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Year Two of the #BuyDonegal Campaign 2021

Year Two of the #BuyDonegal Campaign 2021

Thanks to the team at #BuyDonegal for the interview that...
by Edel MacBride on November 04, 2021
Marilyn Monroe had her Aran sweater handknit in Ireland adjusted during the filming of the musical comedy

‘Let’s Make Love’ the Marilyn Aran Sweater Story and lockdown discovery by Edel MacBride

While researching Aran an image of Marilyn Monroe in the movie ‘Let’s Make Love’ popped up and I noticed the sweater she was wearing unfamiliar having seen images from this movie before over the years.

In what Twentieth Century Fox billed as a 'Romantic Riot' in 1960 this musical was not without drama! Costume designer Dorothy Jeakins had two of her three Oscars already and got on the phone to Ireland for Aran sweaters...

All Aran is not more or less the same !

Let’s look at Marilyn’s sweater or gansaí as it would have been called in Ireland, and the two different versions she wore in the sequence. Where is the blackberry? Which image is the correct one?

Let’s call them the Honeycomb, V1 (the example worn first in the dance sequence) and the Blackberry, V2 (the example worn second).

by Edel MacBride on September 13, 2021
A Real Stardigan Knit In Dongeal

A Real Stardigan Knit In Dongeal

Cardigan or Stardigan?

To be a Stardigan you must be a headline piece. Let's say you are not thrown in the back of a car as a maybe I need you thing, you are THE THING.

The cardigan has been thrown back too often and is now having a 'Hell Yeah' year. It's your piece that will define the day, creatively and practically...

by Edel MacBride on December 03, 2020
BAABAA Irish Sheep have you any wool ?

BAABAA Irish Sheep have you any wool ?

The brief was to create a piece for an exciting exhibition as part of the BAABAA events schedule in Galway.This piece investigates the concept of Aran stitching with the 'road less travelled' diamond intersection panel work on the back.The yarn was dyed and spun at Donegal Yarns and is for sale here in "Edel's Wool Shop'.

by Edel MacBride on November 05, 2020



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