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!