while still having fingertips available for texting or using a camera.

The past week has been great for knitting and crochet. I am working on some new home items plus building up a supply of Coffee Sweaters for either the next order or perhaps to finally get a shop up on-line, one of the goals for 2015.

Hand knit items by Debra Hunter
Studio H
Red Deer, AB and Pender Island, BC (Canada)

www.thehuntergroup.ca

Handmade in Canada.

 

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Another Batch of Coffee Sweaters Ready – handmade gift items available at Sunworks (Red Deer, Alberta)

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Another set of Coffee Sweaters were dropped off to Sunworks yesterday afternoon. The last batch sold FAST. I am starting to see my knit items pop up in use around town which is pretty fun.

This new group sports some brighter colors and bolder patterns. They are all hand knit and naturally hand dyed of Canadian produced wool that is milled right here in Alberta.

Sunworks is located on Ross Street in Red Deer, Alberta. It is a great place to look for niche items that make for special gifts.

Knit items by Debra Hunter
Red Deer Alberta & Pender Island, BC, Canada
www.thehuntergroup.ca

HANDMADE IN CANADA !

 

 

More New Knitting – Knit Gift Items Made in Alberta, Canada

naturally dyed knittingI completed another order of naturally dyed and hand knit items this evening. Coffee Sweaters, Coffee Mug Sweaters, and Coffee Press Sweaters will be off on a journey to the Whyte Museum Shop in Banff, Alberta. These items are perfect for the upcoming gift giving season. This latest grouping contains a few pieces I absolutely love, and now someone enjoying the Rockies can enjoy them too.

 

Naturally hand-dyed and hand-knit items and gifts by Debra Hunter
Studio H
Red Deer, Alberta and Pender Island, British Columbia

www.thehuntergroup.ca

 

A New Batch is Done – New Knit Items

 christmas knitsA new batch of cozy knit Christmas ornaments has just been completed. This is another of my locally sourced and hand made items. They are made of locally milled wool that I hand-dye in natural dyes. The pictured ornaments have been dyed with cutch, lac, pomegranate, marigold, logwood and madder. All ornaments are hand-knit, and some even sport hand cut wood buttons. It is a nice way to add a little Canadiana to your holiday home decor.

I will have the details for purchase available soon plus an on-line shop will shortly be joining my website at www.thehuntergroup.ca. The ornaments are also available in batches suitable for wholesale purchase. They are a nice item for shops featuring Alberta, British Columbia or Canadian produced items.

 

Handcrafted knit items by Debra Hunter
Studio H
Red Deer, Alberta and Pender Island, British Columbia, Canada

www.thehuntergroup.ca

Coffee Press Sweater – New Knit Items

I’ve been a little slow on blogging lately due to being super busy. Part of the busyness has been working on a lot of natural dyeing and a lot of knitting. Hours of knitting everyday. I have been trying out a few new items and writing out the patterns as they develop, plus tweaking a few items that have been “in progress” for quite some time. Developing ideas can take a lot of time.

I was asked recently about knitting a cover for a Bodum coffee press. I had not done one before but decided to give it a try. In my mind it was straight forward, which it was, what took the time was making up my mind which colors to use. I couldn’t decide whether to use very conservative colors and patterns, or maybe some odd color combination with bold patterns, in my mind I could see it being done both ways. In the end I chose a middle ground, a very conservative pattern with a rather different color combination of purple, brown, yellow ochre and white; a color combination that you don’t usually see, but I think it works as it is a little earthy and a little oddball; it is interesting because it isn’t mainstream.

Of course once I finished the Coffee Press Sweater I had to dress up the mugs. The Coffee Mug Sweater is a variation on my Coffee Sweaters, with the size altered for mugs and the inclusion of a button opening. I chose to knit these in muted shades of the same colors used in the Coffee Press Sweater. This way they co-ordinate without being too matched. The pattern is also similar, but not the same. I think coordinating the set, but not matching could be a fun theme to explore. With winter coming I could have a whole range of covers to switch up the look of the table on a daily basis.

The wool yarn used is Canadian produced and milled here in Alberta. I hand dye the yarn in natural dyes and knit the pieces by hand. In this piece the dyes have been made from pomegranate, cutch and logwood. The buttons used are recycled.

