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    Default 9 Scottish grannies on speed dial.

    I consider hand made knit-ware to be treasure...here are a few of mine..

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    This below is my 'go to' working cold weather jumper, it's almost an inch thick. Better be serious wind chill if you put it on, otherwise you will die of heat exhaustion.

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    This is my most fancy one, from the Western Isles.

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    The work and knowledge involved is staggering...

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    So, what do you have? Ganseys, Jerseys, Chunkies....let's see them...

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    I have envy. Does that count?
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    i love these sweaters

    i have one very heavy, very well made aran jumper, commercially made of course; but its a bit snug on me of late and honeybunny has appropriated it; its very loose and very long on her but she makes it look right with a tight pair of jeans

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    Just lovely. I'm envious as all get out.
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    I purchased one (commercially-made) for my lady , when we were last in Galway. She loves it, but does not wear it as often here as she did in Minnesota. Sorry, but my picture-post skills are embarrassingly non-existent.

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    My dear wife occasionally has spasms of domesticity and it sometimes expresses itself as knitting. These are three of the sweaters she has knit for me over the years. The grey one was the first, and is about thirty-five years old. The white one is the latest, at only about ten years old.

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    Default Re: 9 Scottish grannies on speed dial.

    i can appreciate the quality of the work, but you'll never catch me in a sweater of any kind. those do look like fine examples of knit work.

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    If I recall, the US has laws requiring the natural lanolins to be sanitized out of wool, so any sweaters made here are crap.

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    Her indoors has knitted me a couple of N E Coast ganseys.
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    Knitted in the round on 4 needles, complete with under arm gussets.

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    This is commercially made in the Channel Isles.

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    I have had this Icelandic sweater for donkeys years.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Great stuff! I love it.

    Micheal, is that the style of knitted jumper where you're from?

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    Here's something my great grandma made... An 'end of year' bed spread... Using up all the leftover bits of wool.

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    My grandmother knitted beautiful sweaters. It was enough to make me wish I could wear wool.

    What are you doing about it?




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    lupusonic, the old folks around here - my grandparents era, say from 1900 to the advent of the second world war - wore home-knit sweaters that were much like your western isles one, or like my white one (but without the fancy coloured pattern). They were mostly seafarers and fishermen, so fancy colours and knitted textures were a frivolity of wealth that was just not done. During the war, many Norwegian seamen who were at sea in the north Atlantic when the war broke out were stranded in Lunenburg. After hostilities ended, many of these men brought their families over from Norway and settled in the south shore of Nova Scotia. They introduced the patterns of their homeland into the local vernacular, resulting in sweaters like my grey one. The origins of the style & pattern of my other two sweaters seem to echo Icelandic knitware, but I do not know of their origins - my wife simply bought a pattern book and followed the instructions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lupussonic View Post
    I consider hand made knit-ware to be treasure...here are a few of mine..

    IMG_20190411_125400_4.jpg

    IMG_20190411_125410_4.jpg

    IMG_20190411_124533_1.jpg

    This below is my 'go to' working cold weather jumper, it's almost an inch thick. Better be serious wind chill if you put it on, otherwise you will die of heat exhaustion.

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    You do well with the ladies in those. I too have envy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lupussonic View Post
    Here's something my great grandma made... An 'end of year' bed spread... Using up all the leftover bits of wool.
    Thrifty, Kudos.
    As we are drifting away from sweaters, this is the Fair Isle bonnet that SWMBO knitted for me.
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    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Further drift... but at least it is hand made and of wool. A bit of knotted sheep.

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    Greek Flokati, bought in Delphi, under mount Parnassos in 1980. It was a present for my sister, but she became allergic to wool, so gave it to me. It lives on my boat and has saved my skin many times on cold winter nights...

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    Good knitware is an art....no it's even better than an art..... because it's warm and comfortable.

    I have knitted a pair of socks for myself byt never any sweaters. Though I salvaged a nice knitting machine with all it's acessories out of a rubbish heap at a remodeling site just in case I ever find the time to start knitting my own sweaters.
    When you work at a construction site or are our logging in the woods in -20 or -25 degrees celsius a thick woolen sweater (or sometimes two on top of one another) is one of the important pieces of clothing that together make the difference between unbeararable toil or just another day at the office.

    I saw some amazing sweaters on the Faroe Islands when we visited there in 1988. They were knitted using undyed wool from white and grey and black sheep spun into white and grey and black yarn then knitted into fantastic pattern. The most amazing feature was that as the wool was undyed and only partially washed they were halfways waterproof. The sweater is water proof enough to keep the weater dry even in the eternal Faroeese drizzle all while it breathes and doesn't make the wearer wet from the inside like a raincoat. A superb piece of cothing for their conditions.
    I was just a boy of 7 years then but I noticed men working or walking outdoors dressed in those sweaters and started asking our friends how and why....... and got my questions answered.
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    ^ Shetland knitting used to be the same. Black white and moorit.

    Then synthetic dyes became available, and they WENT FOR IT
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Those are all great. It's on my list to get a pure wool sweater knit by one of the local knitters. I think the influence here is also from Ireland, Scotland, & England with a fair bit of crossover over the generations.
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    I'm jealous, I gots no grannies to make warm and wonderful things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Dryfoot View Post
    I'm jealous, I gots no grannies to make warm and wonderful things.
    I have adopted a few. They love that someone is so interested and appreciative of what they do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lupussonic View Post
    I have adopted a few. They love that someone is so interested and appreciative of what they do.
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