Wool Week: Harriet Were

We love wool, and this week is Choose Wool Week, so we thought we’d get involved by doing a series of little interviews featuring some of our favourite New Zealanders working with wool.

Wool is a renewable and biodegradable fibre source, it’s beautiful, warm, versatile, natural, local and just plain lovely…

Harry Were agrees:

How does wool feature in your work?
I have a small hand-knitted range that I’m launching on a wee website next week. I have a few hand-knitters knitting for me.

What is it about wool you love?
Everything, it’s beautiful! I do like how it’s renewable. They get shorn, it grows again, the sheep is still alive and happy (hopefully). It’s warm, doesn’t need much washing and is natural. It’s great that New Zealand has a lot of sheep.

Can you remember the first woollen item you made?
Yep, Ma taught me how to knit when I was nine. I made a four-by-four rib scarf. It was the longest, widest, heaviest, chunkiest gift I gave to her. She threw it out.

What was the most recent woollen item you made? 
Well, at the moment I have a few knitters knitting for me, because I’m too slow to keep up with the orders. I’m knitting a hat that Wool and the Gang kindly sent me, and a tiny jumper for a hand-knitted panda that another of my knitters has been making. Tricia, my knitter, who is a star, is continuing to knit jumpers for my website. I met a great girl who lives in the Marlborough Sounds and she’s been hand-spinning, and naturally dyeing (if at all) wool for a recent few pieces.

Is there anyone using wool you particularly admire?
Yes, Kirsty Cameron is behind the most beautiful Godmother Protects handwoven blankets, which are available at Everyday Needs. I love the wool she uses, and her designs.

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