For the moment this item will be a special order item. By doing each set individually, and chatting with those ordering them, I can make the piece more unique and they will in turn be more of a showpiece as you serve your coffee.

Feel free to contact us through the website below if you are interested in this item; we will ship within Canada. It is also a great gift item for those who like items that are handmade and made out of natural and locally sourced materials from right here in Alberta.

For more knit items please click here and it will take you to our website.

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Hand dyed and hand made by Debra Hunter

Red Deer, Alberta and Pender Island, BC, Canada.

Studio H

www.thehuntergroup.ca

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Coffee Sweaters Now At The Whyte Museum Shop (Banff, Alberta)

My Coffee Sweaters are now dressing up lattes, mochas and double doubles in the mountains!

The latest batch has found a home at The Whyte Museum Shop in Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Just think, you can visit the museum, buy a coffee sweater, pick up a nice big coffee at one of the great local coffee shops, and then enjoy your coffee in spectacular world class scenery. The makings of a great day.

If you are in Banff be sure to pop in and check out the museum, the shop and the coffee sweaters.

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Coffee Sweaters by Debra Hunter
Studio H & Hunter Photographics

Red Deer, AB and Pender Island, BC

www.thehuntergroup.ca

New colors!

Three days of indigo dyeing means new colors are about to appear in my knit items and stitched art pieces. Here is a preview of what is to come:

cotton dyed in indigo

cotton dyed in indigo

This skein of yarn, which is approximately a half a kilometer in length, I have plans to knit into an infinity scarf.

wool dyed in indigo

wool dyed in indigo

The wool yarn is slated to become coffee sweaters and perhaps a new item or two that are in the planning stages.

cotton gauze dyed in indigo

cotton gauze dyed in indigo

This scarf is nice and wide and long. It looks fabulous wrapped so I think I will be keeping it for myself. I will definitely be dyeing more scarves in the very near future. I also dyed a few pieces of cotton in a similar style to mix with block printing. Interesting projects to come in the future.

If you are interested in seeing how this was done you can click HERE . The process is pretty interesting.

Dyeing by Debra Hunter
Studio H
Red Deer, AB, Canada
www.thehuntergroup.ca

Illustration, Tags and Buttons

I have been wanting to add an illustration to the packaging of the “Coffee Sweaters”. As I have another group of sweaters ready to package up I thought it was the perfect time to do the illustration and create the tags. I wanted something simple, basic and a little rustic.

 coffee sweater illustrationThe illustration originally started out at about 8 inches high. I then scanned the image and cropped it down to 1.5 inches by 1.5 inches. The size was to match a tag I currently use in packaging.

 tagsThe tags are printed on a heavy beige paper with mottling; I think it is a nice change from stark white.

coffee sweater and tagsThe tags are displayed alongside a “Coffee Sweater” that has been naturally dyed  in Lac. I hand dye and hand knit all the “Coffee Sweaters”. They are embellished with re-purposed buttons which creates a fun “not so matched” look.

 wooden buttonsOn the topic of buttons, I have been back at making wooden buttons. These ones are from a neighbour’s tree that blew down in a storm. Branches give a very rustic and natural look (obviously!) . The buttons on the left are the natural color, while the ones on the right had a dip in an exhausted logwood dye bath. I think the dye bath really enhanced the character of the buttons, and the color worked better on the “Coffee Sweaters” I attached them to.

I am hoping to photograph the latest batch of “Coffee Sweaters” in the next few days and then I will share the pictures here.

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Hunter Photographics & Studio H
photography, art and hand-made items by Debra Hunter

www.thehuntergroup.ca

Another Trial Bracelet

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This bracelet is another one of my naturally dyed experiments. The cotton thread has been hand-dyed in natural dyes of cutch, madder and marigold. The bracelet was then tied with one continuous piece of cotton thread. I like the look of the bracelet, but tying a wide bracelet with a continuous piece of cotton is a very time consuming affair. The width of the bracelet is nice, and the fit is comfortable. This is definitely a design to continue exploring.

Bracelet by Debra Hunter
www.thehuntergroup.ca