Recycled Knits

Over the last little while I’ve been working on a technique of recycling wool scraps. As I knit over a hundred pounds of wool each year, I have a lot of ends that are clipped off of finished pieces that would normally go into the waste bin, and then the landfill, but in the back of my mind I have always thought there is a way to avoid this situation.

Through experimentation, and a LOT of time, I discovered I could strip down the scraps and re-spin them. I spin by hand on a Turkish spindle.

I have knit, in the past with the yarn created from the first re-spin. For the project I am currently working on I decided to ply  re-spun to re-spun.

This creates a thicker yarn. I will admit it is a weird ply and it creates a sturdy yarn. This type of yarn is a good fit for the project I am working on, a mini cross-body bag.

It is quite interesting to explore the idea of taking waste fiber and turning it into a functional item. This concept still needs further exploration, but it is definitely forward thinking.

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Opus Daily Practice – the rest of Opus – days 16 to 28

This post is “the rest of Opus Daily Practice”. A bit of traveling managed to happen at the end of this project which meant I was able to post to Instagram, but my cell phone data plan was unhappy with the usage needed for blogging. Below are the rest of the pieces created for the 28 days of Opus Daily Practice.

Day 16

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Urban photography in Red Deer, Alberta

 

Day 17

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sketching ideas

 

Day 18

watercolor of the Salish Sea painted from a BC Ferry

watercolor of the Salish Sea painted from a BC Ferry

 

watercolors painted from the ferry

watercolors painted from the ferry

 

hand knit west coast inspired hat

hand knit west coast inspired hat

 

Day 19

ink drawing

ink drawing

 

Day 20

en plein air watercolor of Peter Cove South on Pender Island, BC

en plein air watercolor of Peter Cove South on Pender Island, BC

 

Day 21

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en plein air watercolor of Peter Cove South on Pender Island, BC

 

knitting an earflap toque with naturally dyed wool

knitting an earflap toque with naturally dyed wool

 

Day 22

acrylic on panel (photographed in very poor lighting conditions)

acrylic on panel (photographed in very poor lighting conditions)

 

Day 23

en plein air drawing at Craddock Drive on Pender Island, BC, Canada

en plein air drawing at Craddock Drive on Pender Island, BC, Canada

 

Day 24

en plein air drawing at Roesland, Pender Island, BC, Canada

en plein air drawing at Roesland, Pender Island, BC, Canada

west coast inspired fingerless mitts

west coast inspired fingerless mitts

 

Day 25

en plein air sketch at the ferry terminal on Pender Island

en plein air sketch at the ferry terminal on Pender Island

 

Day 26

knit mini bag in progress at the top of the Rogers Pass

knit mini bag in progress at the top of the Rogers Pass

an ink drawing of Mount Rundle in progress

an ink drawing of Mount Rundle in progress

 

Day 27

a painting of Kootenay National Park (acrylic on panel)

a painting of Kootenay National Park (acrylic on panel)

 

Day 28

a painting depicting kayaking on the Salish Sea (acrylic on canvas)

a painting depicting kayaking on the Salish Sea (acrylic on canvas)

 

The daily practice challenge was just that, a challenge. It made you create even when life was busy. It is a good way to build skills and work through creative block.

art, photography and handmade by Debra Hunter

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Opus Daily Practice- day 16 and 17

Just a quick post today with my Opus Daily Practice update. 

Day 16 was focused on matting and framing a set of drawings headed to a gallery on the west coast.

Day 17 was some work on future ideas and some thumbnail  sketches for future drawings.


Day 17 also saw some “road knitting ” completed on a Cowichsn inspired toque,


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Opus Daily Practice – day 10

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Opus Daily Practice day 10. The theme was “folk”.  “Folk” isn’t far from a lot of the work I create. Today’s work is an “in progress” 2″x3.5″ ink drawing, and an ear flap style toque knit of naturally dyed wool. Lots of items “in progress” due to the Opus Daily Practice project, soon I will need to take a day or two to actually get some pieces finished.

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Coffee Sweaters Custom Made For Woods On Pender

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Coffee Press Sweater available from Woods on Pender (Pender Island, BC, Canada)

Ten new Coffee Press Sweaters have just been completed. This batch will be available at Woods On Pender (Pender Island, BC, Canada) very shortly.

Coffee Press Sweaters both protect the coffee press and keep your coffee warm while adding a little style to your table.

