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Sunday, November 24, 2013

I gave in..............

Remember a couple of months ago when I was contemplating what I wanted for my birthday?  One of those things was an Aran sweater.  I was hoping that I would come across one in my thrift store travels, but no such luck.  To make matters worse, I was shopping for Christmas gifts on one of my favorite Irish sites, only to discover that they were running a sale, then I found a $10 off coupon code online--I had to have it!  Do I regret it?  Absolutely not!  Truthfully, by the time I got all the discounts and so forth, it was cheaper than buying one on Ebay.  How often can you say that?

 
If you like wool sweaters (I know not everyone does) and you've never had a sweater made from Irish wool, you really don't know what you are missing.  It is the yummiest wool on the planet, soft, not scratchy and so so warm.  The biggest issue I had with buying this was trying to decide on a size, I probably could have gone a size smaller as the sleeves are rather long, but I'll live with it.  I'm happy with my splurge purchase, I've already worn it several times and probably will today as well.
 
I had actually looked at this particular style of sweater the last time we were in Ireland, but was out of room in my suitcase for anymore goodies.  I was very excited to see that Blarney Woollen Mills has a website where they sell several of my favorite items and with free shipping--whooohoooo!  The time to get it wasn't bad at all, took less than two weeks.  The only bad part is that now I get e-mails from them all the time telling me what sale is on, and this weekend it's all Aran style sweaters--yikes.  Look away....
 
The Aran sweater has a very interesting history behind it--click here if you would like to read more.  As for companies who make them, and who is the best--there are so many good companies out there, it's more a matter of preference in which color, style and pattern you would rather have.  This is my third sweater from Blarney (my previous two weren't Aran sweaters, but both held up beautifully), but I've also purchased Aran Craft, Carraig Donn, Glendalough Woolen Mills and I've been happy with all of those as well.  The key is to be certain it's Irish wool--there are companies out there making sweaters in the Aran style, but the wool may be from other sources.  I purchased one years ago that was of Scottish wool and while it was very pretty, it was itchy as all get out!  Good Irish wool wears like iron too, very little pilling (one of my pet peeves)--I have a pink Aran style sweater/coat that I've had for 7 or so years that still looks like new.  A trip now and then to the dry cleaners--some can even be machine washed on delicate--and you have a sweater that will last a very, very long time.   That's why I have a whole drawer full of Irish wool cardigans.............souvenirs, honest!  I don't have one in purple though, hmmmmmm......

3 comments:

Sue @ A Colourful Canvas said...

There's a reason you don't find these sweaters in thrift stores. People never let them go! Beautiful choice, you've made Flo. I'm always finding that sleeves are too long, even when the clothing fits everywhere else.

dan said...

Your sweater looks warm and confortable! I like also the light colour, so nice in winter!
I have never had an Irish wollen sweater until now.. .

Flo said...

Yes Sue, I'm sure that's probably the case. I was hoping I would get lucky though ;)

Dan, did I talk you in to something??? They are wonderful, especially if you tend to get cold easily.