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The O'Brien 2019 publication of this book by author Vawn Corrigan helped fill the written story gap on Aran knitting or fishing sweater knitting in Ireland.
Usually a subject investigated more by writers of other Nationalities with a knitting emphasis, Vawn Corrigan approaches the subject as a writer passionate about textile heritage. She is also an enthusiastic maker.
Edel met with Vawn and had numerous telephone interviews on the subject of Aran. Reading the early drafts part of Edel's contribution came in the form of noting some important knitters that she felt have not been recognised "enough" in recent decades for their unique contributions. The wonderful early work and later Aran inspired porcelain of Cyril Cullen, the skilled hand loomed Aran of Rossan knitwear for example. The book is full of interesting facts not recorded before about out Aran journey.
Does Not contain Aran patterns, does contain Edel's Blackberry stitch instruction at the back
First Edition 2019
All copies are new and bought from the publisher
Publisher : The O'Brien Press, Dublin
Mailed in tissue and bubble wrap, included an aran wool bookmaker with Edel's label attached.
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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