Each Coffee Press Sweater is made of 100% Canadian wool, milled in Alberta. The wool is dyed by hand in natural dyes and the sweaters are knit by hand. This collection features dyes of chamomile, pomegranate, turmeric, madder and indigo.

This selection features the resort’s logo and colors, however we can accommodate other colors and patterns if you have something special in mind as each piece is made completely by hand.

If you are interested in a Coffee Press Sweater, feel free to email Debra at handmade-canada@outlook.com .

Art, photography and handmade items by Debra Hunter.
Red Deer, Alberta and Pender Island, British Columbia, Canada.

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New Hand Knit Items and a New Gallery

wine wrap handmade canadian giftsA new opportunity has arisen and I am pretty excited about it. The Frame It Store in Red Deer, Alberta (Canada) has added a new gallery to their venue, and my Wine Wraps and Bottle Sweaters will be for sale in this new space.

Both items dress up your bottle while keeping the contents cool. All are hand dyed in natural dyes and hand knit. The wool is 100% Canadian produced wool and milled in Alberta.

The new gallery space, “A Maker’s Emporium”, is having its grand opening this Thursday. If you are in town, come and check it out. It’s great to see new things happening in Red Deer’s creative community.

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Hand knit Canadian gifts and decor by Debra Hunter
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Knitting in Progress

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Another Coffee Press Sweater order is currently being worked on for Woods on Pender. I am currently at the half way mark. This grouping features indigo, madder, chamomile, pomegranate and turmeric as the natural dyes used for dyeing the wool. Each item features the Woods on Pender logo.

I have many hours of knitting ahead of me this week completing this order. If the weather holds I will also be getting the indigo vat going so that I can start dyeing another stock of indigo dyed wool. The blue color is becoming a favorite in a lot of my pieces.

Knitting and dyeing by Debra Hunter
Red Deer, Alberta and Pender Island, British Columbia, Canada

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Donations Are Ready To Go

blog donations_7838 aThe donations for the silent auction for the Our Lady of Victory Camp are all ready. This selection includes a Wine Wrap, Coffee Sweaters, a Coffee Mug Sweater and some naturally dyed and hand tied bracelets. All the knit items are made of 100% Canadian produced wool milled in Alberta. The dyed items are all hand dyed in micro batches of hand crafted natural dyes. Each item is created completely by hand.

For information on the gala taking place on May 8th, please click HERE.

Knit items by Studio H (Debra Hunter) can be found at Sunworks (Red Deer, AB), The Whyte Museum Store (Banff, Alberta) and at Woods on Pender (Pender Island, BC). For more information on the items offered, we can be contacted through our website at www.debra-hunter.com .

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Coffee Press Sweaters for Woods on Pender

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Coffee Press Sweater naturally dyed in indigo, chamomile, pomegranate and turmeric.

The Coffee Press Sweaters for Woods on Pender (Pender Island, BC, Canada) are complete. The sweaters will be dressing the coffee presses (and keeping coffee warm) in the accommodation units at the newest resort on the island.

Each Coffee Press Sweater is made of 100% Canadian produced wool that is milled in Alberta. The wool is hand-dyed in micro batches in natural dyes that I craft by hand. In keeping with the resort’s colors, the items feature colors created with marigold (right from our gardens), chamomile, pomegranate, turmeric and indigo. The Coffee Press Sweaters are knit by hand and proudly display the resort’s logo in the center band .

In addition to creating custom Coffee Press Sweaters for boutiques and the hospitality industry, we are always thrilled to sell our lovely handmade items to individuals. If you are interested in a Coffee Press Sweater we can be contacted through our website www.debra-hunter.com.

Handmade items by Debra Hunter
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We also profile our work at www.handmade-canada.com , a brand new site for Canadian artists, artisans, writers, musicians and growers. If you are a Canadian maker, please take a look as we are currently looking for new makers to join our project.

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We’re on Instagram!

instagramWell we’ve been having fun for the last few days toying with Instagram, and fun it has been. It seems to be a fun and fast way to share what we are up to, especially works in progress. The latest Instagram entry will now show along the sidebar. You can also find us by clicking HERE. I hope you’ll follow us!

(Also if you are a Canadian artist, artisan, writer, musician or grower, you might want to check out the new project we are building. Our project is Handmade in Canada and can be found at www.handmade-canada.com .)

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