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Harrisville Wool

April 7, 2009

Today I took  stock of the Harrisville Wool and put up a proper list on the housecleaning pages as well as good photos of the colours on my picasa page.   It is a beautiful yarn and I used many pounds of it to weave the capes for the movie The Thirteenth Warrior.  Now I am not sure this is the most wonderful movie to be associated with!  but I did enjoy the process and look at movies  more closely for costumes made handwoven cloth.

But back to the wool, I do have too much.  I have knit with it, used it for tapestry (it has lovely colour variations and slubs to give a bit of zing to a plain section) and of course blankets and shawls and ruanas.

This toque is from a pattern in an old book from Interweave Press (which I don’t have in front of me to give you the name of)  but has patterns for hats, mitts, socks etc. from handspun, but of course can be knit from anything.  When I find it I will post the name!  But it is knit with Harrisville Highland wool which was perfect – for me!


This blanket is woven with a Harrisville warp and a weft of wool spun at Carstairs woolen mill from my own sheep. (which I no longer have,  it is nice to have a reminder of them!)  Some of the movie cape fabric was the same mix, but all brown – no wonder it is difficult to see them on the screen!blanket

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 27, 2009 6:25 am

    Hi, Evelyn, I just found your blog tag surfing and I’m so glad to know who wove the capes for The Thirteenth Warrior! (A long way from the V&A.) While I am not a regular fan of the genre, that is an exellent movie that I hope you are proud to be associated with. Violent? yes. Frightening? yes. But it has a convincing look, a good script, and Antonio Banderas and Omar Sharif. Congratulations. Have you posted about the capes at length?

    Fern Devlin


  2. Evelyn permalink*
    April 27, 2009 6:36 am

    I have mentioned the capes, but not a lot of detail – they were pretty plain! Evelyn


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