Our Coffee Sweaters have been an extremely popular item out on the west coast of British Columbia. They have proven to be a favourite item when someone is looking for a small gift or a treat for themselves.
Each Coffee Sweater is hand knit of Canadian produced and milled wool. Each piece is unique as they are handmade.
Currently Coffee Sweaters are available at Talisman Books and Gallery ( Pender Island, BC), and at Nest ( Cowichan Bay, Vancouver Island, BC). And of course you can always buy direct from us too ( plus we also do custom orders!).
Road trips are the perfect opportunity to knit. Currently I am working on a new Coffee Press Sweater while enjoying the views of Banff. This one is in the Salish theme. Classic neutral tones and patterns that are timeless.
Today I have a little indigo dyeing going on. I needed a light blue for a piece I have been commissioned to create, a blue to echo the Salish Sea. Indigo dyeing requires a lot of time and preparation. Yesterday I worked on creating the stock solution. Today was creating the working vat and then getting down to dyeing.
The first round of dyeing went quickly as it was light tones that I needed and light overdyes, with dips of 1-3 minutes in length. Now that I have the light tones completed, I am now focusing on darker tones on a few cotton pieces. Dyeing these require longer dye times, multiple dips, with an oxidization period of 30 minutes in between each dip.
Dyeing with natural indigo is always worth the work and preparation. The blues are always gorgeous and the overdyed yarn interesting.
Time to order more wool. It appears I have been using a lot of white and light grey recently. The wool I use is both produced and milled in Canada which adds a special feature to my Canadian knits.. Recently many of my knits have been inspired by the Cowichan style of knitting, but on a less bulky scale, which explains why I have used so much white and grey yarn. Definitely time for a wool order.
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 […]
I’m a little bit behind on blogging about my Opus Daily Practice, so I thought I would do one multi day post instead. Day 12 – The theme was forest. I managed to finish off a painting based on a forest area in Kootenay National Park. I also worked away on a naturally dyed ear […]