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The majestic sea cliffs of Sliabh Liag (Slieve League) in South West Donegal have been natures fortress against the Atlantic Ocean storms for millennia. Their allure attracts visitors from around the World and even as locals we never tire of them.
Here at the nearby Woollen Mill I have mixed a mist green to a grey base and softened it with white fleece. Then showered it with neps of classic burgundy, dark jade, mustard and softened it with cottage door blue and rose pink. The first version of this artistry was developed by Nora and myself on a cloudy afternoon in Kilcar. We often discuss the infinite possibilities of colour and tweed speckles.
The aran weight yarn has been spun in two ply in a manner to create a homespun character, the tweed nep technique originated in Donegal.
100% pure new wool
Yarn exclusive designed by Edel MacBride (2014)
Aran weight 200 yards (180 metres) per 100g CAKE
Knits on 4.5mm / 5mm (8 USA)needles
Hand or machine wash at 30 degrees, dry flat, wool care
Patterns available from Knitfield by Edel MacBride
New pattern #Saglan by Aílbiona McLaughlin just released 2023
Knits to all Aran or Worsted patterns
On 5mm needles and firm stocking stitch 18sts to 4in (10cm) width (or test on 4.5mm)
new batch ready x either 100g Hank or Cake
Sweater Sizing Guide for Edel MacBride
These are the actual garment measurements.
Chest is measured under the point where the sleeve and body meet.
Length is measured from the centre shoulder point to below the waist.
Sleeve here is the underarm length of the sleeve including the cuff.
More measurements may be given in the garment description.
How to care for me
Maybe you’ve never owned one of me before?
Here’s my experience so far;
I’d prefer not to be stuck in that dark press but when I must go in there just roll me up loosely first.
I don’t need much washing although my Italian cousins say that I’m a gorgeous natural thing and washing improves me!
When washing make it no higher than 30 degrees and please only a wool recommended detergent. Squeeze all the water out after handwashing me, even roll me up in a towel to do this! Dry me flat on my back.
Keep direct sunlight away from my cables!
Edel and many of her long-term clients machine wash my friends. Hopefully they never put them in the drum at higher than 30 degrees or with nasty biological stuff!!!! The horror.
I’m terrified of the tumble dryer, please never do that to me.
Through Summer if you don’t need me (I hope you will), store me in an airtight zip bag please and I’ll get a rest with no disruption. I hope to spend a lifetime with you, but if you want to give me to a friend or send me to a charity store for a break that’s OK.
My wool is so healthy to wear and antibacterial, plus you’ll be living off the compliments.
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