Oatmeal Cable Knit Merino Wool Cardigan
- Oatmeal Cable Knit Merino Wool Cardigan
- by Carraig Donn,
- Super soft Merino Wool
- Made in Ireland.
- Made from luxurious 100% Soft Merino Wool.
- Wood-like buttons.
- Soft but very hard wearing.
- Natural, organic & easy-care.
- Free Worldwide Shipping
Read Our Blog on the Aran Sweater
Aran Sweater / Jumper / Pullover / Geansaí Árann
But what IS an Aran sweater? Where does it originate?
The Aran jumper takes its name from the Aran Islands on the West Coast of Ireland. Fishermen’s wives traditionally make these sweaters for their menfolk from local wool. Originally untreated, the raw wool is rich in natural lanolin, which adds a “waterproofing” layer against the waves. Prior to the 1930s, designs are simple and incorporate classical fisherman’s designs known all around the coasts of Ireland, the British and Channel Isles. Influences from Guernsey are the probably the root of the Irish word for sweater – Geansaí.
From being a personal garment made for a family member, a cottage industry now arises in the mid-1930s. Knitting needles are still scarce tools, and some knitters on Inishmaan recall using goose quills and willow rods to knit! Stitches and designs become more elaborate. Diamonds, knots, zig-zags, cables and moss stiches are combined in vertical panels. White treated wool ( replaces the familiar dark blue dyes. Training and education leads to incredibly beautiful pieces of work, with all-over patterns as opposed to the shoulder-embellished Guernsey style. The quality of the work is outstanding, showing great technical expertise. Patterns don’t exist, Irish knitters produce their designs all from training and memory!
This is who we are
Many say that “we are where we come from…” and this is definitely true for the Skellig Gift Store.
50 years ago armed with my Grandmothers knowledge, experience and encouragement my parents Noreen & Alf followed in her footsteps and laid the foundations for what is to-day the Skellig Gift Store.
It was originally called the Waterville Craft Market after a group of Craft Workers from the Skellig Region came together to present their products exclusively in one place. This is now complemented by work from neighbouring counties, which is simply the best of Irish Craft and design. We still place special emphasis on Kerry Crafts and currently 50% of our suppliers are of Kerry origin. It is our intention to maintain this tradition into the future.
The store is still here in Waterville. If you can, please do come and visit. We have a long established reputation as a destination store for visitors to Kerry. Check out our blog as we start the process of transforming the store with our new branding.