Spinning Scraps

Sometimes you wonder where an idea comes from, and then you wonder why you had to try to and make it work. This is one of those stories.

blog spinning scraps 3I have a ton of wool scraps from knitting projects. Short little pieces of yarn that I saw no point in throwing out. As the pieces accumulated I started to realize I really need to find a use for them. Some how I came up with the idea of re-spinning them. Perhaps a crazy idea, but I thought it was worth a go.

blog spinning scraps 4I started by separating the scraps into single strands. My two youngest were helpers with this.

blog spinning scraps 1Not having proper carders, or willing to make an investment for such a crazy experiment, we picked up two grooming brushes from the dollar store to help break down the wool. Two dollars was the right amount of investment for the project.

My daughter loved working on the yarn; she likes helping with everything.

blog spinning scraps 2The yarn scraps started to look kind of like fleece, so we continued.

blog spinning scraps 5At first we were “carding” all the colors together, and then we thought it would be nicer to have definite colors.

Then came the tricky part, spinning. I am a newby to spinning, very unexperienced, but I gave it a try. Some of the fibers were very short creating quite the challenge. It was VERY slow going, but it did resemble something like yarn. We’ll call it “art yarn”. I am thinking that perhaps we don’t need to break down the scraps as much and it still might spin. It appears the experiment will continue, an interesting recycling project.

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“Roe Islet Arbutus #2” – Canadian Landscape Painting

Today I have a reblog from one of my other blogs, http://www.debrahunter.wordpress.com .
I have been tied up working on the Debra Hunter blog as I slowly convert it over to a website as well as a blog. The “art” section has shaped up nicely. Currently in the background I am working on the “photography” section (quite a lot of work), and then I will have “handmade” to complete. The website conversion is taking up a lot of my blogging time!

Debra Hunter - Canadian photography, art and handmade

Roe Islet Arbutus #2 (2014) 11x14 Roe Islet Arbutus #2 (2014) 11×14

“Roe Islet Arbutus #2” is one of those paintings that came together effortlessly. Before the first paint hit the panel I knew exactly how I wanted to approach the arbutus with twists of red and moving lines.

This is one of my favorite paintings completed recently. It is part of the Roe Islet series I have been working on. Roe Islet is a protected area off North Pender Island (British Columbia, Canada). Roe Islet features arbutus and evergreen trees, rocks and amazing sea views.

Roe Islet Arbutus #2
acrylic on panel

Art by Debra Hunter

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Apples for Dinner

blog apples for dinner_2669I was surprised to look out our window this morning to see a robin in our apple tree. A very well fed robin I might add. We watched the robin for a few minutes and then off he flew.

Later in the day the robin was back, along with two of his friends. The three robins feasted on the apples for quite a long time, probably trying to get their share before the huge flocks of waxwings visit the tree and clear out most of the apples.

We haven’t had many birds in our yard this year as we still haven’t managed to fill the feeders. Of course filling the feeders is going to be a bit of a production as the back gates are frozen shut, something that doesn’t happen often. We must have had the right mix of melting and freezing ….and now we have snow on top of everything too. The bird feeders are probably going to have to wait until a warm and melting day.